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8 Ways To Encourage Soft Skills (Core Dispositions) in our Children

Parents and teachers alike agree personal growth and development matters, but these qualities still seem intangible, subjective, and hard to see and measure. The very term ‘soft skills’ sounds pretty fluffy and doesn’t command the sense of importance it deserves. So how might we, as parents, highlight and nurture...

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3 Back to School Project-Based Lessons for Middle School

By: Amber Chandler. Starting the school year with a project based learning activity will set the perfect tone for your classroom. Here are three lessons that have and generate BAM -- burning questions, authentic audiences and millennial skills.

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Introducing and Deepening Design Thinking with Teacher Leaders

Design thinking has helped me tremendously in understanding how to deeply probe multiple perspectives and causes in a situation and/or problem before tackling it - a valuable skill for leadership and inclusivity. That's why I led two design thinking workshops at this year's ECET2-Puget Sound.

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Applying Psychology and Learning Sciences Research to Developing a Makerspace

While developing a school-wide makerspace for every preschool-through-8th-grade child in my school, I feel a great responsibility to create both a physical space and a program that is welcoming and encouraging for all students. Here are my takeaways from current research.

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5 Tips for Teaching Project-Based Debate in Middle School

By: Amber Chandler. Project-Based debate is a powerful tool to teach many high impact skills that students need to be successful -- research, persuasion, argumentation, speaking and listening skills, and use of evidence.

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10 Things That Haven’t Changed for Teachers in 10 Years

To say that a lot has changed for teachers in the ten years since Carri last taught would be an enormous understatement. But just like second graders today still long for the day they can read Harry Potter like they did ten years ago, there are some things about her past as a classroom teacher that just won’t change...

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Are You Ready to Be a Change-Agent for Agency?

It’s time that we let go and gave back our students’ agency to learn. It’s time that we gave up the controls, so that our students can learn how to drive their own learning lives, time that we took control of our own learning to help our kids.

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