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Tips to promote students' metacognition

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.

Full Story: Edutopia online

DeVos receives feedback on competitive grants

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has received nearly 1,500 comments on her 11 competitive-grant priorities. The National Coalition for Public Education said it does not support grants for voucher programs that do not support all students; others, such as Amazon, called for even more support for computer science.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Schools seek balance in social media policies

School leaders are working to develop social media policies that balance the positives and negatives of such platforms. Some schools have adopted policies that focus on behavior instead of technology and others have extended protections to cyberbullying.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

Teachers share blended-learning takeaways

Teachers from 38 states who participated in a survey about blended learning offer best practices for this model. Their insights include applying a growth mindset and providing blended-learning resources and examples.

Full Story: eSchool News (free registration)

How to introduce neuroscience in the classroom

Five strategies can help demystify neuroscience for educators and students, asserts professor Barbara Oakley, who teaches an online course on the topic, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students. Strategies include using the power of metaphor and making learning chains.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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