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February 15, 2013
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  • NBCT: Helping students think critically about gun control
    National Board Certified English teacher Ray Salazar writes that, after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., he felt compelled to address the issue of guns in the classroom. Salazar writes that he instructed students to try to take emotion out of the debate and think critically about what both sides have had to say about gun control. Students watched speeches, read reports and analyzed the issue -- forming their own views on whether proposals will be effective, writes Salazar, who teaches in Chicago. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

Teaching speaking and oral communication is more than just assigning presentations. In Digitally Speaking, expert Erik Palmer shares online tools with step-by-step tutorials, videos that show how to rehearse, and rubrics for fairly assessing students. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
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  • Which teaching approach is right for your class?
    There's a lot of talk about problem-, project- and inquiry-based learning, but how do you know the difference and understand what will work best for your students? In this blog post, former English teacher Lauren Davis offers a cheat sheet for these teaching methods, along with examples and tips. For example, teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron used project-based learning in which her students sought to have a broken school bell repaired. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building a love of reading among students
    Educators in all subjects need professional development to deliver reading strategies that allow students to access the different types of text used across all classes, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. Aguilar offers nine other strategies for teachers to grow a love of reading in students, such as organizing a read-a-thon, inviting authors into the classroom and being readers themselves. "We must give them the skills to read at the same time that we cultivate an attitude," she writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Educator's Twitter plea brings response from NBCT
    A recent plea on Twitter on behalf of teachers was a "wake-up call" for him that teachers are under an enormous amount of pressure, educator Anthony Cody writes in this blog post. National Board Certified Teacher Cody suggests that, to help educators cope, teachers should act like family members, take time to celebrate success, work to retain colleagues and look for opportunities for inspiration. Education Week Teacher/Living in Dialogue blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • "Parent trigger" bill is proposed again in Fla. Legislature
    Some lawmakers in Florida say legislation is likely to pass this year that would give parents at struggling schools the ability to petition for changes. Known as the "parent trigger," the bill would allow parents to petition to fire staff members, turn the school into a charter school or even close the school. A similar measure failed to pass last year, but supporters say chances are better this year because of changes in the makeup of the Legislature. StateImpact (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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