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February 20, 2013
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When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
  Focus on Practice 
 
  • Getting the most out of high-tech feedback from students
    Students today are inundated with digital feedback, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson, who shares in this blog post three ways students can maximize the feedback they get. First, she suggests having students lay out a goal for their work beforehand and examine feedback while they review their initial goal. She then suggests setting specific times in which to consider digital feedback and have students consider ways they have adapted to feedback. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Strategies for Writers Free Resources Website
Strategies for Writers offers clear, concise lessons that simplify instruction and enhance students' writing. Our Free Resources Website provides mini-lesson presentations, ready-made activities, grade-level- and genre-specific text exemplars, and much more! Learn more and download over 50 free resources that you can start using today.
  Schools Today 
  • Md. district touts peer evaluations of teachers
    School district officials in Montgomery County, Md., say they are concerned about the fate of their current peer-evaluation model, following the state's rejection of its plan to evaluate teachers. The district's plan was rejected, along with eight other districts in the state, in part for not placing enough emphasis on standardized test scores in assessing teachers' performance. District officials say their model, in which experienced teachers observe and evaluate first-year or struggling educators, has proven effective. The Washington Post (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Professional development shifts internally in Calif. district
    The Long Beach, Calif., school district has adopted a training system in which classroom teachers work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning, a shift from outsourcing professional development. "Our system is really invested in building internal capacity," said Jill Baker, the district's assistant superintendent for elementary and K-8, plus chief academic officer. "What that means is teachers become leaders and trainers. We're not bringing someone in from the outside. We're teaching teachers within to go back to their school sites to train others." The Hechinger Report (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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3-Minute Motivators is a collection of over 100 simple, fun activities for any grade that will help you use "a little magic" to take a quick break, engage students, and refocus them on the task at hand. Click here to browse Chapter 1 online!

Experience a primary classroom where literacy learning goes hand-in-hand with amazing thinking about social issues, inquiry, and working together toward common goals. Many Texts, Many Voices shows you how to incorporate multiliteracies—digital, visual, and critical—with sample lessons, text sets, rubrics, and more. Preview the entire book!

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  • Minn. state senators reconsider test mandate for teachers
    Some lawmakers in Minnesota are reconsidering a requirement that teachers pass a reading, writing and math test to earn their teaching license, a mandate they passed a year ago. State Sen. Kevin Dahle, DFL-Northfield, said he is sponsoring the effort to repeal the law because some top teachers are unable to pass the exams because of learning disabilities, language difficulties and other issues. Other lawmakers say they are seeking a compromise that will retain the tests. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.)/The Associated Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We must travel in the direction of our fear."
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American poet and scholar


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