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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Today’s Sponsor: Edpuzzle is my new favorite flipped classroom tool. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Kyle: I mean, I was pretty shocked about how far these little humble notes have gone. How do you feel about that?

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. 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.

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

These systems are set up to shoot for just above the status quo instead of for the stars. Yet I don’t want to lower my expectations. We should have something tangible to strive for and know that we have a target to hit.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

He has been the voice of reason for years, combating the negative influences of standardized tests, grades used as carrots and sticks, and classroom motivation tactics. In outstanding classrooms, teachers do more listening than talking, and students do more talking than listening.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. There's not just one teacher in a classroom.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I’d like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code. You don’t need to know CS in order to start a club.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — To Eva Santiago, her son’s education has always felt like an impossible dilemma. Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

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As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. At Achieve3000®, we believe literacy is the key to unlocking student success.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Tom Loud @ loudlearning about unleashing the potential of students.

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum

NeverEndingSearch

Her blog post shares: In 2019, SLSA approved re-imagining the ESIFC to adapt to the changing information, education, and technology environments, as well as the increasing diversity in our student populations. The answer is next to my broom, for the record.

OPINION: Parents, here’s why your most important partner may be your child’s teacher (and vice versa)

The Hechinger Report

As teachers return to the start of school following summer break, I hope they will take some time to reflect on ways to effectively communicate and partner with the families of the students they teach. Particularly for educators in early and elementary education, they have a chance to set the course for how families imagine school and family connections. Related: To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

MindShift

NEW YORK — To Eva Santiago, her son’s education has always felt like an impossible dilemma. Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017.

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Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

Edsurge

Ford says she was lucky to have a strong support network and an understanding school, but she was still a little overwhelmed. Public Schools, she realized there was a lot she still didn’t know, such as how to make a support plan for her daughter Ellie. What do you say to them?

Learning to Breathe: Educators Use Yoga and Meditation to Reduce Burnout

Edsurge

Yet she never would have incorporated them into her classroom if she hadn’t experienced the power of these exercises herself. She spent many of her weekends this past fall at an elementary school in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, alongside 83 other peers, including fellow classroom teachers and other educators. Breathe for Change was founded by former Pre-K teacher Ilana Nankin to improve the well-being of educators.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

edWeb.net

Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

Juliet won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. I really have fun doing these things,” says the rising seventh grader, “but I also like that it’s preparing me to be an engineer.”.

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.

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.

‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

MindShift

In classrooms around the building, the school’s ninth-graders whizzed through an online mental health survey that would soon deliver real-time data to the group in the conference room. To hear that they weren’t fazed by that … was really refreshing.”. It was 10:30 a.m.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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Schools Embracing Data, Metrics to Improve Effectiveness

K-12 Schools - Education News

Businesses aren’t the only ones embracing data, metrics and analytics as more schools across the country are working to improve daily operations by using data to optimize their schools’ efficiency.

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Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

And it has everything to do with the policies of the states.”. His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. 15, according to the U.S.

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims

MindShift

In fact, she works to equip seniors at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida with the skills to accurately evaluate those topics on their own. But teaching students those critical thinking skills only as they’re about to depart for college can be too little too late. “It’s

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.

Rhode Island’s New Law Mandates Recess for Kids

K-12 Schools - Education News

But young bodies needs to run, play, and shriek. Elementary schools always claim to give recess, but researchers found that on a randomly-selected school day, only 79% had recess. But the internet has pages and pages of complaints about not giving kids some time to themselves.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. Over time, Fair figured out how to navigate these situations and talk students “down from the ledge.”