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4/21 Change Your Teaching Career with Google Certification. Looking to advance or change your teaching career? Google Certifications can help you gain confidence, build your resume, learn new skills, connect with a community, and become a leader. @ShakeUpLearning

4/21 Seven Edtech Trends to Watch in 2022: a Startup Guide for Entrepreneurs – As we navigate the roadmap drawn by COVID-19, we know there will continue to be accelerated digital transformation and rapid innovation of education intended to positively impact student outcomes in 2022. @EdSurge

4/20 I Reflect for Me – and you should do the same. It can be an authentic outlet for expressing my challenges and successes as an educator, parent, and person. @mssackstein

4/20 Student-Driven Assessment: Building Learner Agency Through Shared Ownership. When seen through the lens of a learner-centered paradigm, assessment is also an important driver for agency and identity, helping to inform an empowered view of the learner. @writerkimcarter @dvodicka @Getting_Smart

4/20 From a molasses flood to ‘Titanic,’ 6 podcasts that offer a glimpse into kids’ minds – From discussions about teen mental health to explorations on the possibility of alien life, the 2022 Student Podcast Challenge offers a glimpse into the mind of kids and teens from across the country. @awesomeeda @MindShiftKQED

4/19 Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec talks leadership, responds to the haters Rachel Balkovec became the first woman to manage an MLB-affiliated team when the Yankees named her the Single-A Tampa Tarpons’ skipper this past offseason. Anyone interested in leadership will enjoy this. @NYPost_Serby @nypost

4/19 Myth Debunking: Top Early Career Teaching Myths by Starr Sackstein – I bet you have some myths of your own. Be sure to share them with her. @mssackstein

4/19 Fostering Metacognition in Preschool – This is important at all stages of education and lice. Why not start it in preschool? @edutopia

4/17 Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 2) – When we make class time about exploration, it’s important that we not only design worthy assessments, but we also track what we learn while the students are going through the process. @mssackstein

4/16 A Good Source of U.S. History Lesson Starters – Every day Today’s Document features a new image or document from the archives. The documents and images are from that day in history. Each one is accompanied by some additional research links and lesson plan resources. @TodaysDocument @rmbyrne

4/16 Nine reasons you have bad grades – Which have been an issue for you and your kids? @KatieHabits

4/16 How to Reduce Guessing During Testing Season – Metacognitive tasks can help eliminate guessing and ensure that elementary students show what they know on standardized tests. @edutopia

4/15 How to Handle an Angry Teen: 20 Strategies You Can Deploy Today – Dealing with an angry teen is like standing in the middle of a hurricane. What’s the best way to deal with the situation? https://www.facebook.com/DanielWongAuthor

4/15 COVID-era tech innovations are here to stay. ‘It’s opening up classrooms so the learning extends beyond school,’ a principal says about the evolution of ed-tech. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

4/14 Teacher saves choking student with Heimlich maneuver. Do you and every teacher you know understand how to do this? @ABC

4/14 Five things that are motivating students even more than good grades – Engagement is rebounding as most students have spent most of this school year learning in-person. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

4/13 Ten Reasons to Think Before You Share Photos of Children Online – You may have parents’ permission and be sharing something awesome, beautiful, or even funny, but there’s a dark side to the Internet that every teacher, administrator, and parent should know. @ShakeUpLearning

4/13 Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility – Students are splayed out on the floor, dripping into the hallway. Notebooks are scattered and laptops are on laps or on tabletops, as students meaningfully collaborate to develop ideas. @mssackstein

4/12 How To Create More Confident Students – Here no less than 14 ideas that you can try. @TeachThought

4/12 Seven Activities for National Poetry MonthPoets.org offers thirty activities for celebrating National Poetry Month. If you’d like even more ideas for National Poetry Month, take a look the list of suggestions here. @rmbyrne @POETSorg

4/11 How teens are experiencing their version of the ‘Great Resignation’ “The Great Resignation” or “The Big Quit” has been largely misunderstood by the media and general public for its failure to take into account retirement and job-swapping rates. Conside subscribing to KQED’s podcast. @callmeKi @MindShiftKQED

4/11 Students Have Different Thinking Speeds. Inclusive Teaching Means Realizing That. Many classroom environments favor a certain kind of thinker, usually the students who are quick to recall a fact when the instructor asks a question. But that’s not the only type of mind, and it’s not even always the best kind of mind for learning. @jryoung @EdSurge

4/10 THree Surprising Ways Dads Connect With Their Kids – Research from animal dads gives us new insights. @RealDrJen @PsychToday

4/10 Yes, Field Trips Are Worth the Effort. Culturally-enriching trips can boost grades and decrease absences and behavioral infractions, new research reveals. @tatertutt @edutopia

4/9 Fort Smith schools partner with area hospitals to provide learning opportunities for students. Is this something your school district should explore? @gladlyalex @TimesRecord

4/9 University Grants Commission Likely to Rollout New Guidelines For Online Learning in April. The goal is to have students get the maximum benefit from it. @CNNnews18 @CNN

4/7 How to Create and Share Clips of YouTube Videos – You’ll find YouTube’s clipping tool directly under the title (next to the share button) of the video you’re viewing. Short videos can be powerful teaching tools. @rmbyrne @trtrust15

4/7 Let It Go: The Benefits of Mind Wandering – A paper by Benjamin Baird and colleagues (2012) examined how mind wandering affects creative problem-solving. @DrSilverFox @AceThatTest

4/5 Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. Are you ready to tackle CHuck Poole’s weekly Teachonomy Monday Minute Personal Growth Challenge? @cpoole27

4/5 Faculty Spotlight: Professor Makes Math Less Maddening, By Using History to Relate. When I taught chemistry I always brought the history of each discovery into the class. That gave it a more real-world feel. @ARamspach @UVaToday

4/3 Seven Digital Spring Cleaning Tips for Every Educator – What does spring cleaning look like in your home, classroom, or other spaces you inhabit? Like many people, I’m a big fan of The Home Edit series. @ClassTechTips

4/3 A Protocol to Encourage Robust Classroom Discussions – This framework helps students find common ground when it comes to academics and social and emotional learning topics. @JorgeDoesPBL @edutopia

4/2 Why Every Student Should Create a Portfolio – Creating a portfolio is a wonderful way for students to showcase their accomplishments during the school year. It provides a space to highlight areas of growth and an opportunity to celebrate their success. @LenovoEducation

4/2 How Ikea tricks you into buying more stuff – Six out of ten purchases are unplanned. I go to IKEA whenever I can to walk and eat their delicious inexpensive food. I also buy gifts for others. @zzcrockett @thehustle

4/1/2022 Seven Sites and Apps to Help Students Learn Coding and Programming – If your kids want to make their own apps they can start here. @rmbyrne @MITAppInventor

4/1/2022 Can We Ditch AP for More Engaging Courses? Here are six tips for education leaders thinking about how many AP classes to offer and what alternatives to consider. @tvanderark @Getting_Smart

4/1/2022 How VR arts field trips expand access for underserved students – “We’ve heard a kid say, ‘This art is dope.’ We’ve heard a lot of kids say, ‘This experience is lit.’” @Zalaznick @universitybiz @DA_magazine

3/31 ​A Huge Collection of Resources for Fun Phys Ed Activities – OPEN Phys Ed is an organization that hosts tons of great resources for physical education teachers. Additionally, OPEN organizes initiatives to encourage students to participate in physical education activities. One of those initiatives is National Field Day. @OPENPhysEd @USGames @BSNSports @rmbyrne

3/31 How to Encourage Physical Computing in Elementary School – With simple coding options available, elementary school teachers can incorporate computer science across content areas. @DebraJacoby @edutopia

3/31 Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming. Since the pandemic began, more than a million students have held off from going to college, opting to work instead. @anyasteinberg @ElissaNadworny @MindShiftKQED

3/30 My kids fight constantly: What do I do? “We just have to understand that it’s hard to have a sibling,” said Becky Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and host of the “Good Inside” podcast. @Chloe_Melas @CNN

3/30 Guiding Young People Not to Colleges or Careers — But to Good Lives – Try not to let your bias get in the way when guiding students you know. @becky_koenig @EdSurge

3/30 Three tools to help educators better understand what students need – While teachers are familiar with wearing many hats, they might be surprised to learn that they are researchers too. Educators are constantly gathering and assessing data from their students, schools, and classrooms. @MindShiftKQED @NimahGobir

3/29 Cool Tools You Didn’t Know – The Future in Education Technology Conference gathered in Orlando, Florida to share the latest digital tools for educators. @sv314dws @ShakeUpLearning

3/29 Maximizing Parental Involvement in Developing the IEP – Collaborating with parents and caregivers throughout the school year can make the individualized education program meeting more valuable. @edutopia

3/28 How to take learning on vacation during your next road trip – Incorporating teachable moments while on the road will keep kids’ brains active—and they might not even realize they’re learning. @ByHeatherGD @NatGeoTravel @NatGeo

3/28 Viewing Late Work Through an Equity Lens – A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned. @EduTopia @mtjacksonwriter @MindShiftKQED

