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News & Tips for Teachers

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Teachers vs. Administrators: Ending the Adversarial Relationship

February 27th, 2013

by Terry Wilhelm An administrative colleague of mine recently retired from the school where she’d worked for many years and wrote a farewell open letter to her staff. As part of a warm, positive goodbye, she said the following: Over the years, …

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STEM Education and the Socioeconomic Construct: Overcoming the Barriers

February 22nd, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor “Everyone has a stake in improving STEM education. Inspiring all our students to be capable in math and science will help them contribute in an increasingly technology-based economy, and will also help America prepare the next generation of STEM …

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Lessons from Online Education for Brick-and-Mortar Schools

February 11th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor The Center for Education Reform reports that in 2000, approximately 45,000 students were enrolled in online learning programs nationwide. By 2011, almost 2,000,000 students enrolled in online learning through K-12 school districts, with an additional 275,000 enrolled in full-time …

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Reading Strategies for Emergent Readers: Pre-Reading

February 4th, 2013

By Jacquie McGregor The implementation of Common Core State Standards calls for teachers and students to approach English Language Arts, including reading, differently than we have in the past. The core of CCSS philosophy is that reading should be a higher-level thinking …

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Twitter: Bringing the World into Your Classroom

January 31st, 2013

Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst has done something unusual in his sixth-grade language arts classroom. He’s let the world in. For many teachers, opening the classroom through social media networks like Twitter or Skype can be scary. But it doesn’t …

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Common Core and Technology: Can Schools Afford the New Standards?

January 30th, 2013

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret.) Teachers and administrators in a lot of K-12 schools are wondering where they’re going to come up with the money to implement the technology components of the new Common Core State Standards. Schools’ budget dilemmas were …

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Thinking Critically About Common Core State Standards

January 22nd, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor In recent years, most educators have undergone intensive in-services and professional development courses devoted to understanding the Common Core State Standards, usually without a chance to examine the pros and cons. We’re also familiar with the problems the CCSS movement aims to solve: …

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There’s an app for that: Educators must plan for a successful launch

December 11th, 2012

Educator Randon Ruggles is a big fan of using apps for tablets and smartphones as educational tools, but acknowledges that they can be a source of frustration. “I see a huge disconnect with what could be done and what’s going on in …

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Gamifying Education: Think Differently, Start Small

November 30th, 2012

Gamification, that is in education applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them learning the 3 Rs more fun and engaging, is more than just a buzzword, another task to check off. Experts argue that it can improve learning and …

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Five Activities to Celebrate and Teach Thanksgiving in the Classroom

November 16th, 2012

Although the celebration of Thanksgiving goes back to the days of the pilgrims, it did not become an official holiday until 1941. That is when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November to be the official national day …

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Digital “Gamification” in the Classroom: A Growing Teaching Trend

November 15th, 2012

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret) A middle school in New York applies The World of Warcraft (WoW) in-School Project to bolster at-risk students’ skills in digital literacy and leadership. The University of Colorado’s departments of Computer Science and Education, and its …

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Using Smartphones (and other PDAs) in Class: These Days, it’s Cool!

November 13th, 2012

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret) A few years ago, as Blackberries, iPhones, and Androids began to flood the smartphone market, middle and high school teachers tended to discourage their students from using them in class. And for good reason: aside from …

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Teaching Critical Thinking Through Debate

October 17th, 2012

As the time draws near for U.S. citizens to exercise their voting rights, teachers have an opportunity to engage students in classroom discussions surrounding the presidential elections. Students must be taught to frame their knowledge with deeper concepts than what immediately surrounds …

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What Is Bullying and Who Does It?

October 15th, 2012

By K’Lee Banks, M.Ed. In this second post about bullying to coincide with this month’s recognition and awareness for National Bullying Prevention Month, we examine both the actions of bullies and the individuals who are likely to . What Is Bullying? Bullying …

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October 8th, 2012

By K’Lee Banks, M.Ed. The month of October is designated as the time to talk about bullying prevention. This national awareness day appears under different names: National Bullying Prevention Month National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Stomp Out Bullying …

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Lesson Plans for the Presidential Election 2012

October 3rd, 2012

Primaries, caucuses, polls, election day, ideology, deficit, debt: it is impossible to escape the rhetoric circulating around November 6, 2012 voting expectations. Helping students understand the semantics and processes of voting in the United States is a subject that many teachers find …

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Ed Tech: 4 Tips from Cool Cat Teacher that Will Make You a Tech Savvy Teacher

October 3rd, 2012

By HotChalk Staff Vicki Davis is a technology teacher and has a lot going on. She’s a fulltime teacher, mother of three, an author and co-creator of the Flat Classroom Project focusing on technology that expands learning. Oh, and she blogs. In …

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Teacher’s Guide to the Flipped Classroom

October 2nd, 2012

At one time, education was a passive experience in which students sat in class listening to lectures or reading books. While lectures and textbooks are still part of the educational system, they have taken a backseat to flipped learning. In this educational …

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Six Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plans for All Ages

September 26th, 2012

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that more than 50 million Americans have some Spanish ancestry. It is necessary for students to understand and recognize this rich culture and its influence on America. These lessons will help engage and enlighten learners …

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Classroom Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 26th, 2012

Because September is both National Hispanic Heritage Month and the time when several Spanish-speaking regions celebrate their independence, now is the perfect time to use lesson plans that incorporate Hispanic culture. Hispanic culture in America is a vibrant mix of language, folklore, …

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