Katrina Schwartz

Are Grades Diverting Focus From Real Learning?

Grades sometimes feel like a necessary evil. They are a shorthand measure of how a student is performing in school, but too often the pressure to earn good grades becomes the sole focus for students and parents.

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MIT’s Scratch Program Is Evolving For Greater, More Mobile Creativity

Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab develops Scratch, one of the most popular coding programs for kids, which is based on the seminal work of Seymour Papert, who died in 2016.

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Why It’s Imperative Educators Resist The Lure Of The Single Story

The education world is full of assumptions, many of which aren’t helpful to improving the quality of teaching and learning that happens in schools. The narratives from outside the industry can be harmful, but perhaps less obvious are the single stories of students and teachers told within the industry.

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7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

Every year thousands of educators gather for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference eager to learn about the newest features in favorite apps and to glean ideas from one another about how to effectively teach in new ways. The conference seems to grow every year and there is palpable excitement from educators who finally get to commune with their “tribe” — techy teachers from around the globe.

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Physics for Babies? Books That Expand Science Understanding

When Kelly Barrales-Saylor was a new mom, she got a lot of children’s books as gifts. Most were simple books about shapes, colors and letters. There were none about science — or math.
“My editorial brain lit up and said there must be a need for this,” says Barrales-Saylor, who works as an editor for a publishing company outside Chicago.
Halfway across the world, Chris Ferrie was similarly unsatisfied.
When reading to his kids, Ferrie noticed that most books used animals to introduce new words. In today’s world, that just didn’t make sense to him.

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How The Way We Talk to Boys May Be Stunting Them

Over the last several decades researchers have examined the differences in how boys and girls are treated by parents, teachers, employers and society extensively.

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How Extra Year of High School Can Set Students Up for College Success

When Ricky Sierra graduated from Da Vinci Design High School in Wiseburn, California near Los Angeles, she was excited to be attending Sonoma State University. She had considered completing her general education requirements at a community college closer to home, but was eager to get settled at a four-year university. Just one semester later she found herself unhappy and wanting to leave school.

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How Constraints Can Stimulate Creative Solutions

Creativity has become a coveted skill as the world’s problems get bigger and more complex.

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How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. It could also be one reason John Hattie’s work and book, Visible Learning, appeals to so many educators.

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Empowering Principals As Designers Capable of Retooling School

When vice principal Tim Carlin arrived at Everitt Middle School in Jefferson County, Colorado, he wanted to hold a schoolwide assembly, a pretty common activity in most schools. But his principal told him that the school didn’t hold assemblies anymore because too many kids were getting suspended for bad behavior when they did. That was the first clue that the school culture was not positive at Everitt, and it was clear the negativity and stress were affecting, students, teachers and staff alike.

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