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January 30, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Breaking the mold of history lessons
    The way history is taught in schools focuses too much on rote memorization and does little to engage students, suggests Vicky Schippers, a volunteer tutor for underprivileged students. She writes that history is relevant to the lives of students. Lessons, she writes in this commentary, should reflect that importance and give students an opportunity to explore and question the past. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to tackle the Super Bowl in the classroom
    With Super Bowl fever taking over ahead of Sunday's big game, Matt Davis, editorial assistant at Edutopia, shares seven resources in this blog post to help teachers include the game in classroom lessons. Resources include a video explaining the science behind football; ideas for using the game in math, statistics, history and writing lessons; plus a website that offers 12 Super Bowl-related activities for students. Davis' blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Join us for the PLC at Work™ Summit!
Discover how to build and strengthen your PLC from those who know the process best! A lineup of experts including PLC at Work™ architects Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour will address assessment and grading practices, RTI, and more. You'll also receive tools and strategies proven to enhance student learning. Register now!
  School Leadership 

"Like having a literature expert and master teacher at your side all year long."Linda Hoyt. The new edition of Mentor Texts helps students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. It's filled with classroom examples, new "Your Turn" lessons, and a completely updated "Treasure Chest" of annotated book suggestions. Preview the entire book!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Learning to "think backwards" when integrating technology
    Educators need to stay focused on learning while integrating technology in the classroom, teacher and consultant Kristen Swanson writes in this blog post. Swanson suggests beginning the process by learning to "think backwards." First, identify goals based on learning outcomes -- not technology tools -- and establish the way those goals will be measured, then consider which technology tools will help achieve those goals. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Web series seeks to make math more accessible
    "Math Warriors" -- a Web-based drama series -- is being used by some teachers to help demystify math, says creator and college professor Kristina Harris. Each episode is concise enough to be used as a warm-up activity, she notes. "I think [oftentimes], people feel discouraged or overwhelmed by math and science, and if we can kind of dispel the myth that it's something that is unattainable or make it somehow more popular or accessible then that's something I'd like to be able to do," she said. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio)/text and video (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Managing Budgets 
  • Calif. may restrict school districts' borrowing
    Lawmakers in California are considering legislation that would restrict the use of long-term bonds by school districts to pay for construction projects. Supporters say the bonds, which currently are capped at 40 years, can result in debt payments of as much as $20 for every $1 borrowed. Under the bill, capital appreciation bonds would be capped at 25 years and a repayment ratio of $4 for every $1 borrowed by a district. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Tenn. could limit enrollment in virtual schools
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to cap enrollment at online schools, after students who enrolled in a popular virtual school posted disappointing test results. Among other things, the proposed bill limits new virtual schools to enrolling 1,500 students. Once students have demonstrated a certain level of achievement on state exams, the virtual schools could increase enrollment to 5,000 students. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Does the common core require cutting fiction from the classroom?
    Teachers nationwide continue to have differing opinions on what Common Core State Standards mean for fiction and nonfiction works in the classroom. While the standards include a new emphasis on nonfiction, supporters say it does not seek to reduce the use of fiction in English classes. Jamie Highfill, who teaches eighth grade at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Ark., however, says she had to abandon some works of literature and entire sections dealing with comedy, parody and poetry, in favor of portions of Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point," a best-seller about how small ideas can make big changes in society. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Wise teachers assign reading responses that are interesting, relevant, and encourage further reading. Ban the Book Report presents 20 classroom-tested assignments for personal response to independent reading, each with a reproducible rubric, response form, and two exemplars. Preview the entire book online!

Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!

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  ASCD News 
  • Take the access and equity survey
    How do we give students around the world equitable access to effective teachers and principals? That question and other issues around teacher and principal effectiveness are currently being discussed by educators in the ASCD Forum group on ASCD EDge. Weigh in on the current forum topic of equity and access by taking our survey, and visit the group page to contribute a blog post with your thoughts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kick off your annual conference experience with an in-depth workshop
    Take advantage of all that the conference experience has to offer by signing up for a pre-conference institute. Arrive one, two, or three days before the main event kicks off March 16 to take part. Enroll in an advanced institute in curriculum design, an intensive workshop on turning high-poverty schools into high-performing schools, or a one-day institute on how to revolutionize staff development -- and there are many more to choose from. All institutes will be held between March 13 to 15 in Chicago. Browse the lineup.
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