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February 19, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Common core lesson makes the short story even shorter
    Eighth-grade teacher Ariel Sacks shares a lesson plan that helps students examine how much authors can say using few words, a lesson aligned with the Common Core State Standards requirement that students closely examine their reading material. Sacks, who writes in this blog post that she borrowed parts of the lesson from other educators, explains how students bring in a photograph of personal significance. She then tells them to free write, followed by having them write 25-word stories. Students then write and share six-word stories before posting the writing online and examining their punctuation and word choices. Teacher Leaders Network/Ariel Sacks' blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Text-Dependent Comprehension Resources
Informational texts for grades K-8 each have an accompanying Text-Dependent Comprehension Card that provides four levels of questions, which prompt students to find evidence-based answers in the text. These resources for content-area and genre study books improve understanding of complex text and help students respond effectively.
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  School Leadership 
  • Shared leadership is at the heart of common core in Ky.
    Leadership teams in Kentucky are responsible for ensuring that school-based educators are prepared to implement the Common Core State Standards, writes Saundra Hamon, assistant director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education. She writes in this blog post that each of the state's 16 networks, which include teacher leaders, have formed "a community" with the goal of "shared leadership" -- considered essential as teachers transition to the common core. Education Week Teacher/Learning Forward's PD Watch blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Bringing out the best in the Twitter experience
    Twitter is what you make of it, writes Tony Baldasaro, chief human resource officer of Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire. In this blog post, he suggests there is no single right way to be on Twitter. Baldasaro describes his own experience sharing things of value to him professionally, as well as personally. He writes that sharing personally helped him develop friendships on Twitter and find value in the microblogging site. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • Poor stress response may increase obesity risk in children
    Children who had higher cortisol levels in response to stressors showed higher BMI and consumed more calories despite the absence of hunger compared with those who only had slightly elevated cortisol rates, a study found. The results in the journal Appetite suggest that children who have a poor response to stress may be at an increased risk of obesity. Yahoo/Asian News International (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Peer mentor program gives students support
    A peer mentoring program that pairs older and younger students at Brattleboro Union High School in Vermont gives students who have disabilities or who simply need more social interaction with peers a chance to have a support network at school. Mentors are trained and matched with their new friend by compatibility and common interests. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Is zero-tolerance school discipline justified?
    Zero-tolerance school discipline policies are under increased scrutiny following December's tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Such policies, in which students are suspended for what some say is age-appropriate imaginative play, such as using their fingers to mimic guns while on the playground or building weapons out of Legos. However, while some say the policies go too far, others say school safety is paramount. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • What would you do with $500 for your classroom?
    In this blog post, Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach, writes about his frustration when giving teachers $500 to spend on classroom supplies. Oftentimes, he writes, teachers would spend the funds on items such as pencils. "While classrooms would not operate well without sticky notes, glue, and pencils, student learning may not be directly affected by these things," he writes. "I would suggest that the most 'bang' for your buck(et) would be to obtain things that students can manipulate to gather and test data." Johnson's blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Wise teachers assign reading responses that are interesting, relevant, and encourage further reading. Ban the Book Report presents 20 classroom-tested assignments for personal response to independent reading, each with a reproducible rubric, response form, and two exemplars. Preview the entire book online!

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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  ASCD News 
  • Read between the lines of your favorite ASCD books
    The ASCD Talks with an Author interview series aims to connect educators with the insights and discussions most relevant to you. In these talks, authors explore the most provocative aspects of their books and share insights about their work. Recent interviews feature Eleanor Dougherty, author of "Assignments Matter," as well as Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott, authors of "Aim High, Achieve More." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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