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Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science

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In this lesson, students learn about the genre of "lab lit," then choose from a number of activities in which they explore an area of science through reading and writing lab lit themselves.
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Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry

Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's a collection of some great tools to use with your geometry students. Whether you're teaching explicit skills or encouraging exploration and play for conceptual development, these tools can help your students' geometric knowledge really take shape!
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Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire

Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Publishers and others are hammering a Consumer Reports-style review of math instructional materials that faulted programs for failing to align to the common core.
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What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job? - The Hechinger Report

What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job? - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As a movement to reform high school gains momentum around the country, vocational education is being revived. New models are seeking to change the reputation of career and technical classes as dumping grounds for the students who can’t make it in the academic track.
These new programs emphasize both careers and college, and though they tend to promise an internship or interview with partner companies that can lead to opportunities, they don’t go so far as to guarantee a job.
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Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.
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In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter

In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At schools around the globe, girls outscore boys, and bored students are better test takers than their more motivated peers. These topsy-turvy observations are the latest findings in a report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution, research that is part of a long-running series that aims to put a finger on the pulse of academics in the United States and abroad.
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Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found.
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10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime

10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
These good habits for students are based on how the learning strategies top students use to reach their goals. Here's how you can take the lead!
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Adopt these study tips by top students.

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Why you should care about other people's kids

Why you should care about other people's kids | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Since Robert Putnam's youth, America has become more racially and religiously integrated, but more segregated by class. In his new book "Our Kids," the Harvard professor -- of "Bowling Alone" fame -- argues that social immobility presents an economic problem for all Americans -- not just the poor kids.
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Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus

Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 11

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 11 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Spring is a time of new beginnings, of green shoots in wet soil, of budding trees, and kids let out to play. It's also a perfect time for a special edition of the Scout Report. On this, the vernal equinox, the following annotations will welcome readers into the heart of spring, with an emphasis on the science, the art, and the culture of the season. Through this collection of resources, we hope readers will find their own joy at the end of winter and the beginning of a new season of light. For, as Pablo Neruda once said, "You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot stop the spring."  "

Visit the Scout Report at:

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0320

to access the links and read the annotations for each of the sites listed below.

 

The Science of Spring

  National Geographic Education: The Reason for the Seasons
  United States Botanic Garden
  Solstice and Equinox ("Suntrack") Model (PDF)
  Caroline Dean Wildflower Collection
  Smithsonian Libraries: Butterflies and Moths

 

The Art of Spring

  Poetry Foundation: Spring Poems
  Wu Han Plays Tchaikovsky, Month by Month
  The Walt Whitman Archive: Published Works
  1637 Tulipmania
  William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience

 

The Culture of Spring

  Celebrating Nowruz: A Resource for Educators (PDF)
  Spring Cleaning: Surprising Strategies for Finally Organizing Your Space
  Cherry Blossom Festival
  Holi Festival 2015
  May Day Celebrations

 

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group -https://scout.wisc.edu
The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.

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Parenting an Adolescent: 11 Insights That Will Make a Difference - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

Parenting an Adolescent: 11 Insights That Will Make a Difference - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Parenting an adolescent can be a brilliant, trying, beautiful, confusing, crazy adventure, but here are some tips that will make the difference.
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The excerpt below is from the book “Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond,” by Larry Ferlazzo. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “I Still Want to Know: How Can You Get Students More Interested in Reading and Writing?”
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March Medals Madness: Read to the Final Two | Awards & Grants

March Medals Madness: Read to the Final Two | Awards & Grants | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
March Medals Madness: Which titles will win the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction? Test your book award expertise. Give us your picks for the shortlist for a chance to win!
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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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WeAreTeachers: Say This, Not That: A Guide to Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations About Teaching

What to say (and what not to say) to that person at the party who loves to grill you about teaching.
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Librarian hero of Michael Brown unrest wins Lemony Snicket award

Librarian hero of Michael Brown unrest wins Lemony Snicket award | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Scott Bonner, who kept his library open while the nearby Ferguson riots closed schools, honoured for his work as a ‘quiet hero’ sustaining services for young readers
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Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether

Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Curriculum reforms being introduced in Finland from 2016 will set aside time for 'phenomenon-based' learning across subjects.
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History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels!

History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels! | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A selection of graphic novels that feature historical subjects, themes and settings.

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Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com

Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The question is, what will happen when teachers are systematically rewarded, or punished, based to some extent on standardized tests? If we really want our children to learn more, the design of any system must be carefully thought through, to avoid sending incentives astray.

“When you put a lot of weight on one measure, people will try to do well on that measure,” Jonah Rockoff of Columbia said. “Some things they do will be good, in line with the objectives. Others will amount to cheating or gaming the system.”
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Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites

Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online databases. Naturally, these changes have generated tons of new resources -- not just vast databases, but also curricular resources to build lessons and engage students."

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2015 NCAA basketball champs — by academic performance

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The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog  a piece titled “A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology,” which looks at which schools would come out on top if academic performance were considered for both men and women in the March Madness tournaments.
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The teaching crisis that unions and school districts won't address

The teaching crisis that unions and school districts won't address | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Los Angeles teachers and school district administrators are doing battle once again. Contract talks broke down last month after 18 rounds of negotiations on raises, healthcare costs, class size, employee evaluation and charter schools. Mediation begins next week. Strike language and recriminations grow louder.

Given the potential long-term impact of any settlement, it is a shame that a major stakeholder can't be at the negotiating table. Namely, college graduates considering whether to pursue a teaching career
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SAT Guessing

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What if everyone who took the SAT guessed on every multiple-choice question? How many perfect scores would there be?

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Knowing how to learn from failure can be a key to success. In this playlist, VideoAmy curates the best videos and resources for encouraging students to be resilient and embrace mistakes.
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