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FREE Classroom Kindness Kit from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

pragmaticmom.com - Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy and understanding is needed. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people and encourage and impl...

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts With Our Words

blogs.edweek.org - Language matters. It's that simple. What we say and how we say it has a big impact on how students and other stakeholders respond to our choices. Students are always waiting from a variety of cues ...

A New PD Model for a New Era in Teaching

medium.com - In 2017, it seems nonsensical that teachers would wait for the latest pedagogy to be made known to them by a board. Social media platforms and the Internet currently offer teachers unlimited access...

10 things Teachers Want in Professional Development

plpnetwork.com - While on Twitter today this graphic caught my eye. It was posted by @MindShiftKQED linking to an article on their blog. The sketch itself was created by Sylvia Duckworth and it definitely caught my...

How Giving Students Choice During the Day Can Create Unstoppable Learning

Shared by Rethink

ww2.kqed.org - A version of this post originally ran on the Teaching Channel’s Tcher’s Voice blog. I came back from my morning run completely energized. I took my headphones out and continued to puzzle over Sugat...

Minecraft’s Just a Game, Isn’t It?

Shared by Catherine D

catherined2014.wordpress.com - I have been using Minecraft as a teaching tool in my classroom for over 3 years now, and a successful teaching tool I may add.  It’s funny because every time I bring up using Minecraft in my classr...

A Change Will Do You Good

Shared by Jon Smith

craigbadura.com - Let's flash back twenty years ago to the summer of 1997.   I had not yet started my teaching career.  I was the Parks & Recreation Director in the town where we lived.  My wife was in her second ye...

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success (EdSurge News)

Shared by Tom Murray

edsurge.com - Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a “conten...

The Launch of #WorldSTEM - #aussieED

Shared by Allison Fuisz

aussieed.com - We are pleased to announce the launch of the WorldSTEM Challenge! The concept is to ‘crowdsource’ a video bank of quality STEM lessons and ideas for teachers around the world. The idea is simple: A...

Teaching MLK With the Social Justice Standards | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Shared by Greg Curran

tolerance.org - Editor’s note: Several very useful readings from Perspectives for a Diverse America are included in this blog. Be sure to log into or create your free account so that you may explore these items. A...

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

cultofpedagogy.com - Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always aske...

Follow a teacher on Staffrm.

Shared by Barbara Anna

teachwithict.weebly.com - #connectED challenge ​ Challenge 16: ​Follow a teacher on Staffrm. ‘Thank you' and 'Well done' are words we all love to hear however, how often do we hear the words 'You are amazing' or 'You make a...

What Print Will Your Paws Make?

Shared by Brian

makeitphun.blogspot.com - "What print will your paws make?" It's been our PTO's slogan for the last two years.  (Our school mascot is a wildcat.). Lately I have heard it in my head as often as I hear my first graders say my...

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking -

teachthought.com - 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking The Stanford University Center for Professional Development recently developed a course of effective classroom in the classroom, and asked us...

Time to Eliminate 3rd Grade Retention

viewfromtheedge.net - If you visited a third grade classroom and saw the young student pictured to the left, would you immediately think to yourself, “Oh my gosh, that child is eight-years-old. I can’t believe he’s not ...

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

ditchthattextbook.com - One huge drawback of using Google Classroom has been the inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student. Deliver assignments to small groups? Ha! Differen...

Teacher of Mathematics @ASSCKent – UKEd.Careers

Shared by Ines Bieler

uked.careers - TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS    (Required for April 2017) Every Child, Every Lesson, Every Day We are seeking to recruit an excellent Teacher of Mathematics to join our team. The successful candidate mus...

3 Injustices in Education – David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Shared by Ian Landy

pairadimes.davidtruss.com - Last month I was honoured to be interviewed on Corey Engstrom’s Teacher Tech Trails. Near the end of the podcast, I mentioned the ‘greatest’ injustices that we tend to do in more traditional school...

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

Shared by Seil Laerton

edutopia.org - How do you know if a classroom teacher is effective? Ask a teacher, and they will ask you in return, "Are students learning in that classroom?" In an effort to determine teacher effectiveness -- or...

6 Things to Stop Doing in Order to Be a Better Teacher

Shared by Rae Pica

bamradionetwork.com - This list may seem obvious, but it is surprising how many teachers can become oblivious, in the midst of life in the classroom. Let’s take time to think about some of these things we should probabl...

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

npr.org - Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tel...

Teaching knowledge or teaching to the test?

Shared by Ines Bieler

thewingtoheaven.wordpress.com - This is part 2 of a series of blogs on my new book, Making Good Progress?: The future of Assessment for Learning. Click here to read the introduction to the series. For many people, teaching knowle...

Innovating for Equity: The Future of American Higher Education

ed.gov - Thanks for the kind introduction, and for the welcome to Northeastern. I have to say that when we called and asked if we could do this here—if I could give my final speech here—the response was, "T...

Connecting Classrooms With Online Fanfiction Communities

literacyworldwide.org - Writing fanfiction—creative works that fans write based on storylines and characters in existing books, movies, or other media—has moved from the fringes of fandom activity to having more mainstrea...

Jigsaws safe in the hands of Centennial elementary students

leaderpost.com - Decked out in safety glasses and earmuff hearing protection, elementary students handle power tools like pros. Nevaeh Wilker and Takao Cookson eagerly await their turn, watching their Centennial Sc...

