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Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize

huffingtonpost.com - Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects of having failed a math quiz. She fixes her te...

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

ww2.kqed.org - For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to p...

How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

ww2.kqed.org - Gallup recently released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance o...

All Things Social Studies: 5 Things We Need to Quit Prentending

Shared by Rachel Murat

spartansocialstudies.blogspot.com - 5 Things We Need to Quit Prentending Last week @DavidJHuber challenged me to create a list of 5 things we need to quit pretending. I was intrigued about what I would write about and needed to give ...

How to balance test prep and authentic learning

Shared by Erin Klein

thecornerstoneforteachers.com - EP19: You’re a teacher, not a tester. In this episode, you’ll learn strategies for staying focused on what’s really important, both in your mindset and your daily practice. Discover specific, pract...

Upcoming Web Events - EdchatInteractive

Shared by Erin Klein

edchatinteractive.org - Want to know more about upcoming events? Sign up for the Edchat Interactive Newsletter! Visit the Contact Us page and fill out the form.  Parent Involvement and Student Learning with Erin Klein Par...

Learning Through “Talking”

adunsige.commons.hwdsb.on.ca - I’m an introvert. I’ve blogged about this many times before, and shared what this means for me as both a person and a teacher. Despite being an introvert though, I learn a lot by talking. Why do I ...

New law brings confusion over school testing

orlandosentinel.com - Florida's new law meant to curb testing in public schools has so far led mostly to confusion, as some school districts have canceled new exams, and others — including Orange — have said they didn't...

Report Finds Low Number Of English Majors Have To Take Shakespeare Classes

huffingtonpost.com - NEW YORK (AP) — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days." The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English...

Top Principals Expand Reach to Multiple Schools

edweek.org - Two big-city school districts are piloting initiatives to expand the reach of their successful principals by allowing those leaders to manage two schools simultaneously. The hope is that the select...

Districts Partner to Build School Music Programs

edweek.org - Three years ago, at the mayor's prompting and with the help of local music-industry professionals, the Nashville school district beefed up its music education program to include new technology, mor...

Five Ways to Create a State of Flow in the Classroom

Shared by John Wink

spencerideas.org - We've all seen it before. A student suddenly gets "in the zone" in the midst of a project. (It's even better when it happens with an entire class.) Time seems to simultaneously slow down and yet sp...

Why You Need A Math Fair with @TechNinjaTodd

Shared by EduSlam

eduslam.me - Todd Nesloney is currently a 5th grade teacher at Fields Store Elementary in Waller, Texas and will be the Principal of Navasota Intermediate in Navasota, TX in the Fall.  He is the TCEA Teacher of...

#espechat International Project

Shared by Rich Wiles

smore.com - Instead of searching the internet for hours, have a teacher from that country share the activity with your students. Live feed allows the teacher from one country to present an activity to students...

Index Indicates Most High Schools Are Not Challenging Students

blogs.edweek.org - The yardstick for making the The Washington Post's list of Most Challenging High Schools is simple: A school needs to have half of its juniors and half of its seniors take one Advanced Placement co...

Response: Ways To Build 'Authentic Engagement' & Not 'Strategic Compliance'

blogs.edweek.org - (This is the last post in a two-part series. You can see Part One here.) What can we do to get all students in class participating more all the time? In Part One of this series, William & Pérsida H...

The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education'

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hackeducation.com - “What do I mean when I talk about transformational productivity reforms that can also boost student outcomes? Our K–12 system largely still adheres to the century-old, industrial-age factory model ...

Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat: Understand Your Impact

Shared by Erin Klein

danielpbutler.blogspot.com - Understand Your Impact We are entering a very busy time of year that is challenging for just about every educator in the country. Deadlines need to be met, uncertainty is in the air with next year'...

Even in 1969, Hillary Clinton had bold ideas — and bold pants

Shared by Mashable

mashable.com - It's 1969, and 22-year-old Hillary Rodham, delivering the commencement address at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, is being interviewed by LIFE magazine. Hillary, who enrolled there in 1965, ser...

The Colorful Principal: Visible Growth

Shared by Vicki Davis

colorfulprincipal.blogspot.com - How does this relate to education? Nine months ago you welcomed students into your room.  Some were probably shy, timid or even unsure of what to expect.  But what many of you saw was opportunity a...

