How to merge standards with student choice | Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project | Incorporating SEL into summer school
June 23, 2017
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How to merge standards with student choice
How to merge standards with student choice
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Educator and author Matthew Farber in this blog post describes how he aligns Genius Hour projects with Common Core State Standards for middle-school social studies. He shares how he helps students manage projects and the makerspace-style work that students produce.
Edutopia online (6/22) 
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Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
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School officials in a Florida district launched the summer Calculus Project at two middle schools three years ago to help enroll more seventh-graders in algebra. Officials this year expanded the program because it is yielding positive outcomes.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Tweens & Young Teens
Incorporating SEL into summer school
Summer learning programs offer an opportunity to instill resiliency and growth-mindset principles into struggling learners, instructional coach Elizabeth Stein writes. She explains how her middle school combines social and emotional learning with active learning and choice to help students succeed.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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Classroom Innovation
Math camp uses objects to teach algebra
Math camp uses objects to teach algebra
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A summer math camp in Washington state will use scales, chess pieces and boxes to help students understand algebraic concepts. Educator Cormac McCarthy says such objects can help students "grasp" the abstract nature of algebra.
South Whidbey Record (Coupeville, Wash.) (6/21) 
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Technology & Connected Learning
Online communities help keep students coding
Online communities help keep students coding
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Some Minecraft and Scratch users -- from students to educators -- participate in online communities, where they share projects and offer help to others. Natalie Rusk, one of Scratch's creators, says her research shows that such "interest-based communities" can help keep students engaged in coding beyond the school day.
EdSurge (6/21) 
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Report: Google leads in education marketplace
Google is outpacing its competitors in the education-technology market, according to a report from the game-based learning platform Kahoot. The company surveyed its users and found that 58% were using Chrome operating systems.
T.H.E. Journal (6/21) 
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Middle Grades Leadership
Externships help teachers learn about local jobs
A group of 15 teachers spent four days touring local businesses in an externship program developed by a Missouri school district and its local chamber of commerce. Teachers can use what they learned about real-world job skills in their academic courses to better prepare students for careers, said English teacher Stacia Studer.
St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (6/21) 
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Review: A leadership guide to focus and results
Retired principal Mary Langer Thompson agrees with many of the suggestions in "School Leadership through the Seasons" by Ann T. Mausbach and Kimberly Morrison, such as principal meetings being redesigned to focus on professional learning. In general, though, she finds the "what to do" is here, but the "how" is missing. Read on.
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