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Kids can ask the best questions. Yellow Dog Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Why questions (good and bad) matter

Tolerating inquiry is essential even if there are such things as questions no one should ask.
According to constructivists, we truly understand something when we filter it through our senses and interactions. from shutterstock.com

Knowledge is a process of discovery: how constructivism changed education

Constructivism is an educational philosophy that underpins the inquiry-based method of teaching, where the teacher facilitates a learning environment in which students discover answers for themselves.
Cogitive load theory explains why explicit guidance from teachers is more effective in teaching students new content and skills than letting them discover these for themselves. from shutterstock.com

I had an idea in the 1980s and to my surprise, it changed education around the world

There are two types of knowledge – we've evolved to acquire the first naturally; we need schools for the second. Cognitive load theory explains how to teach knowledge we don't automatically get.
Adolf Hitler (second from the right in front) is shown in this 1939 file photo along with German and Italian army chiefs after having signed the German-Italian military pact in Germany. AP

I was an expert witness against a teacher who taught students to question the Holocaust

A scholar's efforts to learn how textbooks in New Jersey were portraying the Holocaust leads her to testify against a history teacher who taught his students to question if the Holocaust took place.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids? World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
Journalism students at Oaklea Middle School, Junction City, Oregon. Journalistic Learning Initiative

How a journalism class is teaching middle schoolers to fight fake news

Students in high school now will be eligible to vote during the 2020 election cycle. How can we prepare them to become informed citizens in an era of misinformation, where anyone can publish anything?
Language matters in every class: English, math, history and science. Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers’ words matter

In English and science alike, every student and teacher brings his or her own language patterns to class. But how can educators make sure that language bias doesn't harm student achievement?

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