Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. A big thank you to Karen. I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live.

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. Below we share her tips, along with other research-based ideas to help developers create products to improve student motivation.

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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Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How exciting!

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson.

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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.

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. How easily they could be used by students and teachers. 2007).

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. An Introduction to Self-determined Learning (Heutagogy): Stewart Hase. to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0

Computer Coding for Kids!

Kleinspiration

A parent stopped me during a recent social at our school to tell me how excited her son was to program an app. While we aren''t programming apps in class, I''d sure like to learn how! We traveled back in time to see what it would be like during the early 1900’s.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in. Today we talk about the conference, what people can expect from the conference and how to sign up. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

This Mississippi district says these four strategies are helping their struggling readers

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Mississippi has long struggled to improve reading scores.

For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

The Hechinger Report

“In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,” said Antonis Katsiyannis, Clemson University researcher and the lead author of a 2018 study on school shootings. Schools that choose to focus on these pillars reap the rewards.

Day 2: The Feeling of Greatness Has Returned

Dangerously Irrelevant

We lost two of our matches today due to physical problems/changes on the robot and just because we were against a better alliance team. That’s okay though, because we have plenty of matches to go tomorrow to make up for it! We got to go to the dome today to see FRC and FLL!

Could an after-school network solve Mississippi’s education ‘crisis’?

The Hechinger Report

Galloway Elementary school students clap and spell words after school at Operation Shoestring. JACKSON — After school at Galloway Elementary School, the moms talk about reading levels. “We feel after-school is a solution to the educational crisis in Mississippi.”

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report

Teachers Ivonne Kendrick and Milagro Nuñez lead preschool students at Houston Elementary School in a song during a time of “música y movimiento.” But they know how to ask for a “manzana ,” or apple, at snack time and recognize that when Kendrick says “fila ,” that’s their cue to form a line.

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group

Edsurge

Together, the duo plan to continue to expand the CodeMonkey brand internationally and develop extensions for the Chinese market. By working with TAL, CodeMonkey hopes to become “the number one coding platform for kids in the world,” said CodeMonkey CEO Jonathan Schor at a press conference in Beijing. Students learn to write CoffeeScript, which is similar to JavaScript. The three young men began to pursue different career paths.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

On top of that, there’s a daily lunch break that comes with time for kids to get outside and move around. Teacher Travis Olsen has an exercise bike in the back of his seventh-grade science classroom that kids are welcome to use whenever they feel the need. APPLETON, Wisc.

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. in English language arts and from 25 to 35.9

To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers

The Hechinger Report

Pinto is working toward a bachelor’s degree, with the support of state programs that aim to increase college access for early childhood educators. She soon decided to get credentialed as an early childhood teacher and make a career in preschool. But it’s also something to aspire to.”.

Research-Based Solutions to Address Math Anxiety

MIND Research Institute

Headlines about math anxiety never seem to stop making the rounds on my newsfeed: Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. High anxiety: How worrying about math hurts your brain – TIME Magazine. 2007).

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. She was left to figure it out on the job.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

The Hechinger Report

WASHINGTON — It’s no surprise that much of the conversation at gatherings of university officials these days is about how to prove the value of the liberal arts, once at the core of higher education and now among its most embattled branches. Related: How to save the humanities?

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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.”.

Should we test all 2-year-olds for autism?

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of a series that looks at what makes the 2-year-old year so critical and what could be done to better support toddlers in America. But then Jonathan’s mannerisms started to change. You have to overcome that to do what’s best for your child.”.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

The district has struggled since then to pay off its construction debt. For the small, unincorporated community of 6,000 just north of Ann Arbor, the 12-year old building is a crown jewel — one that’s all the more precious given how close it came to slipping away.

After years of inaction, Delta teacher shortage reaches ‘crisis’ levels

The Hechinger Report

Not long after Cortez Moss accepted the job as principal of Quitman County Middle School in 2016, he realized that his first months would be devoted nearly entirely to teacher recruitment. Related: Former educators answer call to return to school.

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An upscale Florida auction yields millions for local preschool programs

The Hechinger Report

The academy is able to provide smart boards due to funding from the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Though the two scenes last January appear to be worlds apart, they share a unique connection that spans nearly two decades. Everyone works together to get the job done,” she said. “We’re

Can mental health training for teachers reduce preschool suspensions?

The Hechinger Report

I want to say, ‘Stop crying; you’re going to be OK!’ And overwhelmed teachers may respond in a way that upsets the children further, setting off a cycle that contributes to a high rate of suspensions and expulsions for preschool children. That’s why Grundwag is trying to help. I’m going to be right here,’” the teacher responded. “We We try to be mindful all the time because you just never know. She decided to focus on the other children.

Are Good Schools Simply a Collection of Good Teachers?

Reading By Example

This question is actually reframed from a line in Richard Allington’s and Patricia Cunningham’s resource Schools That Work: Where All Children Learn to Read and Write, 3rd Ed. Pearson, 2007). I’ve applied their suggestions to my own practice.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”.

Out of poverty, into the middle class

The Hechinger Report

His dream is to become a business owner. Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series exploring how schools can prepare young people for the good middle-class jobs of the future. Elementary school: hated it,” Amber says.

How Transcend Education Partners with School Leaders to Build New Models

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. Wetzler brings ten years of leadership experience from TFA to the table, in addition to nine years of consulting work with the Monitor Group.

Mississippi’s homeless students struggle, with little help from schools

The Hechinger Report

Failing grades and truancy threatened to keep her from graduating high school. More than anything, she wanted to go to nursing school so she could offer her son a better life than the one she had growing up. “I I didn’t want to be no failure,” Hightower said. “I

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MI Learning Portal on iTunesU K-12

The Electric Educator

Note: the following post was published in the Fall 2009 Edition of the MACUL Journal While some teachers are battling to keep iPods out of the classroom, I’m encouraging my students to use them as learning tools. One year later, Apple expanded iTunesU to include content for grades K-12.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then.

A path out of trouble

The Hechinger Report

Latune is the more artistic of the two — she plans to become a professional fashion designer. They both have career plans carefully laid out, and are determined to get to college and out of their neighborhoods. Related: School-based police officers are paid to protect our kids.

Is Head Start a failure?

The Hechinger Report

The first story, about how little the U.S. The second story, about how Boston’s preschool success is “percolating up” to later grades, can be found here. But has that come to pass? One of the key elements to Head Start has always been its emphasis on local control.