If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

Shared by Katie Martin

katielmartin.com - I rarely meet teachers that are against doing what’s right for their students.  Typically, when teachers are resistant, their experiences, beliefs and expertise are not aligned  with (or there is a...

How to Gamify Your Classroom

thetechedvocate.org - It’s no secret that people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy video games. In fact, over 3 billion hours a week are dedicated to playing video games worldwide. This widespread popularity makes it an...

EDUblogging...Why It Can Be Difficult

bmowinkel.weebly.com - In 2016, the sharing of information and resources is vital to the growth of education as a whole.  Whether it is through Twitter, Voxer, podcasts, or any number of online resources, the internet pr...

How Finland’s youngest learners obey the rules — by fooling around in school - The Hechinger Report

hechingerreport.org - It is lunch time at the University of Eastern Finland’s teacher training lab school in North Karelia, a lush forest and lake district on the Russian border. Fourth-grade children race to the cafete...

7 Super Screencasting Activities for School

Shared by Eric Curts

controlaltachieve.com - Screencasting tools are a popular option for use in schools. At their most basic they allow you to record a video of what is on your computer screen, along with your voice, and depending on the pro...

#1: The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

eschoolnews.com - [Editor’s note: This story, originally published on June 13th of this year, was our #1 most popular story of the year. Happy holidays, and thank you for tuning into our 2016 countdown!] Not long ag...

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management

middleweb.com - You know the basics: Establish clear rules and consequences, be consistent, keep students engaged. But even with all that in place, the small things you do could be wreaking havoc on your whole sys...

Why Character Can’t Be Taught Like The Pythagorean Theorem

Shared by pam vernot

ww2.kqed.org - Because noncognitive qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness are often described, with some accuracy, as skills, educators eager to develop these qualities in ...

Instructional Coaches Make a Huge Impact

thegoldenageofeducation.com - Instructional coaches are the unsung heroes of the education profession. They nimbly navigate the line between administrator and teacher as they strive to make an impact across multiple grade level...

How to Curb Academic Dishonesty

Shared by Rick Rexroth

edutopia.org - I’m growing increasingly uneasy over and frightened by the escalating pervasiveness of academic dishonesty. Statistics fluctuate and are difficult to come by, but according to one 1998 study, condu...

Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

Shared by Sean Grover

ww2.kqed.org - Classrooms in the U.S. often focus most attention on literacy and math, largely because those skills are considered foundational and are tested. However most people will also need to communicate th...

12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

Shared by diana aston

ditchthattextbook.com - College football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” In the classroom, the same is true....

#CLStech17 Student Centered Tips and Questions - Teacher Tech

Shared by Alice Keeler

alicekeeler.com - I was the keynote at the California League of Schools conference this week in Monterey. The topic was “Making the Move to a Student-Centered Classroom, the 7 Stages of Grief.” The talk was based on...

The Pupilrazzi - I'm Over It! - Teched Up Teacher

Shared by Emily Gover

techedupteacher.com - I can’t take it anymore! I give up! Ever since my class went Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in September, these monsters won’t stop taking pictures! All they want to do is take Selfies! They Photobom...

Turning into the teacher I don’t want to be

Shared by Matt Miller

ditchthattextbook.com - I’m struggling with a class right now more than I have in years. I know that these posts here on Ditch That Textbook aren’t generally about me and my situation, but I really feel compelled to write...

Minority Superintendents On The Rise In Urban Districts

Shared by EdCircuit

huffingtonpost.com - I ushered in 2017 with an optimistic conversation with Dan Domenech, Executive Director of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) on the subject of increased engagement between superintenden...

Making 'Bad' Choices? - Self-Reg with Dr. Stuart Shanker

self-reg.ca - At the end of every school day, I’d wait outside of my son Calum’s grade three classroom, hoping that he would come bursting through the door along with his classmates. Usually, though, I would see...

The Administrator PR Machine

blog.web20classroom.org - It seems like everywhere we turn, education is under the microscope. From members of Congress to the mother next door, everyone has an opinion on education. What we should do and how we should do i...

8 Reasons Your Deadline Policy Is Damaging to Your Students

gritandrigor.com - Classroom policy that includes rigid due dates and inflexible deadlines is likely counter-productive and damaging to your students for the following eight reasons: It distorts learning outcomes.  W...

Shaping Student Management Skills through Micro-credentials - Digital Promise

Shared by CTN

digitalpromise.org - January 9, 2017 | by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation Teachers understand the value teamwork, communication, and collaboration holds in our increasingly complex and fast-paced wo...

5 Steps to Support Teachers with TenMarks Math

blog.tenmarks.com - I am an Assistant Principal at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, NC. We are one of seven schools in Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), known nationally for our digital conversion, w...

How To Recognize Burnout Before It Starts

Shared by Renaissance

inservice.ascd.org - What makes the fire fizzle out so fast for a teacher? Sadly, it has been said that fifty percent of those who enter public school teaching will be gone at the end of five years. Teachers go into th...

Suspending Preschoolers Doesn’t Work: How Adults Can Intervene

Shared by Kathryn

ww2.kqed.org - This story is part of a series from NPR Ed exploring the challenges U.S. schools face meeting students’ mental health needs. Every year, thousands of children are suspended from preschool. Take a s...

When Teachers and Technology Let Students Be Masters of Their Own Learning (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com - Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement ro...

Learn How to Learn Before Learning a Language

Shared by IFB Kempten

blogs.transparent.com - Learning a language takes time and effort. You can cut down on both by having the right strategies and tools at your disposal. That’s why I recommend investing time in learning how to learn before ...

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