Educator: How teachers' words affect students | Why this educator embraces risk-taking | Should schools stop tackle football?
February 16, 2018
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Educator: How teachers' words affect students
Educator: How teachers' words affect students
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What teachers say to students can have an effect on their emerging identities for the rest of their lives, educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares both positive and negative experiences teachers have had on her life and suggests educators carefully consider what they say to students.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Why this educator embraces risk-taking
Why this educator embraces risk-taking
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Many of AJ Bianco's greatest classroom victories came when he took risks, the middle-school social studies teacher writes in this commentary. He notes that his first "big risk" was adopting a flipped approach to classroom instruction.
EdSurge (2/14) 
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Tweens & Young Teens
Should schools stop tackle football?
Should schools stop tackle football?
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School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.
District Administration magazine online (2/15) 
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Do teens perform better when the stakes go up?
Do teens perform better when the stakes go up?
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High-stakes tasks may not boost -- or lower -- student performance, according to a study published in Nature Communications. Researchers suggest that brain development during adolescence may not support the same kind of motivation sparked by such activities typically observed in adults.
Science News (2/14) 
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Classroom Innovation
Students learn about disabilities through "Wonder"
Students at a New York middle school participated in disability simulation exercises and learned about nonprofits helping individuals with special needs after reading the book "Wonder." The message of disability awareness is aimed at helping students appreciate differences and share a common goal of learning, teacher Jim O'Hara said.
Herald Community Newspapers (Garden City, N.Y.) (2/15) 
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Technology & Connected Learning
Kan. district to reconsider cellphone-use policy
Kan. district to reconsider cellphone-use policy
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Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.
The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (2/14) 
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Other News
Middle Grades Leadership
Teachers take US Naval Academy robotics training
Educators in Tulsa, Okla., recently learned about underwater robotics through the US Naval Academy's SeaPerch program. Catalina Vizueth, a seventh-grade science teacher said the training exposed her to scientific concepts and practices she planned to share with her students.
Public Radio Tulsa (Okla.) (2/13) 
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