5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy Mascott on episode 475 Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Today, the show features reading expert, Amy Mascott, about how parents and teachers can help older children develop a love of reading.

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Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314. We were just talking about how we’re pretty sure we met just about ten years ago to the day that we are recording this, in Princeton way back in 2008. They want it to be sticky.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. Today we talk to my favorite P.E.

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5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place

The CoolCatTeacher

As teachers, we need to protect our health. While I encourage them to wash their hands frequently, they can’t always do that between classes. As I researched my suspicions, I found that an outbreak of the flu at an elementary school in 2008 was blamed on “infected computer equipment.”.

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Principal for a Day at Jackson Elementary

MIND Research Institute

This spring, I was asked by the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) School Board president, Valerie Amezcua, to be “Principal for a Day.” I arrived at Jackson Elementary with a smile on the morning of March 22. Graciela Rodriguez, and immediately made to feel important.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

How to Empower Girls Through Art, Activism and Female Friendship


“She goes to school, feels uncertain about who she is, tryin’ to hide behind the curtain so she lashes out, out of fear of bein’ known, inside and out.” These vulnerable lines open the music video “ Jagged ,” an award-winning film written, directed and starred in by elementary school students at Rocketship schools in California. Academic and social-emotional success through QueenHype Program The call to empower I learned the value of education early on.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. to 3.

Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. Click to download the PDF transcript or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. Fast forward again to 2009.

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.”

Foreign Language Classes are Becoming More Scarce

Digital Promise

Of all the skills that a person could have in today’s globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language. Knowledge of foreign languages is also vital to America’s national security and diplomacy.

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The Use of Technology for Reading Acquisition

Saving Socrates

This is an older post, but I recently updated the bottom to include reflections on gradpoint; the blended learning digital content provider Magen David Yeshivah High School chose this past year. There has been an ongoing debate among educators as to how students best acquire literacy. Entire sections of bookstores are devoted to books parents can buy to help practice reading with kids at home. This leap was unfathomable to me.

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. 2008).

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. Given the economic climate in 2008, who can blame them?

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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? 2008). 2008): Successful Collaboration.

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5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog

The Innovative Educator

By Mrs. Yollis This was originally published on SmartBlogs and Mrs. Yollis' Classroom blog to help parents have a good understanding about the benefits of blogging. I started Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog in 2008 with the idea of sharing class activities with parents.

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

How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool

The Hechinger Report

I’m staying out here today,” Ali, 4, said to her father. Hoping to distract her, he kicked a ball. She used to hang on to my leg when I tried to leave and then spent most of her time in the ‘upset room.’ Cincinnati voters said “yes” to higher property taxes.

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Non-white teachers have increased 162 percent over the past 30 years, but they are also more likely to quit

The Hechinger Report

Although the latest federal data shows a dramatic surge in the number of black and Hispanic teacher hires, these same teachers continue to be among the most likely to leave the profession, with many churned out soon after they are hired and before they have a chance to develop strong teaching skills.

What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

The Hechinger Report

Preschool students at Kruse Elementary School in the Poudre School District in Colorado play at the water table during choice time. But that fact alone doesn’t provide states with the funding needed to foot the bill. Here’s how to help them.

Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids

The Hechinger Report

One fan is a Harvard doctoral candidate who read Carol Dweck’s best-selling book, “Mindset,” in 2008 when she was teaching low-income teens in New York City. The computer gave others a sort of placebo therapy that encouraged the teens to identify and express their feelings.

Teacher Reader Responses, Vol. 1: On Literacy

TeachThought - Learn better.

In an effort to increase the visibility of increasingly insightful, detailed, emotional, or otherwise compelling reader comments, we’re going to give a shot sharing these thoughts in a semi-regular post of some intermittent pattern. 2008): 407-23.

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.

Immigrant students find hope in soccer, but some states won’t let them play

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — In Honduras, Carlos Chirinos-Padilla said, it was too dangerous to run. Soccer games were short and confined to the street in front of his house. A high school squad, he thought, would be the best place to start. Cohen teachers wanted to create a team.

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Can testing save arts education?

The Hechinger Report

to compare artwork created by their students for tests and to try to find common ground in scoring it. One girl begged to be allowed to use Bob Ross as her inspiration; another searched determinedly for paintings of bowling to use.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 4, 2017 Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things | Aeon Essays → Because of their importance, it’s essential to reflect more critically on our collective myths about innovation.

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After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of a series about how schools, teachers and students are coping with the immigration crisis. That’s just how teenagers are, she says. Since 2016, Rosario has run half a dozen counseling groups of about eight to ten kids. They asked how I was.”.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. For example, in early 2008, LPS noticed that students were falling behind in math.

All Work and No Play Makes Everything Dull

Fractus Learning

As educators we all study the importance of giving students the time to play during the school day. During our coursework to become teachers, we learn about the importance of play in a child’s early developmental stages. In the article “ The Key to Happiness: a Taboo for Adults?

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. However, access to tools and opportunities for schools in these communities is a matter of the right financial support.

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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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. 2008).

Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Thompson and Peyton Stilwell, both 4, race a car around a track in their Head Start classroom, which is housed in a public elementary school in Caldwell, Idaho. We can’t go to the museum; we can’t go to the Discovery Center. forestl and, according to the U.S.

Are teachers losing their grip on the middle class?

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series exploring the middle-class jobs of the future and how to prepare young people for them. . Because our kids are so young, we’re going to just stay put for a while.”

How one Mississippi community copes with influx of Hispanic students

The Hechinger Report

Luis Antonio Hernandez reads a story about Cinco de Mayo to students in Christy Crotwell’s first grade class at Morton Elementary School. He spends most days racing from class to class, helping out as needed. No one knows how many of Morton’s newest residents are undocumented.

Schools are under federal pressure to translate for immigrant parents

The Hechinger Report

— When Dadhi Dahal first came to the United States in early 2009, the Bhutanese population in Syracuse, New York was quite small — the first refugees from Bhutan, fleeing ethnic cleansing policies in their home country, arrived in 2008, after they had spent years in refugee camps in Nepal.

Julia Steiny: Teachers Must Be Mindful of Traumatized Children

K-12 Schools - Education News

Today we’re in the brightly painted library of an urban elementary school. While they sigh over how quickly the season passed, the vibe among them is jolly and warm. Then, with sincere apologies, Simpson introduces her audience to a YouTube recording. By Julia Steiny.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?


Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity? Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google. “What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ “That was a real eye-opener to me.” More Space To Think Or Less Time To Think?

Making ‘Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers

The Hechinger Report

Their screens showed how their current students had performed on last year’s state tests by subject, like English or math, and specific domain, like vocabulary or measurement. I just have to be more creative,” Blaché said. Related: Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

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