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News & Tips for Teachers

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Five Things Kids Learn When They Run for Student Council

November 12th, 2013

bu Monica Fuglei At the dinner table a few weeks ago, my fifth-grade daughter announced her intention to run for vice president of her student council.  Remembering the popularity contest that was my generation’s student council experience, I was wary but supportive. …

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You Do The Math: Inside the Flipped Classroom

November 5th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Mr. Heimbigner calls my daughter’s fifth-class to the front of the classroom. He starts a countdown on the computer, hands the students back their notes taken while watching an online video the night before, and asks them what they …

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How to Improve Science Education: Ideas from Professors, Scientists, and Students

October 29th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei When asked what they want to be when they grow up, young students choose a wide variety of careers, from doctor or veterinarian (I wanted to be a marine biologist) to writer, artist, or teacher. As they grow, their …

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Q&A: David Truss on Inquiry-Based Learning

October 23rd, 2013

David Truss is a unique educational leader in a unique school. He’s vice principal at Learning Innovations Network Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada. Education for him, his teachers and their students is inquiry-based, driving a learning built around asking questions and discovering …

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Teaching Thanksgiving in the Classroom: Truth Vs. Myth

October 22nd, 2013

by Monica Fuglei As a young child, I was fairly sure Christopher Columbus crashed into Plymouth Rock and hosted the first Thanksgiving. In middle school, I learned that the Plymouth colonists shared a meal with the Wampanoag tribe, having what was considered …

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One Man’s Drive to Bring STEM to Disadvantaged Students

October 18th, 2013

Growing up as a foster kid in New York City, Kalimah Priforce wanted to see more and do more. A part of his 8-year-old brain believed that the more he was exposed to, the better his chances. “You emulate what you see,” …

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How Teachers Should Handle Gender Issues in the Classroom

October 18th, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens It’s safe to say our society’s perceptions on marriage equality, transgender issues and anti-discrimination legislation to protect same-sex relationships have evolved tremendously over the past several years. If you’re not dealing with these dramatic changes in your classroom …

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College Courses or AP Classes: Which Benefit High School Students More?

October 15th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei To meet the challenges — and increasing costs — of higher education, high school students are doing whatever they can to enter college fully prepared for the experience. Some students seek to begin their freshman year with credits already …

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The Biggest Kid in Class: How Redshirting Affects Teachers

October 10th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Kindergarteners are getting older. Not just in the rite-of-passage, welcome to education, “I can’t believe you’re this old and you used to fit in the crook of my arm!” sort of way, but in a literal and measurable way. …

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Exploring Perspective: Three Writing Exercises for High School Students

October 1st, 2013

By Monica Fuglei Encouraging students to explore perspective or expand critical thinking can be a daunting task, but is an essential skill and reflects high school Common Core Standards in literacy and writing. While fairly open-ended, these exercises can be adapted to …

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Zombie-based Learning

September 24th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei In Zombieland, rule number one might be cardio — but for teachers, the number one rule is that the undead are a powerful teaching tool. From geography to math, science and even writing, zombies are an excellent way to …

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How Project-Based Learning Helped a Teacher Break Out of His Boundaries

September 23rd, 2013

An experiment in project-based learning — where students demonstrate their achievements mostly via self-directed projects rather than quizzes and essays — pushed Philip Cummings in all the right ways. “I used to be a very old-school teacher,” says Cummings, a sixth-grade teacher …

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School Lunches That Don’t Stink: A Progress Report

September 18th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei   For a full school year, a teacher known only as “Mrs. Q” snuck back to her classroom and snapped a photo of her school lunch to post on her blog, Fed Up With Lunch. The site went viral …

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Science Websites that Feature Lesson Plans

September 17th, 2013

Whether it is the life sciences, earth science, or physical science, many science websites offer a variety of lessons plans designed by educators and researchers. The plans are broken down into grade level and support material is provided either free of charge …

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Free Online Tools to Create, Mix Lesson Plan Playlists

September 11th, 2013

Today’s classroom looks nothing like its counterpart of 50 years ago: instead of blackboards and chalk, teachers and students now use laptops, smart boards and digital lesson plans. Teachers also have many online tools right at their fingertips – and that’s a …

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Rap, Social Media, Anything to Help Students Learn

September 10th, 2013

He’s a teacher who raps, an assistant principal who creates goofy, fun and educational zombie videos, and a school leader who will track down students, teachers and parents wherever they are to help spread the learning word. He just gets jazzed about …

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7 Steps to Help ELL High School Students Be Successful

September 5th, 2013

All good educators constantly search for the best teaching strategies they can use for high school English Language Learners (ELL). The motivation is to help them be as successful as they can possibly be. This is really the same goal teachers have …

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How One School is Ditching Books and Embracing iPads

September 4th, 2013

Tossing the textbooks: Many a student and teacher dreams about it. Andrea Hernandez has done it. Hernandez, a teacher at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., is not using texts with her fourth- and fifth-grade language arts students. Starting this …

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Helping Students from Immigrant Families Connect to U.S. History

September 3rd, 2013

by Monica Fuglei The U.S. student population is comprised of children from increasingly diverse backgrounds. According to the Foundation for Child Development, one in every four American K-12 students comes from an immigrant family. This significant population requires educators to find ways …

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Sensory Kids in the Classroom: 6 Tips for Teachers

August 27th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei One child gnaws holes into the collar of his t-shirt while another covers her ears anytime the bell rings.  Maybe you have these students yourself. These actions can be symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and can be a …

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