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Smart Review | Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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In Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore uses neuroscience to push back on long-held negative perceptions about teenagers to reframe adolescence as a unique and actually productive developmental period. Learn more here.

New NWEA Chief Chris Minnich on the Future of Assessment

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Chris Minnich sees assessment literacy as key to successful assessment, and NWEA has focused on providing extensive professional learning opportunities for teachers to help them to maximize the value of assessments in teaching and learning. Learn more about their approach here.

Innovation: Creating and Learning in AR, VR

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As a long-standing fan of technology and the endless possibilities, any time I learn about a new tool, I either immediately create an account and try to figure it out on my own or I learn just enough about it to get my students started working on something.

What Counts as Student Agency?

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Students who are motivated to learn are more likely to focus on understanding, are more likely to learn deeply, are more likely to go above and beyond in an assignment, and are more likely to investigate when they have a question.

Defining (and Driving) Collaboration

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By: Jordan Lippman and Janine Perri. In today's world, both employers and educational institutions place a high value on soft skills that are transferable across professional, academic, and social situations. One of the most frequently cited skills is collaboration.

“The Professional Grade Teacher”

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What makes a teacher professional? How can we truly define a professional grade teacher? John Hardison shares 31 ways to describe the nearly indescribable.

5 Good Ways for EdLeaders to Make Teachers Feel as Important as They Are

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If you ask teachers, most will indicate that they want appreciation and recognition for their hard work. However, they will also often say that they would rather have that appreciation and recognition be an ongoing, sincere and cultural acknowledgment than an official event or days on a calendar.

Empowering Students and Teachers for the 21st Century

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By: Alan November. How do you motivate students to do their very best? One of the best ways I have found is through giving them voice and choice in what they learn, and how they learn it.

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