3/27 Three reasons for optimism in difficult times – “Every great and difficult thing has required a strong sense of optimism,” says editor and author Kevin Kelly, who believes that we have a moral obligation to be optimistic. Tracing humanity’s progress throughout history, he’s observed that a positive outlook helps us solve problems. @kevin2kelly @TEDTalks

3/27 Five Strategies for Designing Schools to Support Educators – Cleanliness, daylighting, safety and air quality are all part of the basic conditions that have been directly linked to teacher health and workplace performance. @katemraw @Getting_Smart

3/27 A New Resource for Free Digital Field Trips – Museums for Digital Learning was developed in partnership with teachers and provides curated material on a variety of subjects. @LAMBRADLEY @edutopia

3/26 Three ways to turn classroom robots into powerful SEL tools – Classroom robots are great for STEAM lessons, but they also lend themselves naturally to SEL–a lead makerspace educator explains how she blends the two in some of her favorite activities. @KimFogarty @eschoolnews

3/26 Kikori App – Social-Emotional Learning Activities for All Ages – Kikori App is a new mobile app and website that offers a large library of social-emotional learning activities for students of all ages. @KikoriApp @rmbyrne

3/25 All Things Ed-Tech – Here are Tech-Friendly Lesson Plan Inspiration & Resources for Every Classroom. @ClassTechTips

3/24 Girls show higher aptitude than interest in STEM. Here’s how to get them engaged. Many say taking a more traditional route for females is “less exhausting” despite showing 10 times more of a natural talent than interest for careers like architecture and engineering. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

3/24 Researcher Behind ‘10,000-Hour Rule’ Says Good Teaching Matters, Not Just Practice. You’ve probably heard of the 10,000-hour rule, which was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s blockbuster book “Outliers.” As Gladwell tells it, the rule goes like this: it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and materials, like playing the violin or getting as good as Bill Gates at computer programming. @jryoung @EdSurge

3/24 Plays.org – Educational Games Your Students Will Love to Play – Plays.org is a new website that offers hundreds of games for students to play online. @rmbyrne @tbdlknl

3/24 The Teaching Strategies Educators Say Will Outlast the Pandemic – Necessity may be the mother of invention, but what education innovations will last once the pandemic crisis has passed? @SarahDSparks @EducationWeek

3/23 Veteran Advice for Homeschooling High School – A whole new set of concerns tends to weigh heavily when it comes to homeschooling high school—especially for college-bound students. @BarbaraDanza @EpochTimes

3/22 How to Deal With Teenage Attitude: Seven Tips for Parents – How to deal with teenage attitude – that’s what so many frustrated parents want to know. @Shareaholic

3/21 When not paying attention in class isn’t what it seems – This is a cool story about a high school kid who wants to know how school applies to the real world. @KaraNewhouse @MindShiftKQED

3/21 School Should Be Like A Video Game, Not A Movie. Imagine if students believed school was more like a video game than a movie. @ajjuliani

3/21 How to break down barriers and not accept limits – What can’t Candace Parker do? A two-time NCAA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time WNBA champion, Parker knows what it takes to fight for your dreams. Share this with young women you know. @Candace_Parker @TEDTalks

3/18 How to buy a house when you have student loan debt – Student loan debt doesn’t automatically preclude you from buying a house. While it does make the process more challenging, you can become a homeowner with student debt. Share with college grads you know. @zlwichter @Bankrate

3/18 Need a pep talk from kindergartners? A new hotline gives you options for joy. Call a new hotline, and you’ll get just that — encouraging words from a resilient group of kindergarten

3/14 Why You Shouldn’t Spank Your Kids and What To Do Instead – Spanking is linked to future behavioral and emotional problems. @clevelandclinic

3/14 Revamp teacher training curriculum. Current developments, particularly the increasing number of students and their schooling needs, must be taken into account. @staronline @anuar_hussin

3/12 ‘Britain’s wokest school’ gets downgraded by Ofsted as damning report says it placed more weight on ‘social justice’ than on ‘subject-specific knowledge and skills.’ What’s happening at you school? @guyadams @EleanorHarding @MailOnline

3/12 Using Social and Emotional Data to Promote a Positive School Culture – School leaders can combine traditional data with social and emotional data to get a full picture of the school experience of students and staff. @VictoriaCurry77 @Mr_Setaro @edutopia

3/10 It’s Only Kindergarten. Do We *Really* Need Homework? This is one parent’s experience that is worth a read by parents of young children. @PureWow @RosieSlots

3/10 Employers Are Changing How They View Training. Here are Education Trends They See Coming. Many of the largest employers in the country are changing how they approach offering training and education benefits to their employees. Can schools learn from this? @jryoung @EdSurge

3/10 How VR arts field trips expand access for underserved students – “We’ve heard a kid say, ‘This art is dope.’ We’ve heard a lot of kids say, ‘This experience is lit.’” @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

3/10 The FREE Lesson Plans and Resources You Aren’t Using but should be – Stop buying lesson plans and worksheets and access the wonderful free resources available to you. @Rich_Dixon @ShakeUpLearning

3/9 Lessons From the War in Ukraine: A History Teacher Shares Her Approach. First, they came with questions. Would there be a draft? Was this going to become World War III? What would an invasion of Ukraine mean for the United States? @jaclynborowski @educationweek

3/8 Baidu Launches Digital Platform for AI Sign Language. BBaidu Launches Digital Platform for AI Sign Language. @thePandaily

3/8 Four Ways to Support High-Performing World Language Learners – Differentiated tasks can help ensure that all learners in the classroom are engaged, including those who are ready for more challenges. @JohnPaulDelaR10 @edutopia

3/8 Tiger or Panda—what kind of a parent are you? Popular culture has given parenting styles names based on animals. Know how each one deals with their child. @indiatoday

3/7 Debunking the mysteries of deep reinforcement learning – Deep reinforcement learning is one of the most interesting branches of artificial intelligence. @bendee983 @thenextweb

3/7 Does my kid have a tech addiction? Many parents identify themselves as deep in the trenches of navigating screen time. @NimahGobir @MindShiftKQED

3/5 The ingenious way this teacher taught her kids a new language – Have all your kids’ screen time be in another language. @sarahembull @TheSun @nypost

3/5 How to Use the 5E Model in Your Science Classroom – An inquiry-focused method gives students a way to connect scientific ideas to their experiences and apply their learning. @GergesElissar @edutopia

3/4 Kids Use Play To Communicate. Here’s Why Adults Need To Pay Attention. The language of play isn’t just for children. It can also be a tool for adults to process the complex. @EdSurge #dannyjoestreehouse

3/4 Student Voice and Co-Leadership: What They Mean to Students – Empowering students to take charge of their learning not only inspires them to learn–it inspires them to make a difference. @Getting_Smart @AvaRichardson24

3/3 Five things that are motivating students even more than good grades – Engagement is rebounding as most students have spent most of this school year learning in-person. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

3/3 Leveraging Guest Speakers to Increase Student Learning – Guest speakers can share their work experience to show high school students how their studies connect to the world outside school. @ShaneLearning @edutopia

3/3 Reminder: Kids Still Love Learning. What’s so fascinating about this sentiment is that we all KNOW this intrinsically. @ajjuliani

3/3 Five Proven Ways to Boost Your Middle Schooler’s Math Confidence – Math is more than just a daunting and yet an invaluable subject, it is in fact a life skill. @Talentnook

3/2 Pinkcast 4.21. This is the one question to ask when you’re stuck on a decision. What would you tell your best friend to do. @DanielPink

3/2 How to Introduce New Tech in Districts, Without Tech Burnout – Before adding digital tools in the classroom, schools can benefit from purchase-related assessment and pre-implementation preparation. @Erbrer09

2/28 A helpful tool for finding an affordable college – The Scorecard is an online trove of federal data that can help prospective students choose the college that’s right for them – and, just maybe, avoid a lifetime of student debt and heartache. @NPRCoryTurner @MindShiftKQED

2/27 Try 10 digital tools to liven up learning and help students refresh. Despite talk of tech fatigue after the last two years, teachers can also use the web to provide refreshing digital brain breaks for their classes. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

2/27 War, Crisis, Tragedy: How to talk with kids when the news is scary – Child development experts advise parents, teachers, and other caregivers to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there. @anya1anya @NPRCoryTurner @MindShiftKQED

2/25 Lawmakers focus on university-based lab schools as state pushes new alternatives. A push to open more lab schools in Virginia, those backed by universities or colleges rather than local school boards, is raising more questions than answers. @Knott_Katherine @DailyProgress

2/25 Five themes shaping the future of work – When it comes to the world of work, COVID-19 has taught us an important lesson: that preparedness is everything. @Litpara1 @wef

2/24 Researcher Behind ‘10,000-Hour Rule’ Says Good Teaching Matters, Not Just Practice. According to the researchers the 10,000-hour tule is a bit more complicated when you dig into it. @jryoung @EdSurge @EmporiaStateIT

2/24 Charted: Money Can Buy Happiness After All – What’s the relationship between money and happiness? Previous studies have indicated that, while money can in fact buy happiness, it plateaus at approximately $75,000/year. @VisualCap

