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NRICH: enriching mathematics Fashion in Time National Geographic: The Ocean MIT Center for Civic Media The official website of the British Monarchy Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips NPR Ed: How Learning Happens
It’s Our Environment: EPA’s Blog About Our World Australia’s National Portrait Gallery On Being with Krista Tippett Khan Academy: What is Coronary artery disease Wine and Food Society of Baltimore - Enoch Pratt Free Library Harvard Art Museums The Atlantic: Health: Family 1810 edition of Little Red Riding Hood
In at least three Colorado school districts, teachers proctoring new online state standardized tests this spring have faced discipline or other consequences after students they were supposed to be watching snapped pictures of test items and posted them to social media.
Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.
When dialogue does happen, it can’t always be scripted. Baltimore City Public Schools, which has been active this week when it comes to discussing race and racism, reopened on Wednesday. The district dispatched social workers, psychologists, and other mental health workers to campuses as a resource for students. Teachers were encouraged to use district-issued resources on teaching conflict and social justice. Sample lesson plans covered everything from dealing with emotions like anger and fear (for the youngest students) to analyzing protest music and comparing news coverage. But at Mervo, McDaniels says administrators encouraged teachers to scrap the provided plans in favor of genuine, student-led conversations about how they felt.
Kirsten Wright, an educational technology teacher at Desert Sands Unified School District (CA), talks about how making the move to 1-to-1 has transformed not only teaching and learning, but the physical design of her districts' classrooms.
The best teachers I've ever had have used technology to enhance learning, including using Facebook pages for upcoming projects or planned online chats about books we read in class. These teachers were interesting to listen to, and the projects were fun and challenging.
All of the Robben Island tours are conducted by ex-prisoners. On the new virtual tour, you will encounter Vusumsi Mcongo (see above), a member of the anti-Apartheid movement who was jailed on Robben Island from 1978 to 1990.
“Why are there so few outlets in libraries?” proclaims the Twitter bio of one of library social media’s rising stars, Outlets in Libraries (@LibraryOutlets). That’s a damn good question. So, to find out more, we sat down with the outlet behind Outlets in Libraries to see what we could learn.
Without reservation, I believe we can change the narrative. Not only do I believe that — I’ve also been working toward that goal over the last two years as a teacherpreneur with the Center for Teaching Quality. I know, as do most of my colleagues, that there are more good teachers than bad. That there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that take place on school campuses every day. That the public needs a deeper look into the complexities and importance of our profession.
The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature contains 124 recordings of writers reading some of their poems and other works. Many of the recordings are long (one hour+) interviews with the writers during which they read some of their works.
Acknowledging the influence and impact of cognitive biases on evidence-informed practice is essential for the School Research Lead. Why? Well, evidence-informed practice is built on the notion of teachers using their judgment to make decisions which directly or indirectly benefit their pupils and colleagues.
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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