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Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems?

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ww2.kqed.org - Principal Kamar Samuels had a problem: how to reach the most disaffected students at Bronx Writing Academy, a middle school serving mostly low-income students. The usual discipline methods weren’t ...

The education mess in Ohio under Gov. John Kasich

washingtonpost.com - Republican presidential candidate John Kasich arrives to a cheering crowd Feb. 9 in Concord, N.H., at his primary night campaign rally. (Jim Cole/AP) Ohio Gov. John Kasich is campaigning for the 20...

Teacher shortages in England, spending watchdog confirms - BBC News

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bbc.co.uk - Teacher shortages in England are growing and the government has missed recruitment targets for four years, the official spending watchdog has said. It means 28% of secondary physics lessons are tau...

Why I No Longer Use Bellringers

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teachingquality.org - This past trimester has marked a drastic change in my beginning-of-class instruction. I’ve forsaken one of the most commonly implemented classroom and instructional management strategies: the bellr...

My Thoughts...My Reflections...A Principal's View: My Moment - Day 26 - Leading Up

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matthewarend.blogspot.com - If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.  As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the momen...

Instructional Fluency: A Blog Post is Worth 1,000 Emails

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learning.zahnerhistory.com - This blog is one of my favorite learning spaces. It allows me to clarify my thoughts and amplify my voice, all for the chance that someone might take away something or comment and contribute to my ...

How to whitewash education history like Diane Ravitch

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citizen.education - Dmitri Mehlhorn has a lot to say about Diane Ravitch’s activism. So much that we must break it up into several blog posts. In this one below he confronts the selective way that Ravitch writes histo...

Teach for America: Lies, Damned Lies, and Special Contracts

huffingtonpost.com - Celebrating its 25th anniversary this past weekend, Teach For America (TFA) marked a milestone. Over the past 25 years, the organization has not only expanded, but also shifted their mission and ap...

​Flip This House: Tips for Bridging the Tech Gap Between School and Home (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com - I grew up in a household with two system engineers. When I began teaching, my childhood comfort with technology followed me into the classroom; I was always thrilled to introduce new hardware or so...

The Schoenblog: Developing Genius: Reflecting on Choice, Passion, and #GeniusHour

aschoenbart.com - It’s been about two weeks since I introduced #GeniusHour in my English 10 classes this year, and I’ve already seen some results worth writing about. The work is still in the hypothetical stages; we...

Education Update:Fixing the Leak in the Teaching Force:Five Classroom Policies that Uphold Student Dignity

ascd.org - I collect and purchase hundreds of pencils, pens, and reams of paper every year. These supplies are available to all students, no questions asked. I make it clear to kids that forgetting a pencil o...

Calming the teenage mind in the classroom - CNN.com

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cnn.com - The guided meditations are all part of a fast growing trend in education, where more schools are providing mindfulness exercises to students and teachers in response to the enormous pressures stude...

7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice

edudemic.com - For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles. However, in the last few years th...

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

cultofpedagogy.com - Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “W...

What happens when instead of suspensions, kids talk out their mistakes? - The Hechinger Report

hechingerreport.org - PITTSFIELD, N.H. — When freshman Hope Parent left her cellphone unattended at Pittsfield Middle High School, last year, her classmate Brandon Bojarsky saw his chance for a little fun. Grabbing the ...

Technology (and Its Implementation in Schools) Is Widening the Opportunity Gap (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com - When I write articles for EdSurge, the intention is usually to write without opinion. But this piece isn’t going to be like that. The way we handle technology in schools is widening the opportunity...

States consider allowing kids to learn coding instead of foreign languages

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csmonitor.com - ¿Hablas C++? In Florida, lawmakers are debating a proposal to swap the two foreign language courses required by the state’s high schools for classes in programming languages such as JavaScript and ...

What Amazing Principals Do and You Can Too

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pernillesripp.com - I used to think I would end my days as an administrator, now I laugh at the notion. Nothing against administrators, but being a teacher has proven to me that I have no dreams of being a principal a...

When Grading Harms Student Learning

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edutopia.org - There are so many forces at work that make educators grade, and grade frequently. For sports eligibility, coaches constantly look at grades to see if a student is at an academic level that will all...

The Math Revolution

theatlantic.com - On a sultry evening last July, a tall, soft-spoken 17-year-old named David Stoner and nearly 600 other math whizzes from all over the world sat huddled in small groups around wicker bistro tables, ...

Gimme A Break | Add & Subtract Fractions | 3 Act Math Task

tapintoteenminds.com - A colleague and good friend, Dave Burke, reached out to me recently for some ideas around adding and subtracting fractions. In particular, he was interested in trying to make the topic a little mor...

America's Extreme Need for More Black Male Educators - News & Views - EBONY

ebony.com - Recently, a friend sent me a YouTube video of a group of students stepping during homecoming. The video didn't appear any different than the dozens I have received throughout the year. But after lo...

3 Tips to Keep Teachers Safe on Social Media

teachertoolkit.me - When using social media, how can teachers protect themselves from damaging their career, or worse, losing their job? We could talk forever about the various steps teachers can take to protect thems...

Houston pushes literacy in younger grades

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phillytrib.com - Children love to master different skills — whether it is writing sentences, perfecting math skills or reading books — and they will initiate efforts on their own just to practice for the sake of pr...

When We Harm Rather than Help - Some Thoughts on Reading Interventions

pernillesripp.com - We read to Thea in the womb like all the fancy books told us to.  Surrounded her with books from the moment she was born.  We read every night creating memories.  We pointed to text, had her touch ...

How Can Students Pursue STEM Careers When Math Majors Don’t Become Teachers?

