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Critical Thinking 101: What CEOs Want from Today's Students

The Thinker (Rodin) It’s 2016, and every educator seems to be talking about critical thinking skills. Students need critical thinking to succeed in and out of the classroom. Educators need critical thinking in order to help students get around common learning barriers. And CEOs want critical thinking from employees, so that they'll also have problem solvers on hand. Just what is critical thinking, anyway--and why is it so near the top of the hiring list?
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The Action Areas Tool: Using Assessment Data to Inform Instruction

In his recent guest blog post, Trey Duke examined whether or not students are being overly assessed. He theorized that the assessments aren't the problem, it is how educators use the data that is the problem. He said, "Having data should not be the priority; knowing what the data tells us should be the priority." Teachers' time is precious. Between planning lessons, other responsibilities, and actually teaching there isn't a lot of time left in the day to sit down and analyze test results! Imagine Learning has designed a tool that is meant to help teachers by analyzing the data for them. That tool is the Action Areas Tool.
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Reframing the Assessment Problem

A guest post by Trey Duke RTI and Instructional Technology Coordinator for Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee Imagine Learning now publishes monthly guest posts in order to stimulate conversations about K12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning.   FreeImages.com/David Hartman In the world of education, there are often cries for more—more technology, more resources, more parental involvement. These cries for more are well-intentioned and usually justified. However, one thing you never hear a rallying cry for is more assessments. In fact, one could state that over the past few years, "assessment" has become a bad word among teachers and parents. Various community groups and educational agencies see assessments as a waste of class time, as well as a method of turning our students into lifeless spreadsheets of data. This cry reached a pinnacle last year when President Obama's administration called on Congress to look at over assessment of students while working on the new ESSA law.
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#WheresBooster Now? On Instagram, Of Course

It's easy to recognize Imagine Learning's most famous robot, Booster. He smiles and waves each time an Imagine Learning user logs on. And of course, he loves to give out lots of Booster Bits to his friends! Although Booster is usually content to spend time in Imagine Learning activities, for Valentine's Day he wants to travel to as many places as he can. And you can help him by following the instructions on this page.   Enter Imagine Learning's #WheresBooster Contest In past blog posts, we taught you how to draw Booster and use Booster's Valentine Creator to send a fun greeting to friends and family. But this Valentine's Day, we're trying something a little bit different with our first #WheresBooster contest on Instagram, open to both students and teachers.
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Content Spotlight: Vocab Dash

Students are tested on their knowledge of new vocabulary as they "dash" through the activity With the recent update to v14.4, Imagine Learning released a variety of brand new activities packed full of great content. Today we spotlight one of these new activities to provide a taste of Imagine Learning's expanding curriculum.
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3 Martin Luther King Day Activities Kids Will Remember

Each January, elementary students return from the holidays with a fresh outlook and eager minds. Why not take advantage of these teachable attributes for Martin Luther King Day? To make your MLK Day activities truly engaging and memorable, consider implementing one or more of these teaching ideas into your lesson plans:
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Introducing Imagine Museum

Student experiences don't lie: Imagine Learning is the best product on the market for providing an engaging learning experience. Awhile back we discussed the “rules of engagement” and how these rules are essential in educating students. Imagine Museum is just one of the ways Imagine Learning targets a better student experience.
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Imagine Learning Helps Santa Really Deliver

Imagine Learning employees always have a great time during the holiday season, and December 2015 was no exception. One of our holiday traditions (besides eating delicious food and participating in a white-elephant gift exchange) is our annual Sub for Santa drive.
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Ice Cream in Winter? There's Snow Time Like the Present

Did you ever make snow ice cream as a kid? No? Well, there’s no time like the present—at least here in the Rockies, where it’s slated to snow all Christmas week. Those dealing with more moderate weather can stop reading now and grab a bowl of ‘ordinary’ vanilla ice cream. But if you want an extraordinary frozen treat, grab a bowl and get your coat. One serving of magical vanilla snow ice cream is coming right up!
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Imagine Learning Español v2.2 Has Arrived

On December 15, 2015, Imagine Learning Español launched its fall update! Customers already familiar with our Español product can still enjoy all of the beautiful illustrations and interactive features they value most. Children who are learning to read in Spanish will be delighted by a wider array of activities, books, and new concepts to explore.
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