International Day of Peace

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September 21 marks the 36th celebration of The International Day of Peace. Established in 1981 by the United Nations, this annual event intends to provide “a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.” This year’s theme is Together for Peace: … read more »


An Introduction to The Social Learning Theory

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Have you heard of the Social Learning Theory?  Don’t worry, I’m not going to take you back to the intro to education classes you sat through in your college days and bore you with theoretical jargon.  Rather, I am going to introduce you to a theory that I feel we must embrace as educators in the … read more »


4 Free Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

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“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” Henry Ford September 13 is Positive Thinking Day. Consider it to be an excellent time to stop and think about how to develop positive thinking and attitudes in our students. One well-known method to promote positive thinking is through growth mindset. Growth mindset, … read more »


Going Beyond Fake News to Information Literacy

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Fake news and stories about fake news are everywhere right now. In a recent blog post, I shared criteria for judging online resources, including news stories, using the CRAAP test. However, since this topic is of critical importance to our students, it merits another look. In fact, digitally literate teachers who teach their students to … read more »


The First Amendment and Digital Citizens

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“Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” In these few, brief written words, the First Amendment protects so … read more »