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January 30, 2013
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  • Classroom lessons centered on the Super Bowl
    With Super Bowl fever taking over ahead of Sunday's big game, Matt Davis, editorial assistant at Edutopia, shares seven resources in this blog post to help teachers include the game in classroom lessons. Resources include a video explaining the science behind football; ideas for using the game in math, statistics, history and writing lessons; plus a website that offers 12 Super Bowl-related activities for students. Edutopia.org/Matt Davis' blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  • Targeted instruction helps struggling readers in Neb.
    Kasey Hansen, an interventionist at Shell Creek Elementary School in Columbus, Neb., works with small groups of five or fewer students in 30-minute blocks to help them work on reading skills including fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. The targeted instruction, which began earlier this month, aims to improve test scores, but it also has helped students gain confidence, increased classroom participation and boosted grades in classes that require more reading such as social studies, said principal John Mlinar. The Columbus Telegram (Neb.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing the way history is taught
    The way history is taught in schools focuses too much on rote memorization and does little to engage students, suggests Vicky Schippers, a volunteer tutor for underprivileged students. She writes that history is relevant to the lives of students. Lessons, she writes in this commentary, should reflect that importance and give students an opportunity to explore and question the past. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Calif. pilots school programs that link to real-world career training
    Sixty-three school districts in California are part of a pilot project to evaluate how "linked-learning" programs that include business partnerships will help engage students and prepare them for careers after high school. The plan calls for more specific courses, such as human anatomy and microbiology, for students on a health-career track, and for students to spend time with professionals in the fields they are pursuing. For example, in Santa Rosa, a sustainability and green business path will include input from builders and contractors. EdSource (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Twitter chats allow ELL teachers to exchange ideas
    Former educators Judie Haynes and Karen Nemeth host a weekly Twitter chat for teachers of English-language learners -- #ELLCHAT -- that draws dozens of participants. Topics range from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to advocating for ELLs. Educators say that Twitter increasingly is becoming a venue for ELL teachers and other educators to collaborate and exchange ideas. Among other things, they are drawn by the immediacy of the exchange and the reliability of the information shared, the two co-hosts say. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teachers, others in S.D. schools could be armed
    Lawmakers in South Dakota's House of Representatives voted 42-17 to approve legislation that would allow teachers and administrators to be trained and armed in schools. Supporters say the legislation is intended to make schools safer by potentially preventing attacks, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, while opponents say the bill lacks the support of teachers' groups. Under the bill, which now moves to the state Senate, local school boards would have discretion whether to train teachers and others and allow them to carry guns at school. Aberdeen American News (S.D.)/The Associated Press (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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