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Shaw, 8, plays an improv game with Erin McTiernan, an Indiana State University doctoral student. Shaw is a participant in an improv class at Indiana State University for children with high functioning autism. Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Using Improv To Help Kids With Autism Show And Read Emotion

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The Brown family (left to right) Malachi, 12; Lisa Nelson-Brown; Will; and Maiyah, 7, ”go on a scavenger hunt at the museum sleepover. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Big Wings, Bigger Dreams: A Sleepover In The Space Shuttle's Shadow

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New Book Seeks To Inspire Teachers To Innovate In The Classroom

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Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain

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At Stanford University's Bing Nursery School in Palo Alto, Calif., blocks play a significant role in helping children to think creatively, solve problems and think like young mathematicians. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Before Minecraft, The Blocks Were Made Of Wood

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A boy paints the railings of a wooden fort at the Berkeley Adventure Playground. Nails, hammers and buckets of paint are just part of the fun. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Play Hard, Live Free: Where Wild Play Still Rules

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Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz. Jason Millstein for NPR hide caption

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A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

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Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

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Romy Vasquez leads the boys in drills ahead of an upcoming Eagle Scout ceremony. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful ... This Great Teacher Abides By The Scout Law

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