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October 18, 2017
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Steps to deepen student thinking in math class
Steps to deepen student thinking in math class
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Math teachers can encourage students to think more deeply about lessons by paying attention to 14 factors, including how assignments are given and how students are provided autonomy, writes Peter Liljedahl, a math professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada. In this blog post, he outlines how teachers can implement these strategies.
Edutopia online (10/17) 
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Middle-schoolers respond to flexible seating
Middle-schoolers respond to flexible seating
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Educators at a Florida middle school switched to flexible seating in classrooms after conducting research, attending a conference and raising funds through the website Donors Choose to purchase furniture. Teachers say their students appreciate the comfort of the new seating and are never late to class.
News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (10/15) 
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See a Personalized Math Classroom in Action
Take a look at our flagship K-6 personalized learning program, Redbird Mathematics, being used in Dean Deaver's 4th grade class at Monroe Elementary School in Riverside, CA. Monroe Elementary uses Redbird Math to support their goal of tailoring learning to each individual student. Learn more at RedbirdLearning.com.
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Curriculum
School turns to math workshops to boost skills
One Philadelphia school has implemented a math workshop model that encourages students to engage in hands-on math projects after a brief lecture. Teachers say the model allows them to provide targeted and meaningful activities to students at all skill levels.
The Philadelphia Tribune (10/10) 
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How are teens influenced by social media?
How are teens influenced by social media?
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Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
Science News for Students (10/17) 
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Policy & Legislation
All states' ESSA plans received
The US Department of Education is prepared to begin reviewing states' plans for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. To date, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have submitted plans to implement ESSA.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Dept. of Education sued over student-loan rule
Dept. of Education sued over student-loan rule
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Officials in 17 states and Washington, D.C., are suing the US Department of Education, saying the department is failing to protect student-loan borrowers. At issue is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to freeze the Gainful Employment rule.
The Associated Press (10/17) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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