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January 14, 2013
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  • Students brainstorm solutions to end school violence
    High-school students in an Ohio district are discussing their ideas for curbing school violence as part of their honors-level English class. While addressing the shooting last month in Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere, students also were developing their critical-thinking and debate skills. As part of the assignment, Alice Lambert's 15 students suggested everything from allowing teachers to keep guns in the classroom to having more exits in school classrooms. The Cincinnati Enquirer (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In Math Work Stations Debbie Diller presents over 70 stations for grades K-2 on beginning number concepts, addition & subtraction, place value, geometry, and measurement. You'll see how to introduce stations through whole-group & mini-lessons. Includes 300+ full-color photos from real classrooms. Click here now to preview Chapter 1!
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  • Addressing myths that teachers encounter in the classroom
    Historical myths often come up in social studies lessons and National Board Certified Teacher Stephen Lazar, a guest writer in this blog post, tells how he deals with them in his classes. In addressing the myths about Rosa Parks, for example, Lazar writes that he avoids using the textbook and instead allows students to use primary-source documents and multiple secondary sources to get varied viewpoints. In the end, Lazar writes, his students learn about Parks -- beyond the myths -- and receive more than a cursory understanding of the events that led to her historic bus ride. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blogging allows students to reflect on math lessons
    Microblogging websites such as Twitter and Today's Meet are helping some teachers take classroom learning to the next level, writes ninth-grade math teacher Felecia Young. For example, Young writes that she uses these sites for warm-up exercises and team-based work. Most recently, she introduced her students to Kid Blogs, a blogging site where they create digital journals about their understanding of math concepts. Edudemic (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Build a professional network of quality on Twitter
    Twitter can help you create a professional learning network, but it's important to focus on the quality of the educators you follow, not the quantity, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's College in New York. Try separating your most useful contacts from the main list of people you follow on Twitter, he suggests. "I have a list of what I call my 'Stalwart List.' It is made up of all of the people I most frequently get information from," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • School to beef up security by training, arming custodians
    The school board in a small Ohio district has voted to allow janitors to carry weapons at school in an effort to improve security. While the move, which includes a two-day training course for the custodians, drew support from some who said such measures should be implemented in districts nationwide, others said they preferred having police officers patrolling in schools. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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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