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May 8, 2012
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  • Teacher Appreciation Week brings a story of inspiration
    CNN copy editor Katherine Dorsett Bennett writes in this blog post about the fourth-grade teacher who helped develop her passion for news. Bennett wrote about her teacher as part of a series dedicated to Teacher Appreciation Week. Her teacher, Mike Flagg, devoted a portion of class time to discussing current events and did so in a fun, engaging way -- helping to drive her toward a career in journalism, Bennett writes. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Conducting effective writing conferences isn't easy. The new DVD How Can I Support You? features 7 conferences between literacy specialist Mark Overmeyer and students in grades 3 and 5. Includes tips for asking effective questions, examples from a wide range of students, and a viewing/discussion guide. View a free 5-minute clip!
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  • NBCT: Why teachers are preferable to grading software
    National Board Certified Teacher Renee Moore writes in this blog that while software programs can play a role in grading, they will not replace the human interaction that teachers provide. Moore writes that when she grades students' essays, she focuses on the exchange of ideas and asks probing questions about their work. Moore writes that she gives feedback to students with the goal of helping them grow as writers -- a task not replicated by grading software. Teacher Leaders Network/TeachMoore blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quick response codes to use in the classroom
    Charlie Osborne offers in this blog post 50 resources for using quick response codes -- a type of bar code accessed using a mobile device -- in the classroom. The resources include links to services that allow teachers to use QR codes to form treasure hunts for students, along with one source for using the codes in student projects. Other resources include lesson plans that include QR codes and tips for integrating the codes when teaching. ZDNet/iGeneration blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
"The best workshop with the best facilitators I have ever attended in my 25+ years of teaching!" (Kris DeBell, Greensboro NC). Learn practices and strategies of the research-backed Responsive Classroom approach to teaching at a week-long institute this summer. 15 locations nationwide. K-6. Learn more.
  Schools Today 
  • Some NYC schools revive Latin instruction
    Educators at some New York City schools are reviving Latin language instruction -- partly because it is believed to help raise student achievement in other subjects. "A lot of schools are pushing to go back to what works, to what they know produces intellectuals and thinkers. Latin is a return to norms that once were," said Kathleen Durkin, one of two Latin teachers at a high school that opened this year. GothamSchools.org (New York) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review looks at school-prep strategies for students with disabilities
    Early intervention can have a significant effect on whether young students with disabilities are ready for school and may help them exit special education early in their school careers. However, a review of recent research by the Education Department's What Works Clearinghouse found that two strategies commonly used to prepare young students with disabilities for school -- milieu teaching and play-based intervention -- produced mixed results, and researchers said more study is needed. Education Week/On Special Education blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Principal: Administrators' role is to support teachers
    New York City principal Elizabeth Phillips in this interview said her primary job is to support teachers. Phillips also has been a key critic of state exams -- writing about the errors in this year's tests -- and in using the results of those exams to evaluate teachers. She said the results of the exams do not properly represent the effectiveness of teachers. "When everybody thinks a teacher is outstanding and they end up in fifth percentile, there is something very wrong," Phillips said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/SchoolBook blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • "Learning walks" aim to boost teacher collaboration
    Teachers at Carlton Viveiros Elementary School in Fall River, Mass., recently observed lessons in the classrooms of their colleagues. The "learning walks," consisting of 10- to 15-minute classroom visits, were followed by team meetings and then by a whole-school faculty meeting at which teachers shared their experiences and observations in an effort to increase teacher knowledge and promote collaboration. The Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Vaccination mandates increase middle-school immunizations
    U.S. states that require middle-school students to get tetanus/diphtheria (Td)/ tetanus/diphtheria/ acellular pertussis (TdaP) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines had higher immunization coverage than states without such requirements, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers assessed data from the 2008-09 National Immunization Survey-Teen and found that education-only requirements did not boost coverage for MenACWY or human papillomavirus vaccines. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Bake sales run afoul of school districts' nutrition efforts
    Bake sales are facing restrictions and bans amid efforts to reduce obesity and improve nutrition among U.S. school districts. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the government to determine standards for competitive foods and other food items to be sold at school, and upcoming nutrition standards are expected to call for only infrequent food-based fundraisers. The Huffington Post (5/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    NBPTS would like to connect and highlight NBCTs on Twitter on our NBCTs on Twitter list. To join the list, just tweet us from your twitter handle and let us know you want to be added to the list. Follow the list and join the conversation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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