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The Winter of Students’ Discontent

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Bill Gates didn’t graduate college. Neither did Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright and the list can go on with the names of highly innovative, creative and intelligent individuals.

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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: The CAVE

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As one of the first in the nation to have a fully wireless one-to-one program, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, is no stranger to being a pioneer in innovative educational practices. The all-girls PK-12 school started a student helpdesk program that gives the students hands-on experience with fixing their school computers, boosts their self-confidence and strengthens their problem-solving skills. 

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How Emotions Make It Easier — or Harder — For Students to Learn

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 1, 2016 4:30:00 AM

You don't need a blog like Direct Network to tell you that your students' learning process is not perfectly smooth or consistent from day to day or moment to moment. Many things can cause these varieties of subtle or drastic shifts in how receptive to learning your students are, but one factor may have a bigger impact than you think: their emotions. By helping students find a positive emotional connection to their subject matter, students can take a more immediate and personal liking to topics or whole areas of learning that they had never cared for previously.

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Resources for Helping Students Learn from Failure

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Nobody likes failing, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from those times when we come up short of our goals. In fact, learning to cope and overcome failure is an important skill as we get older, and is an important value to instill in students as they grow. Edutopia has put together a great guide filled with different resources for helping students learn from the times they fail.

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