2/22 Five things that are motivating students even more than good grades – Engagement is rebounding as most students have spent most of this school year learning in person. @DA_magazine

2/22 How STEM can save the world through storytelling – TV personality Kari Byron and director/producer Jenny Buccos say educators are key to engaging and empowering all students. @ChrisBurtedu @DA_magazine @KariByron @jennybuccos

2/21 MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids. KQED reports on how teaching is evolving to better meet the needs of students and how caregivers can better guide their children. @MindShiftKQED

2/21 The Art of Remote Learning: How One Virtual School Recreated Traditional Class – Iowa Virtual Academy is a full-time virtual public school program of the Clayton Ridge Community School District. @LeahMcMensch @IowaWatch @YahooNews

2/18 How changing parental beliefs can build stronger vocabulary and math skills for young children – When we measured parental beliefs about child development among 479 parents of newborns living in the Chicago area, a striking pattern emerged. @ConversationUS

2/18 Professional Learning in Virtual Classrooms – Peer walk-throughs and other strategies help build community by facilitating interactions between teachers. @kristinedwards3 @edutopia

2/18 Can You Cure Motherhood Burnout? The Germans Seem to Think So. By giving exhausted moms a paid time-out, the Germans may have found the remedy for what ails you—if what ails you is the stress of raising a child. But is it as simple as that? @courtneytenz @harpersbazaarus

2/15 Photos of Progressive Classrooms, 1900-1950 – Thanks to Larry Cuban your kids can get a laugh out of what school looked like when their great grandparents went to school. @LarryCuban @CubanLarry

2/15 Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare When it comes to childcare, no country is perfect – a country can perform well on one metric but fall down elsewhere. @thejournal_ie

2/15 Gentle Parenting Is Not for the Weak of Heart. This trending parenting approach requires a lot of patience. @DashTheTweeter @FatherlyHQ

2/15 Are Children Raised With Absent Fathers Worse Off? Children raised by single mothers are more likely to fare worse on a number of dimensions, including their school achievement, their social and emotional development, their health, and their success in the labor market. @isawhill @BrookingsInst

2/13 Condomless Sex Is On The Rise. This Is Why Some People Don’t Use Them Anymore. Condoms are uncomfortable; maybe you haven’t found the right fit, or like the best condoms that could work. @blackmon @BuzzFeedNews

2/13 Two Grambling students on the cover of Ebony Magazine honoring Black women in STEM. This should inspire ALL young women. Please share. You have to unblock ads, but it’s worth the trouble. @_sabrinakaye @thenewsstar

2/13 Creating Authentic Writing Opportunities in the Science Classroom – Encouraging students to write more frequently in science classes helps them become strong, versatile writers and deepens their scientific thinking. @HoaPNguyen_ @edutopia

2/12 Future of School Leader Discusses Vision for Online Education – An outdated, one-size-fits-all model of education isn’t up to the task of educating 21st-century students (if it ever was). @askadamtorres @Yahoo

2/12 Curriculum Case Study: It’s Undeniable — Curriculum Matters for Everyone. Why Now Is the Time. Roughly half of the third-grade students in Massachusetts are not reading on grade level — not because of students’ abilities, but because of our pattern of denying them access to evidence-based literacy instruction, high-quality

2/11 A top researcher says it’s time to rethink our entire approach to preschool. Dale Farran has been studying early childhood education for half a century. Yet her most recent scientific publication has made her question everything she thought she knew. @dale_farrand @codyjohnson @anya1anya @NPR

2/11 More English language learners – If your district has more ELL students you should read this. @Alexis77795201 @PressHerald

2/9 Three Ways to Increase Tech Adoption in Higher Education – Here are some key strategies to encourage tech adoption that supports remote learning. @ameliapangg @EdTech_HigherEd

2/9 How Fan Fiction Can Do Wonders for Student Writing – Teachers can ignite students’ enthusiasm for writing with creative assignments based on the books they love to read. @HoaPNguyen_ @edutopia

2/9 Three Tips for Budding Entrepreneurs – Tech leaders share their best advice for launching and growing your business. @propelify @Entrepreneur

2/8 Why You Shouldn’t Spank Your Kids and What To Do Instead – Spanking is linked to future behavioral and emotional problems. @clevelandclinic

2/6 Have Your Mind Blown By This 3D Visualization Of The Deepest Underground Structures Beneath The Earth’s Surface – MetaBallStudios gives an eye-popping tour of the deepest man-made structures built below the surface of the planet. @MetaBallStudios

2/6 Study trips and experiential learning: from preparation to post-trip reflection. Rebecca Wang outlines the key steps to take before, during, and after a successful international field trip. @wangyi531

2/6 How to Create Custom Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids to Share – Making their own Valentine’s cards offers kids a creative outlet. @rmbyrne

2/5/2022 Error-riddled Virginia teachers union letter gets roasted on social media. Teachers’ unions have it bad eoung without this kind of news. @ellenfgallery @nypost @VEA4Kids

2/5/2022 Using Social Media to Boost Students’ Understanding of World Languages – Tweets and other social media posts give students a rich context for engaging with concepts in the target language. @edutopia @Anxo_Otero

2/5/2022 Reconsidering End of Year Grading for Student Mastery – There are better ways to assess student growth by including the students in the process. @mssackstein

1/31 Fostering a Feeling of Security in Young Students – Simple classroom tips for helping preschool and elementary students feel at ease and open to learning. @brukner_lauren @Edutopia

1/29 STEM Engagement Challenge: Winter Wonderland – Code your way through the winter season with our family engagement challenge! Download our FREE event kit to host your own Winter Wonderland adventure. @iRobotEducation

1/29 Remote Learning Advice for Teachers – In this episode, Kasey chats with Shake Up Learning Team member Jen Giffen about remote learning. @VirtualGiff @ShakeUpLearning

1/28 Teachers reevaluate remote learning amid the omicron wave. K-12 teachers share how remote learning has affected the kids, the classroom and the process of instruction. @Marketplace

1/28 How Google Classroom became teachers’ go-to tool—and why it’s fallen short. At a moment when schools are making dramatic changes, the edtech leader has been quiet on the big questions—like how to make remote learning work. @ainsleyoc @FastCompany

1/28 These 12-Minute Reflection Exercises Could Nearly Double Your Productivity And Happiness. If you do two very specific types of reflecting exercises, you could see huge boosts to your productivity and your happiness. @Forbes

1/27 Winners of the 2022 Top Ed Tech Products of the Year – Welcome to District Administration®’s second annual Top Ed-Tech Products of the Year awards. The goal is to spotlight the most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping district leaders meet the ever-evolving technology needs of their schools. @Eric_BIGfund @DA_magazine

1/27 Meet the ‘latte pappas’: Stay-at-home dads in Sweden Parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born. Each parent is entitled to 240 of those days. Parents can transfer days to each other, but dads must take at least 90 days. Otherwise, those days are lost. @pressjournal @Cetrie

1/27 University to Offer Connecticut’s First GenCyber Teacher Academy. The federally funded program will help prepare 25 Connecticut, high school educators, to teach and promote online safety and cybersecurity in the classroom. @ReneeChmiel @UNewHaven

1/26 Gain Confidence in your Self Image. It’s your own inner voice that can bring you down. This is good advice for your kids/students. @cpoole27

1/26 A Minnesota kindergarten program takes learning outside. By the 2023-2024 school year, school officials want to start transitioning the entire elementary to an outdoor, play-and-inquiry-based, environment-focused school. @ElizShockman @MPRnews

1/26 What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener? There are two kinds of parents in modern America, says Alison Gopnik in her recent book, The Gardener and the Carpenter. @AlisonGopnik @SashaIngber @NPR

1/24 Roles in Group Video Projects – Video projects provide a great opportunity for students to work together to create something all team members can be proud of. @rmbyrne

1/24 Effective Uses of Technology in Elementary School – Minimizing screen time and maximizing student interactions are worthwhile, but there are still good uses of technology in the elementary grades. @AvraRachel @edutopia

1/24 The top three skills employers are looking for in 2022, according to career experts – One of the biggest challenges of finding a new job is standing out among the competition: In a pile of hundreds, sometimes thousands of applications, why should a recruiter pick yours? Your kids should know this. @THEWORDSMITHM @CNBCMakeIt

1/23 This week is all about using positive affirmations to help you transform each day by using the first few minutes in the morning differently. Here is how to avoid daily distractions. @cpoole27

1/23 Online K-12 enrollment soars, raising funding, performance questions. The number of Wyoming students enrolled in virtual education programs quintupled last year, and it’s not yet clear how seamless that shift will be for the state’s K-12 learners or the institutions that serve them. What does this mean to your state? @county17news @WyoFile

1/22 Esports remains the best vehicle to reach all K-12 students. The pandemic may have slowed a bit of the fervor, but interest in gaming, learning in schools is still soaring. @ChrisBurtedu @DA_magazine

1/22 Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites – A few pointers on how to guide middle and high school students to determine whether a website offers accurate information. @BlankSlateEDU @edutopia

1/21 Foot & Ankle Strengthening & Stretch Exercise Program For Intrinsics, Arch, Athletes and Runners – You can do these while you are watching TV. I’m 74 and I think they are good for my feet. @E3Rehab

