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February 15, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • What is open-source learning?
    A high-school English teacher in California has adopted open-source learning -- described as a new take on "inquiry learning or passion-based learning." David Preston, who teaches Advanced Placement English and Composition courses, uses blogging, videoconferencing and collaborative working groups as part of instruction. Students also are free to select a "big question" of their own to answer as part of a research project. blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Making sense of popular teaching methods
    There's a lot of talk about problem-, project- and inquiry-based learning, but how do you know the difference and understand what will work best for your students? In this blog post, former English teacher Lauren Davis offers a cheat sheet for these teaching methods, along with examples and tips. For example, teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron used project-based learning in which her students sought to have a broken school bell repaired. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Pressure begins to take its toll on teachers
    A recent plea on Twitter on behalf of teachers was a "wake-up call" for him that teachers are under an enormous amount of pressure, educator Anthony Cody writes in this blog post. Cody suggests that, to help educators cope, teachers should act like family members, take time to celebrate success, work to retain colleagues and look for opportunities for inspiration. Education Week Teacher/Living in Dialogue blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • IPads are "transforming" instruction
    Educators say students who use iPads are able to look up unfamiliar words as they are reading on the tablets, receive instant feedback from teachers and have access to an unprecedented amount of information without leaving the classroom. While it's still relatively rare, a growing number of public schools are purchasing enough iPads so that every student can have one. "It's transforming instruction," said Marianne Currie-Hall, principal of Roy B. Kelly Elementary School in Lockport, N.Y. "I've got kindergarteners who email me their work." The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Miss. House approves bill to arm teachers, principals
    The Mississippi state House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow teachers and principals to carry concealed weapons in school. Under the bill, school districts could adopt their own policies related to concealed weapons, and those policies would need approval from the Department of Education and Department of Public Safety. There is no bill in the Senate, which is considering a bill to help schools hire more armed police officers. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer school days panned by parents, teachers in N.C. district
    Some teachers and parents in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina are asking the school board to reverse a schedule change made in 2011 that extended the school day for elementary-school students by 45 minutes. The change, in which the school day now ends at 4:15 p.m., was made to cut transportation costs, but teachers and parents say it has eliminated time for planning, after-school tutoring, family time and has caused other problems. The school superintendent, however, says reversing the change would be costly. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Debating dress codes and inner beauty with middle-school girls
    The rapidly changing bodies of middle-grades girls makes enforcing dress-code rules a "nightmare," educator Jessica Lahey writes in this essay. While debating the merits of relative skirt length to arm length, Lahey writes that she worries about her female students and tries to let them know she respects them for their minds and character. "And for as long as I have been a teacher, I have worried that my female students are so concerned with their newfound sex appeal that they forget to appreciate all the other gifts they offer to the world," Lahey writes. The Atlantic online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • 17 ways to teach vocabulary skills to students with special needs
    Neurodiverse students can benefit from learning strategies "that capitalize on their strengths in areas such as music, physical expression, social interaction, and interest in nature," explains ASCD author Thomas Armstrong. In a recent ASCD EDge post, he shares teaching strategies, like creating vocabulary posters and listening to music that contains advanced vocabulary, that help kids with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, intellectual disabilities, autism, and emotional and behavioral disorders strengthen vocabulary. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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