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November 6, 2012
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  • Tips for teachers to get organized this fall
    There are ways to avoid "falling behind" after the new-school-year momentum disappears, writes former educator Lisa Michelle Dabbs. Following advice from the book, "Getting Stuff Done" by David Allen, Dabbs suggests writing down what you need to remember -- such as student issues that should be addressed at a parent conference -- in a paper journal or a Cloud-based system, such as Evernote. "Just by taking the action of writing down the simplest task, you will feel much better when it's completed and checked off!" Dabbs writes in this blog post. M. Dabbs' blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
"A gift to preservice and practicing teachers that will be hard to keep on the shelf" (Teachers College Record). 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know is a comprehensive guide to teaching any genre or form in grades 3-9. You'll get a rich collection of mentor texts, tips, and launching points. Preview Chapter 1: Getting and Keeping Writers Motivated.
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  • NBCT: Share Election Day chatter on Twitter
    Today, students and others nationwide will use the #EduElection hashtag on Twitter to discuss the election, high-school English teacher Michelle Lampinen writes in this blog post. National Board Certified Teacher Lampinen notes that this conversation expands on successful Twitter chats held during the presidential debates and earlier in the election cycle. "We also wanted to teach them how to use social media to learn from students outside their class," she writes. Lampinen's blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers blend fun, education with tech-based games
    Teachers in a West Virginia school district say they are using more technology and games to engage students in academic lessons. Educators say schools must adapt and compete for students' attention with technology, including social media and smartphones. Students at Emerson Elementary School use the online program "Study Island," in which students answer questions and play games that involve math, reading, science and social studies. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Boost literacy skills with a daily written message
You'll get lots of great ideas for starting every school day with a fresh, engaging morning message. Draw inspiration from 180 sample morning messages collected from real classrooms at three grade levels (K-1, 3, & 5). Includes guidelines and suggestions for creating your own messages. See samples and order.
  Schools Today 
  • Some schools resume in storm's aftermath
    Students and teachers affected by Sandy's devastation will need help processing their experiences before they are able to get back to work, middle-grades educator Launa Schweizer writes in this blog post. Schweizer, a New York City teacher, writes that she spent her first day back listening to her students' storm stories -- in which no one lost their homes -- as they took refuge in life getting back to normal. "It will take time for us to unravel what they're saying through their giggles, silences, awkward remarks and misbehavior," she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Motherlode blog (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D.C. teachers who are not "highly qualified" identified to parents
    Officials in Washington, D.C., recently notified parents whose children were being taught by teachers who are not considered "highly qualified." No Child Left Behind requires such notifications after four or more consecutive weeks of instruction by a teacher who has not met the requirements. The notifications come as the definition of "highly qualified teachers" continues to be debated in the U.S. Congress, with some arguing the distinction should be based on classroom results. The Huffington Post (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bush: Indiana is a national leader in education reform
    Education reforms in Indiana include a new A-to-F grading system for schools intended to improve accountability and collect more information about students' achievements, writes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Bush writes in this opinion article that the reforms are intended to bolster education in the state and also help improve transparency. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teacher shares why educators should vote
    It's important to vote for leaders who will show courage when it comes to education policy, writes Brian Page, who teaches financial education and economics in Ohio. He writes in this blog post that while many politicians speak about the importance of providing a 21st-century education for students, they have enacted policies that do the opposite, such as high-stakes testing, cuts to funding, the addition of charter schools and ineffective changes to teachers' evaluations. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. districts avoid new policies on student prayer
    No school boards in Florida have taken action to enact parameters that would allow student-led prayer in schools despite being given the authority to do so in March. Among the reasons that districts have not moved forward with the policies -- critics raised concerns about free speech -- has been the threat of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher outlines four damaging instructional practices, and offers suggestions on how teachers can cultivate lifelong readers. Click here to read Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room.

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!

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