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Confronting a hidden education crisis

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districtadministration.com - In the 2013-14 school year, there were more than 1.3 million homeless students, a 7 percent increase from the previous year and more than double the number in 2006-07. While that number is troublin...

20 Ways to Provide Effective Feedback to Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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educatorstechnology.com - March  13, 2014 A teacher has the distinct responsibility to nurture a student’s learning and to provide feedback in such a manner that the student does not leave the classroom feeling defeated. He...

Throw Out Your Seating Chart and Try One Of These 7 Ideas Instead

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weareteachers.com - OK, spill: Have you started thinking about how you want to set up your classroom next year? It’s totally OK if you’re still in “summer” mode, however, around this time we always get excited about d...

Rebuilding School & Classroom Libraries in Louisiana

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katemessner.com - If you’re like me, you’ve been watching the news out of Louisiana and wanting to do more to help. When whole communities are flooded, families who have lost everything are uprooted, and that can be...

Evers accuses school districts of poaching teachers - Watchdog.org

watchdog.org - At a conference of public school funding activists in Wauwatosa on Tuesday, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers told the audience he’s not happy with competition fo...

Schools that accept ‘no excuses’ from students are not helping them

washingtonpost.com - About 100 students protested the lack of minority teachers near the campus of Achievement First Amistad High School. (Brian Zahn / The New Haven Register) When I taught at a charter school, I once ...

Give More Low-Income Students a Path to College

nytimes.com - For most of its history, America ignored the talents and potential of most Americans. We will never know what great progress might have been made in science, medicine, business and many other field...

Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership

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edutopia.org - In my previous post, I wrote about embracing technology's big new possibilities in education through smaller-scale changes that we can implement right now for our students' benefit. I'd like to con...

Three tech leaders sign open letter criticising Hekia Parata's curriculum changes

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nbr.co.nz - Industry meet Education My career, my vocation if you will, began with web design when one of my Design Studies tutors at the University of Otago said "oh, and there's this web thing we should look...

10 Ways To Use Video in Your School

edtechenthusiast.wordpress.com - Why use video? They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”. So, at 24 frames a second, a 2 minute video is worth 2,880,000 words. 10. Subject Selection Evening. Every year, parents pile into sch...

Advice for the New School Year

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fouroclockfaculty.com - I have asked some of my favorite connected educators to share their advice for the new school year. Below are their responses: “Take time to think about your purpose in each lesson you teach, each ...

WHAT IF… Home ‘work’ Looked Like This?

mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com - My views on homework have changed and evolved over my 20+ years of teaching. I’ve arrived at the conclusion that traditional homework has done nothing to improve my students’ academic performance o...

Too COOL for school

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stuff.co.nz - OPINION: It would have been something to be a fly on the wall when Education Minister Hekia Parata and her team came up with the acronym for its bold, future-focused 'Community of Online Learning' ...

Satisfaction

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teacheratheart.weebly.com - ​I’m not satisfied.    I find myself in a constant state of reflection.    I’m not satisfied with myself as an instructional leader. I don’t spend as much time in classrooms as I’d like.  I’m not s...

Failing is a Privilege – From a Teacher

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medium.com - When my grandfather was twelve he worked alongside his family gathering prunes under the baking Northern California sun. A boss told him to take a truck into town and bring back supplies. My grandf...

Is Your Child's School Student-Centered?

gettingsmart.com - It’s back to school time and as families across the country prepare to kick off the year right, we hope that the school supply list isn’t the only thing parents are checking off. Are you looking fo...

What We’re Reading This Week: August 26 | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

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tolerance.org - The Atlantic: “The stain of segregation bleeds into the most basic elements of black lives—from housing and health to food equality and educational opportunity—and no area exemplifies this like the...

Educators learn to 'Teach Like a Pirate'

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sentinel-standard.com - More than 200 educators are going to be teaching like a pirate when school starts. More than 200 educators are going to be teaching like a pirate when school starts. New York Times best-selling aut...

Beyond Surface-Level Digital Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy

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digitalpedagogylab.com - In 2013–14, a remarkable 20.5% (154,636) of all Master’s degrees were earned by students in the field of education. Only the field of business boasts a higher percentage of total Master’s degrees (...

Jeff Bradbury Talks Music, #EdTech, and @TeacherCast - HoET018 - Christopher J. Nesi | House of #EdTech

chrisnesi.com - Mr. Jeff Bradbury is a high school music teacher and the orchestra conductor from North Brunswick Twp. High School (NJ) and he has both his BA and his MA from West Chester University (PA). He is al...

What Happens to Behavior When You Incorporate Student Choice?

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medium.com - My hardest year of teaching involved a sixth grade self-contained class about four years ago. Somehow, I got off on the wrong foot. I had just been an instructional coach and I felt, on some level,...

Teaching Is a Process: LetsRecap: Tool for Classroom & PD

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teachingisaprocess.blogspot.com - In case you haven't seen the posts and tweets about LetsRecap, I highly recommend checking out the post by Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth) and Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) that was put out...

Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning

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edutopia.org - Students are enrolled in the Fit Lit class five days a week. On three of those days, they take a 45-minute fitness class followed by 45 minutes of language arts. The other two days, there is a 90-m...

