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September 11, 2012
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  • Lesson plans help teachers remember 9/11 in the classroom
    This blog post highlights two lesson plans for teaching students about 9/11 in recognition of today's 11th anniversary of the attacks. In one lesson, prepared by high-school teachers in Kansas and Iowa, students wrote about the day and shared their thoughts in videos, which were compiled into one movie. In another lesson, a middle-school teacher in North Dakota assessed her students' existing knowledge about the day, and then asked them to read newspapers from the 10 days following the attacks. She then asked them to share words that described their feelings and concerns. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Should 9/11 lessons be taught without emotion?: Many of today's students were too young to remember the attacks of 9/11, writes Peter Levine, an author and director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In this blog post, Levine offers several suggestions for teachers seeking to teach students about the attacks. He writes that such lessons should be approached in a scholarly manner -- not an emotional one -- and that students should be asked to consider controversial and contentious issues. CNN/Schools of Thought (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teachers can keep up with the Kardashians' use of branding
    Reading teachers can learn a few lessons from the reality television stars of "Keeping up with the Kardashians," author Christopher Lehman writes in this blog post. The Kardashians have mastered the art of branding and teachers can brand themselves as readers by prominently placing "I'm currently reading..." signs in the classroom. Teachers also can market their libraries by rotating titles and promoting the release of certain "special" books. Education Week Teacher/The Book Whisperer blog (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How sticky notes can help students learn
    The sticky note can be a powerful teaching tool, suggests education consultant Ben Johnson. In this blog post, he writes about a teacher who asks students to write something they have learned on a note and stick it to the door while exiting class, enabling the teacher to assess their understanding. Johnson writes that he has written positive messages on sticky notes for students and teachers, and given students notes with extra credit points on them. Sticky notes also can be used for organizational purposes or in student discipline, Johnson writes. Edutopia.org/Ben Johnson's blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Doing Math in Morning Meeting gives teachers 150 quick and lively math activities to use in morning gatherings or any time during the day. Guessing games, songs, chants, experiments, and more will help students practice skills while sparking their interest in math. K-5. Learn more and order.
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  • The issues behind the Chicago teachers' strike
    This article lists seven issues surrounding the Chicago teachers' strike, which began on Monday. The strike is the first to involve teachers in a major U.S. city since 2006 and is the largest to involve public-sector employees since last year. The strike has raised issues of teachers' pay, class sizes, the length of the school day and standardized tests. Teachers also have been raised over the district's contingency plan, which includes children being supervised for a half-day. Fox Business/Reuters (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Could teachers in other areas follow Chicago's lead?: Educators in Michigan and in other states where plans are under way to tie teachers' assessments to students' test scores could be eying events taking place in Chicago, where teachers went on strike Monday -- in part, due to such reforms. In Michigan, it is illegal for teachers to go on strike, but that has not stopped union leaders from suggesting one is imminent if certain measures are passed. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Some N.Y. schools opt for more math, reading in lieu of recess
    Elementary-school students in the Syracuse, N.Y., school district will not receive their usual amount of playtime this fall. Syracuse is among the state's lowest-performing districts, and school officials said they hope spending more time on math and language arts instruction will help reverse the trend. According to officials, students still will receive a 30-minute lunch period, and individual teachers can choose to reduce instruction time to allow time for recess. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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