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What is a Grand Jury?

One of the topics that some of my civics students struggled with was understanding the court system in the United States. Keith Hughes recently published a video that I wish he had made about 10 years ago because some of those students woul...

7 Facts About A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

Classified as prose by most, I like to think of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales as a prose poem. The way it switches from one moment to another and the poetic language and images; if it’s not a prose poem, it’s definitely...

New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] The latest from bestselling The Nightingale author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this inte...

5-Minute Film Festival: Best Educational Parodies of 2017

Winter break is imminent—or for some lucky folks, has started already—and with it comes year-end retrospectives of all stripes, from YouTube’s Rewind to Google’s Year in Search. Here at Edutopia, we like to round up the best educati...

Acknowledging Ungraded Skills

One of my goals this year was to find a way to recognize all of the amazing things students do in the makerspace at University Liggett School. It’s open to students all day and after school, and they’re doing amazing things with Python,...

A More Complete Picture of Student Learning

I’m really excited to see that educators are clear about the use of formative and summative assessment. We’re using formative assessment to gauge the effectiveness of our teaching and to know what our students know and have yet to learn...

5 Observations Students Can Record With Google’s Science Journal App

Google’s Science Journal app provides some neat tools for recording data and writing observations. Within the app students create notebooks for recording experiment data and observations. Students can also use those notebooks to simpl...

ESPN’s Golic & Wingo Fall for Fake News Story – Provide Reminder to Check Your Sources

ESPN Radio’s morning show, Golic and Wingo, recently provided listeners with a great reminder to check your news sources. They read on air this story from New Maine News (Maine’s version of The Onion) about a basketball game bei...

The Shortest Day of the Year

Good morning from chilly Paris Hill, Maine where my thermometer reads 11F, but it feels more like 0F. Not only is it going to be cold all day, it’s also going to be the day that we have the least sunlight all year. That is because tod...

Three Good Sources of Fun and Interesting Math Challenges

“When are we ever going to use this?” Raise your hand if you have ever heard that question from a student in the middle of a math lesson or any other lesson. Giving students some clever math problems that tie-in a “real wo...

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