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Why Are Questions Important in the Socratic Classroom?

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Questions are the driving force behind the learning process in the Socratic method; they guide a student to discovering information the teacher already holds. The teacher must craft questions that lead students to knowledge and realizations. Additionally, student preparation can help enhance discussions and lead to more in-depth conversations with classmates.

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What is the Learning Experience in a Student-Centered Classroom?

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Picture a student-centered classroom. Some will see students learning what they want when they want, roaming around freely, and speaking whenever they want.  In reality, student-centered or student-driven learning is carefully designed to help students with  varying abilities and interests experience success and become engaged learners.

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What Can Service-Learning Add to the Curriculum?

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While traditional coursework is central to the school experience, we know that students also learn valuable social and emotional skills that are important for becoming responsible, engaged citizens. Skills like teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, and conflict resolution, are essential for any post-secondary education and all career paths. If we want our teens to acquire those skills, it is vital that some of their educational experiences address this type of learning.

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Is Block Scheduling the Way of the Future in Education?

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Block scheduling is an innovation in schools that has earned increasing support from educators, parents, and students. This type of scheduling allows for longer class periods that offer increased instruction time. Public and private high schools that adopt the block schedule are looking for increased student engagement and improved academic outcomes.  What, exactly, is block scheduling? And how can it improve learning?

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Who Benefits in a Student-Centered Learning Classroom?

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In the traditional classroom, a teacher is in charge of the curricular goals for the day and provides content in a lecture-style format. How does that teacher know if the goals are met? Typically, some form of graded work product is used to assess the level of comprehension. While this method may work fine for some students, many others are left behind.

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