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December 11, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Why students should be encouraged to develop opinions
    Students should be taught to break away from the opinions of their teachers and parents, and develop their own thoughts, writes elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt in this blog post. He writes that students need to be heard, not just spoken to by teachers. "We need to encourage students to create their own opinions so they do not always feel as though they are on the outside looking in," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  School Leadership 
 
  • How to use Twitter to improve education
    Blogger George Couros writes in this post that Twitter can in some cases improve education. The tool is particularly effective when educators use it to learn from others and as part of their efforts to be lifelong learners, Couros writes. However, teachers who join Twitter simply for the sake of joining may not get the same benefits, he warns. Connected Principals blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
IRA CONVENTION 2013: Registration Now Open!
Join the celebration in San Antonio, Texas from April 19-22, 2013. Connect with more than 10,000 of your colleagues and gain the knowledge you need to make an even greater difference in your classroom. Click to learn more about speakers Rick Riordan, LeVar Burton, Dr. Debbie Silver, & Mo Willems.
  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • IPads can inspire changes in teaching, learning
    The iPad has transformed the learning experience for many students who struggle in other settings, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, Johnson shares inspirational stories of students who have benefited from using iPads in the classroom, including typically nonparticipating high-school students who actively take part in online discussions and a student with a short attention span who diligently worked on a task on the device. Edutopia.org/Ben Johnson's blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
 
  • Club helps middle-school girls help each other
    At several middle schools and other locations in the Denver area, weekly meetings of Smart-Girl activity clubs are designed to help teenage girls gain confidence and learn how to handle conflicts and resist peer pressures in a "safe" space. Activities are run by "near peers" -- high-school or college women trained by professional counselors. "It's all about helping girls help one another, about noticing when one of them needs support," Smart-Girl Executive Director Karen Silverman said. The Denver Post (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The essential guide to going 1:1. Power Up is the book your teachers need to understand the changes in pedagogy, planning, classroom organization, time management, and collaboration that will help them be successful with tablets, notebooks, and BYOD. Includes a PD study guide and companion website filled with teaching resources. Preview the entire book online!

  Policy Watch 
  • Tentative agreement in L.A. excludes value-added data
    A tentative agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers' union bucks a national trend by not including value-added data in teachers' evaluations. Teacher evaluations in Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C., and other states are using the value-added model, known as Academic Growth Over Time. The proposal, which uses a combination of individual and school data to evaluate teachers, is scheduled for a vote by teachers in January. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bush: The common core is example of team effort
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush holds the Common Core State Standards as an example of federal and state governments working together and within their proper roles in public education. After the standards were developed at the national level, the states now are picking up the torch and taking the lead on implementing the standards and administering exams, writes Bush, who states that Race to the Top is an example of appropriate federal government support of state-managed education efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Room for Debate (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Is this the end of "The Great Gatsby?"
    English teachers and those who enjoy literature are increasingly concerned that the Common Core State Standards could lead schools to replace fiction with nonfiction works. While the architects of the common core have said removing all literature from schools was not the intent, a recent paper by the Pioneer Institute finds that fiction will inevitably have a lesser role in the classroom under the common core. The Huffington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Giveaway: Classroom Instruction That Works DVD series
    ASCD and Edutopia have partnered to give away a copy of the Classroom Instruction That Works DVD series, released earlier this year. The three 50-minute DVDs show how one district is using the nine instructional strategies that have shown to raise student achievement. You'll join Ceri B. Dean, coauthor of Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition, and a group of elementary, middle, and high-school educators as they put the strategies of the Classroom Instruction That Works framework to work. Find out how you can enter to win in a new Whole Child Blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why read-alouds matter more in the age of the Common Core Standards
    "In addition to getting kids hooked on books, narrative read-alouds are an effortless way to help students acquire the academic language they will need to comprehend informational texts," write ASCD authors William Himmele and Pérsida Himmele. In their ASCD Express article, the Himmeles make the case for carefully chosen read-alouds in a time of Common Core State Standards, emphasizing the crucial role this activity can play in building any student's lexicon "in contexts that are painless and meaningful." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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