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Teaching with Visuals: Students Respond to Images

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Dan Meyer knows that textbook-driven teaching hasn't served his students well. That's why they wind up taking remedial algebra with him in ninth grade. "They either need more time on content, or the
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These past couple weeks in the classroom I have been focusing on the classroom and different visual tools teachers use in order to aid their teaching as well as create a fun, educational environment for the students to work in. This article stuck out to me because it discusses all the benefits of using visuals in the classroom in order to teach your students in a new and creative way that is more inventive and stimulating for the students- rather than just handing out worksheets. I feel teachers should pay particular attention to their classroom and should take advantage of opportunities that allow them to use visual aids to teach.

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5 Ways the iPad Helps Children with Disabilities

5 Ways the iPad Helps Children with Disabilities | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
The special needs community is greatly benefiting from the iPad - and it was never even created to be a therapeutic device.  It's hard to believe that apps have only been…
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This week I was able to visit a new class in the 1st grade where I was  briefly able to work with two autistic children. After speaking with the teacher, she said how the children are sometimes a little more shy and introverted so they only speak with their helper. I scooped this article because it highlights how new forms of technology, specifically ipads and different apps are allowing children with disabilities to participate in the classroom. This new age of learning and technology is important to me because I believe every child should get the chance to participate in the classroom and be given the same chance to learn and become a better student, and with more schools becoming more innovative with these new technologies it allows children with disabilities to be more involved and motivated in the classroom. 

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Common Core: Elementary School

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Visit Elementary School classrooms who have begun to adapt to the new Common Core State Standards. Learn what changes Elementary School teachers are making in their teaching techniques to adapt to the new standards.
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This scoop corresponds to my last scoop, but it highlights the positive aspects of common core rather than the negative ones. I decided to scoop this video because I am still on the fence on whether or not these new standards are more or less effective than the previous ones. One teacher in the video states that it is indeed effective because it allows the more gifted learners to expand their learning and allowing the slower children who are struggling to see exactly where they are struggling. Although I do agree with some of the points this video makes, I still find some of the methods and techniques that are associated with common core, specifically in math lessons, to be unnecessarily long with too many steps and charts and tables when the problem could be solved much more quickly using the methods I learned when I was in school. I understand the importance of seeing how well the students know the content and if they are able to follow all the steps and explain what they have done, however later in life when they need to use these foundation skills on timed exams I feel as though they will struggle if they only have knowledge of these types of techniques. 

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Testing Skeptics Aim to Build Support for Opt-Out Strategy

Testing Skeptics Aim to Build Support for Opt-Out Strategy | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

ized Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.

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I chose this article because as I was going through grade school, standardized tests were never an "option" and were mandatory for all students. It's interesting to see today how parents are becoming more and more active in striving to maintain a vital role in their child's education at public schools. I personally always remember enjoying taking standardized tests- MSAs, HSAs, etc, because I found them so easy- however to a parent, I see how this may become an issue for students who learn at different levels and believe they should not be subject to same same testing as everyone else. 

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The Six Ts of Effective Elementary Literacy Instruction

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It seems that, finally, those who make educational policy – at the local, state, and federal levels – have begun to recognize just how much good teachers matter.
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The "Six Ts" of literacy instruction stood out to me due to the fact that my mother is a 5th grade English teacher- I have been at work with her many times and seen how she instructs her students and I was curious to see how this article compares to her 30+ years of experience teaching it. The Ts: Time, Text, Teach, Talk, Tasks, Test reflect the order and manner in which it is most effective for students to comprehend and actually learn the material being given out. I may choose to focus my teaching in English and Literacy, whereas these 6 tools may aid me in the future when I am in my own classroom teaching my students.

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Confessions of an Elementary School Teacher

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So you want to be an elementary school teacher? It's a challenging career, requiring first a college degree that prepares you for the intellectual side of
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Connected Learning: In the Age of Digital Information

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Are we really taking advantage of this digital information age to enhance the quality of today's education? Are we keeping pace with the fast-changing learning styles of our students? Do we know when, how, and what technology to use in our classrooms ? Do schools and curricula facilitate the integration of such technology ? These and many other similar questions are in the core of the present debate about the kind of education students need to success in a digitally focused world.


Via Andrea Zeitz, Robin Caldwell
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This gives an informative video about the new age of technology and advancements in the classroom. The new era of technology is prevalent in society, so should it also be reflected in the classroom? I think this article is beneficial in pointing out how quickly technology is changing around us- which is in turn becoming a more and more prevalent part of the professional workplace, so it makes sense that we integrate this new technology in the classroom to allow students to become more familiarized with it and better their education through new and more innovative ways in order to keep up with the rest of society. I am curious to learn about how making the classroom more digitally focused benefits/harms the students' ability to learn as a whole. 

