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February 6, 2013
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  • How teachers can address pop culture in the classroom
    Students are surrounded by popular culture that is often inappropriate with violence, sex and vulgarity, writes Marc D. Hauser, an educational consultant. In this commentary, he writes that when students want to include such video games, music or other items in class projects, teacher should use those opportunities to help students develop their critical-thinking skills to be able to recognize inappropriate materials. "Needless to say, this is not a topic of discussion and education that ever ends. But it is a topic that should be part of teachers' responsibilities," he writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  • Weekly math problems help prepare NYC students for exams
    Students in one New York City school are getting extra math practice through the school's Problem of the Week initiative. In this article, City Year New York Corps member Robin Krosinsky explains the process. Students can submit answers to a new question posted each week, and winners are rewarded with lunch with the group organizing the project. "We have had three full weeks of problems, and over 267 submissions from students -- 131 of which were correct," she writes. Good Magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Classroom technology is focus of Digital Learning Day
    Today marks the second annual Digital Learning Day, organized to promote digital literacy and celebrate best practices for the use of education technology. A digital town hall, which will include Education Secretary Arne Duncan, will stream live online today, and about 20,000 teachers and 4 million students from every state and Washington, D.C., are expected to recognize the day. Planned events include demonstrations of iPad applications, lessons to help students teach their grandparents about computers and others designed to ensure students stay safe online. T.H.E. Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seattle school administrators give exams for boycotting teachers
    After talks stalled Monday between Seattle Public Schools officials and teachers boycotting state-mandated tests, Seattle superintendent José Banda ordered that Garfield High School's principal and assistant principals administer the exams. Teachers leading the boycott have refused to administer the tests, saying they have little value and waste time. Banda said he had hoped teachers would give the exams while a task force begins a review of the district's testing system. The Seattle Times (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NBCT: Raise for Fla.'s teachers will not solve core issues
    Instead of a proposed $2,500 raise for teachers, state officials should take steps to strengthen education and the teaching profession, National Board Certified Teacher Kathy Pham writes in this opinion article. Pham, a high-school writing teacher, suggests officials craft a budget that restores previous cuts to education, ensure that public schools are not being shortchanged by the focus on virtual and charter schools, and hold off on teacher-evaluation reforms until there is a reliable method for assessing teachers. The Miami Herald (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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