Educator implements self-organized learning | Calif. district seeks to curb online bullying | Study examines school-playground injuries
April 27, 2017
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Educator implements self-organized learning
Educator implements self-organized learning
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Middle-school teacher Jacquelyn O'Malley in this blog post describes how she implemented a self-organized learning environment for a project-based learning elective on 3D storytelling. As part of the structure, O'Malley writes that she leads each learning session with a driving question and provides students resources as a starting point for their research.
Edutopia.org (4/25) 
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Facilitating productive math discussions
Learn how to implement strategies that work best for fostering rich discussions in the math classroom. Look for ways in selecting and sequencing student work to show the important role mathematical discourse plays in helping students make sense of mathematics. Learn more
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Tweens & Young Teens
Calif. district seeks to curb online bullying
Calif. district seeks to curb online bullying
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Students in a California school district received digital training to curb bullying via social media. Lessons included information about the long-term effects of social media posts and how to engage in positive online conversations.
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (4/23) 
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Study examines school-playground injuries
About 5,100 elementary-school students in Utah were injured using school-playground equipment between 2012 and 2015, according to a recent study from the Utah Department of Health. Just over half of those injuries were bone fractures or potential fractures.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (4/24) 
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Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Click here to preview the entire book!
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Classroom Innovation
School earns Ga.'s first STEAM certification
School earns Ga.'s first STEAM certification
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An elementary school in Georgia recently earned the state's first certification as a science, technology, engineering, arts and math school. Students engage in project-based learning, and a teaching artist works with students on cross-curricular lessons.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (4/25) 
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Technology & Connected Learning
Program works to build STEM pipeline in Mich.
Middle-schoolers in a Michigan district are using Spatial-Temporal Math software as part of a larger initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and math. The effort aims to strengthen the pipeline of STEM workers in the region as well as improve students' math skills.
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (4/21) 
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Students in Wash., France create WWI app
Students in Wash., France create WWI app
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History students at a middle school in Washington state, along with peers at a school in France, are working together on The Monuments Project, a mobile app profiling the stories of 29 World War I service members from Washington who are buried in France. Thanks to the collaboration of teachers, history organizations and a tech company, the project has given students the opportunity to collaborate with peers from another country.
GeekWire (4/25) 
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Middle Grades Leadership
Report: Novice teachers less likely to use tech
Report: Novice teachers less likely to use tech
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First-year teachers may be less likely to use technology than educators who have been teaching for 11 years or longer, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. The annual Speak Up survey collected data from 37,000 educators.
T.H.E. Journal (4/26) 
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Looking ahead to the last weeks of school
What can you and your students accomplish the last few weeks of school? In this MiddleWeb resource collection, educators share activities that mix joy and learning during that more stress-free window of time following standardized testing. Look for strategies to help sustain your classroom as a vibrant, student-centered community right up to the final bell. Read on.
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