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Teachers as Brain-Changers

Veteran teacher Wendi Pillars suggests that teachers are "brain-changers," with the opportunity to help children make connections between prior experiences and new information, actually altering the structure of the students' brains. Furthermore, she suggests that critical thinking is increasing in importance, and that the classrooms that encourage and support higher-level thinking are the ones in which students really learn. "I've realized that I need to provide more opportunities for my students to explore the inquiry process: to take their learning to the next level, wherever that may be," Pillars says. "This necessitates teaching them how to inquire and how to be comfortable taking risks." Via

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