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news & tips for teachers

News & Tips for Teachers

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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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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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