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March 8, 2013
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When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
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  • A lesson on teaching students to assess themselves
    Teaching students how to assess their own learning in class can help build their confidence as learners, National Board Certified Teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. Ferriter shares one exercise in which he had students review past tests and assignments to identify patterns in their mastery. "If my students are TRULY going to reflect daily on their progress towards mastering essential outcomes, they HAVE to become skilled at spotting trends in their OWN learning," Ferriter writes. TransformED (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is the role of the teacher changing?
    At the recent SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, the changing role of teachers as facilitators of classroom learning was a primary focus, SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood writes in this blog post. Among the suggestions offered by speakers were to teach students to use technology to find answers on their own, put context before content and approach learning in a less formal way. Other ideas included educators acting as "spark igniters," who help students discover what drives their own passion for learning, and allowing students to help craft curriculum. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Teacher-led research drives use of classroom technology
    Teachers in a Minnesota school district recently released some findings from a six-month study into the effects of using the iPad and other technology as part of lessons. The goal of the teacher-led project was to establish the ways technology use could most benefit students. Among the findings are that iPads have helped students who struggle with math and also have benefited reading instruction, as seen when a first-grade teacher used the tablet to record students and allow them to hear themselves read aloud. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Leadership academy trains teachers to become principals
    Counties in North Carolina are using a $6.1 million Race to the Top grant to train teachers without an administration degree to become principals in one year by shadowing and interning with mentor principals. Upon completion from the Sandhills Leadership Academy, teachers receive 18 graduate credits toward a degree and a state principal license. "This is definitely a grow-your-own program," Executive Program Director Donna Peters said. The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kan. seeks ways to spur education innovation
    The state House in Kansas on Thursday advanced proposed legislation that would free 10 school districts from state rules so they would have more freedom to implement ideas that could benefit students. The so-called "innovative districts" would be able to avoid the "red tape" that can slow innovation, supporters say. Critics, however, question whether the bill is necessary. "We're trying to fix a problem that does not exist by creating one that could be far worse," said Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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