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“Tell me about an invention that you don’t like”


I read in the news about a teacher who asked her class: “Tell me about an invention you don’t like.” ” Here is one of her pupil’s answers: Out of interest, I decided to ask my class the same thing. Below are some of their responses: What do you think? Are you surprised?

3 Questions To Challenge Practices That No Longer Work in Education

The Principal of Change

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Todd Finley on episode 325 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers.

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6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader

Education Elements

We published The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive School s this winter to help leaders make a shift toward being more effective, responsive leaders. Since the book’s release in February we have had dozens of requests for webinars and presentations about The NEW School Rules. Demand has been so great that we’ve developed a leadership course based on the rules. This summer we kick off leadership courses across five districts and four states.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Effective School Communications In The Summer

The Web20Classroom

As the end of the school year approaches my daughter’s backpack is filled with fliers from her elementary school. Everything from summer reading lists to stacks of classwork that are finally being sent home. Nearly every night my inbox is full of emails from the school reminding us of this and that.

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Five Things Parents Should Know About End-Of-Year Testing

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Hilary Scharton, Vice President of K-12 Product Strategy for Canvas by Instructure. Every spring, schools across the nation give students millions of standardized tests. Students sit for hours, filling in answer bubbles with their number two pencils for an exam that may span days.

The other gap that schools aren’t talking about—relationships

The Christensen Institute

T he NAEP scores released in April set off a flurry of headlines about the sobering state of achievement gaps across the nation. The general consensus? Despite pockets of promise , and slight declines in gaps by race, achievement data reveal that gaps by income have remained relatively flat, or uneven at best. The news for young people on the wrong side of these gaps, however, may be worse.

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Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy: A Story from a Middle School Jazz Band

The CoolCatTeacher

Meredith O'Brien on episode 328 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. One middle school had to cope with the tragic death of a classmate.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

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

The Hechinger Report

ARLINGTON, Va. 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.

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

A Principal's Reflections

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only raised my hand if I was 99.9% sure that I knew the correct answer.

Assessing exports through the lens of innovation

The Christensen Institute

Exports are often seen as a solution to the problem of sustained economic development, and indeed they can be. The East Asian Tigers—Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea—are perhaps the most commonly cited nations that have risen from poverty to prosperity primarily through exports. Yet at the Christensen Institute, we think about exports and how these nations developed slightly differently.

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Blackburn on episode 326 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many kids struggle, especially in summer school.

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OPINION: We can’t become a nation of equal learners until we become a nation of readers

The Hechinger Report

A teacher works on reading with a small group of students in Mississippi. Photo: Jackie Mader. Despite the claims of those who propose to “disrupt” education with video lessons and a well-intentioned emphasis on STEM, reading remains the backbone of a real education.

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

TeachThought - Learn better.

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of game-like mechanics to non-game ‘things.’ ’ The big idea here is to encourage a desired behavior.

Sign Up For Free Books, EdTech, and Supplies

Teacher Tech

Sign up for giveaways and discounts: Teachers Are Professionals We know teachers pay out of pocket for supplies for their classroom. We joke about it, but it’s not a joke! We know this happens so why doesn’t anyone do anything about it?

The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Britt Watwood on episode 327 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Professor Britt Watwood has moved his college classes off Facebook.

For anxious students, a teacher who comes to your house might be the answer

The Hechinger Report

Teacher Juliana Rothschild teaches a lesson to student Jessica Cousins at Cousins’ home in Farmington, Maine. Rothschild holds weekly home visits to teach Cousins as part of Threshold, an offshoot of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences charter school.

Explore NASA’s New “Exoplanet Travel Bureau”

Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s how Smithsonian Magazine describes NASA’s new “Exoplanet Travel Bureau” : NASA has launched the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, a visualization tool that allows users to explore the surfaces of three exoplanets: Kepler-16b, Kepler-186f, and TRAPPIST-1e.

Have students make videos to show their thinking, learning, feelings, thoughts, or ideas!

Teacher Tech

Guest Blog Post by Marcia Carrillo The “Video Secret” to student learning can be achieved by providing the opportunity of “selfie-videos.” When students are proud of something they do, they post a video and share it, snap it, tweet it to let others know!

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5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experiences

The Principal of Change

It has been and always is, a blessing to be a part of district professional learning days. These past two weeks, I have been so caught up in the passion of so many teachers who are on “summer break,” that are excitedly taking part in their professional learning.

DACA students persevere, enrolling at, remaining in and graduating from college

The Hechinger Report

Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, friends and DACA recipients, on their graduation day. Photo by Jesse Pratt López for The Hechinger Report.

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Guest Post: “Speaking of Math: It’s time to talk in class”

Larry Ferlazzo

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of guest posts that will be appearing on this blog about teaching math to English Language Learners.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 123 Moving Education from Post-Modern to Metamodern

TeachThought - Learn better.

Drew Perkins talks with writer, educator, and futurist Zak Stein about the past, present, and possible future of education. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Social Justice and Educational Measurement (Zak’s book) The TeachThought Podcast Ep.

Backchannels in the Classroom – 7 Alternatives to TodaysMeet 

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

Backchannels in the Classroom 7 Alternatives to TodaysMeet Backchannels in the Classroom Backchannels are a great way to facilitate meaningful classroom discussions that all students can participate in.

Oklahoma externship pays teachers for hands-on experience in engineering and science

The Hechinger Report

Schools are always trying to get their kids interested in pursuing careers in science, engineering and technology. But that’s hard to do when the students don’t have a solid idea of what having a STEM-related job really means. A model of molecules. Photo: Jackie Mader for The Hechinger Report. “I

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Statistic Of The Day: Teenagers & Suicide

Larry Ferlazzo

With the suicides of two celebrities over the past two days, this issue is obviously in the news. Educators can find useful related in information at: As ’13 Reasons Why’ Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide from NPR.

Free Tech Curriculum for All Subjects with Google's Applied Digital Skills


What skills do our students need to be successful in their future? What skills do adults need to be competitive in the job market?

“We can’t ask teachers to be innovative in their practice while administrators do the same thing they have always done.”

The Principal of Change

“I am not a teacher but an awakener.” ” —Robert Frost. I tweeted this recently about the ideas of engagement and empowerment. . Engagement is more about what you can do for your students. Empowerment is about helping them figuring out what they can do for themselves.


Military veterans decry debt, useless diplomas from for-profit colleges

The Hechinger Report

BROOKLYN, N.Y. After serving four years in the military, John Andrews, 42, adjusted to civilian life by working at his local Walmart in Arkansas. Encouraged by co-workers, he also went back to school, hoping to move up in management.

All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Larry Ferlazzo

I have begun posting mid-year “Best” lists, and thought readers would find it helpful if created a post where I’d add links to them as they appear…. By the time I’m done, there should be twenty-or-so. You might also be interested in All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

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Game-Based Learning Yields Empathetic Understanding #edtech #edgaming @sid_meier


I have been teaching Social Studies for 18 years and have found a natural place for me in my classroom is the “sage on the stage” when really for my students I think it is best for me to be more often a “guide on the side.”

4 Characteristics Of Critical Digital Pedagogy

TeachThought - Learn better.

4 Characteristics Of Critical Digital Pedagogy by TeachThought Staff “Pedagogy is not just a delivery device for the digital humanities. It should be at the core of what the digital humanities is as an academic discipline.” ” Jesse Stommel is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and this idea has a lot to it. In this […]. The post 4 Characteristics Of Critical Digital Pedagogy appeared first on TeachThought.