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Version 2.0.0 - July 20, 2020

Below are the following changes that could be breaking changes for your site. For more details on any change, please refer to PR #154.

The major breaking change is:

  1. Users that have front matter that utilize images (backwards compatibility for featured and associated parameters still remains) will need to adjust from [images]="SRC" to the new format.
    src = "" // Link to image
    alt = "" // Alt text for image
    stretch = // Optional: See screenshots for referenced values and outcomes

If you utilize any of the following, there might be a breaking:

  1. User custom templates may require adjustment.
  2. User custom i18n languages, or custom templates referencing i18n translations may require adjustment.
  3. User custom template for comments will require adjustment if it uses the theme’s CSS and/or JS.
  4. User custom CSS may need to adjust due to a variety of class name changes and specificity changes.

While I realize this is inconvenient, I hope that it is worth it to you in the long run. Thanks for using the theme, and feel free to submit issues as needed.

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One of the most important soft-skills in the 21st-century is the ability to collaborate. As problems become more complex and projects become more intertwined, it is important that students understand how to work effective with others. This makes it an important skill for educators to develop throughout their students’ school careers. Here are three ways that I am working on developing their collaborative abilities.

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In Carol Dweck’s micro lecture for Stanford Alumni (2014), she defines a fixed mindset as believing that one only has a certain amount of “stuff” and that they cannot get any more. In contrast, a growth mindset sees the opportunity to grow and develop more “stuff” through effort and persistence. Dweck goes further to describe how these two mindsets influences typical goals, where fixed mindset students strive to never look “dumb,” whereas growth mindset…

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Everyone is capable of mastering any competency when given the appropriate amount of time and support. This is a fact supported through a variety of research, including Ericsson and Pool’s book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.

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In order to have an effective personalized learning environment, the students need to have agency. Learner agency refers to the ability for the learner to feel as if they have control over what is going on around them; more specifically, it is their ability to set lofty goals, forge a path towards the goals, reflect and revise the path or goals, and be ability to reach their goals (Poon, 2018). Below are a couple of strategies educators can utilize in their classrooms to promote both learner…

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The development of our students’ executive function may be our most important task as modern educators. When we talk about executive functions, we are referring to the high-level cognitive skills that people use to manage their own behaviors (Weill Institute for Neurosciences, 2020); this includes ensuring that students have the ability to self-regulate their learning - especially over long periods, such as for a project. In the music classroom, our students are part of a perpetual…

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Patrick is a music educator, techie, and a giant Disney lover. He is located in North Georgia.