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February 19, 2013
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Word Travelers culls the best online vocabulary resources—audio pronunciation guides, animated semantic networks, instant etymologies, word games that battle world hunger, and more—and shows you how to use them for instruction and assessment. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
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  • Should deliberate confusion be part of learning?
    Being confused actually can improve learning, according to researchers who say it improves efficiency and retention and also may result in deeper learning. Confusion has been shown to improve one's drive to find the right answer and lead to greater exploration in learning. This blog post, by Annie Murphy Paul, offers ways teachers can generate confusion and problem-solving, including exposure to confusing material and withholding answers. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
Award-winning book shows how to use words, tone, and pacing to build a classroom where students feel safe, respected, appreciated, and excited about learning. "The Power of Our Words should be required reading for all K-6 teachers regardless of how long they have taught." (Principal, CT) Read a chapter and order.
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  • Tucson may move its instructional coaches to the classroom
    Officials in Arizona's Tucson Unified School District are considering a proposal to send some of its 85 instructional coaches, teacher mentors and other instructional-support staff back to the classroom to teach for half of the school day to save money. Teachers' response to the proposal is mixed, according to the Tucson Education Association teachers union. "This would help us to put more personnel who are highly skilled in front of students, while maintaining their assistance to teachers," deputy superintendent Maria Menconi said. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What qualities, skills make a good coach?
    Educators take many paths to become coaches, but they need strong communication skills and emotional intelligence to be successful, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. "Effective coaches use an extensive set of skills, have deep and wide content knowledge, and have developed a number of dispositions that allow them to engage others in a learning process," she writes. Aguilar also proposes several requirements for would-be coaches, and suggests courses and policies be developed to prepare educators to take on such roles. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kan. bill requires teachers to present both sides of scientific theories
    Lawmakers in Kansas are considering legislation that would require teachers to present both sides of a "scientific theory or hypothesis," such as climate change issue, in science classes. A hearing has not yet been scheduled on the measure, proposed as the state board of education is expected to vote later this year on whether to adopt the Next-Generation Science Standards, which are still under development. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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