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What is The Value of Failure?

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Early educational reformer John Dewey said it best: "Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from failures as from successes.”

Failure is not a bad thing; instead, it is a certain and unavoidable part of learning. When used constructively in a safe environment, failure can be a master teacher for teen learning. Students who are not successful can benefit from feedback and learn how to get better.  

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The Best Micro Schools Support the Way Teens Learn

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Micro schools intentionally promote small class size to provide an environment where students and teachers know each other well and students are fully engaged.  Why? In many high schools today the needs of individual students are overlooked. In response, educators are beginning to reconsider the value of small when it comes to school and class size. 

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What Does It Take to Be a Passionate Learner?

student-centered learning, grit

The way we think about educating children and preparing them for their future is changing. Information that you can learn from a textbook is not enough. Students' ability to be resilient in the learning environment is critical for their success in school and beyond. Qualities such as curiosity, grit, and passion are critical for success in the 21st century and need to be key components of the curriculum.

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What Happens When Student Voice is Encouraged?

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We, as educators, want to nurture students who will grow into independent, confident learners, with a deeper understanding of the world around them, and the opportunities available to them as they prepare for the future. How do we do this? One way is to give them opportunities to practice making choices and decisions and to reflect on those outcomes. A place to start is listening to student voices.

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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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