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Bonnie Lathram is a student advocate and former teacher. Follow her on Twitter: @belathram

Innovative Strategies for Writing Success

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As more students are heading towards a workforce that demands a post-secondary degree, a growing number of our young people need to know how to write effectively and experience success in writing. College graduates will be required to be writers and analytical thinkers, which is why the new CCSS have a focus on the increased importance of writing.

6 Tips for Student Motivation

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Daniel Pink (@DanielPink), author of Drive about the science behind motivation, is out with a new book called To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth of Moving Others. Here are 6 powerful tips gleaned from his recent webinar on motivation and persuasion.

Why We Should Know Our Bigger History

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A very compelling reason to teach “big history” may be simply to cultivate these qualities in our children. If Big History Project accomplishes this (by teaching "big history" as its name suggests), then teaching it may change the outcome of life on our planet for future generations. Perhaps this is a big feat for a small, non-profit, free and open-source, rich content platform. But we think it’s possible.

Big History Project Chat: Rich Content, Rich Discussion

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We are huge fans of Big History Project, and we've featured their rich content in a blog series we are writing about next gen tools for classrooms focused on inquiry pedagogy.

25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom

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Next gen tools provide meaningful ways teachers and students can explore, question, reflect and share--leading to Deeper Learning and blended and personalized opportunities for students. Here are 25 ideas for using next gen tools this year in your classroom.

Beyond Traditional Silos: Connecting Humanities to Real World, Deeper Learning, & STEM

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The humanities and STEM really do go hand in hand (hence the increased emphasis on STEAM). We also see this content integration throughout schools that incorporate Deeper Learning and Project-Based Learning as foundational approaches to learning.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Big History Project This School Year

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Humans interested in Humanity, proceed. Middle school and high school teachers interested in a cool integrated block, read on. High school principals interested in boosting engagement, critical thinking, and writing across the curriculum—we have a super block for you. 1. What is Big History? Go to Big History Project’s website. To watch their 2 minute video introducing Big History, you simply click the play button on the Waffle House image (intrigued? You should be). You don’t have to sign up to watch it and learn more, but you will want to. And signing up is free. Big History Project is run by a non-profit organization (i.e. they are not out to sell anything to anyone), and it’s OPEN, FREE, and ONLINE. Enough said.

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