Teachers share pros, cons of "open" education | How teachers can create content priorities | Snapchat becomes teaching tool in some schools
March 28, 2017
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Teachers share pros, cons of "open" education
Teachers share pros, cons of "open" education
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The "open" education model made popular in the 1970s may have faded, but some of the model's schools and their huge classrooms remain in use. Teachers at one Washington, D.C., school -- set for a rebuild -- say they like how open education encouraged collaboration among teachers and students, but a lack of walls between classrooms makes the environment too loud and distracting.
National Public Radio (3/27) 
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Focus on Practice
How teachers can create content priorities
How teachers can create content priorities
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Teachers cannot cover everything, as David Cutler learned during a conversation with Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association. In this blog post, Cutler, a high-school history, government and journalism teacher, shares advice about how teachers can balance the content they are required to cover with teaching long-lasting skills.
Edutopia.org (3/27) 
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Snapchat becomes teaching tool in some schools
Some schools are using social media app Snapchat to encourage students to experiment with new forms of storytelling in journalism and marketing classes. Educators suggest creating a written policy that would include a social media user guide and tips for best practices.
District Administration magazine online (3/27) 
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Schools Today
Tin Man project teaches math concepts
"Tin Man" project teaches math concepts
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Geometry students at one Oklahoma school are learning how to figure out surface area while building a replica of the Tin Man from the "Wizard of Oz." The students attend a state designated A+ School that emphasizes learning through innovation and real-world applications.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (3/26) 
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Developing Leaders
Photo of snacks for students goes viral
An Oregon teacher's Facebook post showing a cabinet full of snacks she shares with her hungry students has gone viral. In a caption for the photo, Katherine Gibson Howton wrote that almost every teacher she knows has a similar stash to help students who come to school hungry.
The Huffington Post (3/27) 
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Policy News
ESSA, teacher prep rules reversed by White House
ESSA, teacher prep rules reversed by White House
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President Donald Trump signed two bills Monday overturning education regulations. One measure overturned regulations about how states should comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act and the other rolled back a requirement for states to give annual ratings to teacher-preparation programs.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/27),  U.S. News & World Report (3/27) 
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National Board Update
#NBBookMadness: Cast your votes!
Is your bracket busted? No worries, because we have a March Madness tournament that won't let you down. It's #NBBookMadness, where you can vote on your favorite books to teach or read in school. Vote now through our online survey.
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Humbling and transformative: The path to becoming an NBCT
"Through the NBCT process, I shifted from a person who was all-knowing to become one that is truly always learning," writes Maura Anderson, NBCT, about her National Board journey. Read the blog post.
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