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January 17, 2013
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  • Lessons on the flu catch on across the curriculum
    Teachers can integrate topics related to the flu, which has reached epidemic levels this year, in classroom lessons, write Katherine Schulten, Suzi Boss and Jennifer Cutraro. They suggest several resources that provide background on the flu, viruses and vaccines, as well as lesson plans in which students work with data related to the flu. Lessons also can allow students to role-play as public-health experts, running scenarios in which they seek to curb the outbreak. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  • What to ask before flipping instruction
    Teachers should ask themselves several questions before implementing a flipped instructional model to make sure it is appropriate in their classroom. Important questions include whether it is an appropriate model for the students. Once a teacher decides to flip his or her classroom, the next question is whether he or she should make and use the instructional videos or use those produced by other sources. T.H.E. Journal (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Schools use different strategies to teach students to write
    School districts are employing different strategies to prepare students to complete writing assignments and assessments based on Common Core State Standards. Some schools are teaching middle-grades students how to write argumentative essays in which they have to use evidence from assigned reading to back up their ideas. "You just can't get the level of thinking with multiple-choice (test) items that you get with writing an essay," said Barbara Kapinus, director of English language arts and literacy for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What will common core exams mean for teaching?
    Tests designed to align with the Common Core State Standards could improve teaching and learning, as well as effectively gauge deeper levels of learning, according to a study by researchers at UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. However, the review of the exams also found that success could be hampered by several financial, technical and political obstacles, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How teachers can avoid conflict when philosophies differ
    There is the potential for conflict whenever people collaborate, including teachers, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach. In this blog post, she writes about six education belief systems and how they can lead to conflict within a team of educators. Understanding your own belief systems, as well as those of fellow educators, can help to avoid conflict and boost understanding, Aguilar writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Congress faces backlog of education laws up for renewal this year
    U.S. Congress enters this year with an "unprecedented" backlog of education laws that need updates and reauthorization, legislative observers say. The biggest obstacle is an update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, on which the parties have failed to agree. Negotiations on other education bills -- such as an update to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act -- are linked to the passage of ESEA, so they remain sidelined in the process. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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