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11/22/2017

Research shows that metacognitive activities -- those that promote the ability to think about thinking -- can benefit children as young as age 3. This blog post reviews recent research and offers tips to promote metacognition in elementary, middle and high schools.

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Edutopia online
11/22/2017

A Chicago high school once known for low performance and gang violence has boosted student achievement and graduation rates with skills-based learning. Under principal Juan Ocon's leadership, the school reworked grading practices and focused on helping students master specific skills.

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The Hechinger Report
11/22/2017

Students should be exposed to computer science and hacking at an early age, asserts Carolina Zarate, a student at Carnegie Mellon University. In this commentary, she shares how early exposure can help prepare students for careers in the growing field of computer security.

11/22/2017

The US Department of Education initially found that Michigan's Every Student Succeeds Act plan was not complete enough to review -- making it one of few submitted plans not approved. The plan has been resubmitted and is expected to go through peer review.

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11/22/2017

The US Senate Appropriations Committee is considering a spending bill that could reduce funding by about 25% for a college tuition-aid program in Washington, D.C. Officials with the mayor's office say they will "fight to save full funding for this program."

11/22/2017

Five high-school girls, all members of a Minnesota 4-H club, helped raise the two turkeys that were sent to Washington, D.C., for the president's annual turkey pardon. The students cared for the turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, by checking on their food and water, cleaning their pens and helping them get used to people.

11/22/2017

Colorado elementary-school principal Tobey Bassoff says her goal is to connect with staff and students and create more opportunities for families to engage with the school. Bassoff was selected as the 2017 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Colorado.

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Chalkbeat
11/22/2017

A study in Pediatrics showed that the overall rate of hand and wrist injuries among high-school athletes was 1.7 per 10,000 athlete exposures, and injury rates were three times higher during competition than in practice. Researchers also found the highest injury prevalence in football, while fractures, bruises and ligament sprains were the most common injuries.

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Reuters
11/22/2017

Dark streaks seen on Martian slopes may not be evidence of water after all, according to findings published in Nature Geoscience. Instead, the streaks may be caused by granular material such as sand flowing down the sides of hills after they've reached a particular height, researchers say.

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11/22/2017

Blue whales, who normally exhibit a right-side bias, change to a left-side bias when feeding on small crustaceans, according to findings published in Current Biology. Researchers attached cameras, hydrophones and sensors to blue whales and noticed that they typically roll to the left during feeding, likely to allow their dominant right eye to more effectively go after krill.