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Teaching speaking and oral communication is more than just assigning presentations. In Digitally Speaking, expert Erik Palmer shares online tools with step-by-step tutorials, videos that show how to rehearse, and rubrics for fairly assessing students. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
January 28, 2013
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  • A guide to successful project-based learning
    For successful project-based learning, teachers should use best practices from other schools, use real-world issues, allow time for feedback and revision, and build student ownership, writes education consultant Suzie Boss. In this blog post, she urges teachers to avoid making project-based learning an afterthought and not to forget to allow time for students to reflect on their work as a way to set goals for future projects. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Role-playing helps students learn financial lessons
    After spending five weeks in their math and social studies classes learning about gross and net income, investing and other money matters, eighth-grade students then spend a day at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax County, Va. The students take on the roles of working adults and parents, moving from station to station, to confront real-world challenges such as buying a home and a car along with making other spending and investment decisions. The Washington Post (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Is the common core too challenging for kindergartners?
    In the transition to the Common Core State Standards, teachers in some New York schools say the enhanced curriculum is too demanding for kindergarten students. Under the standards, young students are expected to demonstrate algebraic thinking, write reports and use diagrams in completing math equations. Some educators say the challenging curriculum has eliminated some time for puzzles, games, coloring and other play. New York Post (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How teachers are organizing to reclaim the profession
    Educators nationwide are becoming more involved in teachers' organizations to reverse what they see as poor education policy decisions and are working to improve the future of the teaching profession. So far, the movement has sparked greater influence in education policy, giving teachers more opportunities to take on leadership roles and helping local teachers' unions become more effective. Education Next (Spring 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.M. develops plan to fill math, science teaching posts
    Citing a shortage of math and science teachers particularly in rural and low-income areas in New Mexico, state officials are proposing a plan that calls for $2 million to bring qualified teachers in those subjects to the schools that need them most. The plan includes student loan forgiveness, bonuses, and the expansion of Advanced Placement math and science course offerings. "Math and science are at the core of New Mexico's efforts to ensure that today's students can get a job in the market that will demand those skills when they graduate," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Documentary looks at history, science standards process in Texas
    A PBS documentary will examine the process used in Texas to select history and science standards and other school curricula. The Texas State Board of Education has drawn national attention for often ignoring recommendations of experts hired by the state to draft proposed changes to history and science curricula. Ars Technica (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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