THE LINK BETWEEN ART EDUCATION AND CRITICAL THINKING

August 7, 2017

Why study art in school?

The question has asked been repeatedly over the years, often igniting passionate debate. One reason the question comes up...

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DRAWING POWER: GRAPHIC NOVELS AS 'GATEWAYS TO LITERACY'

July 10, 2017

Parents and educators can find it challenging to get children of all ages motivated and excited about reading, especially in the digital age. A...

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HOW TRAVEL CAN ENRICH STUDENTS' MINDS

June 28, 2017

One of the ideas embedded in the academic approach at GEMS World Academy Chicago is that learning happens everywhere — not just within the...

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WHY FEEDBACK FROM PEERS HELPS STUDENTS LEARN

April 26, 2017

Peer feedback — students offering constructive critiques of each other's work — is a key component of the learning process at many schools....
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WHY WE TEACH WRITING IN THE AGE OF TWITTER AND SNAPCHAT

March 24, 2017

At a time when so much information is shared via video content, hashtags or 140-character posts, it might seem that schools should devote less...
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RECESS AS A TOOL FOR GROWING AND LEARNING

March 8, 2017

Recess is often viewed as the time when students take a break from the learning they do in school. But reseach shows that in fact, recess is...

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THE 'STEAM' CONCEPTS BEHIND OUR NATIONAL PASTIME

February 21, 2017

The Chicago White Sox, the reigning world champion Chicago Cubs and every other Major League Baseball team are in full swing this baseball season....

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STUDENT REPORT CARDS: GOING BEYOND THE A,B,Cs

February 7, 2017

For generations, we have accepted letter grades like A, B, and C as fair and accurate measures of student performance. But a number of schools,...
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HOW GAMES CAN HONE SKILLS AND SPARK DISCOVERY

January 26, 2017

GEMS Middle School math teacher Richard Getzel writes this blog post about how the use of games in math class can help students master math...

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