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March 14, 2013
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Teaching still waits for economic recovery
While the private-sector economy continues a slow recovery, data show a further decline in public-sector employment -- particularly teachers. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that 361,000 public-school jobs have been eliminated since July 2008 -- about half of the 725,000 government jobs that were eliminated in that same time period. In the first two months of this year, data show, 4,500 local government education jobs were cut, while 412,000 private-sector jobs were created. Reuters (3/13)
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Teaching speaking and oral communication is more than just assigning presentations. In Digitally Speaking, expert Erik Palmer shares online tools with step-by-step tutorials, videos that show how to rehearse, and rubrics for fairly assessing students. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
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How to address the selection of a new pope in the classroom
The writers of these New York Times blog posts suggest teachers use Wednesday's selection of a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic church as a gateway to lessons on the effect of religion on politics, culture and other topics. The blogs contain several questions designed to generate discussion regarding the previous pope's legacy, the role of the church and the process of electing a new pope. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network (3/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/14)
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Pi Day offers time to ponder pluses, minuses of math requirements
Today's date, 3-14, makes it a convenient day to celebrate the math concept of Pi. It also provides an opportunity to consider not only how much math instruction students receive, but the focus of that instruction, editorial writer Linda P. Campbell notes in this article, adding that Texas lawmakers are considering reducing the number of years students must take math. She contends it's not the number of years, but the relevancy of math to students' lives that is the key to better math education. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/14)
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Get better at handling disruptive classroom behaviors.
In Teasing, Tattling, Defiance, and More, you’ll find ways to handle 10 common behaviors that can interfere with learning. Each behavior-specific chapter discusses the reasons behind the behavior and explains which proactive strategies to use, how to respond most effectively to misbehavior, and how to talk with parents. Read samples and order.
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Is acceleration, not remediation, the key to higher achievement?
To help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards, educators should make classes more rigorous -- rather than focus on remediation -- veteran principal Carol Burris asserts. Co-author of "Opening the Common Core: How to Bring All Students to College and Career Readiness," Burris bases her approach on her own research and says it has proven successful at the school where she is principal, South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., where nearly every student takes advanced classes, including English-language learners and students who receive special-education services. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13)
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Teacher training, management skills needed to boost job satisfaction
More professional development for current principals and teachers aspiring to become leaders could address many of the job-satisfaction issues cited by educators in a recent survey, Elizabeth Neale and Jonas S. Chartock, heads of two educational leadership nonprofits, write in this commentary. "Before they are asked to take on prospective executive leadership roles, new principals and teacher-leaders should be well grounded in the skills needed to manage adults," they write. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13)
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Kan. board of education at odds with lawmakers over common core
Statewide math and reading standards have become a highly political matter in Kansas. The board of education is contending that any decision about standards should fall to the board and not lawmakers, who have proposed a bill that would do away with the board's plans to adopt Common Core State Standards. The board recently sent a letter to the governor and lawmakers attempting to clarify who can make decisions about state education standards. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/12)
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Filled with real examples from K-2 students, What's Next for this Beginning Writer? answers the most common questions about teaching writing and presents a series of writing workshop mini-lessons in a step-by-step format, with examples of conference dialogue & suggestions for monitoring progress. Click here now to preview the entire book!
Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!
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