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Invite Kids to Thank Essential Workers With These Free Coloring & Writing Pages
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Invite Kids to Thank Essential Workers With These Free Coloring & Writing Pages

Looking for a fun and creative writing activity? Print our free essential workers coloring pages! To get the free pages, just submit your email here. Invite kids to color the page of their choice, and write a thank you note to go along with it. Then deliver your notes and pictures to deserving essential workers in your area. Alternatively, hang the pictures in your windows to honor the important work these heroes do! Psst … looking for great pens, pencils, and markers for kids to use at home during distance learning? Our friends at BIC have so many options— you can check them out on Facebook here. Your free download comes with the following: Thank You Essential Workers Writing Page Use this page to write a letter of gratitude and appreciation. We teachers know that nothing beats a handwr...
Higher Ed Next
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Higher Ed Next

Higher education is at an inflection point when strategic changes are not only possible but necessary.  Exciting ideas are in the air.  These ideas need to be considered, and, in many cases, embraced. Here are four. 1.   Create an online/low residency option.Online education isn’t for everyone.  Many crave the campus experience: sports, parties, and informal socializing.  But not everyone wants that, can do this, or can afford this.  The time has come to create  a truly immersive online or low-residency option that goes far beyond the models advanced by the current online providers. This might be a way for institutions to dramatically increase access and inclusion – if they prove willing to create a genuine attractive alternative to the face-to-face experience and treat this as fully equiv...
Creative, Fun & Free: 3 Design Challenge Activities for Families
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Creative, Fun & Free: 3 Design Challenge Activities for Families

By Guest Blogger By Megan Skipworth, Chapin High School, El Paso Independent School District As the summer approaches, students and their families need access to quality resources that are both engaging and fun – design challenges are a great example. Design thinking helps learners solve real-world problems using creativity and critical thinking skills. To help your students’ families stay busy during the summer, I’ve compiled three design challenge activities from TGR EDU: Explore that will allow your student to explore, design and test solutions at home. First… Design thinking requires learners to get creative and think critically. Getting inventive with solutions isn’t a suggestion, it’s a requirement. Trial and error is a critical piece of the learning process. Each challenge outlin...
Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis
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Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis

At National Geographic Education, we see the work of educators encompassing a wide range of skills: flexibility, thoughtfulness, application of the most up-to-date content and pedagogy, relationship building, and so much more. A common thread across subjects and content, in every teaching setting—and now especially in the move to digital or hybrid learning—is the importance of creativity in your work designing learning experiences. You are each adapting to the unknown, forging ahead using new technologies, and making constant adjustments to keep your students feeling challenged, productive, and supported.  On National Creativity Day, we’re taking notes from the experts in our community—art educators!—about what creativity means to them, the creative pursuits they’ve been doing with ...
Children & Screen Time
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Children & Screen Time

I’m one of many parents who, during this “new normal,” has children (ages 9 and 6) who currently interact with their screens more than with each other or their parents. My husband and I have full time jobs, so distraction doesn’t bode well while we are working at home. We’re also former educators, so we know enough of the science and recommendations around “screen time” to understand what is happening with our kids.  And we don’t like it one bit.  If you are reading this, you might be in our frustrating position, and like us, you may have just needed to bite the bullet and free the children to go into the abyss of screen time and the Internet. To soften the blow, allow me to share a few insights I’ve learned over the years about the idea of “screen time.”  Today’s Generation Z is growin...
ProMap+: Your Fast-track Guide To Admissions In Top Global & Indian Universities
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ProMap+: Your Fast-track Guide To Admissions In Top Global & Indian Universities

Gone are the days when college admissions were just about academic scores and cutoffs.  One of the most common myths surrounding admission processes is that only an excellent grade will get you into your dream college.  Consider the case of Rahul. The grade 12 student has an average of B Plus across all his subjects. His academic growth has been gradual, but Rahul’s counsellor calls him a ‘true leader’. He has led the basketball team of his school to win various tournaments, apart from being a great orator – a winner at many debate competitions as well.  He has also participated in summer internships in varied topics including software development and design. He applied to top universities in the USA and got through his dream college. You know what made the difference in Rahul’s applic...
Children & Screen Time
Education

Children & Screen Time

I’m one of many parents who, during this “new normal,” has children (ages 9 and 6) who currently interact with their screens more than with each other or their parents. My husband and I have full time jobs, so distraction doesn’t bode well while we are working at home. We’re also former educators, so we know enough of the science and recommendations around “screen time” to understand what is happening with our kids.  And we don’t like it one bit.  If you are reading this, you might be in our frustrating position, and like us, you may have just needed to bite the bullet and free the children to go into the abyss of screen time and the Internet. To soften the blow, allow me to share a few insights I’ve learned over the years about the idea of “screen time.”  Today’s Generation Z is growin...
ProMap+: Your Fast-track Guide To Admissions In Top Global & Indian Universities
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ProMap+: Your Fast-track Guide To Admissions In Top Global & Indian Universities

Gone are the days when college admissions were just about academic scores and cutoffs.  One of the most common myths surrounding admission processes is that only an excellent grade will get you into your dream college.  Consider the case of Rahul. The grade 12 student has an average of B Plus across all his subjects. His academic growth has been gradual, but Rahul’s counsellor calls him a ‘true leader’. He has led the basketball team of his school to win various tournaments, apart from being a great orator – a winner at many debate competitions as well.  He has also participated in summer internships in varied topics including software development and design. He applied to top universities in the USA and got through his dream college. You know what made the difference in Rahul’s applic...
Why Grading Policies For Equity Matter More Than Ever
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Why Grading Policies For Equity Matter More Than Ever

Switching to Pass/Incomplete For the fourth quarter, San Leandro’s secondary students will receive a “pass” or “incomplete” instead of a letter grade. In his guidance for grading during COVID-19 closures, Feldman recommended this model for schools that cannot drop grades entirely. It differs from the more familiar pass/fail model available in some colleges, because it does not punish students who cannot keep up during school closures. At San Leandro, students who receive an incomplete can finish their work during the summer or within six weeks of schools reopening. After that, the mark would become a “no pass.” Patel noted that some districts have decided to let third quarter grades stand in for the final grade, but she said that’s a disservice to students who were not passing at the time...
Too Much Alone Time? Tips To Connect And Find Joy While Social Distancing
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Too Much Alone Time? Tips To Connect And Find Joy While Social Distancing

And by sharing what you create, it's as if you're sharing a "representation of your thoughts and feelings, whether it's a painting, a poem, a baked good, or a garden," Nobel says. He says loneliness isn't just about lacking companionship. "Often loneliness starts with a sense of estrangement or disconnection from who you are. How do you fit into the world?" Nobel says. Art can be very powerful for centering and positioning — a way to explore your own identity. "And I actually believe for many people, that's an essential first step to connecting with other people in an authentic way," Nobel says. 3. Reach out to the elderly For many elderly people, social distancing has brought layers of challenges. "It's not just the lack of contact with others," says physician Kelli Tice Wells who is a ...