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January 8, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Improving the school experience for boys
    Boys more likely are to be described as struggling in school, having trouble with reading and disliking school, writes Kelley King, an educational consultant, author and 27-year veteran of the public-school system. King describes in this blog post some ways educators can help make school more comfortable for male students. Among the suggestions are to address the achievement gap, create momentum for school improvement and adopt a "boy perspective." Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Blended learning seen as offering the best of both worlds
    A high school in Arizona that has adopted blended learning, in which students learn part of the time in traditional classrooms and the remainder of instruction is online, is highlighted in this article as an example of the instructional model. Supporters say blended-learning programs allow students to move at their own pace, taking on more advanced work if they are able. However, some educators say the key to successful blended learning occurs offline, through peer tutoring, small-group work and projects. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Standards shift raises concerns for teachers in Arizona
    Educators in Arizona say they are in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards, but the rapid pace of change has some teachers worried they will not be ready by fall. Questions also remain about the cost of adopting the common core and assessments. While teachers have received some training and are trying to prepare, many say they are unsure if they will be ready. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Teachers incorporate video games into their lessons
    Teachers in many parts of the country are using video games such as "World of Warcraft" and "Angry Birds" to help teach students about math, language arts and other subjects. For example, Tim Chartier, an associate professor of math at Davidson College in North Carolina, once taught a teacher seminar explaining that "Angry Birds" uses a parabola for one of the birds' trajectory. This inspired Kristianna Luce, a math teacher at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C., to incorporate "Angry Birds" in her algebra classes and create a blog and webinar on the topic. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"You've got to read this book."Jeff Anderson. The Author's Apprentice helps you improve your middle level students' writing fluency, stamina, and motivation by letting them do what professional writers do. You'll see how to build "writerly" routines through authentic projects like National Novel Writing Month. Preview the entire book!
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  The Whole Child 
  • Ohio middle school offers enrichment, homework help after school
    A middle school in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, has teamed with a local day care to provide enrichment programs after the school day ends at 3 p.m. through 7 p.m. Paid for with a $850,000 21st Community Learning Centers grant, the program offers classes ranging from Zumba workouts to Chinese and Spanish lessons, along with homework help and opportunities to socialize. "These kids have opportunities they wouldn't have otherwise," principal Denise Lutz said. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Day of Service event enlists alumni to mentor in Detroit schools
    Officials in Detroit are reaching out to the school district's alumni network and community volunteers to improve schools physically and act as mentors to inspire students. The Day of Service is set for Jan. 21, and officials say they hope the day allows them to develop long-term relationships between the volunteers and schools. The Detroit News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Third-grade reading guarantee pressures Ohio teachers, students
    Officials in Ohio elementary schools have hired reading specialists, engaged classroom teachers as one-on-one tutors and recruited high-school volunteers to respond to a law requiring all third-graders to read at grade level by the end of the year or face retention. Ohio, where 30% of its 40,000 third-graders don't read at grade-level, is among 14 states that have passed such retention policies. "We have got to buckle down and they have got to read. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it," elementary-school principal Ruthenia Jackson said. PBS/NewsHour (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • What educators are talking about
    In this blog post, Melissa Greenwood, SmartBrief's senior education editor, shares the most popular tweets from SmartBlog on Education's Twitter feed. Among them are articles on literacy, reading, notable schools and interesting student projects, including one in which students make clothing out of recycled goods to raise environmental awareness. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Three ways game-based learning can be a helpful tool
    "We can use games in the classroom to not only leverage engagement but also to align games to instructional principles," writes educator Andrew K. Miller. In a guest Inservice post, he explains how games can be used to assess progress, engage kids, and create deeper learning experiences. Miller also points to a variety of games that educators may want to consider. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar on moving the instructional shifts for the ELA/literacy standards from words to action
    Join ASCD expert Efrain Mercado and 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling for a free webinar that will help ease your transition to the new English language arts and literacy standards. During this hour-long conversation, which kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m., Mercado and Wessling will delve into key points from ASCD's Common Core report and Wessling will share her English department's experience rolling out the standards and implementing the instructional shifts. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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