Music and Brain Science

By Amber Nicole Dilger, CEI Associate, and Christine Mason. Are you incorporating music in your classrooms, cafeteria, and hallways? Perhaps it is piped into the school offices? Music is a Curious Thing. Archaeologists have found flutes that were created around 42,000 years ago. The location of cave paintings made over 10,000 years ago interestingly point to
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Mindfulness & Compassion

To complement CEI’s upcoming book Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish written by Christine Mason, Michele Rivers Murphy and Yvette Jackson, Drs. Mason and Rivers Murphy are offering a series of workshops on mindfulness or “being fully present in the moment.” Significant research is available to show that mindfulness and mindfulness
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When and How to Reteach

There is a tendency today, especially with older students, to not reteach. Yet sometimes the most effective approach to increase student learning is to stay with a topic until a student masters the skill or knowledge. Given the rigor of Common Core, accommodations to create a student-centered classroom are essential to maximize learning for all
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Math Makeovers

In a 2010 TED talk, Educator Dan Meyer said that math classes needed a makeover. He talked about what students lacked and how teachers can adapt tasks to ensure engagement and real world connections. What do math and makeovers have in common? How do we improve math teaching and learning? What is your dream math
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Classroom Observation to Enhance Early Language

Classroom observation that is focused on specific behaviors and environmental factors can be a powerful instructional tool that provides a great deal of information to help teachers, principals, and other educators enhance language and literacy learning in early childhood classrooms. This module offers multiple tools and insights for effective observation and feedback strategies, and will
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Integrating the Arts

Reports from research around the world continue to extoll the importance of arts education. Whether it is the role of dopamine in engaging learners K-12 (music gives our brains a surge of the much beloved chemical) or the growth of empathy found in British students who spent one hour per week during a year’s time
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Math: Make it Rich

How do you engage all learners in math? One way is by providing rich tasks. What is a rich task? What elements or attributes do we look for in order to determine the richness of a task? How often do students experience rich tasks? At times we look at student work once a task has
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