Teaching & Learning

3 steps to rethink failure – Education Article

Failure can be a painful experience for anyone, but it is especially tough for teens who are still forming a sense of self. When people experience failure, they often report feelings of embarrassment, shame and depression. Teens can perceive it as a judgment – final, condemning and irreversible. But, as many educators know, failure is an essential part of the learning process. A 2016 study from Columbia University found that high-school students’ science grades improved after they learned about the…

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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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Getting started with early literacy – Education Article

Developing robust literacy skills empowers children to succeed in school and life. In Cobb County School District, we strive to ensure every student is reading on or above grade level by grade 3. The Cobb County Teaching and Learning Standards in English Language Arts provide a rigorous set of proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language. As part of our district’s systematic and balanced approach to literacy, K-5 students are learning to become fluent and proficient readers and receive…

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#5: 10 things teachers can do today to prepare students for the future – Education Article

About the Author: Dianne Pappafotopoulos is a certified instructional technology specialist and teacher at Dover Sherborn (MA) Public Schools, where she teaches technology/programming courses and assists faculty and staff to integrate technology into the K-12 curriculum. With a masters in education and a combination of teaching, business, and technology experience, Pappafotopoulos is well-versed in the types of resources and pedagogy that work well in the classroom to engage students and enable teachers to feel confident with technology-rich lessons. This is…

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How to Demonstrate Confidence in Your Teaching – Education Article

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here. Dear Bonni, Various times I get feedback from students that they find me too unsure when in front of the class. What are helpful strategies to get better at this? This is especially hard for me since I teach large classes and it is challenging to connect. —From a professor ready for confidence When I taught my…

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7 new online education trends – Education Article

Career and employment goals continue to be one of the top reasons students pursue online education, according to an annual report recapping higher-ed online education trends. As higher-ed models change according to student needs, what proves successful in higher ed could make for promising models in K-12. A full 69 percent of surveyed online students say employment is their primary goal for enrolling in an online education program, according to the Online Education Trends Report from BestColleges.com. Related: 7 myths…

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12 teamwork activities and tools for students – Education Article

Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as teamwork requires face-to-face interaction, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are teamwork activities and tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home. Besides doing your share, teamwork is working respectfully and effectively within a group. While some tools focus specifically on teamwork, the websites and apps that you use daily (in all subjects) can be used to promote…

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Make Summer School More Like Summer Camp – Education Article

Each summer, students can lose up to three months of learning, according to research collected by the nonprofit think tank, RAND Corporation. And by ninth grade, much of the achievement gap in reading—meaning the difference between the most and least proficient readers—is attributable to the compounding impacts of summer learning loss. That means teachers can spend up to a month in the fall reviewing materials taught the previous school year. This phenomenon, often known as “summer slide,” particularly impacts low-income…

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10 reasons school librarians are more important than ever – Education Article

Without question, some of the most important members of the school community are the school librarians. Also known as library media specialists, school librarians play a unique role in our schools. Often asked to take on a wide range of duties, these passionate and savvy educators deserve more than only a week of praise. And in case you need a reminder of all that school librarians do for our students and our schools, we’ve put together a list–but it’s only…

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3 ways to find time for personalized learning – Education Article

When schools think about incorporating personalized learning, it may seem intuitive to consider resources like specific technologies or professional development plans. But there’s another critical resource that too often gets discounted but is hiding in plain sight: time. Although schools may manage to add more time on the margins with a “just do more” mindset, personalizing learning at scale will require a massive rethinking of how schools use time, alongside pursuing new strategies that can save time. Related: Taking personalized…

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4 strategies for boosting creativity in education – Education Article

Creativity in education is more important than ever in the innovation age, where it’s not so much what we know but how we use what we know. At San Lorenzo Unified School District, our 12-hour teacher tech academies are centered on the 4 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. I ask teachers to introduce themselves by stating their name, site, grade or subject and the “C” that is of greatest interest to them. Invariably, a good percentage choose creativity.…

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Tips for surviving all types of assessments – Education Article

Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher, classroom and system-wide assessments can be a time of high anxiety and stress for everyone involved. In this recent edWebinar, Vernice Y. Jones, a candidate in the M.Ed. in the School Counseling Program at Freed-Hardeman University, TN, lays out strategies and ground rules for what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to assessments. Here are some strategies to make it through assessments! Classroom prep for assessments Preparing for…

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4 ways to improve digital equity in your classroom – Education Article

As a former middle school teacher who taught in a lower-income, majority-minority school equipped with lots of “high tech” tools, I often wondered about digital equity. For me, students’ access to tech at school wasn’t the issue. However, I knew that things were a lot different once students left my classroom. Because the majority of my students lacked internet access at home, I never assigned homework that required technology. But that was over 10 years ago, and a lot has…

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides. – Education Article

On some college campuses, it’s nearly impossible to find a Pepsi, because school officials have struck a deal with Coca-Cola to be the preferred soda vendor. Now something similar may be happening with textbooks, as publishing giants start to broker campuswide deals with colleges that give students unlimited access to a publisher’s digital textbooks at cut-rate prices. For instance, Union County College, in New Jersey, recently forged a deal with Cengage to give the campus a steep discount on the…

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5 ways to improve instructional coaching today – Education Article

Instructional coaching can be a powerful framework for teacher professional development, but not all coaching is created equally. As a beneficiary of a Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant, the Marion County School District has been working to improve instructional coaching practices, with great success. Here are the changes we’ve made that have had the most impact.  1) Focus your PLC meetings. In the past, our professional learning community (PLC) meetings were fairly unstructured. Teachers would show up,…

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Fun facts from Britannica: Do cats cause schizophrenia? – Education Article

For 250 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica has provided the world with researched, verified information. A global leader in education whose flagship products serve the needs of students and consumers on multiple platforms and devices, Britannica has been a pioneer in digital learning since the 1980s. eSchool News has partnered with Britannica to bring you a fun fact each month, along with advice on how to teach today’s students how to cut through the misinformation on the internet. Do cats cause schizophrenia?…

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