Defund the Police to Fund Public Schools – Education Article

 Back in the pre-Coronavirus days when we still had in-person classes I used to come to school in a suit.   Every day, suit and tie.   I didn’t have to – the dress code allowed me to wear pretty much whatever I wanted and most teachers dressed much more casually.   Now let me be clear – I’m not saying my way was the only way. Each teacher has his or her own way of doing things that work…

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Racial Injustice: Teaching Resources – Education Article

Teachers have a unique opportunity to engage students in exploring the complex issue of racial injustice. Students need a space to explore their feelings and reflect on what is happening, why it is happening, and what they can do to create positive change. Educators may be looking for resources they can lean on as they navigate these complex issues with their students who understandably have a variety of feelings about what is taking place in our country. I’ve curated the…

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End of the Year Exit Ticket: Evaluating Online Learning – Education Article

As the year comes to a close, I encourage teachers to take a moment and collect feedback from students about their experiences learning online in the last few months. We do not know what fall 2020 will look like–in person, online, or a combination of both. I think it’s likely that schools will begin the year online or adopt a blended learning model that allows for fewer students on campus at one time. Either way, it will be helpful for…

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5 Steps to Becoming a Reader of Research – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

A lot of people have told to me at my workshops that they wish to start reading research but they don’t know where to start. I usually respond by recommending popular books, such as How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice and How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now, which I just read this month. These provide teachers with easily digestible explanations of important research…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Work Smarter, Not Harder – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Work Smarter, Not Harder Work Smarter, Not Harder I have a secret to share. In my humble opinion, I am not very smart.  While others might disagree, such as my mom, I pride myself on being extremely resourceful. However, this was not always my strength.  During my years as a teacher and principal, I would spend countless hours planning, researching, and attending professional learning events to hone my craft in order to become a better educator.  In…

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A Learning Pyramid Profession – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

This week I tweeted a thread that started with this learning pyramid: For anyone who didn’t know already, everything about the Learning Pyramid is fake (Letrud & Hernes, 2018). There have been numerous iterations of it passed around at education conferences and, yes, Twitter too, for more than 160 years! Do a Google image search of “How do we learn” and you get the Learning Pyramid: Many, many fake pyramids It’s obvious that peddling something that is as fake and…

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End of the Year Project: What Are YOU Curious About? – Education Article

The last couple of months have been exhausting on a lot of levels as teachers and students shift to online learning. I would venture to guess that everyone is ready for a much-deserved summer break. Teachers looking for creative ways to end the school year may want to consider a “What are YOU curious about?” project. This is a fun way to close out the year with a student-driven investigation. This project uses the 5Es instructional model–engage, explore, explain, elaborate,…

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Why High Stakes Testing Was Cancelled This Year (and Probably Will Be Next Year, Too) – Education Article

 There are at least two silver linings to the current Coronavirus catastrophe for education.   One – with nearly all public schools closed, March was the first month since 2002 without a school shooting.   Two – districts nationwide cancelled high stakes standardized tests in April and May.   Taken together, these are two victories that no one could have predicted before November.   Gun safety restrictions remain laughably lax in the US compared to the rest of the world.…

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Free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” – Education Article

Elementary educators looking for a free resource to teach students about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 will have help from a zany book character named Mrs. Can. Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University and its Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research, a free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” will be available to teachers nationwide, along with a virtual resource to libraries and school systems by request. The book features third graders from a fictional “Class That Can”…

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The Internet is NOT the Best Place for Kids to Learn After the Coronavirus Pandemic – Education Article

 If the Coronavirus quarantine has taught educators one thing, it’s this.   Online learning is not better than in-person schooling.   After all these years of corporations throwing apps at us and well-meaning administrators providing us with devices and philanthrocapitalists pumping billions of dollars into ed tech first academic schemes, we can all see now that the emperor has no clothes.   When schools nationwide are closed to stop the spread of a global pandemic and learning is restricted to…

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7 Strategies Designed to Increase Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Discussions Using Video Conferencing – Education Article

One of the primary roles that a teacher plays in an online class is the facilitation of learning. Facilitation is the teacher’s ability to clearly communicate learning objectives and support learners as they make progress toward those objectives. When teachers are working with students online, their role as facilitator encompasses their interactions with students in conferences, the feedback they give students on their work, and their ability to assist students in making meaning in online discussions, both synchronous and asynchronous.…

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Mike Turzai is Willing to Sacrifice Pennsylvania’s Students and Families to the Economy – Education Article

 Mike Turzai says he’s furious with Pedro Rivera.   Why is the highest ranking Republican in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives so angry with the state Secretary of Education?   Rivera said the Commonwealth’s public schools, which have been closed since mid March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, would not reopen until it was safe to do so.   If that means schools don’t reopen on time in the Fall, so be it.   Specifically, on Wednesday, Rivera said:   “At…

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‘Ghostwriter’ trailer and interactive reading challenge – Education Article

All-New Episodes of Parents’ Choice Gold Award-Winning Series,Written and Directed By Academy Award-Winning and DGA Nominated, Luke Matheny,Now Streaming Globally on Apple TV+ Read the ‘Ghostwriter’ Books for Free HERE Timed to today’s debut of six all-new episodes, Apple TV+ announced the new official trailer from the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning series “Ghostwriter” and shared details about the “Ghostwriter” Reading Challenge, an initiative launching this week which encourages children and parents to read along together with the series during…

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Save Our Schools From Coronavirus Budget Cuts – Education Article

    America is one dumbass country.   We don’t do the metric system.   We don’t do universal healthcare.   And during a global pandemic, we don’t demand the government pay us to stay home and stop the spread of the disease.   Instead, we demand the government let us go out and get sick.   It should come as no surprise, then, that we deeply under-fund our public schools.   There’s always money for a new war or…

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Great TED Talks to Use With Middle Schoolers and Other Ages Too – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

I wanted to immerse my students in thought provoking TED Talks and videos as one of the new options in our final round of “Choose Your Own Learning.” Watching these videos will allow us to continue the work we have done all year on expanding our world view and discussing “Whose Voices are Missing?” as well as allow students for a chance to work on their analysis skills. Students will watch one video a day and then either write or…

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The Balance: Distance Learning–Mini-episode #2 – Education Article

The Balance is now available on Spotify! It has been six weeks since California ordered residents to shelter in place. I have not left my home for anything other than the occasional trip to the grocery store. Some weeks are good and fly by in a blur of productivity, while other weeks are hard, emotionally draining, and feel like they last forever. As I face another week at home, I wanted to share some of the advice I have been giving the…

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