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February 12, 2013
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  • Teacher drops classroom rules, consequences for "Results Only"
    Teachers who do away with rules and consequences in the classroom have an opportunity to focus more on cooperation and engaging activities, writes Mark Barnes, a veteran classroom teacher. In this blog post, he suggests teachers alter their my-way-or-the-highway method of classroom management and instead adopt the Results Only Learning Environment, a student-centered approach in which students and teachers work collaboratively to improve learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!
  Focus on Practice 
 
  • Presidents Day brings opportunity for lessons about citizenship
    Classroom lessons or discussions about what it means to be a citizen are timely as Presidents Day approaches, educator Larry Ferlazzo writes in this blog post. Ferlazzo, who specializes in working with English-language learners, suggests asking students to write what they think it means to be a U.S. citizen, how people becoming a naturalized citizen, including the citizenship test, and what Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama mean when they say "active citizenship." Teachers can then ask students to identify people from the social studies curriculum who are "active citizens." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How U.S.-born and foreign-born English-learners differ
    Foreign-born English-language learners at San Pedro High School in California are mastering the language faster than U.S.-born students who have been identified as "long-term English learners." While no overall statistics are available, one reason cited for the disparity is that foreign-born students may already have mastered their native tongue and can focus on learning English, while the U.S.-born students are learning English while also trying to learn the native language of their parents. "It delays their progress in Spanish and it delays their progress in English at the same time. It ends up almost like a created learning disability," Jill Aguilar, an associate professor of education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, said of some students. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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To learn well, children need to move!
Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, K-6 offers playful, 2- to 3-minute activities that keep children ready to learn. Includes active energizers, relaxers, songs, chants and silent energizers, with tips for weaving energizers into your school day. Read samples and view video clips.
  Schools Today 
  • Md. tells some districts to revise teachers' evaluation plans
    The Maryland State Department of Education has instructed nine counties to revamp how they evaluate teachers and principals, saying that original plans do not place enough emphasis on students' scores on standardized tests. State officials said student test scores on the Maryland School Assessment should account for 20% of assessments. Counties have been given until May 15 to submit new teacher-evaluation plans to the state. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Education students are using more technology in teacher training
    Aspiring teachers are taking a more self-directed approach to their training, in part, because they are more comfortable with technology and more likely to use digital devices in their professional pursuits and personal lives, according to the annual Speak Up report. The findings of the survey by Blackboard and the nonprofit Project Tomorrow include that of 1,350 education students polled, 74% of aspiring teachers use discussion boards, chat sites and social networking -- compared with 50% of in-service teachers, Mike Bock writes in this blog post. Education Week/Digital Education blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Policy News 
  • Mich. proposal would end language requirement
    Michigan State Rep. Phil Potvin has introduced a bill that would end regulations mandating all high-school students take foreign-language courses, contending that the requirement interferes with students' ability to receive vocational training. Some educators are speaking out against the bill. "We believe it is in the best interest of students, the community and the nation ... to have a citizenry that is linguistically competent in more than one language," said Jackie Moase-Burke, former president of the Michigan World Language Association. MichiganRadio.org (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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