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January 18, 2013
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"Full of great ideas, quick writes, assignments, model essays, and techniques" (Goodreads). Write Like This guides teachers as they model writing for a variety of real-world purposes: inform & explain, evaluate & judge, analyze & interpret, take a stand, and more. Includes mentor texts throughout. Preview Chapter 1: Moving Writing to the Front Burner.
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  • Is there more to math than simply finding the answer?
    It might be tempting for math educators to focus on completing chapter after chapter of their textbooks, but students benefit more if educators slow down and take time to help students understand how they reached an answer, middle-school math teacher Jose Vilson writes in this blog post. "Rather than just trying to sift through our 800-page textbooks by chapter or blaze through a curriculum map, let's focus on developing mathematicians."é Vilson's blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What educators should ask to further 21st century learning
    Educators should ask themselves 12 questions in order to further teaching and learning in the 21st century, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. Among the questions Penberg poses in this blog post: how to encourage students to think globally, how to leverage the power of the Internet and other technology, how to tap into all learners, and how to assure that schools and educational programs give students opportunities to connect with the world around them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More Ill. teachers becoming National Board Certified
    Educators in Illinois looking for ways to improve their teaching increasingly are turning to National Board Certification. The number of accomplished teachers in the state has doubled in five years, and Illinois now has the third-most National Board Certified Teachers in the country. NBCTs in the state are eligible for salary increases and are classified as master teachers. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCTs supported in Colo. district
    Educators in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado say they receive a lot of support when seeking National Board Certification, as well as incentives such as salary bonuses and mentorships with teachers who are already certified. That has helped the district rise to lead the state in National Board Certified Teachers, with 132. "It takes them to that next step, to super teacher," the district's National Board Certification facilitator, Virginia Schick, said. "It's a really amazing program to improve their teaching." Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Municipal leaders in Conn. seek delay in teacher evaluation mandate
    Some local leaders in Connecticut have cited potential problems with the cost and timeline of a new statewide system for evaluating teachers as reasons to delay the program from being implemented in 2013-14. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor have declined to alter the mandate, though Pryor said he will try to smooth the transition. "We are working with these stakeholders to identify ways that year one statewide implementation can be less burdensome than it might otherwise be and can create less anxiety and more confidence," Pryor said. (Connecticut) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value [this] insightful book" (MiddleWeb). Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!

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