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How will the common core affect tenets of good teaching?
Charlotte Danielson, a renowned former teacher and school administrator, recently updated her "Framework for Teaching" to reflect the Common Core State Standards. In this interview, Danielson says that her framework changes very little under the common core. She also discusses the effects of the standards on teaching, saying she thinks "the common core rests on a view of teaching as complex decision making, as opposed to something more routine or drill-based." Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (3/13)
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Lessons on war included in NYC elementary-school curriculum
A new English curriculum in New York City, which includes images of war, has come under criticism from some educators and parents who say such students are too young for the lessons. At issue is the use of two nonfiction books by author Jeanette Winter, "The Librarian of Basra" and "Nasreen's Secret Schools," in classes of third- to fifth-grade students. The new curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards. New York Post (3/19)
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3 ideas for a successful class blog
Classroom blogs are a great project to motivate students to write, but they can be a lot of work for teachers, writes National Board Certified Teacher Bill Ferriter. In this blog post, Ferriter, sixth-grade language arts teacher, shares three tips he has learned while developing blog projects for his class, such as training students to work as editors to assign, edit and post student articles. "You'll find that they are JUST as capable as you are -- and probably MORE motivated!" he writes. Teacher Leaders Network/Tempered Radical blog (3/17)
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Sammy and His Behavior Problems
recounts a teacher's year with Sammy, a charming but challenging third-grader, and her "never quit" efforts to help Sammy gain control of his behavior. The interplay between classroom events and the author's journal reflections keeps you wondering what will happen next and offers strategies to help the Sammys in your own classroom. K-6. Now an e-book!
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Practice of grouping students based on skill is increasing
Grouping students by ability has been controversial for years, but the trend is growing in education, according to research released Monday by the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on American Education. Researchers found that the percentage of fourth-grade teachers grouping students by reading ability grew from 28% to 71% from 1998 to 2009, and the percentage of fourth-grade math teachers using grouping grew from 40% to 61% from 1996 to 2011. Critics say the practice, in which students are grouped by ability within a specific class, is a civil rights issue because it creates lower expectations, while supporters say it helps children improve their skills. USA Today (3/18)
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Ohio teacher pledges to donate kidney to ill student
An elementary-school teacher in Mansfield, Ohio, will donate one of her kidneys to a student whose lone kidney is failing because of a genetic disorder. "I'm going to go through a major surgery, but you know, it's only going to be a few weeks of my life. But to this little girl, it is her whole life," teacher Wendy Killian said of her student, 8-year-old Nicole Miller. WLWT-TV (Cincinnati) (3/14)
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Some school districts rethink suspension, expulsion policies
A growing number of school districts nationwide are reconsidering their stance on school discipline -- in some cases choosing to eliminate suspensions or abandon them as punishment for some less-severe offenses. Momentum behind the school-discipline changes, adopted in Chicago, New York City and elsewhere, is driven by the belief that suspensions and expulsions lead to an increased likelihood of having school dropouts. Some educators say alternative discipline methods, including positive behavioral interventions and supports, are more effective. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (3/18)
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