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November 9, 2012
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  • NBCT shares tips for teachers new to Twitter
    National Board Certified Teacher Bill Ferriter offers tips in this blog post on how teachers should spend their first weeks on Twitter to build their network faster. Among his suggestions are for teachers to use hashtags, which are short identifiers for conversations, in their postings and use them to sort through, plus comment on, other teachers' messages. "Spend time each day and/or week sifting through the streams of messages being shared by people that you are following and find ways to lend a hand," Ferriter writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Get a rich collection of daily warm-up exercises for grades K-3. Number Sense Routines helps all students build number sense. Dozens of classroom examples illustrate step-by-step how the routines work, how children's number sense develops, and how the routines can easily be incorporated into your current practice. Click here now to preview Chapter 1!
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  • What teachers can do to plan for change
    Teachers should embrace change in their instructional methods and lesson plans, science teacher Brian E. Bennett writes in this blog post. He also writes that effective change requires teachers be committed to making "meaningful change when it is needed," accept that making changes carries a risk and be resilient when other oppose the changes that are made. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Creative approaches for improving classroom learning environments
    The establishment of effective learning environments are required for students to achieve success, write teacher Rebecca Friedman and Chavi Abramson, who studies education at Thomas Edison University. They offer reasons why teachers may arrange desks in a "U" shape -- independent learning -- or in clusters, so students can work more in groups. They also suggest classroom-management strategies to keep students on task and avoid classroom interruptions. Education Next (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Schools Today 
  • Researchers show negative effects of student churn
    Researchers studying student mobility in Ohio say the number of students who switch districts -- especially in suburban districts -- is surprising. In Columbus-area schools, about 19,000 students over a two-year period switched districts. Researchers said such "churn" can take a toll on student achievement, and also can create difficulties for teachers and the students who stay in place. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NBPTS among 20 winners of $150M in federal grants
    The U.S. Department of Education has announced that 20 winners in the latest round of the Investing in Innovation competition will share $150 million. The winners include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, school districts and nonprofit groups that must receive matching funds before receiving the grants. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dedicated teachers are captured on film in new documentary
    The documentary "Brooklyn Castle" tells the story of five students and shows the dedication and hard work of their teachers in New York, writes Charles Sahm, deputy director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. One program at the school incorporates chess into the curriculum, highlighted in the film. Skills that students hone playing chess, educators say, help transition into academic improvement. New York Post (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maine school districts overhaul evaluations
    School districts in Maine are working to craft new evaluation systems for teachers, principals and administrators -- required under a newly passed state law. Under the law, for the first time, student achievement data will be factored into evaluations. A school board member in one district, currently considering its own policy to comply with state law, said the goal is to measure students' growth over time -- not rely on one set of test scores. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!

3-Minute Motivators is a collection of over 100 simple, fun activities for any grade that will help you use "a little magic" to take a quick break, engage students, and refocus them on the task at hand. Click here to browse Chapter 1 online!

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