EdTech Magazine’s 7 Tips for Redesigning Your Learning Space

“Revitalizing the classroom is about more than just technology.” This brief article from a K-12 education technology blog elaborates on each of these seven tips: 1. Involve Students in the Design Process 2. Think About Student Experiences, Not Furniture 3. Avoid Groupthink by Focusing Solely on Your Space 4. Make …

The IRIS Center: Research-based resources for educators

“The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.” Topics, including early childhood and early intervention, behavior, literacy and much more, are address through adult learning modules, …

Make your plans for International School Grounds Month!

In May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If …

An Interview with Sir Ken Robinson: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

An interview by Stephen Noonoo with Ken Robinson about his new book, “You, Your Child and School” “Education is a system in the sense that it’s organized on a grand scale, but it manifests itself every day in the actions and reactions of living people. Education happens in classrooms and …

Rethinking ADHD

In this provocative article, author Susie Garlick notes, “ADHD children are not horrible, undisciplined or unruly children, we have just created a world that no longer allows them to fit inside the box…All children need rules, routines and expectations to feel safe and secure, but we must stop setting them up for failure and begin helping them succeed.”

Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years

Self-regulation is how we manage our feelings, energy level and thoughts in productive ways that help us stay connected with others and focused on goals in spite of challenges or disruptions.
Read this summary of findings on self-regulation from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It’s one of a series of five briefs on self regulation.

Documenting Learning in New Zealand

Educators in New Zealand have a number of qualitative ways to document student learning, from infants onward, including “Learning Stories” and more. Examples of Documenting Learning Anecdotal evidence, gathered from observations, evidence from formative assessment tasks, student or parent voice – all are valid ways of identifying areas where students …

Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

Risk-taking is Essential for Children’s Well-being  This declaration cites research from around the world on the benefits of risk-taking for children. While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to …