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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In …
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Some useful tips to reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom to help develop student learning.

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In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times

In Search of a Voice by Dr Helen Street | The Positive Times | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great article on positive schools movement focusing on areas such as student creativity and imagination, student voice, collaboration and learning from mistakes. Thanks, Quincey.

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Grit Happens in PBL

Grit Happens in PBL | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.
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Grit (resilience) and project based learning. Benefits of PBL to character education.

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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For the last ten years, we've worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school. No matter their age, no matter the material, when you ask what they're struggling with, s
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Getting students to see mistakes rationally and not emotionally.

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getting students to think about feedback differently through dialogue

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.
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A good article on different teaching practices based on research. Woth a read.

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Sometimes it’s better to quit than to prove your grit

Sometimes it’s better to quit than to prove your grit | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It’s the new education fad. But sometimes it’s better to quit and move on.
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Pros and cons of "grit".

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue
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The what and how of developing "grit" in the classroom.

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The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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An interesting read of parents and teachers.

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Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems

Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
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Not surprising. Do we allow our students to struggle enough as teachers?

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Making Friends With Failure

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No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recas
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The importance of failure and resilience. "Education's focus on the right answer and the grades has made students afraid to ask questions. Deborah Stipek, Dean of Stanford's School of Education, writes in Science that schools incubate the fear of failure, which causes stress and anxiety to perform, which do not enhance learning."

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