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Four Qualities of The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom

Smartphones and tablets have quickly become a permanent part of students’ daily lives. Kids up to 8 years old spent almost an hour a day on mobile devices, Common Sense Media reported last year.

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Why Stepping Back Can Empower Kids In An Anxious World

Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, and in the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 32 percent of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

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Why Critical Hope May Be the Resource Kids Need Most From Their Teachers

Tupac Shakur has been dead for over 20 years, and yet his music and lyrics are still popular with young people today. Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade thinks Tupac remains influential all over the world because he writes about some of the essential truths young people still experience.

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How Writing Can Help You Overcome Math Anxiety

Do you remember the day you decided you were no good at math?
Or maybe you had the less common, opposite experience: a moment of math excitement that hooked you for good?
Thousands of studies have been published that touch on the topic of “math anxiety.” Overwhelming fear of math, regardless of one’s actual aptitude, affects students of all ages, from kindergarten to grad school.

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Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

Can’t cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize.
New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.

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How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World

This story about social studies instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades.

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Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

This story about science instruction was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter.

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How to Prepare Students in the Early Years to Read at Grade Level

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How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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