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March 21, 2013
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Using movement to help students learn
Kinesthetic teaching can be extremely powerful for educators who understand the connection between school curriculum and creative movement, writes Susan Griss, author of "Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum." In one example, students would be asked to "show" the teacher a certain image or idea -- allowing students to move their bodies to demonstrate the lesson. "By teaching through the universal language of movement, we can offer a chance for real success to children who may be caught in a spiral of academic failure," Griss writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (3/20)
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Common core requires students to read between the lines
Students will be expected to read and analyze complex material -- besides nonverbal works -- under the Common Core State Standards, writes Todd Finley, an associate professor of English education. In this blog post, he offers suggestions and resources for helping students understand nonverbal works, including relationships among ideas or characters and style. Finley's blog (3/20)
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Duncan, state schools chiefs discuss district NCLB waivers
At a meeting Tuesday with Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C., some state education leaders expressed concerns about potential conflicts that could arise if districts are granted No Child Left Behind waivers separately from states. For instance, California Superintendent Tom Torlakson said it would cause problems if the state had to hold waiver districts to different accountability standards than others. Duncan responded that he would prefer to work with states but would remain flexible with granting waivers. Education Week/State EdWatch blog (3/19)
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Infographic: STEM education offers multiple benefits
Building strong education programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math makes good sense, especially since data indicate U.S. students are falling behind their international counterparts in math and science. This article's infographic highlights the important role STEM can play in opening doors to jobs in a sector expected to grow three times faster than other fields over the next decade. EdTech magazine (3/2013)
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How teachers' relationships with colleagues improves instruction
Drawing on research on instructional coaches and his own experiences, elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt highlights in this blog post the importance of good relationships among peers and instructional coaches in improving teaching skills. "The reality is that without fostering positive relationships, we don't grow as professionals," DeWitt writes. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (3/19)
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Wis. bill would fine teachers for not reporting incidents of bullying
A lawmaker in Wisconsin has proposed a bill that would establish a fine of $200 for teachers who do not report incidents of bullying. Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, said the legislation comes after parents have complained about inaction over bullying in schools. Critics, however, say the bill could take things too far in the other direction by encouraging teachers to over-identify incidents as bullying among students. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (3/20)
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