1/21 Hexagons are the Bestagons. If you want to teach about hexagons this video is for you. There is lots of cool math that you can share with upper elementary on up. @cgpgrey @SheardDavid

1/20 School reopening may hamper growth of edtech sector. The COVID-19 pandemic led to an exponential growth of the edtech sector and huge numbers of recruitment but experts believe that with the reopening of schools, this upward trajectory is likely to consolidate. @tt_edugraph

1/18 Signs in Teachers’ Classrooms – Larry Cuban has collected photos of real funny signs from real teachers’ classrooms. Consider sending him one of yours. @LarryCuban @CubanLarry

1/17 How Do Children Learn Reading and The Role of Parents – While a lot of people argue that reading, much like speech is a natural skill, it is not entirely true. Yes, the children are born with a natural instinct to read and speak, the skill of reading still remains an acquired one. @Talentnook

1/17 Three Secrets To Happiness At Work From Relationship Guru Esther Perel – What can a sex and intimacy expert tell us about workplace happiness? Turns out, she can tell us a lot. @EstherPerel @Forbes @manondefelice

1/16 Create an Alphabet Book on ReadWriteThink. Alphabet Organizer is a great little tool from Read Write Think that students can use to create alphabet charts and books. @rmbyrne @Larryferlazzo @RWTnow

1/16 Online education can be a great way for children to learn if we do it right. Online learning can be an excellent option for many students, and for some students, it’s the best option. However, it must be done properly. @SuzanneChisholm @globeandmail

1/15 How deep learning can improve productivity and boost business – Deep learning neural networks mimic the decision-making processes of the human brain by making a series of calculations to reach a conclusion. @beena_ammanath @KayFButterfield @WEF

1/15 Empowering Future Ambitions for Children in Underserved Communities – Bridge Nigeria provides life-changing education and offers the platform that puts children on a pathway to future success, irrespective of their socio-economic background. @vanguardngrnews

1/14 Why Great Leaders Take Humor Seriously – It seems that humor is a teachable sckill. @aaker @nbagdonas

1/14 Teaching Must Get More Flexible Before It Falls Apart. Teachers need to deal with the mismatch between changing expectations of workers, and what it’s like to work at a school. @simonrodberg@EdSurge

1/13 The Risk in Things that We Don’t Do – Sometime not doing something is more risky than doing it. There are also some good quotes here. You may have to reload the page to see them. @gcouros

1/13 Helping Young Writers Improve With a Unit on Word Choice – A series of lessons focused on word choice can help high-achieving elementary school writers learn to revise their work. @edutopia

1/13 Winners of the 2022 Top Ed-Tech Products of the Year – These companies will demo their winning products at FETC, Jan. 26-28 in Orlando. @DA_magazine

1/12 50 Remote Learning Resources for Teachers and Schools – Remote learning is tough! We all need as much support as we can get right now. @ShakeUpLearning

1/12 Trends Shaping Education in 2022 – Around the edges and behind the scenes three important shifts accelerated: new learning goals, team tools and staffing, and active learning. @tvanderark @Getting_Smart

1/12 %0 Nonviolent Video Games – Whether you’re looking for the best games for game-based learning or simply games that are fun to play, any of these games represent an impressive design achievement and are definitely worth a play. @TeachThought

1/12 Can texting parents improve school attendance? Texting parents can be an effective and inexpensive way to communicate the importance of student attendance, but to succeed district leaders should evaluate their needs and resources as well as understand the IT infrastructure required to meet their goals. @KaraArundel @K12DiveNews

1/11 The Science of Winter Olympics Sports – If you want to inject some Olympic excitement in to your science class these resources will help. @rmbyrne @SciShow @NSF @NBCNews

1/11 This week Chuck Poole’s Monday Minute is all about forgiving others. This challenge is one that goes deep and is designed to serve as a starting point toward moving forward. Since circumstances are different for each one of us, this process may take a lot longer for some of us than for others and that is ok. (Doug: You forgive others for your own well-being more than theirs.) @cpoole27

1/11 The Many Benefits of Strengths-Based IEPs – Individualized education programs that focus on learner competencies enhance student growth and increase parental involvement. @loftin_dr @edutopia

1/10 What Does it Mean to Be ‘Educated’ in the 21st Century? It’s not necessary for a body of information to be memorized, but rather a skill-set mastered to make infinite learning possible. @mssackstein

1/10 How to Motivate Students to Actually Do Homework and Reading – Much of our student’s educational experiences have taught them to search out the rewards for a transactional gauge of their actions in the form of points or grades. @bonni208 @EdSurge

1/10 Discover This Proven Formula to Teach Your Child to Read and Spell. Heavy usage of ‘sight words’ in teaching is what is actually detrimental to a child’s reading ability. @Talentnook

1/8 Investing in technologies for student learning: Four principles school boards and parents should consider. Technology, in its many forms, has been present in the classroom since the introduction of the blackboard, followed decades later by the overhead projector. @ConversationCA

1/8 Creating Video Guides to Prepare Students for Science Labs – Teachers can share detailed instructions ahead of time so students arrive at the lab-ready to maximize their experiential learning. @alisonstoneCBSD @edutopia

1/7 Even English Teachers Make Grammar Mistakes. Making mistakes publicly is hard and sometimes it even paralyzes some into not trying at all. I’d rather try and fail with the opportunity to try again than not give it a whirl because of fear. @mssackstein

1/6 How Schools Can Support Older Students Who Lag in Reading – Thanks to the pandemic your school may have older older readers who need lessons typically taught in earlier grades. @s_e_schwartz @educationweek

1/6 A New Mindset for Teachers: Self-Care Is Not Selfish. Teachers need to recognize when they are reaching the point of diminishing returns and take some time for themselves. @EdSUrge

1/5/2922 Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work – Understanding how we learn best is one of the keys to growth as human beings. This essential metacognitive skill is not innate and must be modeled and taught in school starting as early as possible. @mssackstein

1/5/2922 An Inductive Model for Teaching World Languages – Teachers can create lessons that engage students as active learners to improve their understanding of how languages work. @edutopia

1/5/2922 Consider a Donation to the Memory Maker Project. This organization uses art to help people with dementia reconnect with their memories. Not being able to visit nursing homes has been a bit hit on their funding. You can also check them out on Instagram.

12/31 Homework, Friend or Foe? It’s time to rebrand our concept of “homework” – we need to give it a facelift and use it appropriately. @mssackstein

1/31 Teaching with Compassion: Tools for creating magnificent days – Veteran teacher and author James Sturtevant shares 7 ideas for living and teaching in an authentic, enthusiastic, and relevant way. @10publications

1/31 Three Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential – Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring. @mmcdowell13 #@edutopia

12/30 50 Tech Tuesday Tips – Richard Byrne’s eBook for Busy Tech Coaches – Are you a tech coach, a tech integrator, a media specialist, or a teacher who gets asked to put on workshops after school or on staff development days? Do you need ideas for what to do during those workshops? @rmbyrne

12/30 Five ways ed-tech will transform PD post-COVID – Stimulus funds can enhance teacher observations, feedback and collaboration. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

12/30 Photos of Teachers Teaching During Pandemic – Larry Cuban has sampled photos from a large cache of images that captured one moment in a classroom during the pandemic. @LarryCuban @CubahLarry

12/30 For kids grappling with the pandemic’s traumas, art classes can be an oasis. School’s a little different this year, so art teachers are using their classes to help kids cope. @MindShiftKQED

12/29 Is it Time to Reconsider Graduation Requirements for High School? Do high school and higher education as we know it truly prepare students for the real world? @mssackstein

12/29 The Teaching Profession in 2021 (in Charts) – Teaching in 2021 brought continued challenges and stressors as teachers navigated the second year of the pandemic. See how you and your school compare. @madeline_will @educationweek

12/28 A New Way to Help Young People with Their Mental Health – TED Fellow Tom Osborn wants more young people to have access to the mental health support they need. With the Shamiri Institute, he and his team are training 18- to 22-year-olds to deliver evidence-based mental health care to their peers in Kenya. @TomLeeOsborn @ShamiriTeam @TEDTalks

12/28 Three Teacher-Tested Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset – Today’s guest bloggers are Mary C. Murphy, a professor at Indiana University; Christine Logel, an associate professor at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo; and Jamie M. Carroll, an associate project director for the National Mindset Innovation Network. @Christine_Logel @MxryMxrphy

12/28 Improving Persuasive Writing With Evidence Scavenger Hunts – When students compete in teams to weigh and evaluate evidence from a text, the work of revising essays becomes much more engaging. @edutopia

12/27 Voxer Gives Voice to Feedback. Couple Voxer with Google docs for written feedback and you’ve covered your bases for different kinds of learners. @mssackstein @voxer

12/27 The Pandemic’s Remote Learning Legacy: A Lot Worth Keeping – As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking what should we keep after the pandemic? @SarahMatusek @sjoel59 @The74 @csmonitor

12/27 Three Apps to Make Differentiation Easier in Kindergarten – Short, developmentally appropriate sessions with educational apps can help students who start in different places academically make learning gains. @KokaniRaquel @edutopia

