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Using QR Codes to Build a Classroom Audio Library

Shared by Kasey Bell

edutopia.org - We know that children of all ages not only enjoy being read to, but need it. Because of this, teachers at my school carefully construct our literacy blocks to maximize the amount of time spent in s...

To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving

washingtonpost.com - Bucknell University (By TB Kilman) As your oldest child begins to fill out her college application, it is hard not to feel a rising panic. For the last four years she has thrown herself into her sc...

What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level?

eschoolnews.com - Although the term “flipped learning” is almost universally recognized, teachers apply it in many forms, in all grades levels, and in various school environments. If you are a teacher using flipped ...

Teacherpreneurs: We're Here to Inspire

Shared by Vicki Davis

edutopia.org - This week, my ninth and tenth grade students had shark tank app presentations. As the culmination of a six-month effort that started with more than 30 ideas, the final seven apps were presented to ...

Google Classroom: Make Everything an Assignment!

aschoenbart.com - As a tech coach at the start of the year, Google Classroom and the summer’s updates to Google Apps have been a frequent conversation topic. At our Tech Tuesday drop in professional learning, we’ve ...

Fiery Caro disgusted by treatment of teachers

au.educationhq.com - Don’t drop the phrase “quality teacher” in earshot of Jane Caro; she’ll school you. The rapid talking, op-ed extraordinaire whose recent, feisty appearance on ABC’s The Drum clocked up an impressiv...

Rise in girls’ suspensions at Toronto Catholic board sparks concern amid overall decline | Toronto Star

thestar.com - The number of girls suspended two or more times last year also increased by 29 from 2014-2015, and notices of suspensions climbed for the third straight year, up by 63 to 262. While some of those d...

Building School Culture: Two leading authors discuss teacher activism

Shared by Dan Scratch

tc.columbia.edu - Nearly 20 years ago, Lisa Delpit introduced the phrase "Other People's Children" into the lexicon with her book of the same name (subtitled Cultural Conflict in the Classroom). This past spring, TC...

Educational Myth #2: More Homework = More Learning

Shared by Jennifer King

focus2achieve.com - “Change is the only constant, and to turn one's back and pretend that it is not coming is an exercise in futility.” – Anthony Carmona When I started as a brand new teacher in the Chicago Public Sch...

Calling selective schools ‘new grammars’ won’t eliminate the old problems

Shared by Diane Leedham

mediadiversified.org - As a third generation immigrant, it was initially hard not to applaud Theresa May’s desire to transform Britain to become a ‘Great Meritocracy’: I too want to see a country where ‘it is your talent...

Halton Catholic Board Welcomes Parents & Students to Information Evenings

hcdsb.org - The Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to host a variety of information sessions for parents and students to learn more about the programs and educational pathways available.​ Advance...

7 Useful Reminders for Math Teachers

mashupmath.com - It’s official. “Back-to-school” season is here and it's time to shift your focus from rest and relaxation to preparation and professional development. In the coming weeks (or even days), a fresh cr...

Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy

ww2.kqed.org - After school one day, a middle school girl got physically aggressive with one of her peers while still on school property. At some schools she would have been suspended or expelled for assaulting a...

Take a Knee

Shared by Ben Dickson

hestheweirdteacher.blogspot.com - This is going to be a strangely formatted post, and also the guide for #WeirdEd Week 122. I'm going to write my piece, then the fantastic Christina Torres emailed me her take and I'm going to put t...

Utah schools doing better than public thinks, report shows

sltrib.com - And 39 percent of respondents, a plurality, said Utah public education was in decline and inferior to systems in other states. "Utahns are probably more pessimistic than the reality would support,"...

Motivating the Unmotivated

Shared by Kasey Bell

edutopia.org - A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher...

What is School? Using Hooks to Induce Everyday Teaching Vitality

Shared by Brian Host

mrkempnz.com - #whatisschool continues to grow and roar as one of the most powerful online professional learning sources. Every week we get more than 100 educators from over 10 countries around the world coming t...

More money, worse results? The truth behind the great schools debate

smh.com.au - If you want to make any sense of the current schools funding debate, it pays to have a finely tuned bulldust-ometer. The central conundrum is this. Over the past decade or so, funding for Australia...

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

edweek.org - The concept of growth mindset — the belief that intelligence can be developed through effort — has gained considerable attention in K-12 education in recent years. To learn more about educators’ ex...

Want students to show learning? 3 ways a project is better than a test. - Jasperfoxsr.com

jasperfoxsr.com - I had been working on it for years, pivoting away from using a final exam because I really do not feel that exams show learning. Finally this year I was able to let students demonstrate their under...

An experiment in second grade: No homework. Then, see if test scores drop.

washingtonpost.com - (iStock) Second-grade teachers at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington, Va., had an idea: Look at the research on how homework affects young students and do what it says. They read studies done by...

8 Fun Ways to Help Your Students Collaborate in the Classroom

weareteachers.com - The days of students silently working independently from textbooks at desks neatly arranged into perfect rows are long gone! In today’s classroom, you’re more likely to see students standing or sit...

Let Your Kids Use the Laptops, They Said. It'll Be Fun, They Said.

weareteachers.com - Student Objective: Students will work in groups to create a presentation using Google Slides, which they will then share with their classmates. Teacher Objective: Tone thigh and calf muscles with e...

60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category

teachthought.com - 60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resour...

7 Ninja Moves for Increasing Academic Risk-Taking

weareteachers.com - We sometimes find ourselves in a culture of product-based praise. The A's, the high test scores, the right answers: These are our educational celebrities. But we lose ​sight of the process, the eff...

