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February 18, 2013
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  • Are great teachers born or made?
    Great teachers love children, have mastered classroom management and are knowledgeable about their subject matter, suggests Annette Breaux, an internationally renowned author and speaker. In this blog post, Breaux writes that most great teachers are not born, but rather develop over time as a result of hard work. Always humble, top teachers also are patient, have a sense of humor, are problem-solvers and always work hard to ensure learning is fun. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Can the principles of sales be applied to teaching?
    Teaching has a lot in common with non-sales selling -- such as persuading, convincing and influencing -- asserts author Daniel Pink. In this interview, Pink suggests questioning that elicits active responses can engage students and help them develop their own intrinsic motivation. "The key to selling, in the broad sense of the word, is to create the conditions in which people summon their own self-directed reasons for reaching common ground," he says. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the common core can support student-driven learning
    A student-centered classroom culture will address and be supported by many goals of the Common Core State Standards, middle-grades educator Marsha Ratzel writes in this blog post. For instance, lessons that guide students to identify real-life problems and find solutions, are aligned with the common core's math standard of finding the meaning in a problem. "As teachers gain experience in the CCSS standards that apply to their grade level, they will identify places where there are opportunities to put student questions at the forefront of their lesson plans," Ratzel writes. Powerful Learning Practice/Voices from the Learning Revolution blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Is there a right way to be on Twitter?
    Twitter is what you make of it, says Tony Baldasaro, chief human resource officer of Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire. In this blog post, he suggests there is no single right way to be on Twitter. Baldasaro describes his own experience sharing things of value to him professionally, as well as personally. He writes that sharing personally helped him develop friendships on Twitter and find value in the microblogging site. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Specifics of L.A. teacher evaluations are subject of disagreement
    Los Angeles Schools superintendent John Deasy released a memo on Friday calling for as much as 30% of teachers' evaluations to be based on students' test scores. However, the United Teachers Los Angeles has said there should be no fixed percentage and its president, Warren Fletcher, expressed concern about Deasy's memo, pointing out that Deasy recently agreed to a pact with teachers that took the set percentage off the table. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health courses could be electives in Calif. district
    Officials in Temecula Valley Unified School District in California are considering dropping a requirement that students take health and geography courses. Under the proposal, such courses would be offered as electives to free up additional time for students to take other courses -- a move opposed by some health teachers. "The health teachers' standing on this point is they need this information," said Kurtis Tegman, who teaches health at Great Oak High School. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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