Education Articles

Higher Ed Faculty: Your Students Need To Know Their Grades and Get Feedback – Education Article

Can Your Students See all of Their Grades and the Feedback You’ve Provided (you did provide feedback, right)? Are You Sure? If you are a teacher in higher education and you regularly provide feedback to your students when you grade their work, and you make sure they know what their grades are (on assignments and overall), then I say, “Thank You” on behalf of your students. Of course, you probably just see this as a part of your job, but…

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Musical Bookcases – Education Article

Here’s a fun and easy to set up, book selection activity that you can basically do at the drop of a hat…or beat! (see what I did there?)  I am always looking for ways to beef up our circulation numbers, aka, getting more books into the hands of kids. Confession: Standardized testing has really eaten into our circ numbers as we spend weeks and months testing, sometimes with the Library is closed to test our kiddos who have an IEP…

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No room for you in lectures, top universities tell first-year students | Education

Students at prestigious universities have been turned away from overcrowded lectures and told to watch classes online or in overflow rooms. The Observer found that students paying £9,250 or more in Manchester, Nottingham and Lancaster, had struggled to get a seat in lectures. Manchester University maths students in a 600-capacity hall were given slips with a link to a YouTube live stream and told they could “sit in a coffee shop” and watch. They were also given the option of…

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Educators and Students Have Privatizers on the Run, Says Ravitch – Education Article

Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education in President George H.W. Bush’s administration and NEA Friend of Education in 2010, has written a new book that she wants every public school educator to read. In “Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools,” [Knopf: 2020] Ravitch explores how profit-minded billionaires like Sam Walton or Eli Broad—she calls them “disrupters,” never “reformers”—are behind large-scale efforts to squeeze public money out of public schools through…

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Don’t Fear Summer Lee. Fear the Devil’s Bargain Labor Leaders Are Willing to Make Opposing Her – Education Article

 Cancer or unemployment.   That’s the choice Pennsylvanians are being asked to make in 2020.   Do we allow hydraulic fracking to continue to destroy our environment and increase our risk of cancers and other debilitating illnesses?   Or do we clean things up and risk losing jobs?   Some labor leaders seem willing to chose the former on behalf of their constituencies.   That’s why the Pittsburgh-based Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council (PA AFL-CIO) voted to oppose the re-election of…

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Richard More: the Shropshire outcast who sailed to riches on the Mayflower | Education

He was only six when he was disowned by his wealthy father, torn from his adulterous mother and shipped to America with the pilgrims on the Mayflower to begin a new life as a servant. For centuries, the extraordinary tale of the Shropshire childhood of Richard More – a celebrated New England sea captain and one of the “first comers” to America – was lost in the mists of time. Now a group of local historians hopes to reignite interest…

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How To Make Your Consequences Matter To Students – Education Article

There is statement I hear again and again from teachers struggling with classroom management. It’s often used as a reason for not holding students strictly accountable or justification for the chaos they’re experiencing. In reality, however, it reveals a profound misunderstanding of effective classroom management. It is this: “My students don’t care about consequences.” It’s said as a statement of fact, as if an unchanging part of who the students are. But if this were really true, if repercussions for…

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Beautiful Biltmore – Education Article

I don’t usually post about travel stuff here without having it related to conferences or education stuff, but this travel experience to the Biltmore Estate was so significant and I wrote such a LONG Trip Advisor review, I felt like I had to share it with ya’ll! Also, this might seem weird to you as a grownup (and one of my friends – or acquaintances rather, said this to me)  but I really like to travel with my parents. They’re…

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Getting buy-in for productive struggle – Education Article

As educators, we hear a lot about productive struggle, especially when it comes to math. But letting students struggle is difficult for parents and family members, and even for teachers who understand that it’s an important part of learning. Recently, at Heritage Elementary School, we’ve had the opportunity to focus a bit more tightly on productive struggle. Let them be frustrated! In my 5th-grade classroom we use ST Math, a visual math program that asks students to use spatial-temporal reasoning…

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Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative – Education Article

Story Matters: Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform By Liz Prather(Heinemann, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Michelle Voelker If you’ve ever had the privilege of sitting in a Writing Project training, you know the real power of that presentation is that a classroom teacher is presenting. And I don’t mean someone who used to be in the classroom long ago. No. You get the real deal with Writing Project professional development sessions. These teachers…

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Why languages matter to me: Eddie Izzard, Alastair Campbell and more | Education

Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, currently touring his show Force Majeure in a multiplicity of languages across the globe I describe my language ability in percentages of fluency. I’m about 65% fluent in French, 30% fluent in German, about half a percent fluent in Spanish. I’m already touring my show in French in France, and after that I’ll be doing it in Spanish, then Russian, then Arabic. They say if you have French and English you should be speaking Spanish pretty…

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Emily DiMatteo Builds Knowledge Through Embedded Nonficiton – Education Article

Never forget what Snowball did here…. I’m excited to share this video of Emily DiMatteo’s English class. First, it’s a great example of how Embedded Nonfiction can infuse a discussion with background knowledge and thus build its rigor. That’s an idea we’ve been passionate about for a while but have recently come to realize it hard to implement well without a curriculum. And as it happens Emily is teaching a lesson from our new curriculum in this video so that’s…

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