Katrina Schwartz

How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity

This is the second article in a two-part series about equitable grading practices. The first article sets up some of the challenges. In this post, learn how teachers are addressing this issue.

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Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together

Mindfulness is a fast growing trend both in the world generally and in schools. Teachers are turning to the practice as a simple way to restore calm to the classroom, help students find some quiet space, and build self-regulation skills.

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Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts

The first Breakout Angie Sutherland designed was in response to a teacher’s request for an activity to help her students improve their teamwork skills. The teacher was concerned that her students didn’t communicate well when they collaborated on projects and that they gave up too easily when an academic task became challenging. Sutherland immediately thought of Breakouts, activities based on the popular escape room experience where groups of people working together under time pressure solve a series of puzzles.

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Why Competency-Based Education Is Exciting And Where It May Stumble

Educators all over the world are thinking creatively about ways to transform the traditional education system into an experience that will propel students forward into the world ready to take on its complex challenges. Competency-based education has piqued the interest of many communities because of its promise to make learning a more personal experience for students.

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Time Is an Essential Teacher Resource, So How Can Schools Be More Creative With It?

If it were only up to Loveland High School Assistant Principal Marc Heiser, his school would have flexible modular scheduling, or “flex-mod scheduling.” That basically means that each discipline could decide the ideal class length and number of meetings each week, rather than having a standardized schedule where every class period is 45 minutes, no matter the needs of the department.

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Coaching Teachers To Become Powerful Users of Classroom Tech

Classrooms across the U.S. have increased access to technology for learning, but that doesn’t mean devices and apps are always being used well.

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Themes This Year: School Culture, Student Behavior And Inspirational Teaching

Looking back at the most popular articles published on MindShift offers an interesting glimpse into the concerns, aspirations and focus areas for educators. Every year is different; sometimes readers favor outlier ideas or something inspiring that caught the collective fancy.

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Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community

When Emily Esfahani Smith went to college and embarked on her adult life she thought the key to a happy life was success. She was looking for the perfect job, boyfriend and apartment. But the longer she chased the things she thought would make her happy, the more anxious and adrift she felt. So she decided to go to graduate school to study positive psychology and figure out once and for all what makes people happy. But what she learned was that many people feel hopeless, depressed and alone.

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Why Debate May Be the Best Way to Save Constructive Disagreement

Julia Dhar claims: “My mission in life is to help people disagree productively, to find ways to bring truth to light, to bring ideas to life.” And as a former debate star, she thinks the skills she learned debating could be the key to help everyone find some common ground.

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