Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.
Students are never too young to explain their thinking. When teachers encourage them to back up their claims with evidence from a young age, they will be more accustomed to doing so when problems get more challenging.
Student motivation, self-regulation and trauma are just a few of the topics that MindShift readers were especially interested in during 2016. Teachers also wanted to know how to improve the depth of student thinking and parents sought information on how to improve their involvement with their kids.