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January 11, 2013
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  • Standardized test is flawed, say protesting teachers
    Nearly all teachers and staff at a Seattle high school are taking a stand against a required standardized test in their district, saying they will not administer the exams they believe are flawed. The Measures of Academic Progress, the teachers say, does not benefit teachers or students and is a waste of instructional time. The teachers also raised concerns about the material covered by the exams and the way they measure students' achievement. The Seattle Times (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tips to help teachers foster creativity among students
    This article includes 30 ways creativity can be promoted in the classroom. Among the ideas are to think of creativity as a skill and as part of learning, as well as to consider convergent and divergent thinking when crafting curriculum. Other suggestions include using an object or an artifact in lessons, giving students an opportunity to ask questions and designing an area in the classroom where students are free to explore. InnovationExcellence.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taking a new approach to students who challenge us
    Educators might be best able to reach difficult students -- and in turn become better teachers -- by changing their attitude toward those students, educational consultant and author Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Mendler proposes an experiment where a teacher thinks of how they treat their best student when they do well or make a mistake and then maintain a similar attitude toward their most difficult student as well. "We are much more likely to influence change in others when we treat them as we want them to be rather than as they are," Mendler writes Edutopia.org/Allen Mendler's blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Common core requires school-technology upgrades
    School districts nationwide are preparing for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. That includes the transition to online testing in many cases that officials say will require additional investment in infrastructure and technology. In one school district, information-technology professionals say they are focused on providing the necessary technology now and believe they can add bandwidth as needed once the program is in place. EdTech magazine (Winter 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teachers record themselves as part of professional development
    Teachers in all Memphis, Tenn., City Schools soon will begin using a video capture program as part of professional development. Using the Teachscape program, educators will be able to record themselves teaching in order to reflect on their own practice. They also can upload their videos to a website where other educators can view their instructional practices and offer feedback. Plans also are in the works to create a video repository for teachers, showing best practices. T.H.E. Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NCLB is almost unrecognizable after 11 years
    No Child Left Behind, passed under President George W. Bush with bipartisan support, may have turned 11 this week, but the law is far different from its original form. About half of states have secured waivers, offered by President Barack Obama's administration, from the portions of the education law's requirements in exchange for implementing certain reforms. The Huffington Post (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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