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3 Things Every Elementary School Teacher Needs to Know

3 Things Every Elementary School Teacher Needs to Know | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Don't wear your dress shoes to school and know when your class is expected to perform at a holiday assembly. These are just a few nuggets of wisdom from a veteran teacher in the city schools.
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this article talks of some simple tips of what you should do as an elementary educator. although I think duct taping all the pencils is a little overboard I think it is important to have a system as a teacher and do the little things that make your class better. 

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5 Alternative Teaching Methods

5 Alternative Teaching Methods | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Traditional schools "“ with their lectures, homework, and report cards "“ aren't for everyone. Here are five alternative approaches to education.

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this article really peaked my interest in that alternative ways of teaching and learning are important because a lot of people don't like to stray from the norms of teaching which is okay but some students really thrive with different approaches. this article covers 5 different teachers and there approaches to teaching and you can see a lot of these used today in primary and secondary education facility's.

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Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs

Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and proposes a revamped Race to the Top competition that focuses on opportunity for all students and a tobac...
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This is kind of interesting. In what was previously just playing and being read to and sometimes even naps our president is attempting to put in place more learning oriented courses in preschools. his plan is to make the education for preschool teachers better to in turn create better preschool teachers them selves. 

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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:45 PM
I think it is a wonderful idea when Obama came up with a new plan for preschool education. The thing that is concerning to me are all the aspects might change and that might not be for the good.
Jacob Ostreng's comment, May 8, 2014 5:28 PM
I think that it is good that Obama is investing in education, but I think that he should also try to decrease tuition costs at universities.
Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:12 AM

Obama is continuing to focus investments on education, which is very important. But having an even bigger focus on PRE-education is not what we need, necessarily. We should be focused on relieving the debts of college graduates, and aiding in the funding of high school educations, which can have a much bigger impact on students quality-wise than an early childhood education can. 

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Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH

Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Posted in Random ThoughtsSome rights reserved by flickr ID: miguelavg This past week I had the opportunity to spend a day with some of the faculty at Western Washington University talking about reverse instruction…or at least my idea of what that...

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This article was very interesting to read and to connect with because I feel that we need to be taught better reading skills and information gabbing skills because we will always need them to be successful weather it is reading lengthy emails from your boss or doing a book report in college it is important to know how to get the most out of your reading.

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Climbers hit the rocks despite rainy season - Western Front

Climbers hit the rocks despite rainy season - Western Front | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
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Western Washington University junior and biochemistry major Jared Chang scales a wall at Vitals Climbing Gym on Monday, Oct 7, in Bellingham.
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Western seems to be 100% fueled by diversity. there is diversity through the students and threw the classrooms and one of the diverse classes there is the very unique mountain climbing class. I personally have a few friends in this class. it is a vigorous PE class that builds your body as well as your mind in things to look out for while climbing.

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Majors - Music - Arts Performing

Majors - Music - Arts Performing | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it

Offered at:

  Central Washington University

  Everett Community College

  Western Washington university


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Another thing about WWU that interests me is the music program. I am in the EHS concert and jazz bands and music is a very big part of my life. I am very excited to go to a school where music will be a big part of my life and my on campus experience. 

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Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet?

Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet? | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it

This interesting table, comparing 20th and 21st Century learning, was conceived by William Rankin, a well credentialed doctor of Education from ACU, Texas.

 

This graphic, which I found on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, was originally published on iThinkEd in 2007, where you can read Rankin’s full thoughts that led to his creation of this table.

 

What’s fascinating for me is the fact this was written 7 years ago. It doesn’t date the message. It challenges us as educators to reflect on how far we have actually progressed.

 

I started hearing the talk about 21st Century Learning back in the 90s and here we are in 2013 and, looking at this chart from Rankin, we have to ask ourselves; for all the talk and planning, have we really moved out of the 20th Century and embraced what this nebulous concept of 21st Century is really about?

 


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I love this article because it sets a standard for learning and teaching for the new century that hasnt been emphasized as much as before. I also really like that there is a comaprison and they fact that all of the 21st century elements are including the students and engaing them.

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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:35 PM
I do agree with Katie that is it scary that education as we know it is going to start changing. It is really scary to think that the American people don't like change but it is happening all the time with education. There are pros about this education change and there are cons. Let's take the cons and turn them into pros.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:09 AM

This is an article about whether education has made it online.

Fiona Free's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:49 AM

might be interesting 'work' to get staff to do the research and come up with their own table and add a third colunm.....what they do or could do...

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5 Key Strategies for ELL Instruction

5 Key Strategies for ELL Instruction | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Learn more about 5 key strategies that you can use to help English Language Learners, or ELLs, access academic content and the vocabulary.

