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March 29, 2013
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Using movement, social interaction to energize students
Every teacher has "those days" when students arrive at class out of energy and with little interest in the day's lessons, writes middle-school teacher Hadley Ferguson. In this blog post, she offers potential remedies -- a combination of movement and social interaction. She suggests small group work, designating spaces for students to work on large paper and taking a brisk walk inside or outside of school. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/29)
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How teachers can integrate gaming in the classroom
A growing number of educators are seeking to engage students in learning by integrating video games in lessons, asserts middle-school English teacher Andrew R. Proto. In this blog post he writes about Gamestar Mechanic, a website that uses "immersive teaching" to help students learn the basics -- eventually preparing them to create their own video games and share them with other Gamestar users. R. Proto's blog (3/27)
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How can schools improve environmental literacy?
Education programs that take place outdoors can help students develop environmental literacy, according to Nils Peterson, an associate professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at North Carolina State University. Peterson co-authored a recent study on environmental literacy, which he described as a holistic combination of knowledge of ecology, cognitive ability, environmental attitudes and behaviors. He said there are programs, such as Project Learning Tree or Project WILD, that can help inner-city schools boost students' environmental literacy. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (3/25)
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Grade-Specific Greek & Latin Roots for Vocabulary Growth
By Grade 4, the Common Core Standards for Language expect students to use Greek and Latin roots to determine word meaning. Zaner-Bloser's vocabulary program, Word Wisdom, gives you the tools to tackle this and the other Language standards for vocabulary acquisition and use. Download our free Greek and Latin roots reference materials for your classroom!
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Opponents of high-stakes testing to protest in D.C.
The second annual United Opt Out National protest will start April 4 at the U.S. Education Department in Washington, D.C., drawing teachers, students, parents and others opposed to high-stakes standardized testing-based school reform, education reporter Valerie Strauss writes in this blog post. The four-day event, to feature a march to the White House, is expected to include education historian Diane Ravitch, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, veteran educator Deborah Meier and others. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (3/29)
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Some of the most popular blogs for educators are by a Va. teacher
Ken Halla, a social studies teacher at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va., started blogging a few years ago to offer advice to his local peers but teachers across the nation are reading Halla's blogs, which include U.S. history and government blogs, and using the resources. Halla, who says his blogs get about 50,000 hits a month, said he hopes to encourage others to take greater advantage of the technology at their disposal and flip their classrooms so they can spend less time lecturing and more time helping students learn at a higher level. Fairfax County Times (Reston, Va.) (3/27)
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Va. board approves new diploma rule for special education
Students with disabilities in Virginia still will be able to work toward earning a diploma even after the state eliminates its long-standing modified diploma option. State board members have voted to adopt a new rule that officials say maintains high expectations and rigor and recognizes there are different paths to graduation. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (3/29)
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