Archives – December 2014

December 31, 2014

An Ode to the Number 2015

We have to live with the number 2015 for the next twelve months. And anything that happens next year will be forever linked with those digits. We’ll talk about the 2015 World Series, the 2015 UN Summit, the 2015 heat…


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December 23, 2014

Afterschool Spotlight: West Dallas Community Programs

Visiting a Reasoning Mind session after school at two community-based programs in West Dallas is much like stepping back into the classroom. Students are on task and engaged, writing and referring to their notes, and supported by a Reasoning Mind…


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December 18, 2014

From Our Classrooms: Small Rewards vs. Big Goals

Keeping students motivated is key to a successful blended learning classroom. It’s important to reward students along the way as they reach for their big goal. Below is one incentive idea from one of our classrooms that rewards students for…


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December 12, 2014

Praising Students to Make a Difference in their Learning

1,000. This was how many times it took Thomas Edison to successfully create the light bulb. After many wrong starts and failed approaches, Edison credited hard work and persistence as key ingredients to his success. Now, imagine that Edison had…


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December 8, 2014

Top Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Finding that perfect thoughtful gift for your child’s teacher is no easy task; how do you truly express your appreciation to someone who plays such a monumental (and time-consuming) role in your child’s development? Have no fear. We have scoured…


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