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Why Content Knowledge is Crucial to Effective Critical Thinking

MindShift - September 19, 2019 - 1:06am
Scientific research on how to teach critical thinking contradicts education trends.

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Teaching 6-Year-Olds About Privilege and Power

MindShift - September 17, 2019 - 2:01am
Privilege and power play out in the world all around us every day. And kids notice. First-grade teacher Bret Turner has decided not to avoid the difficult conversations and questions his students...

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How to Create Deeper Student Learning Experiences Through Authentic Questions

MindShift - September 16, 2019 - 2:25am
When teachers give students the space to pursue inquiry, kids can take more ownership of their own learning and generate authentic questions.

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When School Safety Becomes School Surveillance

MindShift - September 12, 2019 - 11:22am
More and more schools are investing in technologies that scan social media posts, school assignments and even student emails for potential threats. Privacy experts say the trade-offs aren't worth it.

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Shattering is bad! But so is the way we measure it

Turfgrass Science News - September 10, 2019 - 11:16am

By Joan Barreto Ortiz

I am a new graduate student on the Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics track in the Applied Plant Sciences program at the University of Minnesota. One of my main objectives for my current project is to develop novel systems that attempt to understand the genetics of seed shattering—the seed loss due to detachment from the spike—in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seed production and strategies that can be used to breed for better seed retention.

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

MindShift - September 10, 2019 - 1:36am
Researchers asked adults to reflect back on their happy childhood memories. They found those who recalled more were less likely to have depression in adulthood and had more supportive relationships.

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How Training Just for Dads Helps The Whole Family

MindShift - September 9, 2019 - 12:56am
Prenatal classes often focus on Mom-to-be — on her shifting role and emotional needs, along with new skills. But if Dad gets sidelined early into a supporting role, research shows, everybody loses.

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How College Loans Strain Families, Not Just Students

MindShift - September 6, 2019 - 1:29am
A new book looks at how the struggle to pay for college has transformed the experience of the American middle class.

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Seven Strategies to Keep Students Motivated All Year Long

MindShift - September 5, 2019 - 12:05am
Students aren't always aware of the progress they are making or how their emotions affect their learning throughout the year. These strategies can help make those things visible to them.

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University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 9/3/19

Turfgrass Science News - September 3, 2019 - 9:23pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass at the Minnesota State Fair!

Childhood As ‘Resume Building’: Why Play Needs A Comeback

MindShift - September 3, 2019 - 3:25am
The kind of free play grown-ups had in previous generations is looked at with nostalgia in today’s era of adult-supervised activities. Children are missing out on the benefits of unstructured play,...

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How A School Prioritizes Character as Much as Academics

MindShift - September 3, 2019 - 1:08am
Capital City Public Charter School considers its students’ social and emotional development — their persistence, collaboration and integrity — to be just as important as their academic work. One way...

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Mapping fairway soil moisture for improved irrigation decisions at your golf course

Turfgrass Science News - August 29, 2019 - 10:07am

By Chase Straw and Jack MacKenzie

Golf course superintendents often irrigate fairways based on feel. Despite sometimes adjusting percent run-times of individual heads to account for perceived dry and wet areas, “blanket” applications are typical. In an effort to entice the utilization of soil moisture maps for improved irrigation decisions, and to allow for hands-on experience with mapping technologies, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA) have collaborated to create a practical strategy for golf courses to map fairway soil moisture themselves.

The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health

MindShift - August 28, 2019 - 1:24am
What's the link between smartphone use and teens' mental health? Experts disagree, with some arguing that the threat is overblown.

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Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight

MindShift - August 27, 2019 - 1:19am
Even well-intended comments about weight and dieting can actually harm children. Here's advice for how to set kids up for a healthy life and a positive self-image.

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Your Strategies For Supporting Anxious Kids At Home And At School

MindShift - August 27, 2019 - 1:15am
Parents and teachers in the MindShift community share their tips and strategies for helping anxious kids succeed at school and in life.

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Three Things Overscheduled Kids Need More of in Their Lives

MindShift - August 26, 2019 - 2:27am
Playtime, downtime and family time are so essential to a child's healthy development. But with competing demands from school, extracurricular activities and anxiety, getting downtime might be hard to...

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A Reading Program That Starts With A Promise Parents Make To Their Kids

MindShift - August 23, 2019 - 12:55am
An educator and entrepreneur believes he's found an untapped resource to help more struggling students succeed in reading. The secret? Families.

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University of Minnesota Grass Seed Field Day

Turfgrass Science News - August 22, 2019 - 12:12pm

By Eric Watkins

My grandfather was born in 1922 near Warroad, Minnesota on a farm his father had settled shortly before. As a turfgrass researcher, I am also a regular visitor to Roseau County, Minnesota, the same county where my grandfather was born. The cold, unforgiving winters combine with just the right amount of daylight and rainfall during the summer to provide an excellent environment in which turfgrass seed can be produced, and grass seed fields now cover vast acreages near Roseau and Warroad.

How Revising Math Exams Turns Students Into Learners, Not Processors

MindShift - August 22, 2019 - 1:11am
High school math teacher Sandra Cover developed a new approach to assessment when she realized her students were learning the "what" of math, but not the "how" or "why."

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