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New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better

INC – Jessica Stillman

“Inspirational posters featuring soaring eagles and sunlit mountain summits are easy to mock. But it turns out rousing slogans and uplifting images might not actually be pure cheese after all. When Stanford researchers recently peered into the brains of students to see how attitude affects achievement, they found something startling. Your outlook on learning, it turns out, matters just as much as your IQ.” (more)

Helping Students See How Graphs Work

Edutopia – Heather Johnson

“Students see graphs in their daily lives, and they sketch and interpret graphs in math classes. But what do they think graphs represent? They might think that different looking graphs show different things. Yet teachers know that two graphs that look different can represent the same thing. When teachers focus on the relationships between the attributes included in the graphs, they can help students to move beyond what graphs look like to what graphs represent.” (more)

‘Bullied for the way I looked’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“”Hannah Lewis is a big, fat, lanky slag with greasy hair, a spotty face and a big nose. “Those words haunted me throughout my adolescence,” says Hannah, now 24. “Being the tallest in my class and developing early meant that I was always ‘different’ from the other children”, she recalls. But her experience is not uncommon, YMCA research finds, with more than half (55%) of children saying they had been bullied about the way they looked.” (more)

6 strategies for implementing STEAM throughout your district

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) has become more prominent as an effective approach to interdisciplinary learning. However, implementation is not as simple as following a new curriculum or purchasing materials. During the edWebinar “STEAM: Innovations That Solve Real World Problems,” Cheri Sterman, director of education, Crayola; Lucie Howell, director of learning and engagement, The Henry Ford; and James Wells, innovative teaching & learning manager, Crayola, explained the movement’s genesis and offered strategies for a successful transition.” (more)

How does social media fit into the classroom?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Social media is increasingly used for teachers’ professional learning, but teachers seem more hesitant to use it as a learning tool with students, according to a survey from the University of Phoenix and Harris Poll. Sixteen percent of the 1,000 K-12 teachers in the survey said they use social media in the classroom, and 28 percent said they do not, but would like to. But slightly more than half (56 percent) said they do not use social media with students and have no plans to do so.” (more)