12/24 Semantics in Education: People Are Very Attached to Their Titles, Education, as well as other polarizing professions, has a way of assigning value to semantics in a very personal way and with any kind of discussion of reform or talk of these semantics, the emotional response ends up being more important than the conversation at hand. @mssackstein

12/24 How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different – In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different? @terryheickedu @TeachThought

12/23 Pinkcast: This is how to make New Year’s resolutions like a pro. Make as many as you can and then pick one to do. Also, be sure to order his new book. @DanielPink

12/23 Math Anxiety Hurts Too Many Kids. Here’s How We Can Curb It. Discomfort with math is widespread in the general population and women tend to report higher math anxiety than men. @susanna_brock @EdSurge

12/23 21 Activities and Lessons That Have a Winter Theme – Even if you aren’t a big fan of winter you and your kids can still have some fun while learning at the same time. @rmbyrne

1/22 Five Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age – It helps in keeping the brain healthy, active, and more receptive to learning in general. @Talentnook

1/22 Why PE matters for student academics and wellness right now – The full impact of the pandemic on kids’ health and fitness won’t be known for some time. But it’s already caused at least a short-term spike in childhood obesity. @kfieldCHE @MindShiftKQED @hechingerreport

1/22 rrrUsing Drawings for Formative Assessment – Asking middle and high school students to sketch something they’re learning can give teachers a clear sense of what they do and don’t understand. @ShvetaMiller @edutopia

12/21 A New Teachonomy Monday Minute Personal Growth Challenge – If you are looking for quick good advice Chuck Poole has it. @TeachonomyEdu

12/20 Best of the Web 2021 – Free Webinar Next Tuesday (12/21/2021) – Every year Richard Byrne reviews hundreds of new websites, apps, and other educational technology tools. And every year he gives a “best of” presentation about his favorite new and updated tools of the year. @rmbyrne

2/19 How virtual schools built to outlast COVID give districts a competitive edge – The COVID experience convinced Kennewick School District in Eastern Washington to open an alternative high school-based online program for all students in the system. @Zalaznick @universitybiz @DA_magazine

2/19 The Success Formula of Vision, Collaboration, and Courage – Suzi Dafnis is the CEO at HerBusiness. It is a global connection network for over 30,000 women in business to get the mentors, contacts, referrals, knowledge, and skills they need to grow their confidence, make more money, build their businesses, expand their network and create the lives they love. @jeffbullas @SuziDafnis

2/19 Online Gaming Is the New Therapist’s Office. Plenty of us play to let off steam, but online multiplayer and single-player gaming can be healing in the hands of mental health professionals. @GinaRichWriter @WIRED

12/18 Generation XXX: Billie Eilish is right about how porn warps kids. Parent need to talk to their kids about this. There is a chapter in my book on this subject. @BarbaraRKay @nypost

12/18 Researcher Behind ‘10,000-Hour Rule’ Says Good Teaching Matters, Not Just Practice. Practice is important, and it’s surprising how much it takes to master something complicated. But research suggests that someone could practice for thousands of hours and still not be a master performer. @jryoung @EdSurge @Gladwell

12/17Repair the Harm: Teaching students to take direct responsibility for their actions. Suspensions, detentions, and referrals to the office all have one common flaw: they are exclusionary processes. @10publications

12/16 The Best Explanation Of America’s Broadband Internet Problem We’ve Ever Heard Why is America’s internet so slow? Cheddar’s Karin Shedd explains why the FCC might be the main culprit. @cheddar

12/15 How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching – Softer, more sensitive, and acutely aware of how words impact young people, I’m always trying to see myself through their eyes. @mssackstein

12/15 Four Questions to Help You Decide if University Is for You – University does indeed have its benefits for many young people in terms of career prospects and gaining valuable life experience. That said, there are also times when not enough consideration is given to what might be best for the individual. @StudentLifeNet @LevityDigital @_feedspot

12/14 Parents more equipped for home learning than teachers. Home learning was more easily embraced by parents than teachers, with parents saying they had the tech in place for remote schooling. @ClareEllenMcD @ComputerWeekly

12/14 Six Challenges for Science Educators – Hefty segments of the public mistrust the scientific consensus, whether it’s on the causes of climate change, the safety and efficacy of the vaccines created to combat COVID-19 or the seriousness of the threat posed by the virus. @dviadero @SarahDSparks @educationweek

12/14 How Math Journals Help Students Process Their Learning – By reflecting on their math work in writing and drawings, students see what they’ve learned and find areas where they need to improve. @edutopia

12/14 50 Smart Project-Based Learning Ideas – While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effect

12/12 11 Signs Of Self-Pity And How To Overcome – All self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously. Of all human habits, chronic self-pity is perhaps the most unhealthy. @TheMindsJournal

12/12 Seven Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset Quizzes to Try Today – Do you wonder what your dominant mindset is? Try these quizzes to see if you have a growth mindset. Also, see my summary of Carik Dweck’s Mindset book. @habitsguy @1976write

12/12 How music can help kids learn literacy skills – From hearing lullabies to the sing-song lilt of a parent’s voice, babies form strong connections with their caregivers through sound and song. Think about the way we instinctively bounce or rock fussy babies. @dfkris @MindShiftKQE @brainvolts

12/11 New paper by Jo Boaler & Tanya LaMar – Our paper on special education aims to communicate scientific evidence in two main areas. @joboaler @TanyaLaMar1

12/11 Six classroom resources that help students become digital citizens – With so many students interacting and having access to social media and digital tools, they need to develop the right skills to navigate these spaces and be prepared to deal with any challenges or barriers that may arise. @Rdene915 @thriveinedu @neolms @rdene915

12/11 Seven Ideas for Crafting Comics in History Classes – Create short biographies of historical figures. Have students select a key moment from a person’s life. Then ask your students to illustrate that moment. @rmbyrne

12/11 How to prime your brain for those big, breakthrough ideas – To develop fresh, novel ideas that turn into amazing projects, you must make mental space. If you get a good idea be sure to tell it to your phone. @DinaDSmith @FastCoWorkLife @AdaptNowEditors

12/10 11 Reasons to Bring Paper to Your District – Paper is a platform that gives students the ability to get support any time they need it. Students can use Paper’s platform to get help right away with any homework problem. @ClassTechTips

12/8 Teachers vs Educators: Which Are You? Teaching isn’t just a job to an educator, it’s a calling. It’s passion and commitment and a desire to amplify the voices and dreams of the many children whose lives touch them as much as the educator touches theirs. Also watch Starr Sachstein’s TED Talk. @mssackstein

12/7 COVID-19 Is a Science Lesson Waiting to Happen. Teachers say that talking about COVID-19 in science class can provide real-world examples of biological processes, start conversations about information literacy, and give students a space to process their emotions about how the virus has affected their lives. @s_e_schwartz @educationweek

12/7 The Neuroscience of Building a Resilient Brain – Resilience is the process of adapting in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress, such as family or relationship problems, serious health challenges, or workplace and financial issues. It means “bouncing back” from difficult life experiences. @dlhampton

12/6 #FocusED on Assessing With Respect – Starr Sackstein does a guest appearance on the FocusedEd podcast. She is now a full-time consultant with the Core Collaborative, working with teams on assessment reform and bringing student voice to the front of all classroom learning. @mssackstein @TSH302

12/6 Seven Ways to Build More Mindfulness Into Your Day – If there was a free pill you could take daily that had the potential to help make you mentally and physically healthier and change your brain for the better, you’d probably take it, right? @dlhampton

12/4 School Leaders Take Note: Teacher Care is a Lot More Than Self-Care. If you get burned in a fire, you first treat the wound, but you also try to put the fire out. In education, we treat the wound and then usher our teachers back into the fire. @SeanTSlade @EdSurge

12/4 Designing Meaningful Assessments in World Language Classes – Tests in the target language should gauge reading and listening comprehension as well as writing and conversational skills. @ElenaSpathis

12/4 10+ fun & educational gift ideas for children – Not wanting to buy your kids toys that they end up getting tired of playing with!? Then this list of educational, yet fun gift ideas is just what you’re looking for. @themomtessorian @icsfblog

12/3 Learning Library Skills is Still Important. Google searches are great preliminary starting points for research but once students make it to the academic big time of college, they need to know how to navigate an academic library to ensure optimal success. @mssackstein

12/3 Online Music Lessons for Kids: How to Choose the Right One – Neuroscience studies have proved that learning music is great for the brain’s growth and development in kids. @Talentnook

12/1/2021 Why Learning Centers for Secondary? Recently Starr Sackstein and her co-author Karen Terwilliger had the opportunity to discuss why Learning Centers is an important instructional strategy for secondary teachers to use in order to position students to truly own their learning. @mssackstein @MrsKTerwilliger

12/1/2021 Simply labeling a plan ‘strategic’ doesn’t make it so. Weighing strategic alternatives—such as different combinations of moves and scenarios with different levels of resources and risk attached—is the essence of strategy development. @McKinsey @AshokNellikar @bimedotcom @antgrasso @IanLJones98

