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December 19, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Project culminates with student-written books being published
    Elementary-school students in a Kansas district recently received hardbound copies of books they wrote as part of a creative-writing project. Students were at the center of each step in the writing process, beginning with brainstorming. While learning lessons in grammar and vocabulary, students wrote fiction, poems and other works, said Erica Seals, the third-grade teacher overseeing the project. The books were published by Studentreasures Publishing, which provides a free copy of students' work and makes additional copies available for purchase. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assessing students without grades
    Narrative feedback has replaced grades in the classroom of Mark Barnes, a 20-year teacher and adjunct professor. Under the approach, Barnes provides feedback using a four-part system -- Summarize, Explain, Redirect and Resubmit. Narrative feedback is given daily and assessment is a continuous process, he writes in this blog post. Under the no-grades approach, students are driven to learn -- not discouraged by grades, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ELA CCSS Resources From the International Reading Association
Are you Common Core ready? IRA resources address all aspects of the ELA CCSS, including the challenging areas of text complexity, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and disciplinary literacy. Get the FREE Implementation Guide and check out all of the other CCSS resources IRA has to offer! Click here to explore.
  School Leadership 
  • How struggling teachers can turn things around
    Struggling teachers can improve, instructional coach David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. Struggling teachers, he suggests, can turn things around by taking ownership over their classrooms. They then work to find the cause of problems with teaching and learning, and "seek solutions that target the causes of problems rather than their effects," Ginsburg writes. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Mathematical Modeling: Putting the Practice into Play
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How will blended learning evolve?
    Blended learning is likely to further evolve in 2013, write Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, both of the Innosight Institute. In this article, they offer 10 predictions for the process, including more station rotations in elementary schools, additional self-blending in high schools, more virtual schools to begin offering an in-person component and software programs that offer options for small groups, among other things. T.H.E. Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ideas to get parents on board with tech in the classroom
    Parents might question the need to use technology in the classroom, but emphasizing the career skills students will learn can help bring them around, educator Jennifer Carey writes in this blog post. Carey presents ideas on getting parent buy-in such as emphasizing the skills students learn as they use computers and tablets for projects. "While a parent might balk at their child learning to 'make a movie,' they all want their child to develop core skill-sets that will help them both in school and 'the real world' of college and careers," Carey writes. Powerful Learning Practice (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The new PD video Getting into Grammar builds on the bestselling book Grammar Matters and brings your staff into two elementary classrooms to see how expert teachers weave grammar into literacy instruction using both nonfiction and fiction mentor texts. Watch "Exploring Prepositional Phrases," a free 8-minute segment!

  Managing Budgets 
  • Education Department alters priorities on i3 grant program
    The Education Department is proposing to revamp its Investing in Innovation -- or i3 -- grant program by having all applicants work to address one of 10 new priorities announced Friday. The priorities include improvement of science, technology, engineering and math programs; outcomes for students with disabilities and those who are English-language learners; teacher and principal effectiveness; and low-performing schools. Under the proposed changes, the department would specify the priorities grant applicants should aim for when it issues a call for proposals. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Report: Education technology should be part of policy discussions
    A recent report from the National Association of State Boards of Education recommends policymakers move to create guidelines that support the integration of technology in schools. Among its recommendations are to address digital literacy and citizenship, be responsive to students' needs and "create policies that allocate resources based on data, student needs, and student, parent and stakeholder voices," the report states. blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • 3 reasons why students may resist collaboration
    There are many reasons students may be reluctant to collaborate with their peers, writes Robin Newton, an English education student at East Carolina University. There may be cultural differences or a lack of understanding, or the students may be shy or introverted. Newton writes that collaboration among students will not happen by chance. "Rather, a teacher must know his or her students well enough to understand the ways in which collaboration might be a struggle," Newton writes in this blog post. Newton's blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value [this] insightful book" (MiddleWeb). Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Will education take a dive?
    The latest issue of Capitol Connection, ASCD's free e-newsletter for Educator Advocates, explains the far-reaching effects that sequestration will have on federal education programs and offers resources that can empower educators to speak out against the cuts. In this issue, you'll also find key takeaways from ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter's recent message to Congress, education advocates, and the public, and access ASCD recommendations for advancing civic learning. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rethinking teacher evaluation: Leaders advocate for more meaningful measures
    ASCD writer and project manager Laura Varlas takes on the complex topic of improving teacher evaluation in the December issue of Education Update. Varlas' article shares the perspectives of Teach Plus vice president of programs Heather Peske, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation head of research and evaluation Steve Cantrell, Department of Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss, and others. Readers will find discussion of current stumbling blocks, promising practices, and recommendations for how to move forward. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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