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Grading for Life Skills

Grading for Life Skills

Building college and career readiness by focusing on effort and behavior

Life skills, also known as behavior skills, are the base on which academic and technical skills are built. In the work world, the biggest issue is not technical skill in employees, rather it's behavior skills. People...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching
A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

Empowering students to self-regulate and create a positive classroom community

Growing up in rural Nebraska there were three things I knew I would take away from my upbringing: a tenacious work ethic, a strong sense of community, and an obsessive passion for Nebraska football. Legendary football...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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Topics: Teaching
Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

In September, my seventh grade students gave me a quick social snapshot of their class. As their new school counselor, I had asked them to submit their thoughts anonymously in a box, and they didn't hold back. Their...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students?

Politics, Racism, Religious, Classism, Sexual Orientation: Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? I struggle to respect the opinions of those who believe the earth is only 6,000 years...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
They Need a Hero!

They Need a Hero!

Using hero stories to build academic skills and character in adolescents.

At the heart of every great story is a hero who triumphs over adversity. Hero stories, including Greek myths and legends, empower students with the knowledge that others have faced and overcome similar challenges....
Author: Melissa Baneck, Kenneth V. Anthony
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Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Students often stop to speak to their school's resource officer (SRO) as she walks the halls of Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples, Florida. Seventh graders routinely ask Corporal Sandra Sprenger of the Collier County...
Author: Greg Richards
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Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Colleges and employers emphasize the importance of core skills.

Standards writers, curriculum designers, and classroom teachers have spent the past several years clamoring to find ways to revitalize curriculum and instruction and increase rigor in ways that prepare students for...
Author: Jaime Greene
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The Kind of Learning We Need

The Kind of Learning We Need

Empowering our middle school students to make the world a better place.

At Americans Who Tell The Truth, we are eager to stir the hearts and minds of young people towards caring deeply and acting boldly to make our world a better place. Often such initiatives are reserved for experiences...
Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Do you want to do more with your advisory period? Maybe you want to bring students and the community closer, or maybe you are looking to change a negative school climate into a positive one. You might want to try R...
Author: Ann Asher, Brandi Owens, and Ryan Wideman
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Teaching Student Leadership in an Inner-City School

Leadership training for youth is an investment in our present and future. Yet providing effective training can be challenging in terms of time and curriculum—especially in high-poverty communities, as we...
Author: Joél Lewis, Monica Hunter, and André Green
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