11/30 A Guide to Diffusing Charged Conversations With Parents On almost any polarizing subject, you can both stand your ground and seek common ground by replacing the “either/or” paradigm with the “both/and” lens. @IrshadManji @MoralCourage

11/30 Game-based learning as play with purpose – Games as learning environment require a teacher or sport coach to use behavioural, cognitive, constructivist, and ecological elements. @pilly66 @leticarino @ImSporticus

11/30 Why the arts and humanities are critical to the future of tech – In the 2022 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, two institutions renowned for science and technology topped the list for arts and humanities. @Phil_Baty @wef @junjudapi

11/28 When Collaboration Fails and How to Fix It – Leaders can diagnose team dysfunction by looking for six common patterns. @mitsmr @RobCrossNetwork @YvesMulkers @mitsmr

11/28 The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn. This story is part of an EdSurge Research series about how educators are changing their practices to reach all learners. @PatriceBain1 @EdSurge

11/28 The Benefits of Play-Based Learning For All Ages – Research has long demonstrated the importance of play and its connections to learning, brain development, skill acquisition, and social-emotional learning. @mwniehoff @Getting_Smart
11/27 FETC speaker shares five ways to energize students with ed-tech diversity. Exciting and engaging students is perhaps the best reason for using ed-tech and instructional technology. @DA_magazine

11/27 The Importance of Teacher Clarity – When the author was a student, teacher clarity was not a thing. She never knew what she was learning or why she was learning it. She just blindly accepted what the class was doing as necessary without making any real connection between it and the rest of her life. @MrsMelBTHS @mssackstein

11/27 The Big List of Tools for a Variety of Classroom Video Projects – These are videos that require minimal, if any, editing before publication. In this type of video creation activity, teachers will pose a prompt to their students and their students will respond with a short video statement. @Flipgrid @rmbyrne

1/26 When Collaboration Fails and How to Fix It – Leaders can diagnose team dysfunction by looking for six common patterns. @mitsmr @RobCrossNetwork @YvesMulkers @mitsmr

11/26 The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn. This story is part of an EdSurge Research series about how educators are changing their practices to reach all learners. @PatriceBain1 @EdSurge

11/26 The Benefits of Play-Based Learning For All Ages – Research has long demonstrated the importance of play and its connections to learning, brain development, skill acquisition, and social-emotional learning. @mwniehoff @Getting_Smart

11/25 Pinkcast 4.15. This is how to overcome awkwardness and hand out some compliments. Have you ever wanted to compliment someone, then resisted because you feared it might seem a little creepy? That’s a big mistake, says Cornell University social psychologist Vanessa Bohns. This is great advice in only two minutes. @DanielPink @profbohns @ericaboothby

11/24 Defining Grades: A Middle School’s Approach to Grading Reform – Read how one school started grading for mastery rather than behavior. @AMLE @8ennett @DrBakerHerring @mctownsley @gastonschools

11/24 Time-Saving Tips and Tools for Teachers (Part 2) – Learn tips and tools to help you save clicks, paper, grading time, and frustration. Every teacher needs these tips. @ShakeUpLearning

11/23 Edupreneurs Unite – Listen to the Dr. Will Show about Mastery Portfolio [podcast]. Recently Starr Sackstein had the pleasure of discussing Mastery Portfolio with Dr. Will. You can also check out thehome page of the Dr. Will podcast. @mssackstein @iamDrWill

11/23 A Powerful and Easy Strategy for Teaching Text Evidence – This looks like a good strategy for elementary teachers. @EmilyforEdu @TCEA @8Amber8

11/23 Should schools require the COVID vaccine? Many experts say it’s too soon. California has become the first state to announce that it will add this vaccine to its list of the shots required for all school children. What is your state and district doing? @anya1anya @MindShiftKQED

11/22 Exploring the World of Virtual FIrld Trips – Consider subscribing to this find series of podcasts. @ClassTechTips

11/22 Helping Students Process Their Feelings During Remote Learning – When classes resume, elementary students will benefit from intentional routines designed to maintain emotional well-being. @edutopia @sara_lahayne @move_thisworld

11/20 Become a Guide on the Side with Student Learning Centers. One way we can engage all of our students, create autonomous learning experiences, and foster student leadership is through learning centers. @mssackstein

11/20 Goddard Kansas school district orders 29 books removed from circulation. How many of these books are still in your school’s library? If they are, what do you and your students think? @SuzPerezICT @KMUW @sree @MollyJongFast

11/19 Five Ways to Rethink Curriculum in 2022 and Beyond – The pandemic has made everyone in education think about what we need to cut, keep, and create. @ajjuliani

11/19 Connecting to Nature is Essential to Our Well-being. Our world appears painfully divided, and yet, when we ask educational visioning workshop participants around the world what is most important to them, a connection to nature consistently rises to the top. @Getting_Smart

11/19 New Jersey high school QB has eight TDs one day after mom died. Get out the tissues before you watch this. It’s sad but inspirational. I wouldn’t be Dr. Doug without my wife’s inspiration. @sportsrapport @nypost

11/17 Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Home Abuse – I have a lot of friends with aging parents who are in nursing homes. Share this with anyone in that situation. This is not a paid ad. @IllinoisInjury

11/17 Time-Saving Tips and Tools for Teachers – Let’s face it. As teachers, your time is precious. You only have so much time with your students, and you want to maximize that time for learning. @ShakeUpLearning

11/16 Teachers Want Their Administrators to Teach. Here’s Why. Regular connection to the classroom, and to students, can make principals stronger, more empathetic leaders. @Mr_dabreu @mellytheteach @mwriser @Migas4Edu @educationweek

11/15 A new world of behavior change awaits!. Classcraft lets you chieve equitable outcomes with your SEL, PBIS, MTSS and behavioral RTI initiatives. @classcraftgame

11/15 Graduation Must Depend on Learning, Not Time. In schools across our country, time is the constant, and the quality of learning is the variable. Does this make sense to you? @MorceaseBeasley @MiamiSup @SDPHite @SuptJaraCCSD @drmonicaceo @JerryAlmendarez @educationweek

111/13 How Schools Can Stem the Toxic Tide of Technology – Students’ relationships, motivation, mood, sleep, and safety—all are at risk. @HargreavesBC @educationweek

111/13 Distracted? These Four Learning Strategies Can Help. If teaching were like following a recipe, it would be a much easier job. Unlike the reliable and straightforward process of baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies, practices that work in a morning class may not work the same way in the afternoon. @NimahGobir @MindShiftKQED

11/12 Why arts subjects were hit so hard in the pandemic – Recent data from the ONS revealed surprising insights into how badly hit arts subjects were by the pandemic – and how hard the return to school has been too. @tes @KMaster49620335 @ms_williams100

11/11 Five Ways for Principals to Turn Crisis Into Professional Development – Are there lessons for principals to learn to sharpen their leadership skills for the next unknown crisis? @AriannaProthero @educationweek

11/11 Reinforcement Learning 101 – Experts Explain – AI is an extremely diversified field, with various subsets under its umbrella, including Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Reinforcement Learning to name but a few. @teamrework @jijenghi @ipfconline1 @KirkDBorne

11/11 Exit Ticket Tools and 15 Questions – Conducting an exit ticket activity at the end of a class is a favorite way to get some additional insight into how my students feel about the topic, that day’s lesson, or just their general state of mind. @rmbyrne @TamraDollar @TCEA

11/10 Coaching for New Principals Can Provide a Critical Pillar of Support. When you step through that door of the principal’s office, you really don’t know what you don’t know. @drsuperville @MProvoCFISD @jaclynborowski @educationweek

11/9 Why You Should Allow Students to Retake Tests – There is a chart from the book, Evolving Education, identifies the general assessment practices that improve the learning process versus those that can hinder it. @KatieMartinEdu @RStiggins @JanChappuis

11/9 How Can Schools Help to Welcome Young Afghan Newcomers? This applies to kids from any other different culture. At least act you are happy to see them. They really can have a positive impact on your school. @cyril_bennouna @EdSurge

11/9 Five Metacognitive Questions For Students Learning New Material – New materials can leave kids in the fog. Here are five metacognitive questions they can use to find their way and become more independent learners. @edutopia @tatertutt

11/8 The Great Thanksgiving Listen – The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of our times by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire. @StoryCorps @rmbyrne

11/8 Put Humor To Work For You! Finally, a course with no studying or cramming necessary. Learn your humor style—nobody’s funny is the same—when you take our boot camp. And set yourself up to wield it as your superpower in work and in life. After all, humor is serious business. @nbagdonas @aaker

11/6 Why Personalized Learning Works in Some Schools, But Not in Others. What Test Scores Say – So what does personalized learning look like in schools that perform well on standardized tests versus those that perform poorly? @AlysonRKlein @educationweek

11/6 Student-Led Conferences Paired with VoiceThread – Buckland Mills Elementary School implemented Student Led Conferences nine years ago. @voicethread @jc_james_clark

11/6 Supporting Social-Emotional Learning and Digital Leadership with Buncee Social-emotional learning is a hot topic right now and many teachers are scouring the internet for resources to support their students in this way. @JCasaTodd @froehlichm @Buncee

