Future Focus

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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Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

A growth mindset isn’t just about effort. Perhaps the most common misconception is simply equating the growth mindset with effort. Certainly, effort is key for students’ achievement, but it’s not the only thing. Students need to try new strategies and seek input from others when they’re stuck. They need this repertoire of approaches—not just sheer effort—to learn and improve.
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Challenge Success (Stanford University)

At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. We provide families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.
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