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January 31, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Will 2013 bring the end of test obsession?
    While the opposition against standardized testing continues to grow, society remains test-obsessed, writes former English teacher Sam Chaltain. In this blog post, Chaltain offers advice for those who wish to end K-12 education's reliance on testing. He suggests that opponents begin to not only fight against testing, but offer real -- and realistic -- alternatives as well. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Texas students to try legal careers during mock-trial contest
    Playing the role of attorneys and witnesses, high-school students in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area will be getting insight into the court system while competing for scholarship dollars. The upcoming mock-trial competition demands that students not only study the facts of the case they are participating in, but courtroom procedures and the strategies used by lawyers arguing a case. "It's a nice reminder of how exciting the practice of law is," said State District Judge Missy Medary, who will help judge the competition. Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New math software is built for the Common Core.
While many tools claim they are "aligned" to Common Core State Standards, Accelerated Math Live™ is "custom built from the ground up" specifically for the CCSS. At last, you can personalize practice and instruction to help every student become college and career ready. Learn more.
  School Leadership 
 
  • Experienced teachers share what they wish they'd known earlier
    Experienced teachers think back on their careers and offer advice for others in this blog post compiled by Judy Willis, a neurologist and teacher. Included in their advice about goals and resources, as well as words of warning, is a suggestion from Georgia middle-school teacher Amy Fanusi to feel comfortable sharing ideas with colleagues and trying something new. Educators also urge new teachers to consult their colleagues on best practices but also keep in mind the importance of confidentiality in some cases. Edutopia.org/Judy Willis' blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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New from Lucy West! Adding Talk to the Equation shows teachers how to generate rich conversations that promote math learning. Using video of real classroom lessons, Lucy explores how various teacher talk moves promote student thinking and allow everyone to stay in the game. The extensive companion guide with transcripts and commentary supports PD in any setting. Watch a video segment now!
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • In Minn., robotics teams outpace hockey teams in high schools
    If there was ever a sign that science, technology, engineering and math have secured a foothold in American high schools, consider that there are now 180 varsity robotics teams in Minnesota, compared with 156 varsity boys' hockey teams. Robotics team members are getting varsity letters and having their trophies displayed alongside those of traditional sports teams. "Minnesota is becoming a mecca for robotics," said Joe Passofaro, a mentor and coach for the state champion Prior Lake High School robotics team. "We're getting a group here that is coming onto the world scene." Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • Should teachers take the lead in addressing students' mental health?
    The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., demonstrates the need for "mental-health literacy" and expanded mental-health services in schools, writes Laura C. Murray, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, in Philadelphia. In this commentary, she writes that, among other things, schools and teaching colleges should train educators to meet students' mental-health needs and identify students who need services. "With proper and ongoing training, teachers can become adept at identifying children who need services while also promoting mental health throughout the school community," she writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High schools take new approaches to help stressed students
    High schools nationwide are seeking to help stressed-out students by bringing in therapy dogs, teaching yoga and relaxation techniques, and offering evenings free of homework. Two high schools in Maine are offering massage therapy and other treatments, while high schools in other states are scheduling recess-style breaks for older students. Educators say the approaches are designed to help students slow down and give them time to cope with their hectic schedules. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ED Pulse 
  • With arts program cuts, teachers are integrating arts into subject areas including math, science, etc. Which medium is best suited for integration into core subjects?
    Creative writing  35.98%
    Painting/creating visual art  25.06%
    Music  18.32%
    Theatrical performance  15.67%
    Other  2.65%
    Dance  1.77%
    Sculpting  0.55%
  • How would you describe your experience with professional development that blends in-person training with online delivery of instruction?
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Maps detail high-school graduation, dropout trends nationwide
    This article includes two interactive maps detailing the high-school graduation and dropout rates nationwide, categorized by race and ethnicity. The maps feature data from the 2009-10 school year, recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, that shows while the national graduation rate is at its highest level since 1974 -- at 78% -- gaps remain among minority students and their white peers. National Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Introducing ASCD's 2013 legislative agenda
    Earlier this week, we released the 2013 ASCD Legislative Agenda, which outlines the association's federal policy priorities for the year. You can access the full agenda in ASCD Public Policy Director David Griffith's Inservice post. In the post, Griffith discusses ASCD's top priority and explains how educators can get involved in shaping the future of education policy. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A whole child deserves a whole teacher
    "To develop the whole child, teachers need Habits of Mind that help them problem solve, become better critical thinkers, and communicate," write ASCD authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Costa and Kallick explain the role that Habits of Mind play in teacher -- and student -- performance. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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