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November 26, 2012
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  • Survey: Lying, cheating down among students
    This year, for the first time in a decade, fewer high-school students admitted to cheating, according to a survey by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Of students who participated in the poll, 51% said they cheated on an exam in the past year, down from 59% in 2010, and 55% said they lied to a teacher, a drop from 61% in 2010. Officials say the shift is due to a greater focus on character at home and at school. USA Today (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In "Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?" NBCT Julie Ramsay helps teachers in grades 3-8 weave technology into writing standards, from simple word processing and publishing tools to digital storytelling, distance learning, interactive editing, and revamped rubrics. Click here now to read Chapter 1 online!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Educators offer tips to develop students as writers
    Educators share their advice in Larry Ferlazzo's blog post for helping students become better writers. Aimee Buckner, a consultant and author, suggests starting a writing workshop, giving students time each day to write and showing students how to eliminate unnecessary words in their writing. Writer and teacher Carolyn Coman suggests that teachers focus on their own writing and help students make connections to their writing, while Tanya Baker, director of National Programs for the National Writing Project, agrees that teachers need to write, write, write. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Math teacher's raps hold students' attention
    Jake Scott, a math teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland, knows that a good beat can make even geometry and algebra fun for students. With that in mind, he has put together six videos of math lessons with a hip-hop beat, and occasionally busts a rhyme for his students in class. The Washington Post (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teaching stories of struggle and success
    Effort empowers learning, writes Kevin D. Washburn, executive director of Clerestory Learning. In this blog post, he suggests teachers emphasize effort in the classroom by avoiding the oversimplification of historic and scientific achievements by including stories about struggle and success. He also suggests showing the relationship between effort and results, and separating "strategy from individual worth." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Quality of school libraries affects student achievement
    A recent study of students in Pennsylvania found that students perform better in reading and writing on state exams if they are enrolled in schools that have well-funded libraries with better resources and accessibility. "The most important thing a strong school library program can have is a full-time certified librarian with support staff," said Keith Curry Lance, lead member of the study. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • School board in Ala. encourages National Board Certification
    The Tuscaloosa, Ala., school board is prioritizing National Board Certification for its teachers, especially in schools with few or no National Board Certified Teachers on staff. "We should encourage teachers throughout the system to try and reach that status," said Earnestine Tucker, vice chairwoman of the school board. "If you can get teachers to get [National Board Certification] they can serve as instructional leaders at the schools and really enhance the quality of instruction at those schools." The Tuscaloosa News (Ala.) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student-teaching model is evolving
    Efforts to improve teacher education have put mentoring -- or student-teaching -- in the spotlight, with some calling for greater scrutiny of mentor teachers. Some models provide for greater vetting of such teachers, and other options include focusing on a co-teaching model, which began in special education and St. Cloud State University, in Minnesota, where it was pioneered. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Should high-school athletes get a break on PE requirement?
    Officials in a Wisconsin school district are considering altering graduation requirements to allow some high-school athletes to replace a required half-credit of physical education with another course. The revised policy would apply to juniors or fall-semester seniors. Currently, students must complete one and a half credits of PE to graduate. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!

Get Graphic! gives teachers and students a behind-the-scenes look at storyboards—the animator's tool for mapping a story—and step-by-step instructions for adapting them to inspire creative writing and exciting illustrations in picture books, comic strips, and graphic novels. Click here to preview the entire book online!

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