50 Connected Educators - 100% perfect twitter accounts

Shared by Kelley Owen

mytowntutors.com - The feedback from teachers has been incredible to our top 10 twitter accounts for teachers. We would like to continue to provide great resources for teachers and educators, so we are creating a blo...

6 Back-to-School Tech Projects

weareteachers.com - 6 Back-to-School Tech Projects You Have to Try Have your students get to know one another by sharing with their classmates their favorite things and what they did this summer using these fun tech p...

What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs? - The Hechinger Report

hechingerreport.org - All learning should be personal – we are teaching individual students, after all – but when advocates talk about “personalized learning” they are often describing programs and teaching methods that...

iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

ilearntechnology.com - What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool...

C-H-A-N-G-E It Up! Using Google Forms for Spelling Tests

blog.edtechteam.com - Before I go into detail on how to make your life easier using Google Forms for spelling tests, I have to say, I don’t like spelling tests! I do believe that spelling correctly is important, I belie...

​‘Diversity Does Not Happen By Accident’ and Other Lessons About Equity in the Maker Movement (EdSurge News)

Shared by Pam Stewart

edsurge.com - It has never been easier to hop onboard the Maker movement. In recent years, the prices of expensive tools, such as 3D printers, have dropped drastically. Project-based learning, as an alternative ...

Innovate My School - The importance of creativity and shaking things up

innovatemyschool.com - Teachers expressed outrage at the mere thought of outsourcing marking while others admitted to having done it already. Whether as teachers we agree with it or not, it is a sign of the times that th...

Best Apps for Parent Engagement

naesp.org - By Theresa Stager Communicator May 2016, Volume 39, Issue 9 Parent engagement is one of the most important pieces to an administrator’s job, and there are so many ways to do it. In many conversatio...

‘It’s My Job to Save Them:’ Maryland School Bus Driver Pulls 20 Children From Burning Vehicle

ktla.com - A College Park, Maryland, school bus driver was hailed for her heroic actions after the bus she was driving caught fire Monday. The fire was reported at about 4:45 p.m Monday along the 9600 block o...

The Most Important Teaching Skill for the Modern Educator to Master

globaldigitalcitizen.org - What is the most important teaching skill to have as a modern educator in the digital age? It’s a tough question that deserves some consideration. Confidence? Empathy? Organization? Collaboration? ...

Like Cops Who Kill Unarmed Black Adults, Pre-K Teachers See Same ‘Bad Dude’ in Kids

Shared by Andre Perry

theroot.com - Editor’s note: Once a month, this column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do about gaps in achievement and opportunity. Perception is a matter of life and death. Now a ne...

5 Big Changes to the FAFSA Coming Fall 2016

parade.com - When our daughters were applying for their freshman year of college, we knew we had many deadlines to meet the fall of their senior year of high school. There was an early decision or early action ...

Raleigh middle school’s pedal desks draw worldwide attention

newsobserver.com - A Raleigh middle school teacher’s efforts to keep her fidgety students focused in class by putting bike pedals underneath their desks has spawned international attention. Media outlets such as CBS ...

Any Teacher Can Become a Master Teacher

mindstepsinc.com - It only takes a few minutes, but once you number the chairs in your classroom you’ll find countless ways to use this system. Print out or write on individual note cards the total number of chairs i...

Link-Systems International Opens New Office in Tempe, AZ to Continue Corporate Growth

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businesswire.com - TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI), an educational technology company with student-centric eLearning solutions that pioneered the concept of on-demand, online tuto...

Your School Rocks...So Tell People

Shared by labcbaker

ryanpatrickmclane.blogspot.com - As we approach the closing of another year, and to think about beginning 2016, I'm still surprised by the number of teachers and schools that do not use social media.  The consistent rhetoric of ho...

#101Educators to Follow on Twitter by @TeacherToolkit

teachertoolkit.me - This list of educators are people I draw inspiration from on Twitter. They are not teachers, but educators in various sectors and countries, curated from those whom I have been interacting with onl...

Virginia's graduation rate tops 91 percent, and Chesapeake beats the state average

pilotonline.com - Graduation rates climbed a bit higher in Virginia with the class of 2016, state officials announced Wednesday. The rate for students graduating in four years topped 91 percent, one point higher tha...

Solution Fluency Lesson Planning: A Teacher's Guide (Part 1)

globaldigitalcitizen.org - Before I discovered Solution Fluency lesson planning, I had a tenuous relationship with lesson plans. I would get hung up on the format, the wording, the components, referencing the Standards, and ...

Restraint in Schools: The Last Taboo

Shared by Joe W

inclusiveteach.com - Is there anything more distressing and potentially damaging than the moment an adult places hands on a child? This is a reality faced by many teachers daily. Many are put in difficult situations ha...

The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget -- And What We Can Do About It

Shared by John Langton

huffingtonpost.com - A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD. This sounds famili...

Insights From a TEDx Talk on Classroom of the Future

Shared by EdTechReview

edtechreview.in - Watching a TEDx Talk is a great source of learning and gathering knowledge. I have never come across any Ted Talk that made me feel that I didn't learn anything from it! This post is about one of t...

6 Ways to Challenge the Status Quo

Shared by Jimmy Sapia

mrsapia.wordpress.com - More often than not, many teachers become complacent and comfortable with their habits.  We, as humans, are creatures of habit.  An attitude of the most dangerous phrase in education, “This is the ...

5 tips for rolling out centers - #edchat

Shared by NWEA

nwea.org - Centers. A word most teachers either love or hate. Lengthy planning, chaos, and students working on meaningless activities were all fears that came to mind when I was beginning to roll them out in ...

Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

edutopia.org - The number of English-Language Learners in the United States is growing rapidly, including many states that have not previously had large immigrant populations. As teachers try to respond to the ne...

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