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March 7, 2013
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  • 3 tips for teachers in the digital world
    The increased use of classroom technology has forever altered the traditional classroom, notes Zachary Walker, a special educator and technology consultant. In this blog post, he suggests teachers keep in mind three things as they work to prepare the "Last Backpack Generation" to be successful. Among his tips are to be willing to fail in front of students, prioritize creativity, and begin to view the students as types of "co-teachers." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  • Why teachers should act as social media guides
    Teachers should act as guides when teaching students about the proper use of social media in their personal and academic lives, advises Matt Renwick, principal of Howe Elementary in Wisconsin. In this commentary, Renwick suggests the Optimal Learning Model adopted at his own school, in which teachers begin by modeling concepts for students. Under the approach, lessons begin slowly, with teachers and students sharing something they learned online that day, then performing interactive writing assignments and, finally, the students being given more freedom to learn independently. EdTech magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sequester causing elimination of education jobs, Duncan says
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he misspoke last week when saying that teachers were being issued "pink slips" as a result of federal across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Instead, he said Monday, he should have said that school districts were eliminating positions for educators, including teachers, guidance counselors, support staff and those who work with students with special needs. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study considers skills taught in teacher-education programs
    Researchers at the University of Denver are completing the first year of a three-year study into teacher-education programs, with the goal of determining whether a "coherent, measurable set of beginning-teacher competencies" can be established. To start, researchers identified nine competency areas, including classroom management and the development of a safe classroom environment, and are then working to determine whether teacher-education programs address those skills, whether novice teachers retain the information and what the results are for students. Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. university aims to increase number of math, science teachers
    Math and science majors who want to become teachers will encounter a new program of studies at Virginia's Old Dominion University with the implementation in August of a program called MonarchTeach. Based on the University of Texas' UTeach program, MonarchTeach will change the core education courses math and science majors take to be more heavily focused on the teaching of those subjects, rather than more general education courses, the program's director said. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Should teachers' seniority factor into layoffs?
    Schools in Alabama would be prevented from considering teachers' seniority in making decisions about teacher layoffs under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, who sponsored the bill, said his goal is to ensure that top teachers are retained if schools are forced to undergo a reduction in workforce. State officials, however, say they are unprepared to make such a change amid the development of a new teacher-evaluation system and other measures. AL.com (Alabama) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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