Via Linda Foote
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this article was very helpful in learning the things that help ell studnts strive. it was interesting to me to hear about the Common Core standards in this article since my last scoop it was about that. th research in the article seems spot on with my experences with ell students. 

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How Teachers Can Earn Extra Money – Infographic

How Teachers Can Earn Extra Money – Infographic | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Top 5 Ways For Busy Teachers To Make Some Extra Money - Infographic Teach Onine Mark Exams Sell Online Write a Book Create an App Source:

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I thought this was in interesting little picture. Teachers don't make a lot of money especially starting out so this will most likely be a necessity for me in starting my career

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How Teachers Can Earn Extra Money – Infographic

Top 5 Ways For Busy Teachers To Make Some Extra Money

 

Keisha Ciera's curator insight, May 22, 2014 1:46 PM

En este artículo se habla de cómo los maestros pueden ganar más dinero! La señora Reimer, esto podría ayudar! Hay muchas maneras que los maestros pueden hacer más dinero, como la enseñanza en línea o tutoría. Las dos pueden agregar más dinero a una cuenta bancaria de los maestros. en este artículo también hablan de cómo tener otro trabajo realmente ayudará a beneficios en el aula de enseñanza.

 

Keisha Sesay block 7

 

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The Pros And Cons Of Community Colleges - Choosing The Right School - College Prep - Resources - Scholarships.com

The Pros And Cons Of Community Colleges - Choosing The Right School - College Prep - Resources - Scholarships.com | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
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The mysteries of two year and four year colleges are reviled in this article covering a range of topics that the majority of high school students and high school graduates don't know about. the biggest strength in this article is that it shows an unbiased "pros and cons" style fact sheet of what is good about 2 year colleges and what you are missing out on at the university. My favorite part is that it mentions the campus life part of universities that you may miss in a two year college setting. I feel campus life is important to the thriving student.

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PBS Online: Only A Teacher: Teachers Today: Linda D. Hammond

PBS Online: Only A Teacher: Teachers Today: Linda D. Hammond | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
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This article really hits something a lot of people fail to hit. its that teaching is talked about like there is no way to change it. There is a way to change the way we teach our future adults and it is so important because theses are our future employees and employers, our future president is being taught in a school system that isn't working as hard as it should. The biggest thing I pulled from this article is that she mentioned that all students don't learn at the same rate. this is the biggest overlooked thing by the federal government.

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The Future of College: How Online Education is Changing Everything

The Future of College: How Online Education is Changing Everything | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it

Online education is making a big splash in higher education. Here are just some of the ways a growing online education industry might change traditional college and our world.


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It pains me to see this but it seems that a lot more places are accepting the online degrees offered by edx and other big corporations and this article is showing it. to me I feel this is proof that our species, a very social one, is trying to get as far away from being social as possible and it is awful to see. but in any case it is very interesting to see this rise and it does make it easier for people who have things in there life where they cant either afford or have the time to go to a university. 

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, May 8, 2014 11:36 AM

It's going to be crazy to see what college will be like in 40 years, you might be able to take all your classes from home. Or it could be the same. We don't know, all we know is that things are going to change.

Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 9, 2014 3:16 PM
It kind of stinks knowing that my college experience could be totally different and include online learning. I definitely prefer the face-to-face lectures and using a textbook, pencil, and paper.
Hope Schuster's comment, May 11, 2014 9:30 AM
I think that this article really gave insight to what we could see education as in the next 10-15 years. It is amazing to think about.
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WA: Local schools partner to support Latino students | Western Front

In an effort to support Latino students on the path from high school to a career in education, a team of Western Washington University faculty supports a program that does just that.


Faculty from Western’s Woodring College of Education created the program Maestros Para el Pueblo — which translates to Teachers for the Town — to encourage Latino students to pursue their interests in becoming educators.


The dean of Woodring College of Education, Francisco Rios, started the program in spring 2013. The group supports and works with similar programs in the Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon school districts and at Skagit Valley Community College. 


“Latino students face an opportunity gap: they don’t have the kind of opportunities we take for granted,” Rios said. “Things like the opportunity to learn about college, the opportunity to have teachers who are experienced with advanced degrees or the opportunity to take advanced placement classes.” 


The goal of the program is to create a partnership between the high schools, Skagit Valley Community College and Western to make a seamless pathway for Latino students between high school and Western, Rios said. 


Maria Flores is one of the Woodring faculty members involved in Maestros Para el Pueblo.


It is important to attempt to teach in a way that is culturally relevant to the students and provide them with what they need to be successful, Flores said.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This is really cool because in our schools there are many Latino students who are struggling with learning English and are subject to out ELL classes. This is important for teachers to realize and not discriminate and not look at being a minority as something holding a student back or an identity it is just a part of there life.

