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Why Michelle Duggar is a Great Homeschooling Advocate

Why Michelle Duggar is a Great Homeschooling Advocate | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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Before reading this article, I had a negative view on homeschooling (mostly because I did not know very much about it). This article was very eyeopening into the possibilities homeschooling can provide. Michelle Duggar provides an excellent example of how homeschooling should  look like. She showed how she is able to develop individualized education plans for each of her children, while also providing opportunities for them to take field trips and explore the world. Homeschooling has allowed each of the children to explore topics that they may not be able to do in a traditional classroom setting. Because of this particular families structure, homeschooling seems to be a great fit.

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TIPS: Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork | NNPS

TIPS: Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork | NNPS | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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Teachers assigning homework assignment that make students and parents work together will provide both support for students and allow parents to be informed in what their students are learning in school. These assignment can also serve as a conversation starter between parents and their children. Especially in middle school, students may become disconnected from their parents and not want to share much about their school life. These assignments can serve as a starting point for parents to feel more connected with their students lives. 

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The concept of teachers having a student led conference rather than a "traditional" parent teacher conference is very unique and something that I have never seen before. By students explaining their own work to their parents, it will help students further their learning by allowing them explain to someone else what they learned. I would definitely like to try something like this in my classroom. 

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Watch Teachers Talk About What They Learned Their First Year Teaching

Watch Teachers Talk About What They Learned Their First Year Teaching | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
Now go back and thank your teachers.
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This is probably one of the best videos I have seen about the real life struggles that many first year teachers face. The first year teaching is such a pivotal transition for teachers. Moving from a college setting to a school with a wide variety of students will be a new and exciting challenge. 

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Indiana Is The First State to Withdraw Common Core Standards

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Being the first to withdraw from Common Core standards may be a trendsetting move that will take the rest of the nation by storm. As these standards are being enacted, educators are finding both positives and challenges. Reevaluating the standards to see what works and what doesn't will allow educators to make the most out of the changing curriculums. 

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University program helps plant STEM teachers in Prince George’s -- Gazette.Net

Terrapin Teachers encourages more students to go into needed field
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So awesome that our school it supporting future educators! Since science, technology, engineering and math are the most influential subjects in our changing world, it is important that teachers are well trained and supported in these areas. Providing an opportunity for future teachers to specialize in these areas and be able to work in their surrounding community will be very beneficial for students. 

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Interactive Bulletin Board: Tell Me All About It | Scholastic.com

Interactive Bulletin Board: Tell Me All About It | Scholastic.com | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it

 buA class favorite, students love using this bulletin board to share their personal news and stories.  

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The idea of creating interactive bulletin boards is very interesting and something that I would definitely like to try in my own classroom. I like how all students are able to get involved. This will help the teacher get to know every one of their students, even those who might be to shy to share in front of the class. This type of bulletin board also shows the students that the teacher wants to get to know each student and cares about each one. Using the walls of the classroom to show what the teacher values is great way to engage students throughout the year. 

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Becoming a Team

Becoming a Team | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
Just as trapeze artists must trust the workers who man the equipment and set up the nets, so team members must learn to trust each other. One of the main issues and concerns for teams is how to remain consistent and create unity among the teachers and students. Teaming is all about the importance of a group of people coming together for a common mission or cause. It is about developing the ability to trust one another and work together toward a common purpose.
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After reading about the many benefits that teaming provides, I was very lucky to attend a school that used it. Teaming is a very valuable tool for helping to establish meaningful relationships between teachers and their students. Creating an environment where students feel comfortable going to teachers for help will foster both academic and personal success. Working with other teachers will also provide support for struggling students or students who may feel "lost" among their peers.  

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Behind the SAT: The Good and Bad of the 2016 Redesign - US News

Behind the SAT: The Good and Bad of the 2016 Redesign - US News | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
Some say the new SAT will lower standards, while others say it's just a piece of the admissions puzzle.
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While change is difficult for many people, the redesign of the SAT could bring the possibility of college to many more students. The redesign will hopefully make the tested material more applicable to the students who are taking the test. However, changing the test to make it "easier" may make it harder to differentiate between students who are applying to many competitive colleges.

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Common Core Challenges

Common Core Challenges 

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With the new common core curriculum beginning to take shape in schools across the country, many parents are seeing firsthand some of the challenges that is possesses. Many parents enjoy helping their children with their homework, but with new techniques and methods of solving one "simple" math problems has become a challenge for many parents. Changing the assignments students are given may take away the bonding time that parents and children spend together when working on homework assignments. 

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12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers

12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
A quick checklist for misguided souls who toss out offhanded comments to teachers they meet.
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Sometimes people who are outside the world of education do not fully understand what drives teachers to do what they do. This article displays some of the reasons I and many others have chosen to become teachers and that everything teachers do has a purpose behind it.

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