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March 21, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Inquiry-based lessons help students explore, reflect
    A growing number of educators are using the inquiry-learning approach, in which the goal is to help students learn how to learn. A long-term research project in which students select their topic, explore it and finally present their findings is an example of inquiry learning, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post that includes five inquiry-learning tools. "We want students thinking about their thinking," said Leslie Maniotes, one of the authors of "Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century," and a teacher-effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools. "We want them reflecting on the process and the content." blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How teachers can integrate movement into lessons
    Kinesthetic teaching can be extremely powerful for educators who understand the connection between school curriculum and creative movement, writes Susan Griss, author of "Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum." In one example, students would be asked to "show" the teacher a certain image or idea -- allowing students to move their bodies to demonstrate the lesson. "By teaching through the universal language of movement, we can offer a chance for real success to children who may be caught in a spiral of academic failure," Griss writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Formative Assessment in Practice
In this simple and straightforward book, Margaret Heritage presents a practical guide to formative assessment that skillfully weaves together theory and practice. “If you care about teaching that fosters a learning culture, read this book.” —Robert Linquanti, WestEd Look Inside
  School Leadership 
  • Looking forward to opportunities for professional development
    A range of interesting professional-development opportunities are available for educators to attend this year, Brad Currie, a school administrator for the Chester School District in New Jersey, writes in this blog post. Having recently attended the ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, Currie recommends that educators add to their calendars Edscape 2013 on Oct. 19, EdcampNJ on Nov. 23, ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, Texas and other conferences. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  The Whole Child 
  • Ill. district creates common language on student behavior
    An Illinois school district is taking a proactive approach to encouraging positive behavior among elementary- and middle-school students, tasking a committee with studying student behavior and establishing a set of guiding principles. Under the program, Libertyville's Elementary School District 70 students are given specifics about the behavior expected of them in the hallway, cafeteria and elsewhere in school. The program relies on positive reinforcement and rewards students only when they go "above and beyond" expectations. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Utah moves forward with plan to reform school assessments
    In a split vote Wednesday, the state board of education in Utah decided not to ask for a veto of legislation that will alter how schools are assessed in the state. Supporters of the bill say it will hold schools more accountable for students' achievement and growth, while opponents say the legislation's system is inferior to the one passed in 2011. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • Which of the following statements best defines effective teachers?
    They are committed to students and their learning  27.44%
    They think systematically about their practice and learn from experience  23.35%
    They know their subjects and how to teach those subjects to students  16.00%
    They take responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning  15.40%
    They create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments  13.84%
    They belong to learning communities  2.29%
    They are leaders  1.68%
  • Which of the following statements best defines effective principals?
They model professional, ethical behavior and expect others to do the same
They foster a cohesive culture of learning
They are committed to student and adult learners and their development
They drive, facilitate and monitor the teaching and learning process
They ensure equitable learning opportunities and high expectations for all
They have a clear vision and inspire and engage others in developing and realizing it
They lead continuous improvement

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Students turn to social media for confessions
    An emerging trend in social media is the popularity of so-called Facebook confession pages, in which high-school and college students post anonymous confessions. The pages are unofficially tied to schools, and some teachers, law enforcement officials and others say they are concerned about the pages, which at times reveal inappropriate and even illegal confessions. Others, however, say the anonymous posts offer a type of therapy for students. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • 2013 Conference on Teaching Excellence coming to Washington, D.C., metro area
    Come explore ways to make excellent teaching the reality in every classroom this June 28-30. Join leading thinkers in education and colleagues from around the country -- and the world -- at the National Harbor in Maryland. This event will bring you up-to-date on recent revelations about best practices in the classroom, how to make them routine in every grade and subject, and how to scale them systemwide. Learn more.
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  • Assessments that make sense
    How do you use assessments to inform teaching and learning? How do you ensure assessments are aligned to learning targets? What are your concerns for the next generation of common core-aligned assessments? We want to hear your answers. Submit a short essay on the topic of "assessments that make sense" to ASCD Express by April 1. Additional information is available in a recent Inservice blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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