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WWU researchers to study math, science teaching methods in area schools - Bellingham Herald

WWU researchers to study math, science teaching methods in area schools - Bellingham Herald | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it

Bellingham Herald WWU researchers to study math, science teaching methods in area schools Bellingham Herald Starting this fall, researchers from Western Washington University will study local elementary school math and science teaching methods in...


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To hear about That there may be a change in the way students are taught in elementary school is really cool to me because elementary school is one of the biggest learning periods of your life and teachers are expected to teach students every subject which means a teacher who may have not been strong in one subject is going to basically pass that on to the students they teach.

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WWU bans plastic water bottle sales starting April 1 | Local News | The Bellingham Herald

WWU bans plastic water bottle sales starting April 1 | Local News | The Bellingham Herald | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
BELLINGHAM - Sales of bottled water on Western Washington University's campus will end April 1 - about two years after students overwhelmingly voted for the ban over environmental concerns.

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I really like the idea that the school I am going to be attending is going to be environmentally friendly an ban one of the most commonly found landfill trash, plastic bottles. It is important for a school to do things like this to be Eco friendly because it sets an example for all of the 45000 students who go there to fallow when they go off and live there lives.  I for one am going to make sure I buy a nice water bottle before I enroll. 

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Elementary Education Professional Program | Western Washington University

Elementary Education Professional Program | Western Washington University | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it

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Western Washington University has a good education program. It was originally a vocational teacher college. It has a very strong teacher certification program and I will be certified in both elementary school as well as special education. Western Washington University seems like the best college for me. Not only because of the strong teacher education program, but also because of the strong technology program. If I decide to change my major I see myself changing to a technological degree, and Western has a strong technology program. This will help me learn the process of which a student at Western needs to follow in order to become a certified teacher.


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WWU is the school I will be attending to pursue a career in elementary education and this is exactly how I will be going about it. I liked seeing this in particular because it is talking about how WWU is one of the best teaching schools out there and the elementary education degree is a very comprehensive degree offered there.

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Nicholas Kopp's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:58 PM

This opinion on Western Washington University seems to me like an enhancementof my desicion to go their because Western does seem like nice school. If I went to Western Washington University I would study a degree in the sciences, prefereably Chemsitry or pre-engineering.

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Online Degrees in Education

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Find online education and adult learning opportunities that meet your needs. Compare college, graduate and certificate programs available online.


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It is interesting to see so many online degrees. I feel that it would be a hard job market to compete in if you only had an online degree. although this plays online education drees up I belive a job where you are working with people you would be more likely to get a job if you went to a school and interacted with people rather just learned from a computer.

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Luke French's comment, May 11, 2014 9:04 PM
I think the idea of a completely online degree is a great one. It saves time and money for everyone involved, but, on the flip side, the education received online may, in some cases, be lacking.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:08 AM

An advertisement for online degrees in education.

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:09 AM

This article explains how education is jumping towards technology, even at the college level, and how parents and busy individuals can live their busy lives while also earning the degree they need without taking 8 hours out of their day to do so. 

 

I believe this is a step in the right direction, because this will help anybody that is searching for a college degree without the college expenses and time investment. 

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Common Core reading pros and cons

Common Core reading pros and cons | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Common Core reading pros and cons http://t.co/hTysKeLu...

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I feel this article is very particularly enlightening because of the fact it is on both sides of the Common Core curriculum. I feel that the common core a good idea but needs to be thought over more. The United States is a republic because we are a one for all and all for one type government. We make sure the voice of everyone is heard and not just the majority and this is big in schools too. In different states there are different learning advantages and disadvantages and these are seen in places of poverty and more students who were not raised speaking English. These need to be put in to account when thinking of bringing Common Core programming in to schools.

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MOOCs Expand on College Campuses

MOOCs Expand on College Campuses | colinfergusonce | Scoop.it
Universities welcome MOOCs when paired with an on-campus component.

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I think this article is interesting because as I have been looking at colleges offering education degrees for pennies online. although I believe in saving money I also believe that hands on teaching is the most important thing for a thriving student. and even more so for someone looking for a job in which they have to work with people on a regular basis. it does not surprise me the least how low the class completion rate is.

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Wu-Tang Clan rapper gets educational - CBS News

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(CBS News) NEW YORK - Hip-hop is the musical language of many streets, but it's found new fans inside the classroom -- the beats of rap can be an unusually effective teaching tool.

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This article is about my favorite subject taught by my favorite rap artist. Dr. Emind of the Columbia University's teacher's college called in for the help of rap artist GZA to get kids interested in learning about science threw what a lot of kids enjoy and what is catchy, Rap and Hip-Hop. This article really appeals to me because I would love to incorporate as much music in schooling as I can.

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