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  • Rubrics to the Rescue

    Providing students with timely, high-quality feedback is a worthwhile challenge that educators encounter every day. Turnitin is deeply invested in creating solutions that improve the feedback experience for both students and teachers. So, how can Turnitin’s products come to the feedback rescue? Rubrics.

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  • How to Overcome Academic Roadblocks

    On the road to academic success, there are bound to be some bumps and roadblocks that many high school and college students encounter. Understanding these challenges and developing strategies early on regarding how to overcome them can be key to students’ physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Here are six ways to tackle these obstacles and prepare for the ups and downs of the academic journey.

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  • Now What? Tips for College Students on Next Steps

    In just a few months, many of you college and university students will be celebrating graduation and setting out for new and unknown adventures. As you ponder these final months, you may be thinking: Now what? What comes next? While there is no secret handbook of success given to college grads, nor is there a “right” or “wrong” path to take post-graduation, it is important to set aside time to think about the direction you might be headed and what you might need to prepare. Who knows? You could be five months away from starting the most memorable journey of your life. Either way, here are six helpful tips to get you thinking about life beyond undergrad. 

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  • Getting Organized: How Tech Can Help

    Staying organized is key to maintaining focus and accomplishing your personal and professional New Year’s goals. Zen Habits asked its readers to help create a list of 27 Great Tips to Keep Your Life Organized that will help inspire and motivate you to get moving. From color-coding your To Dos to simply saying “No”, this helpful list is a crowd-sourced gem. In addition to organizing your physical space, it is also important to pay attention to your digital space. The technology at your fingertips can often serve as a distraction, but if you utilize them wisely, digital tools can actually help you to stay on target and get things done. Below are five ways tech can assist in getting and staying organized. Couple these tips with the Zen Habits and 2018 is sure to be your best year yet.

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  • Reading and Writing About Civil Rights

    There are a variety of ways educators can honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many other Civil Rights leaders. With meaningful literature, guided discussions, and thought-provoking writing prompts, teachers and students can honor the changemakers of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as thoughtfully examine racism, prejudice, and progress in our country. Here are a few resources for numerous activities in the classroom that will get students reading, writing, thinking, and talking.

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  • Get Centered in 2018

    The New Year has arrived with energy and gusto, bringing with it the potential for personal and professional growth. For students and teachers, however, January falls right in the middle of the school year and the transition back from winter break can be...a bit rough. To help stave off the mid-winter doldrums and enter the final months of the school year with positivity and focus, here are three ways students and teachers can get centered in 2018.

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  • A Season for Giving

    For some, “Home for the Holidays” means time off from school and work, celebrating with and traveling to see family and friends. For many other families across America, however, the holiday season is a source of immense stress, especially those facing food insecurity and hunger. More than 13 million kids in this country go to school hungry, depending on free or reduced-price school meals for their basic nutrition. And when schools let out for winter break—often two weeks in length—low-income families struggle to fill the gap.

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  • Cultural Differences in Plagiarism

    American universities are melting pots of cultures and ideas, a blending of communities from all over the world. International students who come to the United States to attend college jump into a set of experiences that can be both similar and widely different to those of their childhood. One main difference between students who grew up in the education system Stateside and those coming from international schools is their perspective on plagiarism.

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  • Lessons Learned in Writing Instruction in 2017

    2017 was a year of learning: we learned that ventriloquism is coming back into fashion. We learned that a Total Solar Eclipse can bring a country—if not the world—together. We learned about the strength that can come from communities after floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. And we learned that even in the face of turmoil and uncertainty, that we keep on growing, changing, and learning.  

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  • Memes! How do you cite them?

    Many people know of memes as images (often altered and frequently hilarious) that are shared widely over the Internet. Who could forget Grumpy Cat? Or The Most Interesting Man in the World? What people don’t know is how the term “meme” came to be.

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