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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edutopia.org - The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of ...

How Can I Help My Students Plan Their Careers?

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cultofpedagogy.com - I teach high school students. Some of them know what they want to do after graduation, but most are clueless. I can sympathize: When I was in high school, I had no idea what jobs were even out ther...

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

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salon.com - “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startlin...

Uncommon Schools Recruiting Back Its Own Graduates to Diversify Its Teaching Network

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the74million.org - Above photo: A Student Teaching Fellow at North Star Academy, part of the Uncommon Schools charter network, works with students in summer school in July (Newark) — Equel Easterling, a rising senior...

10 Web Resources For Becoming A Better Collaborator

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globaldigitalcitizen.org - I don’t get out of the classroom much once the school year has started. There are jokes that if a colleague is more than two doors down, we never see each other. This is sad. This changed slightly ...

College Won’t Train You for a Job, and That’s Just Fine

wired.com - I’ve given student advice before, so some of this might not be completely new. However, it’s a new year with new students, so it might be useful to give some ideas to this year’s collegiate freshme...

Call Me Crazy But It Is Still About the Kids…

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pernillesripp.com - I stopped using a punishment system in my classroom, when I realized I already knew who would get in trouble. I stopped using a reward system in my classroom, when I realized I knew who would be re...

How British education is thriving in Asia - Schools Improvement Net

schoolsimprovement.net - British style education internationally is thriving and that is certainly true of Asia. The number of schools offering a British style curriculum has grown significantly over the last 15 years. The...

What We Can't Learn from Finland's Schools: Apples, Oranges, and Denial

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huffingtonpost.com - It happened again. This morning yet another Facebook friend clicked share on yet another article about how Finland is doing a better job educating kids than the US. The article mentioned the usual ...

Anti-racist approach to education essential to address experience of Indigenous teachers and students

cbc.ca - Learning can be a transformative experience, whether it's at the elementary school or university level. But what is often overlooked is how our education system doesn't account for the unique exper...

'Chalk and talk' teaching might be the best way after all

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theconversation.com - Seventy teachers from the UK were sent to Shanghai to study classroom methods to investigate why Chinese students perform so well. Upon their return, the teachers reported that much of China’s succ...

Why Cold-Calling on Students Works

chroniclevitae.com - Want more teaching tips? Browse the Pedagogy Unbound archives or start a thread in our teaching group. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to call on students to get them to participate. They would...

How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School

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ww2.kqed.org - In the age of information, factual answers are easy to find. Want to know who signed the Declaration of Independence? Google it. Curious about the plot of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel, “The S...

What is the State of your school?

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dwightcarter.edublogs.org - One of the key events of the year is when the President of the United States holds the State of the Union Address. Each president has addressed the nation in order to convey a specific message and ...

Evaluating Using a "Language Lens"

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ellstudents.com - We know that our ELLs need to accelerate their academic language growth in all classrooms, whether we support elementary classroom teachers, secondary content teachers, or K-12 specialists.  Yet wh...

The Fallacy of Going Alone | Collaborative for Student Success

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forstudentsuccess.org - As, this recent KCUR article explains “When lawmakers said that Missouri had to abandon the Common Core State Standards and come up with the new learning blueprint that won approval from the state ...

Why Schools Need to Do a Better Job of Teaching Speaking Skills

edweek.org - I got an email last week from a student who was in my class eight years ago. She had to do a presentation to complete her master’s degree, and the professor had warned the students that no one ever...

Innovate My School - The importance of good pastoral care in schools

innovatemyschool.com - "Registration normally consists of plenty of discussions around what is going on in the news." In my eyes, a good pastoral system is one which starts at the beginning of the day. I know lots of sch...

Three Core Principles For Teaching With Politics - Teach Argument

teachargument.com - Ask anyone who teachers argument – teachers of AP Language, of Political Science, of US History and Contemporary World Issues – and they’ll tell you that election years are absolutely awesome for t...

Why are MOOCs and OERs Must for Higher Education Leaders

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edtechreview.in - In the past few years, the interest in MOOCs has surged. MOOCs or massive open online courses are being quoted for defining "reform" or "transformation" of traditional higher education.  You can ta...

Where Preschool Doesn't Cost a Dime

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theatlantic.com - This story is the fourth in a series about public preschools that will also examine the condition of preschool teachers and the political future of preschool. The first story, about how little the ...

'Sobering' PARCC scores show 60% of Illinois students unprepared

chicago.suntimes.com - Between 60 to 70 percent of public school students in Illinois are not on track to succeed in college or a career, according to preliminary “sobering” scores from the PARCC standardized test the Il...

Oklahoma board approves 349 more emergency teaching certificates

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newsok.com - The state Board of Education on Thursday approved 349 more emergency teaching certificates, further proof Oklahoma's teacher shortage shows no signs of letting up. State schools Superintendent Joy ...

Education Marketing Publications and School Market Magazines

sellingtoschools.com - A number of magazines and newspapers serve K-12 educators, and many of them focus on or have regular features about educational technology. Here are descriptions and links to the major publications...

Kelly Christopherson

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