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February 21, 2013
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  • Survey reveals educators' feelings of stress
    After two years of dramatic education reform efforts, teachers nationwide are reporting their lowest levels of job satisfaction in 25 years -- 39% -- according to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. Among the greatest concerns expressed by the teachers who were polled was increased stress, and principals also reported job dissatisfaction, with 75% of principals saying their jobs are too complex. The survey also revealed that most principals and teachers are unsure whether the Common Core State Standards will improve students' performance. The Hechinger Report (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Students need vocabulary instruction every day to build lasting word knowledge. Word Nerds shows you how to fit it into an already-packed literacy schedule with a classroom-tested 5-part plan that improves achievement while building confidence and enthusiasm. Includes reproducible planners, organizers, and rubrics. Preview the entire book!
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  • 10 writing alternatives to the typical book report
    There are alternatives to the book report that allow students to demonstrate what they have learned while encouraging a love of reading, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach in Oakland, Calif. Among her suggestions for students in this blog post are to allow them to create drawings resembling a graphic novel, come up with an alternate ending, help develop a sequel and write letters to the author. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • PE teachers play bigger role in teaching math, language arts
    Students nationwide are learning math and English in an unlikely place -- the gym. Elementary-school students in a Florida district count by fours while performing exercises, and in a Virginia district, students count exercise sets in foreign languages. Education officials say this trend is an effort to make physical education more relevant during a time when education in core subjects often takes precedence in schools. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Connecting Child Development to the Classroom
Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 has helped countless teachers and administrators shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. Clear descriptions and charts of children's development from ages 4 to 14 with classroom implications. Great for parents, too! Learn more and order.
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  • College Board says more students are taking AP exams
    Students' scores on Advanced Placement exams rose in 2012, as did the number of students taking the exams, according to data released Wednesday by the College Board. The report finds that 32.4% of high-school graduates -- or 954,070 students -- took AP tests last year -- an increase from 18% who did so in 2002. However, the report also found that a large number of students considered likely to succeed in AP classes do not take the exams, particularly students who are "traditionally underserved" minorities or from low-income families. InsideHigherEd.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digital tool aids teacher collaboration, development
    Google Hangouts can help schools improve professional development and communication, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, he writes that the tool can help busy teachers collaborate and offers a lot of flexibility for teachers, who can participate in discussions from home or on-the-go. Educators also can use Google Hangouts to observe their peers, receive feedback and build instructional practices, among other things. Edutopia.org/Ben Johnson's blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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The language you use in the classroom can change students' lives. In Opening Minds Peter Johnston (author of the groundbreaking Choice Words) shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development. Preview the entire book online!

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  • N.C. to indicate college-, career-readiness on high-school diplomas
    North Carolina will add a seal of college- or career-readiness to the diplomas of high-school graduates, under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Pat McCrory. Students will earn the seals based on completion of certain courses and a specific grade-point average. Officials have yet to determine the exact qualifications for either diploma seal, which are intended to help students who are bound for college or a vocational career. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
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Italian physician and educator


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