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Monday, August 18, 2014

This article is a must read for educators of the 21st century. The use of a common language will help students lable and direct their thinking. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Calif. districts commit to design-thinking model

Students learning together
Two California districts are opening new schools dedicated to design thinking -- a six-step process to offer a common language for problem-solving. For example, students will be asked to focus on empathy in their designs to help make students' projects more meaningful. San Diego Union-Tribune (8/17)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Failure is one of the best teaching tools. It is how we learn to rethink our actions and reflect on our processes - finding and correcting our mistakes. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Why competition should not be all about winning
Children begin to flex their competitive muscle around age five, according to some researchers. Yet, the capacity to process failure develops later, which means young children need coping support, researchers say. The coach of a youth swim group urges swimmers to focus on improving skills instead of besting the other swimmers. National Public Radio/NPR Ed blog (8/5)Bookmark and Share