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Google Apps for Education: Tips for Teachers by Teachers (Free eBook)

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In October of 2013 we launched our first guide to Google Apps for Education: Mastering Google in the Classroom. It's been well received by teachers and administrators alike as a straightforward guide ...

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Tips FOR teachers BY Teachers -- a great resource!

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Why Men Don't Teach Primary School

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Male teachers fight old stereotypes, but as boys lag behind academically, they have a better understanding of their development and can be positive role models.
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I chose to scoop this article after I found myself speculating about just why is it we don't see as many men teaching as we do women. I remember it was at least 2 weeks in at my stationed elementary school for EDCI when I first came across the path of a male teacher- and they really do stick out like a sore thumb in a sea of women teachers. This article mentions some of the stereotypes that I myself still hold- like that women are more nurturing and "fit" for an environment filled with young children, and that type of setting has always somewhat turned men off. This article did however give me a new, interesting point of view that having more male teachers in elementary schools has a positive effect on the male students because they see that school is not just a female enterprise and it gives them a role model. 

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Tips to Prevent Bullying at Your School | Education in America

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ullyOctober is Bullying Prevention Month and schools in particular should take this opportunity to review and update their handbooks to address student bullying.

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Bullying in schools continues to be a huge problem in this country. Having gone through elementary, middle, and high school in the public school system I have witnessed and myself been the victim of bullying several times. I believe this issue needs to be recognized on a more national scale so it can finally be put to an end. When I have my own kids and send them to school it is one of my biggest fears that they may be subject to cruel and harmful bullying, and spreading awareness about this issue is vital. 

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Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards - US News

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I cINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the Common Core reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country.

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I chose this scoop because it highlights the reasons in which Indiana has decided to remove itself from the common core program. My mother frequently talks about how common core is inhibiting students from learning at their full potential and frustrating many teachers who are now being forced to teach under these new standards. Currently in my MATH212 course we are learning how to teach math under the common core guidelines and I myself find some of the techniques extremely frustrating and completely different from  how I learned this same material in elementary school. Personally I find it unnecessarily confusing and tedious so for young children I can only imagine the amount of time it now takes them to solve problems in math according to these standards.

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STEM Education--It's Elementary - US News

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Elementary school teachers need to be educated in science and math.
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This article stood out to me because it focused on not just the classroom, but what is to happen beyond the classroom once students graduate and join the professional workforce. It focuses on "STEM" education- Science, Technology, Economics, and Math for elementary school teachers, which I find interesting because I never imagined bringing the teaching of advanced technology or of economics in the classroom. However it makes sense that teaching the children at a young age these principles will give them the building blocks later in life to succeed in the professional workplace. 

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The Profound, Life-Altering Effects of Having a Good Grade School Teacher

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In recent years, school districts from New York City to Los Angeles have revamped the way teachers are evaluated and rewarded. In the District of Columbia, teachers voted last year for the option to trade job security for merit pay, meaning that high-performing instructors could expect five-figure bonuses (and the...
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What It's Really Like to Be an Elementary School Teacher

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Throughout the past year, CTI Career Search has conducted interviews with dozens of elementary school teachers to assemble a real-world view of the profession. Recently, the web site published a free 64 page eBook called Being an Elementary School Teacher: Real-World Tips & Stories from Working Teachers that provides a summary and presents a representative sample of 25 of these interviews. The included interviews are those judged to be most helpful to prospective teachers. The following excerpt- Chapter 3 of the eBook -presents the summary of findings, including:  the best and worst parts of the profession,  tips on teaching ...
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People often ask me why I am choosing to major in Elementary Education if I know it "doesn't make you any money". This article addresses some of the reasons I am choosing this career path and am focusing on making a difference in the world as opposed to just yearning to make a huge salary. This article also provides helpful tips on what to expect and how to handle certain situations as a teacher, one teacher writing  “Parents are becoming more and more belligerent as their kids get lazier”, which is something I hear from my own mother on a frequent basis. This outlines 25 interviews of different teachers about the way the view the classroom and the profession as a whole, which may benefit me in writing my own narrative reports by giving me a better insight on how classrooms work and the relationships between students and teachers in elementary school. 

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3 Tips on Integrating Technology in the Classroom

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Integrating technology into a high school classroom isn't a one-step process. 'You can't just slap a netbook [computer] on top of a textbook and say, Great, now we have technology,' says Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy organization. Wise says that digital learning starts with teachers, whose performance is enhanced by technology—not the other way around.


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