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Knovva Knew Year Resolution Giveaway: Win an iPad & Give a Dollar, On Us

Rachel Lemieux Rachel Lemieux / January 04, 2018 / Giveaway, Contest

Yes, this is the year! This is the year the things that weren't done, will be done. This year, the goals which weren't met, will be and that fitness regime foiled by a pile of donuts one week into February, won't be.

It seems that every new year starts out the same old way. With January 1st fast approaching, a familiar internal battle begins. The brain starts to make a mental, and often cringe-worthy, list of the things that weren't in the years past, while simultaneously using these "failures" to draft the same old resolution plan for the new year. But before 2018 starts out and ends the same old way, Knovva Academy is inviting people to think outside the old new year's resolution box and check off some smart new choices! 

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Carrying the Financial Load of Education

Could Lessons in Finanace Help Students Down the Road? 

In the US, today’s high school students are thrown into a milieu of financial uncertainty. Looking backwards, these students have been coming of age in the years that follow the US housing crisis. After that crisis, what some now call the Great US Recession had its myriad effects on the households these students live in. Looking forward, job markets seem erratic, though the cost of higher education continues its steady growth. Dealing with major life decisions, like student loans, or with planning for a stable future with prospects of owning common assets -- like houses and cars -- seems unimaginably difficult for today’s high school students. Given these circumstances, educators are forced to face the difficult question: How is it possible to promote financial awareness amongst students already over-burdened with their academic load?

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Fidget Spinners: Therapeutic Tool or Classroom Nuisance?

People clearly enjoy using fidget spinners, but how many of us have stopped to wonder a basic question about them: What, exactly, is a fidget spinner? Considering how they seem like a simple, fun way to pass the time, we may want to call them toys. But most toys, like dolls and trucks, are often representation al, relating to other “real-world” objects or activities. While fidget spinners don’t represent anything beyond the activity of spinning them. Perhaps they resemble religious paraphernalia, like bead necklaces used for counting by Buddhists and Muslims, for meditative and devotional rituals. Yet, this relatively new invention did not emerge from any religious context, nor are their sellers trying to relate them to any religious practice. Then, there are some who claim that fidget spinners are therapeutic. If this claim is true, perhaps we can call them therapeutic machines.
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Solutions for Cross-Cultural Engagement

Fostering Global Citizenship

Realizing the need for more global citizens is not the same as knowing how to guide students to become global citizens. There are classes on world history, current events, foreign languages, etc. Organizing and presenting the content to study different cultures seems easy enough. Thoughtful educators, seeking ways to foster global citizenship, realize that there is a more important question. Can content alone help students develop cross-cultural communication skills, preparing them to excel in our ever-globalizing world?

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What Natural Disasters Mean for Education: Can Technology Mend the Cracks

Lonnie Monka Lonnie Monka / October 12, 2017 / Education

The Fragility of Infrastructure

The US still suffers from the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These natural disasters injured and killed people, damaged huge stretches of property, and disrupted millions of lives. Schools were forced to stop working as people braced themselves for the storms. Many were even forced to evacuate their homes and the areas where they live.

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College: To Go or Not to Go

Lonnie Monka Lonnie Monka / September 27, 2017 / college,, go to college

Cultural Inertia and Future of Higher Education

Student debt is becoming a central question in political debates. Tuition continues to rise at an unstable rate. Economic instability, especially in light of unpredictable effects of automation, shrouds the future job market in a cloud of mystery. It’s no surprise that after years of expanding educational institutions, people are beginning to doubt the need for higher education. We can continue to laud the accomplishments of higher education, but speaking to a few college graduates who express feelings of despair over the job market while being enslaved by their student debt can quickly change our tune.

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What Does it Mean to be a Global Citizen and Why Should Teachers Care?

In a world of ever-increasing access to general information, where global issues from climate change to poverty, inequality, and international conflicts dominate the news our students need to understand not only where they fit in but how they can make a difference. As teachers we all want to prepare out students for the future - but how? At Knovva Academy, we believe in equipping students with the necessary skills to thrive in today's interconnected world. 

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Don’t Forget That Feedback: A Back to School Tip for Teachers

Lonnie Monka Lonnie Monka / August 31, 2017 / Classroom, Teaching Tips

As we, at Knovva Academy, continue developing our blended learning courses for various schools, we see how much teachers are excited about the new school year. Between new students, and the inherent pleasure in all beginnings, this is a stimulating time in the yearly education cycle. Since it’s time to get back to school, we wanted to harness the fresh energy of a new year of learning by suggesting that all teachers take the time to focus on an often overlooked subject: feedback!

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Education: The Actual Doing of It

From kindergarten through twelfth grade, school seems reduced to hours of studying and getting grades. Between the countless teachers’ lectures, reading and researching, we might think that education consists of one activity: studying. In the end, studying does lead to an accumulation of knowledge. But, the question then arises: Is knowledge alone enough?

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Will the Real O. Henry Please Stand Up: How an Author's Biography can Help Readers See the Big Picture

Literature Across Cultures

This year, we finished up our summer Reading & Literature class with a classic O. Henry story. Many international students were excited to read the original story. They told the Knovva Academy staff about how they had been exposed to variations of O. Henry stories, which were adapted to their respective languages and cultures.

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