#TeachingIs

teachingquality.org - Last year, a movement was born from a simple question: What if teachers used the power of social media to celebrate the complexity and importance of teaching? A hashtag was created, and #TeachingIs...

Alice in WonderTech: 5 Things We Have to Stop Pretending

Shared by Alice Chen

wondertechedu.blogspot.com - What should we stop pretending is good in education? I was first asked this question by +Nancy Minicozzi when she wrote her "5 Things We Have to Stop Pretending." In her blog post, she challenged m...

Would You Be Our Audience?

Shared by Todd Nesloney

pernillesripp.com - The students have been hard at work figuring out how to be better speakers and they are now ready to show the world.  Next week, my students will be performing Elephant & Piggie stories to their pe...

Hold that Elevator! A Message on Pitching Your Plan for Blended Learning (EdSurge News)

Shared by EdSurge

edsurge.com - Let’s face it, implementing blended learning is complex. Each of the steps can be challenging, whether it’s shifting to personalization, integrating technology, or embracing competency-based learni...

The Education Innovators

Shared by AdvancED

huffingtonpost.com - There has been lots of talk the past few years about the coming "disruption" in higher education. Technology, critics suggest, will present traditional colleges and universities with daunting chall...

Students matter. Teachers, not so much.

teachingquality.org - Last week I wrote a column for Education Week on the damage done by a “D” grade awarded to our high-achieving, high-poverty public school:  Giving Excellence a D: When School Accountability Grades ...

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Short Flipped Lesson With Vialogues

freetech4teachers.com - Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. Registered users can upload videos to Vialogues ...

Straight Guy Asks Gay BFF To Prom With Adorable Promposal

huffingtonpost.com - As a student council member at his high school, Anthony Martinez is often tasked with planning school dances. But the 17-year-old, who is gay, says that he “never [gets] asked.” Martinez, who atten...

Mr So's Classroom: #MakeSchoolDifferent: Five things we have to stop pretending

mrsoclassroom.blogspot.com - #MakeSchoolDifferent: Five things we have to stop pretending Last week (I think) I was challenged by Aviva Dunsiger to think about my five things that we have to stop pretending in education (You c...

Melissa Jensen : My version of Stop pretending.... #makeschooldifferent @lowenESST

Shared by Scott McLeod

mjensenlearning.blogspot.com - Thanks to Lousie Owen @lowenESST  I have accepted the Stop pretending.... #makeschooldifferent challenge Here are my five statements to consider around learning and teaching: No matter what you kno...

Why Coding Is Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future

Shared by Sean Gardner

wsj.com - Why Coding Is Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future Educators call for making computer science a cornerstone of the curriculum, even for grade-school kids

Another Byte of Knowledge

thinkspace.csu.edu.au - The one thing I am learning at the moment is to read about technology and its impact on learning environments and the need for pedagogy to change is one thing, it is quite another to be part of the...

Twitter Made Clear and Understandable

Shared by Jon Samuelson

ipadsammy.com - Have you ever been frustrated trying to explain Twitter someone that doesn't have an account? I think that if you share this video of teacher, Christy Wilson, @wilson_physed explaining Twitter to a...

How One School Supports BYOT With a Parent University -- THE Journal

Shared by Katrina Keene

thejournal.com - As teachers and students move away from the traditional classroom layout, schools are beginning to incorporate a 21st century learning landscape that looks unfamiliar to those who grew up with chal...

#TeachingIs

Shared by CTQ

thunderclap.it - The complexity of a teacher’s work is rarely understood. And the expertise of teachers isn’t celebrated enough! Yet Teacher Appreciation Week provides a unique opportunity to change the way the pub...

Transforming Teaching and Learning: 7 Steps Toward Creating a 'Teacher-Powered' School

Shared by CTQ

edweek.org - Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The truth of this statement has never been more obvious than it is right now in educat...

6 Myths About Common Core: Separating Fact and Fiction

Shared by Derek McCoy

globaldigitalcitizen.org - The Common Core Standards are a set of high-quality academic standards that outline what a student should know at the end of each grade level in English/Language Arts and mathematics. The goal is t...

Marc Tucker and the declension myth in American education debates

Shared by tressie mc

shermandorn.com - This month, Marc Tucker has written two blog entries for Ed Week that together present a frequently-used argument about the decline of America’s schools.1 On April 16, Tucker argued that a reductio...

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