How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more. Brian S.

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How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more.

How to hire more black principals

The Hechinger Report

A student offers Principal Macquline King-Morris a hug on his way to the gym with his class at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago. But the stream of elementary school kids rerouted themselves to deliver hugs, high fives and huge grins.

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Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e241. Vicki: Well, I have to tell you this, Pam.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

It’s not about sex: Teaching young children where babies come from (and other stuff)

The Hechinger Report

Kids’ antics, like when they decide to “play doctor,” as illustrated in this still from an “Amaze, Jr.” So why is it still so hard for them to answer their preschoolers’ questions about where babies come from? Yes, sometimes it would be easier to shut these questions down.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? This article originally appeared on Edutopia.

#4: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

eSchool News

The countdown continues tomorrow with #3, so be sure to check back!]. But even though they’re in schools, our work with teachers has led us to understand that while many of them would like to use iPads meaningfully in their classrooms, they can’t because of time, access, and training.

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When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

The atrium of Whitmore Lake High School, part of a nearly $48 million capital campaign approved by voters in 2006. The district has struggled since then to pay off its construction debt. She imagined buying a home in the new development and walking to work.

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The Value of Googleable Questions?

Tech Helpful

In 2006 my oldest daughter was in 4th grade and part of the curriculum was called "Daily Oral Geography." This is a well known geography curriculum that consists of weekly worksheets to teach geography. She could look up all sorts of maps to answer her questions. elementary?

K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

Edsurge

Duncan currently serves as an education advisor to The Rise Fund.) Founded in 2006, DreamBox has steadily built out a suite of online math programs for elementary and middle-school students. A dozen years ago, it was one of the first companies to claim its program was “adaptive,” meaning that it could tailor each student’s experience based on his or her needs. Today, DreamBox has grown to 165 full-time employees across its offices in Bellevue, Wash.

SEL: A Leadership Roundtable

techlearning

School leaders discuss their district approaches to Social Emotional Learning. One component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school leaders to measure students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) in order to gauge school success.

Swarming the Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

Derek and Laura Cabrera from Cornell University inform us that we should strive to create “Knowledge-able” students not “Information-full” students. However, in order to produce knowledge, we must introduce “thinking” back into the classroom. ACO algorithm rules to follow [13].

Will the real Montessori please stand up?

The Hechinger Report

They weren’t specifically looking for a Montessori program, but that style of learning appealed to the three parents; it was a sort of added bonus to a school that advertised itself as a “Montessori garden” where kids would spend most of their time outside.

New evidence indicates that paying teachers bonuses raises student performance by a small amount

The Hechinger Report

And its findings also shed light on why even the very best research doesn’t tell us much about how merit pay works and whether it’s worthwhile. billion in taxpayer money to school districts to reward their best teachers. The payouts began in 2006 under the George W. But researchers who studied the federally funded efforts found no benefits to students in New York City or Nashville. That test score bump is equivalent to three to four weeks of school.

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Is the effort to curb strict discipline going too far, too fast?

The Hechinger Report

McMicken Heights Elementary School principal Alexandria Haas sits with second-graders during a morning activity developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Students take 20 minutes each day to work on social interactions and understanding their emotions. percent to 75.1

How Playing With Math Helps Teachers Better Empathize With Students

MindShift

She taught public high school students, deaf elementary school students, and middle school girls at a single-sex school. But eventually, she couldn’t fight the feeling that as much as she loved teaching math, she also loved doing math, so she went back to get her Ph.D.

Cramming for Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Soon-to-be-kindergarteners Makilah Traylor (l.) When they arrived, many of the soon-to-be kindergarteners in Miami Elementary School’s summer preschool program could not spell their names or grip a pencil. They hadn’t learned to line up silently or raise their hands.

The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

K-12 Schools - Education News

Finding the Balance between Procedural Fluency and Conceptual Understanding in Teaching Early Grade Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities. I went to school in the 50’s and 60’s when students first learned how to add and subtract in second grade. 2006).

Held back, but not helped

The Hechinger Report

To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. It was hard to get up in the morning and go to school,” she said. “I I wanted to give up. I felt like I was already behind and I was too old to still be in high school.”.

Sir Ken Robinson’s Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

Edsurge

In his 2006 TED Talk —still the most-watched of all time—he claimed that “we are educating people out of their creative capacities” and charged the current education system with being too rigid in adhering to traditional academic subjects. Kids, he argued, need time to dance, draw, create and find what they’re good at. For his follow-up act, Robinson is releasing a new book for parents on how to raise capable children who thrive in school.

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Fighting Apathy, Neglect and Racism to Give Left-Behind Learners a Chance

Edsurge

A friend of mine jokingly refers to me a “Pryzbylewski,” referring to the cop-turned-teacher in “The Wire” who develops a strong relationship with the middle schoolers in his class—many of whom are affiliated with gangs. I came to the Cobb County School District in 2006. My boss at the time, who brought me into education, told me not to worry. I asked my students to take out their workbooks and turn the page—I got dead eyes and gum chewing.

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Can Boston’s public preschool improvements percolate up?

The Hechinger Report

Laila Webb, 5 and Reezahnny Veiga Rodrigues, 5, add to the model of their home city they and their classmates have built in their Russell Elementary preschool classroom. The first story, about how little the U.S. Kids tell parents on Saturday that they want to go to school.

Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom

MindShift

65% said, “It’s not related to the subjects I teach.” And, Branch says, that doesn’t even mean that every student in those states learns about it: Only two states require students to take earth or environmental science classes to graduate high school.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

ATLANTA — Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks. Both parents figured Caleb would return to his neighborhood elementary school before too long. “We

Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Only videos produced between January 1, 2006 to July 1, 2010 are eligible for consideration. (So,

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Should Wall Street pay for preschool?

The Hechinger Report

Granite is the first district in the nation to be financed by private investors who pay upfront for preschool seats, and make a profit if enough of the district’s “at-risk” kids succeed. They agreed to invest $7 million to expand the district’s award-winning program — it was named a U.S.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

The Hechinger Report

Students first learn about Mississippi history in fourth grade, and that’s the first time they are supposed to delve deeply into the history of the movement to end racial segregation and discrimination. It refers to the “Civil Rights Movement” once.

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How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is “Smart”

MindShift

A group of young women who had graduated from high school between 1997 and 2006 sat at the front of the room crying and laughing about their experiences learning math at Railside High (a research pseudonym for the school). They cared for my education and they wanted me to succeed.”.

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds With @CoolCatTeacher & @JulieLindsay

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Steve says it''s like an encyclopedia of how to use Web 2.0 to make education connections. Julie says they really wanted to highlight the work of many great teachers. Vicki says they wanted the book to be an experience that is encouraging. Helping to take Web 2.0

How Playing With Math Helps Teachers Better Empathize With Students

Educator Innovator

Math Teachers Circles create a space for educators to connect with the joys of discovery and collaborative problem-solving, creating lessons that inform their classroom practice. To stay connected to teachers in that world she helped start a Math Teachers’ Circle in Honolulu.

How little is too little money for schools?

The Hechinger Report

In Rachael McIlvaine’s eighth-grade science class at West Middle School here, a chatty but focused group of three takes turns closing their eyes, dipping a plastic spoon into a foil roasting pan and fishing for M&M’s, trying to capture as much candy as they can. percent in 2000 to 78.4

Set to stun

The Hechinger Report

Set To Stun” is the second in a series of stories about police in schools. Set To Stun. But 17-year-old Scott, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy, didn’t have a chance to get up. He tried to comply, he says, but the officer was holding him down.