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Thinking on Education: Using Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom

For many schools throughout the United States, the elementary classroom connects students, teachers and parents hand-in-hand for student learning. Teachers often use portfolios as an effective way to forge and strengthen that connection. It also is a potent tool to celebrate student learning and achievement. In general, a portfolio is “a body of student work…

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Thinking on Education: The Importance of Project-Based Learning

We all want students to experience authentic, meaningful learning within the classroom. To that end, project-based learning (PBL) is an effective teaching method. PBL focuses on what students learn more than what teachers teach, as Diana B. Turk and Stacie Brensilver Berman explained in their January/February 2018 Social Education article, “Learning through Doing: A Project-Based Learning…