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Ever heard of John Hunter?  He's a 4th grade teacher who created an activity called The World Peace Game.  It's played on this wild and wonderful 3D game tower, and it's end purpose is to teach a skill any good educator would put near the top of their list: the ability to think problems through using collaboration, logic, and personal convictions. 
An inspiring 8 minutes...




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Aside from being a wonderful and funny online presence, John Green is also a popular novelist, especially amongst teens and tweens.  Here he talks about his experience with middle school.  I found this reassuring, both as a parent and educator.  

Warning: Mild Polemics Ahead

As the political obsession with standardized tests reaps its inevitable backlash, and public schools give more and more autonomy over to educational privateers, this was a healthy reminder that students cannot and should not be reduced to "data points."   It reaffirmed my belief that education is first and foremost about building relationships that inspire students to learn whatever will help them build a better life, a richer community, and a more sustainable world.

Okay, maybe that's not quite what it's about.  Anyway, enjoy some John Green...








We talk a lot in class about how learning works, and how to get better at it.  Here are some of the resources we use in class, as well as other ideas to help stay informed, thinking, and evolving...


A short TedEd we watched on the myth of multi-tasking:





These are two more videos we showed, from a series on effective study skills.  While they are geared for college freshmen, students discussed how they could apply these ideas to middle school.

The first one talk about common misunderstandings about how to study:




This second one gives a simple, research-based technique for how to study effectively