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So What Do They Really Know? shows English teachers how to make formative assessment a powerful part of everyday instruction, with lessons and strategies for getting to know students well, differentiating instruction, giving feedback, grading, and more. Read Chapter 1, Assessment: It Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy.
January 15, 2013
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  • Support, professional development are keys to retaining top teachers
    There are ways for schools to retain top teachers, even as more than half leave the profession within their first five years, write Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Caitlin Zaloom, associate professor of social and cultural analysis at NYU. They suggest better preparation for new teachers; greater compensation for educators; a focus on effective, meaningful teacher evaluations and professional development; and advancement opportunities without leaving the classroom. The Christian Science Monitor (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
IRA CONVENTION 2013: Register Today!
Join the celebration in San Antonio, Texas from April 19-22, 2013. Our exciting slate of Featured Speakers and more than 500 dynamic sessions will give you the knowledge you need to make an even greater difference in your classroom. Click to learn more about speakers Rick Riordan, LeVar Burton, Dr. Debbie Silver, & Mo Willems.
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  • Tools to improve the interactive whiteboard experience
    A slew of new tools are available to improve the experience of educators working with interactive whiteboards. Among the 10 tools listed in this article are touch and pen-enabled projectors from SMART Technologies that allow for greater interactivity and collaboration among students, while MooreCo's iTeach 2 allows teachers to make interactive whiteboards mobile and adjust the height. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. teachers, students praise iPads in lessons
    Students and teachers at Caston Junior-Senior High School in Fulton, Ind., were given iPads this year, and the benefits are seen everywhere -- from fewer copies and papers to keep track of, to improved communication and enhanced research capabilities. "It makes things a lot more efficient in the classroom," said social studies teacher Carl Davis, who has incorporated the tablet computers into lessons on world geography using Google Earth and explores the Middle Ages with WebQuest, among other assignments. Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Connecting Child Development to the Classroom
Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 has helped countless teachers and administrators shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. Clear descriptions and charts of children's development from ages 4 to 14 with classroom implications. Great for parents, too! Learn more and order.
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  • Survey finds increasing disengagement as students advance in school
    A recent Gallup poll of 500,000 students in 37 states finds that with each year they progress in school, students are less engaged -- with just 4 in 10 high-school students reportedly engaged, down from 8 in 10 in elementary school, Ellen Wexler writes in this guest blog post. Among the possible reasons cited for the decline is the increased focus on standardized testing in later grades and a lack of options for students who are not on the college path. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  • A tongue-in-cheek look at the real stars
    With the hype and a setting similar to the Oscars, author Teddy Wayne in this opinion article describes a situation in which educators -- not movie stars -- are held up as heroes. Among the awards given during the "Teachies" make-believe show are Teacher of the Year, along with recognition for fun teachers and those who teach math and science, Wayne writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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