11/6 Setting the Stage for Current and Future Learner Success – The traditional goal of any education system is to prepare students for either college or careers. Over the years, while this view still holds value, the context has changed dramatically. @E_Sheninger @leedrury

11/5 Transformational vs. Instructional Leadership. Which Is Better? We need transformational leaders who inspire followers to achieve extraordinary outcomes and develop their own leadership capacity. @SeanTSlade @am_gallagher @educationweek

11/5 Using Art to Teach Critical Literacy Skills – Fusing the study of art and literary texts is a great way to foster analytic thinking in high school learners. @edutopia

11/4 Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset.’ Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton professor of psychology at Stanford University and the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Here is a link to my summary. @MindsetWorks @educationweek

11/4 Using Hexagons to Build Critical Thinking Skills – This simple, flexible activity gets students collaborating to make connections between key themes—in any unit you are teaching. @edutopia

11/4 How to Write Smart Goals for Educational Technology – Educational technology may drive you in various fun and new ways—from widening your knowledge with new lectures to cognitively broadening your ideas. @PVPLive @NYSCATE

11/4 10+ fun & educational gift ideas for children – Not wanting to buy your kids toys that they end up getting tired of playing with!? Then this list of educational, yet fun gift ideas is just what you’re looking for. @themomtessorian @icsfblog

11/3 Three things schools need to know about quality remote learning after COVID – Online is no longer any easier than in-person instruction, one administrator says. @Zalaznick @universitybiz @DA_magazine

11/3 Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik | TEDxUWLaCrosse – The idea that learning styles don’t exist is relatively new, but it’s something teachers need to know about. @teemul @YoukiTerada @TEDxUWLaCrosse

11/3 Twelve Digital Tools for Innovative Educators – Ever since schools first closed in March of 2020, educators and students have been exploring new methods and tools to keep the learning going and to find ways to engage students in learning. @RDene915 @Getting_Smart

11/1 Face recognition in schools normalizes surveillance — and threatens kids’ privacy. What do you and your students think about the school using facial recognition? @thenextweb @DrYoyoIssraporn @tobiaskintzel

11/1 Highlighting Is Ineffective—Here’s How to Change That
Research shows that typical highlighting may hinder learning. Here are three highlighting strategies that actually work. @YoukiTerada @edutopia

>10/31 What You Can Learn from 2,000 Obituaries – Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: “Who died today?” Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, what achievement looks like over a lifetime. I read the NY Times daily for inspiration. @LuxNarayan @TEDTalks

10/31 Interactive Simulations for Science and Math – PhET is a service that provides free interactive math and science simulations covering topics in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics. @PhETsims @rmbyrne

10/29 Master the Art & Science of PBL Unit Design – Project-based learning is a powerful way to engage students in rigorous, authentic learning—but without a well-designed unit plan, it’s virtually impossible to cover the standards. @ThePBLN

10/29 Shifting The Grades Mindset – Here are a few issues with traditional grading that must be hacked. @10publications @markbarnes19

10/28 Why Mastery Portfolio? Shifting away from traditional grading practices is challenging, but that obstacle shouldn’t deter any educator who is interested in doing what is best for all kids. @mssackstein

10/26 How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers – Creating digital resources for students is important, but we must make sure they’re accessible to all students. Here are some tips. @jmattmiller @DitchThatTxtbk

10/26 Easy Ways to Bring Your Students Outside – The classroom isn’t the only place students can learn—use these activities to bring them outside for a while, which can relieve stress. @outsideteacher @edutopia

10/26 Why empathy is a must-have business strategy – COVID-19 has pushed us all to our limits. Many of us are exhausted emotionally and physically, giving rise to workplace burnout. @HaroldSinnott @wef

10/26 Building Digital Citizenship Skills with Book Creator – With an increase in the use of technology, especially during the past school year, educators need to intentionally create opportunities for students to build digital citizenship skills in our classrooms by exploring the digital tools and learning experiences that we can provide with them. @Rdene915 @thriveinedu

10/25 WorldCover Viewer is a new interactive land use map produced by the European Space Agency. The map lets visitors see how land is used worldwide and in specific places. @esascience @rmbyrne

10/23 State Test Results Are In. Are They Useless? In my view they have always been harmful, which is worse than useless. @cgewertz @educationweek

10/23 How Schools are Using Canva to Spark Student Creativity and Engagement – Canva is a user-friendly platform that allows the user to rapidly create custom visual content by using varied templates available. The platform is free to use and offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality. @etr_in @canva

10/23 Personalized Instruction: The Key to Academic and Career Success. When faced with so many challenges, it’s difficult for educators and community leaders to determine which needs to address first and how to help. @Getting_Smart

10/22 Teachers Are Sharing Their Worst Mistakes to Help Others Feel Less Alone. We all make mistakes. But for educators, mistakes can be particularly hard to deal with. @jryoung @EdSurge

10/22 Five Quick Stress Busters for Teachers – Instead of pushing through anxiety and stress, you may be able to calm yourself and potentially add more balance to the rest of your day. @froehlichm @edutopia

10/21 Homework Reimagined: A Case for Continuous Learning – Continuous learning assignments should be: differentiated, purposeful, empowering, and inspiring. @emmajchiappetta @WATigers @mssackstein

10/21 How to Teach Older Students Social-Emotional Skills? Try Civics. Civic engagement is the oil that keeps the gears of democracy working. But what exactly are the behaviors of an engaged citizen? @AriannaProthero @EducationWeek

10/20 Why the Most Successful Leaders Don’t Care About Being Liked – Being liked is fleeting. Here’s what matters more. @DEBORAHGRIEGEL @Inc @LLLloyd1

10/20 Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism – Here are 17 strategies that just about any teacher can use right away. Today, most teachers are likely to have to deal with autistic students to some extent. @EducatorsTech @TCEA

10/19 Three steps businesses can take to reduce bias in AI systems – There is bias in AI systems even if it’s unintended. Here we find some ways to deal with it. @lorenablasco @LSEnews @Khulood_Almani @wef

10/19 Sixty Digital exit tickets for teachers – The ultimate exit ticket guide – How are you supposed to know at what stage your students understand the content given in class? Exit tickets are the perfect solution to facilitate this step. @ibookwidgets @EducatorsTech @TCEA

10/18 Five Things that Transform a School – This resource also contains links to five great short videos. @eduwells @TheresaStager @TCEA

10/18 Six Building blocks for a Successful Edtech Strategy – Building a successful edtech strategy boils down to goal setting and finding the right foundations from the beginning. @neolms @RickettsKate

10/18 Higher Education Needs to Move Toward Mass-Personalization. Every industry, from health sciences to marketing to manufacturing, is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to facilitate the delivery of mass-personalization, yet education has been slow in its adoption. @SusanFourtane @FierceEducation @bimedotcom

10/17 Observe, Ask, and Implement: Ways to Support Students in Overcoming Their Own Anxiety. Anxiety is a “quiet” illness; it’s neither physical nor always visible. Additionally, symptoms can be different from student to student, and from day to day. @10publication @markbarnes19

10/16 Privacy, Porn, and Parents in the Room: Sex Education’s Pandemic Challenges – Sex education involves delicate discussions at the best of times, but the last year has brought unprecedented challenges for students and teachers alike. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

10/16 How to Use Microtracking to Promote Student Autonomy – Guiding students to create lists of learning objectives and what they need to do to meet those goals on time can boost their independence. @amsuad @edutopia

10/14 Earth-Shaking Learning That Kids Love – NoRILLA is a patented mixed-reality educational system bridging physical and virtual worlds to improve STEM learning. @NesraYannier @NorillaLearning

10/14 Five Ways To Teach Empathy For Children Of All Ages – When we think of success, skills like collaboration, time management, and critical thinking may immediately come to mind. While these skills are important, many 21st century employers argue that empathy—the ability to identify with others and share their emotions—is at the heart of success. @teachmag @dalstonEDU @MTPSMattkirk

10/14 The Advanced Placement Racket – Advanced Placement courses harm students and enrich College Board executives. This is Dr. Peter Grey’s opinion. What’s yours? @StevenSinger3 @coopmike48 @PsychToday @DianeRavitch

10/13 “First Lines” Strategy – Check out this strategy from Chuck Poole at Teachonomy. JOIN Teachonomy Edu for FREE and grab the Downloadable Materials. @cpoole27 @TeachonomyEdu

10/13 I am an Administrator, but I am NOT the Punisher. The administration in schools has long been deemed as the people who take care of misbehaving children and staff. @bethhill2829 @DisruptEdToday

10/13 15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google – Collaboration is a critical twenty-first-century skill for our students. Finding ways to facilitate and support collaboration in the classroom is not always easy. @ShakeUpLearning @PearDeck @Flipgrid @padlet @nearpod @Seesaw @GetKahoot @BookCreatorApp @CoSpaces_Edu @Buncee @OneNoteEDU @WeVideo @classcraftgame @InsertLearning @soundtrap

10/13 Five Practices of Truly Tech-Savvy Teachers – The pandemic has been referred to as the biggest educational experiment in history. And it’s not over yet. But already, emerging evidence strongly suggests that teachers and other K-12 educators will continue using technology well after the pandemic recedes. @Eheubeck @educationweek

10/12 Setting the Stage for Current and Future Learner Success – With knowledge readily available and the means to seamlessly engage in digital spaces now the norm, educators need to keep pace and ensure that the strategies they use will serve learners well into the future. @E_Sheninger @LRobbTeacher

10/12 Short Breaks Help Students—and Teachers—Find Their Calm. Simple, quick exercises improve mindfulness, self-regulation, and well-being, for both students and teachers. @edutopia

10/10 Core Leadership Values of Successful Leaders – Understanding the core leadership values is crucial if you want to identify and improve your leadership style. These values are your guiding principles and reflect what you believe is important and worthwhile.

