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December 13, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Teacher uses film to teach analytical skills
    As teachers work to implement the Common Core State Standards, they should consider using film to help teach students analytical skills, writes high-school language arts teacher Jessica Keigan. In this blog post, she writes about her approach to teaching students such skills, including conducting a literary analysis of a film. Students then are asked to analyze the cinematic decision-making behind the film, and to conduct a critical analysis. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. district considers new math classes to meet needs of freshman
    School officials in the Community High School District in Downers Grove, Ill., are proposing changes to the district's math curriculum to align learning with Common Core State Standards and make the transition from middle-school to high-school math more cohesive. If the school board approves the measure, incoming freshman would have two course options -- Foundations of Math I and Math I. Foundations would offer extra support to students who may not be ready for more-advanced concepts, and Math I would be a blend of algebra, geometry and statistics. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  School Leadership 
  • NYC schools look within to find future school leaders
    New York City's Education Department is looking internally to develop the next generation of school leaders, writes Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's chief academic officer. Polakow-Suransky writes in this blog post that the district is looking for leaders, in which educators receive training and support needed to become effective principals. One such path, the Aspiring Principals Program, now has become a national model that has been replicated in other districts, he writes. (New York) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Making the most out of interactive whiteboards
    In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards go unused or are used as a place to hang posters and student work. To make the most of the devices, experts suggest schools identify teachers who are excited about the technology as "early adopters" and make training relevant. It's also important, experts say in this article, to ensure that teachers have clear goals for the devices. "The goal should be student-centered instruction, moving past using it as a glorified overhead projector," said Shayla Rexrode, manager of education solutions for SMART Technologies, a whiteboard manufacturer. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  The Whole Child 
  • Relaxation lessons help stressed-out students
    High-school students need help learning how to manage stress, writes Christopher Pepper, a ninth-grade health education teacher in San Francisco. Pepper developed a curriculum about stress reduction and relaxation, which he said is beneficial for high-school students -- almost all of whom are affected by stress. Pepper writes in this blog post about the health risks associated with stress and about stress-reduction techniques he teaches students, including deep breathing, visualization and "progressive relaxation." Pepper's blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Test examines students' understanding of health issues
    Students in Washington, D.C., recently became the first in the nation to take a standardized test on health and sex education. The results showed that fifth- and eighth-grade students have a good grasp on emotional health, but they lack understanding about the human body. High-school students scored high on human sexuality and reproduction but lagged in health knowledge. The 50-question exam drew some criticism when it was introduced, but supporters hailed it as a step in addressing the city's high rate of childhood obesity and teen pregnancy. The Washington Post/D.C. Schools Insider blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Kan. board of education to set standards for handwriting
    The Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to adopt curriculum standards to help guide educators in teaching cursive writing but said proficiency in cursive will not be evaluated through standardized testing. The board also adopted a policy statement in which they encourage schools to teach cursive writing and include cursive instruction across the curriculum. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • What aspect of the Common Core State Standards are you most interested in learning about?
    Instructional shifts  31.45%
    Assessments  29.30%
    Lesson plans  13.44%
    Professional learning needs  10.35%
    Technology needs  7.39%
    Definition of college and career readiness  4.44%
    None/my state has not signed on to CCSS  3.63%
  • In which one of the following ways do you most frequently utilize social media for professional purposes?
To find free resources
To exchange ideas with colleagues
To share lesson plans
To chat with colleagues
To blog to an audience of colleagues and parents
To communicate with parents
None of these

  Faculty Lounge 
  • 5 student stereotypes that are wrong
    Among the misconceptions people have are that all students are tech-savvy and are disengaged, or don't care about education or the world around them, according to a survey. Other misconceptions are that students are not good at communicating, low-income students can't succeed and students are not spending time outdoors. eSchool News (free registration) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Taught me more than any education book I've read in the last 10 years" (Teacher Leaders Network). Metaphors & Analogies helps teachers create those aha! moments when students suddenly understand a difficult concept—across all content areas and grade levels. Click here to preview Chapter 1 online!

Guiding Readers uses a structured 18-minute small-group lesson format to support all of your students as they access more sophisticated texts, with tips for setting learning goals, practical lesson routines, and how to select appropriate texts for readers at each stage. Includes chapters on nonfiction & functional reading. Preview the entire book!

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  ASCD News 
  • Read between the lines of your favorite ASCD books
    The ASCD Talks with an Author interview series aims to connect educators with the insights and discussions most relevant to you. In these talks, authors explore the most provocative aspects of their books and share insights about their work. Recent interviews feature Eleanor Dougherty, author of "Assignments Matter," as well as Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott, co-authors of "Aim High, Achieve More." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lincoln: Lawyer, legislator, president, model for today's educators
    Steven Spielberg's recent film turns the public eye toward President Lincoln, a powerful leader. And in his leadership style lie lessons for every administrator and teacher leader, explain authors of "Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success," Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins. ASCD Communications Specialist Julia Liapidova caught up with Alvy and Robbins for an Inservice interview, in which the authors discuss what educators can learn from Lincoln and delve into key ideas from the book. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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