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Future Focus

The missing context of the Marshmallow Test

When a photo went viral a few years ago, people from around the world shared how it was a “reflection” of our current generation and society. They wanted this photo (as with the recent video from Simon Sinek) to support their own beliefs about younger generations who seem to have their heads buried in a phone/screen all day long.
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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.
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Preschool: The Most Important Grade

Research findings confirm the long-term benefits of early education and offer some options for integrating the existing patchwork of U.S. public and private preK programs into a uniform system that provides a high-quality early education to all young children.
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The Three Rs of Thinking: Nurturing Discussion in Preschool

Recent work in cognitive science suggests that critical thinking is best taught through teaching content (Willingham, 2008). In practical terms, however, young learners need supports for developing critical thinking. So, how do we move from teaching children what to think to teaching them how to think? Through a joint project between Rollins College's Childhood Development Center and Department of Philosophy, we have devised strategies for integrating content and deep thinking through a form of play
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In-Class Flip: The Flipped Classroom Meets the Station Rotation Model

The station rotation model does exactly what its name suggests. Students rotate around the classroom to different learning stations. For this to be considered a blended learning model, at least, one station must be an online learning station. If teachers have access to ample to technology, they can design multiple stations that use technology.
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The Great Homework Debate: What’s Getting Lost in the Hype

Homework – is it an unnecessary evil or a sound and valuable pedagogical practice? The media coverage of the debate often zeroes in on these two seemingly polar opposite views, even though they may not be all that far apart. Homework can be good until – well, until it isn’t. Assign too much or the wrong kind (or both) and the law of diminishing returns kicks in, says Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, resulting in undue stress for students, aggravation for parents and no academic pay-off.
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