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February 8, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Why educators need to teach introverts to talk in class
    Educators should teach students who are introverted how to speak up in class, middle-grades teacher Jessica Lahey writes in this article. Lahey, an extrovert who teaches English, Latin and writing in New Hampshire, writes that she has studied the issue and decided to retain her class-participation grades despite opposition from some parents of children who are introverted. "As a teacher, it is my job to teach grammar, vocabulary, and literature, but I must also teach my students how to succeed in the world we live in -- a world where most people won't stop talking," Lahey writes. The Atlantic online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. math teacher sums up lessons in songs
    James Fleisher's classroom at River Valley High School in Yuba City, Calif., may sound like music, but the subject is math. That's because the guitar-playing teacher has found that songs about the distributive property and finding the slope of a line help his students understand the concepts a little better. A video of Fleisher performing the song, "Slope" has even received more than 48,000 views on YouTube. "Anything to get kids interested in math is what we need to do," Fleisher said. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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NEW! Common Core Standards converted into 1,800 Learning Objectives
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  School Leadership 
  • What it takes to be a teaching coach
    Coaching is not a place for teachers who want a "break from the classroom," transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. Like teaching students, coaches must analyze what teachers need and then recommend the appropriate path, whether taking a different instructional approach, engaging in role-play or reviewing student data. "Coaching is a complex form of teaching, of professional development, of guiding another person in a learning journey," writes Aguilar, who notes the demanding job is worth the struggles that accompany it. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Interactive app released for tablet version of Anne Frank's diary
    Students studying "The Diary of Anne Frank" can do more than read her story these days with the release of a mobile application that offers interactive links and documentary film clips about the famous Holocaust victim. The app, available from Penguin Books and developer Beyond the Story for iPad and Nook, also includes audio clips from the woman who helped the Frank family during World War II. Shalom Life (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Duncan: $2.8B in funds made available due to NCLB waivers
    The decision to waive parts of the federal education law for 34 states and the District of Columbia allowed the federal government to provide about $2.8 billion in funding for schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday during a hearing in the U.S. Senate. The hearing comes as lawmakers are considering the future of No Child Left Behind, which has expired. Republicans on the committee criticized the conditions placed on the waivers as federal authority over schools, though Duncan characterized the measures as ensuring accountability. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • D.C. measure makes it a crime for teachers to cheat on tests
    Allegations of cheating on standardized tests have led three members of the Washington, D.C., Council to propose a measure that would make such acts illegal. Teacher or principals found guilty of cheating would have their professional licenses revoked and could face fines. Under the bill, it would be illegal for educators to change students' answers on tests, look at test questions before they are given to students, help students arrive at the right answer, have test materials at certain times or leave test materials unattended. The Washington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • School robotics competition teaches more than engineering
    Students from some New Jersey schools recently participated in the Ocean County Tech Prep Robotics Contest, where student teams were asked to program a robot to complete two tasks, one announced prior to the event and another announced onsite. "This event encourages interest in engineering and science, but most of all it teaches the students how to work together to support each other," event greeter Denise Szczerba said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Fundamentals of creativity
    This month's issue of Educational Leadership is all about creativity. And in their co-authored article, educators Ronald A. Beghetto and James C. Kaufman offer insights that can help educators nurture student creativity. Explaining just what it takes to be creative -- and it's more than the ability to think originally -- Beghetto and Kaufman discuss the different levels of creative expression and explain why it's important to teach students that there's a time and place for creativity. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The what and why of a professional learning network
    "If educators are not collaborating, learning, and developing their professional selves to maintain their relevance, they will never be able to effectively reach their students," writes educator Tom Whitby. In his recent ASCD Express article, Whitby discusses the digital professional learning network and its implications for today's educators who, he says, must plug in and embrace technology even if that means stepping out of their comfort zones. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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