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November 21, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Are common core math standards too demanding?
    The Common Core State Standards in math focus on students developing a deeper understanding of math concepts and learning alternative strategies to problem-solving. However, this shift raises questions about whether elementary-school students in particular are being asked to grasp too much math theory at the expense of acquiring basic problem-solving skills. Teacher and writer Barry Garelick writes in this article that he is hopeful teachers will be able to adjust the standards to fit the abilities of students as the common core becomes the established curriculum at schools across the country. The Atlantic online (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers take in-depth approach to Thanksgiving lessons
    Some classroom teachers in Lawrence, Kan., have avoided having students dress up like Native Americans and Pilgrims as part of Thanksgiving Day lessons. Instead, teachers are going beyond the cursory story of the day and explaining more in-depth history and clearing up myths -- rather than promoting the stereotype. "We do talk about the history of it," said first-grade teacher Rebecca Hout. "We talk about that first Thanksgiving story and how it's a cute little story, but maybe it didn't really happen that way." Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Leadership 
  • How teachers' connections can support classroom learning
    Teacher Michele L. Haiken in this guest blog post suggests three steps that new teachers can take to make connections outside of the classroom to support teaching and learning. Among the steps are to develop a Personal Learning Network by making online connections and joining professional organizations. Haiken's other tips include exploring digital citizenship with students and developing projects that utilize teachers' networks. Edutopia.org/Lisa M. Dabbs' blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Integrating technology into the classroom
    When integrating technology, school administrators say the devices should be integrated seamlessly, with a focus on engaging students in lessons, writes high-school history teacher Meg Honey. In meeting this goal, teachers face some challenges, Honey writes, including a lack of resources and IT support. Diablo magazine (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Student engagement, communication improve after laptop rollout
    A Minnesota school distributed 235 MacBook Airs to seventh- and eighth-grade students in September, and educators say the technology already has improved instruction. Students say they use the devices daily and use digital copies of their textbooks. The laptop program, which is expected to be expanded, has improved communication among teachers and students, and helped keep students more engaged. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Did federal investment act help failing schools?
    The $3 billion included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to improve schools has had mixed results, with about two-thirds of schools showing gains in reading and math after receiving the grants, according to a report released Monday. The government report, which officials expect to expand in January, found that about one-third of schools performed worse after the grants were awarded. The Washington Post (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Idaho board rethinks online course rule
    The Idaho State Board of Education has repealed a law that would have required students to take at least two online courses to graduate from high school, following the rejection of a ballot referendum that would have established the mandate. In reversing the law, officials say they believe that online learning is important, but a different process may be necessary to put a requirement in place. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • The power of good questions
    Asking good questions is the key to fostering curiosity in students -- and perhaps inspiring them to explore and achieve their goals, writes veteran educator John Barell. In this blog post, he suggests teachers and others share their own curiosities with students, focus on problem-based instruction and teach students to observe the world around them and develop questions based on their observations. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • The people said what?
    "We're back where we started with an Obama administration, a Republican-controlled House, and a Democratic-controlled Senate," begins the latest issue of Capitol Connection. The Nov. 20 issue examines just what this and other election outcomes could mean for education, delving into topics of ESEA reauthorization, federal funding for education, and the future of the Common Core State Standards. You'll also find results of education-related state races and read how teachers unions won big. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASQ: Analytical survey of questions
    In a recent ASCD EDge post, community member Michael Fisher shares a wealth of resources that can support educators as they prepare for new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Embedded into the post, you'll find links to the Analytical Survey of Questions, a supporting strategies document, and all assessment resources that Fisher has saved online. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you,' that would suffice."
--Meister Eckhart,
German theologian and philosopher


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