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noodle.com - It is a truth universally acknowledged that a teacher can make or break a student’s interest in a subject. When it comes to math, this axiom may hold particularly true. Since the subject is cumulat...

Teachers at Low-Income Schools Deserve Respect

edweek.org - For 14 years, I taught in schools with students from low-income households. It was a source of great professional fulfillment for me. I witnessed daily triumphs and joys that more than offset the p...

140 Nebraska Education Leaders to follow

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nelovesps.org - Last month, we released Success Starts with Teachers and needless to say we’ve had teachers on our brain now more than ever. What we’ve found is truly not a surprise: teachers and those closest to ...

Teachers work more overtime than any other professionals, analysis finds

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tes.com - Teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research. A study of official figures from the Trad...

Class (B)logs...

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cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.com - Image from- http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/  *UPDATED* Resources: Platforms such as www.edublogs.org  What to do: We have all heard of flipped learning right? Click here for some informat...

Myth of hero teacher who swoops in and saves children from poverty, racism and violence | Get Schooled

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getschooled.blog.myajc.com - Ed Boland’s gritty new memoir about teaching in a tough New York City school will not put him on a pedestal alongside classroom legends Jaime Escalante (“Stand and Deliver”), Erin Gruwell (“Freedom...

Classes cut and more than half of art teachers consider quitting as subject becomes ‘devalued’

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schoolsimprovement.net - Almost nine out of 10 (89 per cent) primary teachers surveyed said their school reduced time for art in Year 6 in the run-up to the Sats. In secondary schools, 44 per cent of teachers said there wa...

Want Students to Succeed? Teach with a Tough Empathy Pedagogy

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inservice.ascd.org - I first stumbled upon the phrase “tough empathy” when reading “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You” by Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones. In their essay, Goffee and Jones state that “real leaders empathiz...

Presidents’ Day Lesson Plan

channelone.com - Prepare your students for Presidents’ Day with our lesson plan about Abraham Lincoln, including a close reading of his historical speech, the Gettysburg Address. End of Civil War Anniversary Transc...

22 Powerful Closure Activities

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edutopia.org - Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (P...

Vroom. Fueling Education.: 6 Essentials for Educators

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fueling-education.com - As educators, we are well versed in what works, and does not, in education. Day-in and day-out we get a fresh take at new opportunities. And, each day I get an opportunity to improve on the day bef...

"Homework in primary school has an effect of zero" (J. Hattie)

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visible-learning.org - “Homework in primary school has an effect of around zero”, says Professor John Hattie. But what does really work in education, schools and classrooms around the world? Every week Sarah Montague int...

U.S. Department of Education Aims to Help States Manage Standardized Tests by Creating Quality over Quantity

educationworld.com - Principals as Leader-Managers Principals often view leadership and management as two different roles, but the most effective principals know how to blend the two. Included: Tips for combining leade...

#Iwishmyteacherknew Examples Revealing All Around

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teachthought.com - Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Colorado. By now, you’ve likely heard of her–or at least one of her ideas, #Iwishmyteacherknew. Every now and then, there’s an “Education” s...

How High Is the Wall?

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edutopia.org - It's hard for children to pay attention to classroom activities when they are worried. Sometimes the things they worry about seem trivial to adults who have learned how to measure significance with...

Leading Wild Horses: Why Parents and Schools Must Unite

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psychologytoday.com - If you are a parent who blames your children’s teachers when you feel frustrated with their academic progress, you are not alone.  If you are a teacher who blames parents when their children are no...

Data on teacher prep grads will soon lead to consequences for some programs - The Hechinger Report

hechingerreport.org - Eleven states now tie teacher outcomes back to their preparation programs, and an increasing number of states are planning to use that data to decide whether to keep programs open, according to a n...

Differentiated Leadership: Apply Differentiated Learning to PD

home.edweb.net - Presented by Alan Tenreiro, 2016 NASSP National Principal of the Year and Principal of Cumberland High School; with Jessie Butash, Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning at Cumberland High Sc...

Effective Professional Development via CEE's State Council and Centers by CEE

councilforeconed.org - By: Marc A. Johnson, Education Program Director, Colorado Council for Economic Education Professional development (PD) for teachers has sometimes been characterized as unappreciated and ineffective...

Parents’ fury as pupils at £10k-a-term school taught wrong play for GCSE 

schoolsimprovement.net - The mix-up at Downside School near Radstock has left the Year 11 pupils just a few weeks to get to grips with the actual work of literature they will be asked questions on – JB Priestley’s classic ...

ESSA Guidance Continues to Roll Out

edweek.org - The Every Student Succeeds Act may be the law of the land, but it won't be fully in place until the 2017-18 school year. Between now and then, the federal government, states, and school districts w...

Using a Writers' Workshop Model to Foster Deeper Learning

blogs.edweek.org - This post is by Colleen Green, 11th grade Humanities Teacher, High Tech High International. As a writer, I value the opportunity for feedback from colleagues because it helps me clarify my thinking...

A Critical Teen Relationship: Mentor | Parent Toolkit Blog

parenttoolkit.com - January offers new beginnings. We typically go into a New Year with a fistful of resolutions to better our lives; most focused on our own personal development.   But what about bettering the lives ...

What's the starting point for all learning? - David Didau: The Learning Spy

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learningspy.co.uk - “No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.” George Bernard Shaw This morning in answer to a question about whether children should be taught to challenge ‘neat i...

Looking at Art with Students: Activities That Enhance Learning

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inservice.ascd.org - I’m an art teacher, but we don’t just color in my classroom. In fact, I find the stereotype of an art teacher babysitting children who are coloring a worksheet while the “real” teachers plan very o...

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