10/10 Master the Art & Science of PBL Unit Design. Project-based learning is a powerful way to engage students in rigorous, authentic learning—but without a well-designed unit plan, it’s virtually impossible to cover the standards. @ThePBLN

10/9 How edtech helps students demonstrate learning in more than one way – Our decisions need to focus on helping students by designing assessments and ways to show what they have learned while also promoting voice and choice in learning. @Rdene915 @neolms @mjmcalliwrites

10/9 Borrowed a School Laptop? Mind Your Open Tabs. Students—many from lower-income households—were likely to use school-issued devices for remote learning. But the devices often contained monitoring software. @sidneyfussell @WIRED

10/7 Five ways schools can more fairly and safely monitor students’ online activities – Students in higher-poverty districts are subjected to more monitoring than those in wealthier districts. @Zalaznick @DA_magazine

10/7 Whatever Happened to Digital Textbooks? Larry Cuban fell for the hype about digital textbooks being cheaper and easily accessible to students and teachers without allowing for the innate conservatism of public school officials and teachers. @LarryCuban @CubanLarry

10/5 I Was a ‘Master’ Procrastinator. Here’s the Simple 5-Step Method I Used to Quit the Habit. Fighting procrastination is a life-long battle, but it’s a winnable one–if you use principles of emotional intelligence. @JustinJBariso @Inc

10/5 Leading the Way on Technology Integration – School leaders can shape technology use on campus so that the whole school has a consistent approach that improves outcomes for students. @VictoriaTheTech @eduopia

10/5 Preventing Cyberbullying Resources – Cyberbullying or electronic bullying is a growing problem that destroys young lives by exacerbating or causing mental health and substance use disorders. To prevent those harms, take precautions before cyberbullying starts. @SunshineBehavi1

10/4 Learning Library Skills is Still Important. Google searches are great preliminary starting points for research but once students make it to the academic big time of college, they need to know how to navigate an academic library to ensure optimal success. @mssackstein

10/4 Welcome to the What’s Best for Kids Library
Free live virtual events and video sessions from Times 10 Publications are now available. @markbarnes19 @burnedinteacher

10/2 Personalized learning transfer means book to brain knowledge transfer. Book is the transfer source of knowledge and the student’s brain is the transfer target of learning. This is the universal law of the school ecosystem in which the flow of knowledge transfer describes the mechanism of learning transfer. @Learnography @Zeid_factor

10/2 The Pandemic Makes Dyslexia a Greater Challenge. But We Know How to Solve It. Looking at the differences in learning lost between two different groups of students, one from Sweden and one from England, may shed light on how best to help students with dyslexia in the United States. @goseimyr @EdSurge

10/2 Creating a Culture of Trust In Your Classroom: The Twin Pillars of Authenticity and Vulnerability. Living into our values means that we do more than profess our values, we practice them. @aaronschorn @Getting_Smart

10/1 Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019 – The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has been documenting attempts to ban books in libraries and schools since 1990. Which books does your school ban? I read several of these in high school. @OIF @WBNG12News

10/1 Strategies for Teaching Students to Estimate – When students practice rounding numbers and estimating answers to problems, these ideas can guide them to get more precise over time. @edutopia

9/30 Five ways schools can more fairly and safely monitor students’ online activities – Student privacy and equity could be two casualties of educators’ Herculean efforts to hand out millions of laptops and tablets to connect families after the COVID shut down last spring, an advocacy group says. @Zalaznick @universitybiz @DA_magazine

9/30 Transform your schools with marketing. Here you can find original research, superintendent interviews, and basic marketing guides to get you started. Get a copy for the person in your district responsible for PR. @apptegy @school_ceo

9/30 Do relationships really matter in learning? This is great advice that all teachers can use in only nine minutes from AJ Juliani. @ajjuliani

9/29 Seven Mistakes Districts Have Made During the Pandemic – What do you think have been the biggest mistakes made by district leaders during the pandemic, and what are the lessons that can be learned from them for the future? @Larryferlazzo @educationweek

9/29 The Comprehensive Guide to School Marketing – Unlock your brand identity, establish your online presence and grow your reach. @Apptegy @school_ceo

9/28 What Will Online Learning Look Like in 10 Years? Zoom Has Some Ideas. While post-pandemic growth has slowed as schools resume in-person learning, the company is still flush with cash, reporting over $1 billion in revenue in the second quarter of 2021. @stephenoonoo @EdSurge

9/28 What Are The Best Online Learning Tools For Students And Teachers? This post is in the process of being updated with new tools and information being added. @KdanMobile @teachthought

9/28 Bringing Project-Based Mentors into The Educational Fold – The Project-Based Mentorship® model stems from Project-Based Learning theories but the difference is integrating—two different generations and culturally diverse people—around something to “do.” @TeachToWork @Getting_Smart

9/27 Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning. Student reflection can be THE thing to really change the way we understand student learning. @mssackstein

9/27 Five Tips to Boost Your Data Science Learning – Increase your learning curve by focusing on these 5 things instead of taking more online courses. @TDataScience @BlkHwk0ps @Ronald_vanLoon @Medium

9/27 Nine Research-Based Teaching Strategies for Your Toolbox – How many are you teachers doing already? @Rdene915 @TCEA

9/25 How Drawing Invites Authentic Connection – In an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections. Drawing can even help with trauma. @wendymac @TEDTalks

9/25 How to Set Up Authentic Assignments in High School English – Assignments that align with standards and hone students’ critical thinking skills can boost their engagement in learning. @ShaneLearning @edutopia

9/25 Why Punctuation Is Important: Humor and Horror. This is a fun lesson that I would have liked when I was in English class. @VanyaWriter @1976write

9/24 How using pop culture references in class can spark student engagement – Project Tomorrow’s CEO notes the ‘poptential’ of clips that are relevant to young generations. @ChrisBurtedu @DA_magazine

9/24 How to Preserve the Good Parts of Pandemic Schooling – For some families, time away from the grind of the daily commute and the academic pressures and social minefields of school has been beneficial. @LauraKClary @MendelsonTamar @educationweek

9/24 Celebrating Student Growth With Formative Data – A look at how one district is working to meet individual student needs and accelerate learning by using ongoing formative data to measure growth. @brholland @LearningAccel @edutopia

9/24 Educoplay: a Free educational games creator. This looks like it’sl worth a try. They also have a Spanish version. @EDUCAPLAY_en @EDUCAPLAY

9/23 Remote Learning Isn’t Just for Emergencies. Schools were less prepared for online learning than they thought they were. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

9/23 What Will Online Learning Look Like in 10 Years? Zoom Has Some Ideas. Their goal is to realize the potential of hybrid learning over the long term, envisioning a world where schools teach partly in-person and partly online. @stephenoonoo @EdSurge

9/22 Get Students CREATING with Global Maker Challenges. In this episode, Kasey interviews Jaime Donally, one of the Global Maker Day organizers about the power of creating and sharing on a global level. @ShakeUpLearning @JaimeDonally

9/22 Jane Kise—Doable Differentiation: Twelve Strategies to Meet the Needs of All Learners – Dr. Jane Kise is the author of 27 books and an organizational presenter with extensive experience in leadership development and executive coaching, instructional coaching, and differentiated instruction. @JaneKise @PrincipalCenter

9/22 Why Do Students Disengage? Start by scrolling down to figure 1. to see the nine reasons. @DFISHERSDSU @NancyFrey @uleadconference @AdrianoDiPrato @ASCD

9/22 The Future of Blended Learning: What Educators Need to Know – The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings. @AlysonRKlein @educationweek

9/21 Five Ways To Launch Your Genius Hour Projects to the World – A Genius Hour or 20% Time Project involves three of the main components that engage students. @ajjuliani

9/20 How To Grow From Non-Coder to Data Scientist in six Months – Here is a complete guide with all required resources. @rsharankumar @TDataScience @chidambara09 @enilev

9/19 Here’s One Way to Improve Students’ Reading Scores: Get Them Eyeglasses. A new randomized clinical trial of a vision screening and eyeglasses program at the Baltimore City public schools finds providing rapid eye exams and glasses, in addition to standard vision screenings, uncovered significantly more vision problems and improved reading performance. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

9/19 A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Creating Your Own Sensory Path. The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing. @HoaPNguyen_ @edutopia

9/19 Five Montessori Hacks to Encourage Independence for Back-to-School – Here are a few Montessori-inspired hacks to empower your child to do things for themselves, boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem through their independence. @TheEverymom @DisneyDream717 @AndreaCoventry

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