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News & Tips for Teachers

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Five Fun Ways to Add a Spring to Your Science Lessons

April 15th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei  Spring is in the air and as it unfolds, students focus their attention outside the classroom. This is a great time to bring the outside in by incorporating natural science activities into lesson plans. Students and teachers alike want …

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Effective Failure: Teaching Students The Power of Mistakes

April 8th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei In the classic storybook “The Little Engine that Could,” the little blue engine’s self-doubt when challenged to climb a steep mountain turns to triumph when, with hard work and confidence, it succeeds. The little engine’s “I think I cans” …

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Getting Creative Before Spring Break: How to Make Class Time Count

April 1st, 2014

By Monica Fuglei Planning class time in the days leading up to a break is tough for teachers: students are excited and twitchy, making it difficult to ascertain whether they are able to invest in content. While some teachers stick to their …

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Three Ways Parents Can Determine Kindergarten Readiness

March 25th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei Spring is in the air and many parents are anxiously trying to decide whether to enroll their children in kindergarten next fall. While most states have a clear cutoff regarding age-based qualification for kindergarten, many parents worry about their …

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Three Reasons Why Parents Should Welcome Late-Start Days

March 18th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei When a call comes through announcing a late-start school day, we groan a little bit. As parents, a late-start day means adjusting drop-off and pickup times, reconsidering before-school care needs, and working with children underfoot for the first few …

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Five Ways Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye Can Help Teachers Improve Science Literacy

March 11th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei The president, an astrophysicist, and a scientist take a selfie and post it to Twitter; adults and children across America find the scientists as easy to identify as the president. This might be a dream come true for science …

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Do School Uniforms Improve Public Schools?

March 4th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei For many students, back-to-school shopping includes time spent picking out the outfits that are most likely to impress classmates. Subsequent school-day mornings unearth parent and child battles about holes in knees, shirts that are either a bit too tight …

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The Importance of Note-Taking in Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms

February 25th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei During a recent discussion and lecture in the writing class I teach, I filled two dry-erase boards with information and explained that much of it was not available in the text. One student scribbled away in a spiral notebook …

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How Effective is Digital Educational Media? The Research on Home and School Use

February 18th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei My house is full of the “warm glowing warming glow” of screens. Between the television, tablet, and laptops, we have more access to digital media than we have people in the home. My daughter’s class is assigned their own …

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“Sweet, it’s Movie Day!” Engaging Strategies for Showing Films in Class

February 11th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei When I was in school, a class period (or two!) dedicated to watching a film was definitely a highlight for me. Now, my students  consistently request movies or television shows as learning aids, but as an instructor I struggle …

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Do Students Miss Out When Schools Stop Teaching Cursive?

February 4th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei The summer before third grade, I practiced writing my name in the beautiful curves of writing I associated with grown-ups. In third grade, I would become somebody. I would cast off the ugly old writing of my early school …

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Using the Pedagogy of Engagement to Help At-Risk Students

January 28th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei Research shows there is a significant link between poverty and student performance. This opportunity and achievement gap represents the reality that socioeconomic status influences student performance. While teachers in high-need schools cannot solve poverty, the true irony is that …

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Holly Clark: Computers and Mobile Devices can be Awesome Collaboration Tools

January 21st, 2014

Holly Clark has been in education technology since before it was hip. The consultant, speaker and San Diego-based teacher earned her master’s in 1996 — two years before Google was founded. Holly Clark She knew early on that bring technology into the …

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Defeating Classroom Prejudice: Teaching Students to Find Common Ground

January 21st, 2014

by Monica Fuglei Most, if not all, teachers have experienced a moment when prejudice, discrimination, or unfiltered racism rears its head in their classroom. Students expressing prejudice can be difficult to handle as an educator. Class members might be repeating things they’ve …

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Diving Into YA: Three Ways to Help Tweens Find the Perfect Book

January 14th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei My children are both required to read every night for about a half hour. My daughter shifts quietly back to her room, book in hand, nose in book, barely looking up to navigate. My son, however, is a different …

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Will Richardson: Technology Must Transform Students into Better Learners

January 14th, 2014

There’s little argument that jobs in the future will require new skills that must be taught today. But Will Richardson, an educator who taught for 22 years, wrote four education books and created the professional development program Powerful Learning Practice, worries that …

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Find Your Best Grading Method: From Student-Designed Rubrics to Formative Assessments

January 7th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei Students, teachers, and parents are increasingly resistant to standardized testing, multiple-choice tests, and assessments focused on recall over critical thinking. Gone are the days of designated, unchanging curriculum and teachers as the “sage on the stage.” The current era’s …

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Can Good Classroom Design Help Students Learn?

December 31st, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Teachers know that changing their classroom layout can shake things up, and recent research supports this: classroom design influences students’ behavior. More surprisingly, the classroom has a significant and lasting effect on students’ performance. Good classroom design can boost …

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New Strategies for Teacher PD: Exploring Online Professional Development

November 26th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Educators know that the necessity of professional development (PD) for teachers can disrupt learning time. Closed schools on inservice days, late starts to accommodate early-morning teacher PD, and substitutes covering classes during daytime professional development sessions all compromise time …

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Motivating Students Without a Classroom: 5 Tips from Top Online Teachers

November 19th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Online classes are a swiftly-growing pedagogical area for educators, with a significant number of K-12 schools offering this option.  While the increased flexibility of online learning is a boon for both students and teachers, the lack of face-to-face interaction …

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