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February 26, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Is the latest teaching trend right for all classrooms?
    It seems every few years, educators are urged to adopt the latest and greatest teaching method, writes high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano. In this blog post, he writes that while teachers should be open to better methods of instruction, he cautions them against succumbing to pressure to disregard other approaches. Instead, he writes about the advice a veteran teacher once gave him: "Teach to the students in your class and you will always be right." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How a train whistle can change classroom management, culture
    A train whistle can be a lighthearted, yet effective form of classroom management, instructional coach David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. The sound of the whistle can quickly draw students' attention, especially when they are working in groups, and can be used to form a system of routines, such as two toots to tell students to move their seats into position for group work. "Everything we do as teachers should facilitate learning, and a train whistle does this by improving classroom efficiency," Ginsburg writes. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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5 Content-Area Vocabulary Strategies: Do This—Not That
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Conn. teachers will learn gifted programs at Renzulli
    The New London, Windham and Bridgeport school systems in Connecticut will implement a schoolwide model of the Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy used in Hartford. As part of a $500,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, teachers for the new academies will undergo "mini-internships" conducted by the University of Connecticut that will include visits to the Renzulli Academy, known its gifted programs for low-income students. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • High-tech tools are front and center in the classroom
    Some teachers in Pennsylvania say part of their job is to keep up with advances in technology and put some of the latest tools to use in the classroom. For example, high-school physics teacher Clyde Qualk recently used an interactive whiteboard and student-produced video during a lesson on acceleration, and biology teacher Jade Leung asked students to use an animation program to create a movie about bacteria. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • How to inspire student leadership
    Students of all backgrounds can be empowered to become leaders, middle-school math teacher and coach José Vilson writes in this blog post. He writes how his own students recently decided to take the lead in raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Vilson suggests that teachers frame the lesson as a story, feel comfortable with silence if students do not respond immediately and encourage students to be independent. Edutopia.org/José Vilson's blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Thousands of teachers' jobs on the line under sequestration
    Teachers nationwide already have received pink slips ahead of federal sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts expected to take place Friday. A report from the White House shows that thousands of teachers' jobs could be eliminated nationwide if the cuts are imposed. This article includes a map released from the White House that shows where the cuts will take the greatest toll, including California, Florida, New York and Texas, where job losses are expected to be greater than 500 teacher positions. The Huffington Post (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • How to prepare student-athletes for life outside the spotlight
    High-school athletes can become accustomed to the spotlight, but students' athletic careers typically do not extend beyond their 20s, writes teacher and educational journalist Mark Phillips. In this blog post, he writes about helping students prepare for their lives after the cheering stops. Among other things, he suggests educators avoid the trappings of hero worship that can accompany competitive sports, avoid inflating students' egos and focus on preparing them to "star" in other fields. Edutopia.org/Mark Phillips' blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Honor students' language diversity
    Past Outstanding Young Educator Award winner Liliana Aguas has spent time student-teaching in a two-way immersion classroom. During that time, she found that "students who have a positive perception of their first language academically outperform students who view their first language negatively." In the February issue of Education Update, Aguas explains the role teachers play in helping students form a positive self-image and shares practices educators can use to create inclusive learning environments where language diversity is honored. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Performance and the pebble in the shoe
    In a recent post, ASCD EDge community member Adrian Bertolini describes his experience coaching two schools as they work to implement frameworks that support educators' transition to a developmental and performance mindset. He shares a few of their challenges, or pebbles, and explains how and why the schools are working to remove them. Schools often focus on "big school actions and forget about the pebbles in our shoes," he notes. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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