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11 things to do to get your children back in gear for school - JSOnline

11 things to do to get your children back in gear for school  - JSOnline | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, getting the school year off to a good start can influence your children’s confidence, attitude, and social and academic performance. But, making things run smoothly is easier said than done for parents facing the difficult transition between August and September and children adjusting to the pressures of the upcoming school year.
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Number One: Do what you can to ensure that your child is in good physical and mental health.

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10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In a recent 'Question of the Week,' we asked our tech-savvy readers: 'How do you get tech-reluctant teachers and administrators to use technology effectively?' Here are our readers' top answers." Thanks to Cheryl Martin for posting this resource on the NEA Digital Tools & Learning 6-12 group on NEA edCommunities.

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The 3 biggest Twitter problems for teachers—and how to overcome them

The 3 biggest Twitter problems for teachers—and how to overcome them | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In the digital age, teacher discomfort in using Twitter can have a direct effect on students’ digital literacy. Here are some solutions."

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Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

Bringing Poetry to the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"April is National Poetry Month. Make poetry a more important part of your curriculum with our recommended lessons, activities, and video/audio readings."

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Making Music with iPads and #edtech

Making Music with iPads and #edtech | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Milton teacher and WEAC Region 6 member Justin Kamp (@kampmiltonmusic) shares his ideas for how kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. This isn’t just child’s play – some serious music learning can happen. On the coolcatteacher.com website, Justin unleashes his favorite apps, strategies, and tools for making music with kids of all ages."

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March Madness in the Classroom?

March Madness in the Classroom? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject."

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Bye, bye food pyramid, welcome a new way to eat in school

Bye, bye food pyramid, welcome a new way to eat in school | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"For decades, the food pyramid was our basic guide for healthy eating until it was replaced with…what? Our dedicated school nutrition staff know the answer."

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150+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

150+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"ShakeUpLearning.com has put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. Google Chrome can be customized to fit the needs of our student learners. The database includes 100+ Apps and Extensions and is searchable and filterable."

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Waunakee middle schoolers hear about strife-torn Sudan from former 'Lost Boy'

Waunakee middle schoolers hear about strife-torn Sudan from former 'Lost Boy' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Ex-refugee tells tale of escape from war-torn South Sudan at age 6." This article features WEAC Region 6 member Clare Zaiman-Keen, an English-language arts teacher at Waunakee Middle School.

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Power of inclusive preschool

Power of inclusive preschool | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Pre-K programs for students with special needs vary widely in quality and scope. Some states and districts have long included students with special needs in pre-K classes alongside their more typically developing peers."

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Students Allowed to Nap at School With Sleep Pods

Students Allowed to Nap at School With Sleep Pods | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"While many schools are trying to delay their start times, some schools in Las Cruces have installed sleeping pods, where students can go to take 20-minute naps between classes."

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Women’s History Month for the Classroom

Women’s History Month for the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following interdisciplinary lessons and activities for all grade levels.
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10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Giftedness is a trait which is hugely misunderstood, even amongst professionals who should be in the know! These 10 facts are here to shed light on what giftedness really is."

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4 Good Computer Habits Every Teacher Should Have

4 Good Computer Habits Every Teacher Should Have | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Good computer habits in the digital age can help teachers with not just productivity and student achievement, but with health, too."

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What I Learned By Recording My Classes

What I Learned By Recording My Classes | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When math teacher Michelle Russell reviewed video of four classes she recorded, reality turned out to be much different than what she had imagined was happening."

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5 Ways to Teach About Climate Change in Your Classroom

5 Ways to Teach About Climate Change in Your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Here’s a fact: In 2016, Earth reached its highest temperature on record, trouncing the record set just a year earlier in 2015, which beat the previous record set in 2014. Our planet is warming, and its temperatures are fast heading toward levels that scientists believe will threaten humans and the natural world. Another fact: Educators need to help students learn about climate change, caused by human activity. But how do we do it in a way that engages and inspires them?"

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The Importance of Creativity in the Classroom

The Importance of Creativity in the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Is there anything more satisfying than making something creative? A quilt, a webpage, a decoration, an invention? As a child, do you remember the pride you felt when you showed your parents a LEGO creation or a fairy house or even a mud pie? Creativity belongs everywhere, not just in childhood games and extracurriculars. It involves all of your senses and creates new knowledge that didn’t exist before. Students of all ages need to learn by creating – it helps to synthesize information and bring joy and meaning into their educational experience." Thanks to the NEA Works4Me newsletter for sharing this blog by Dawn DuPriest, Middle School Technology Teacher in Colorado.

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The Shift of the Role of the Teacher

The Shift of the Role of the Teacher | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Teachers, instructional coaches and administration need to self-evaluate where they are on the teacher continuum and be purposeful in making small scaffolded changes. Hard work does happen over night, as educators will need time and so will students. To be purposeful, we need to look at the instructional approaches to create personal learning opportunities for students."

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A Teacher's Pursuit of Imperfection

A Teacher's Pursuit of Imperfection | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be messy, vibrant places where mistakes can reveal the unpredictable brilliance of children and provide opportunities for teachers to model persistence and compassion, writes Justin Minkel.

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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World makes the case for managing the tsunami of digital distractions to aid how we learn, absorb information and live."

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16 Reading Strategies to Teach This Year

16 Reading Strategies to Teach This Year | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"What reading strategies do students need to learn, anyway?  It would be so nice if the standards would just spell it out for us!  Unfortunately, I (The Classroom Key blogger Hannah Braun) have never seen that.  I’ve racked my brain and made this cheat sheet of the reading strategies I’ve frequently seen in teacher’s guides, professional books, and trainings." Thanks to Tricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me group.

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For Young People, News Is Mobile, Social, and Hard to Trust, Studies Find

For Young People, News Is Mobile, Social, and Hard to Trust, Studies Find | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Family, friends, and teachers still play a major role in that process for younger teens, according to San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media. In a newly released study, 66 percent of the children surveyed by the group said they trust "a lot" of the news they receive from their family, compared with 25 percent who said they trust news organizations."

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Education By Design: Challenging the Traditional Definition of a Learning Space

Education By Design: Challenging the Traditional Definition of a Learning Space | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Net zero energy use, flexible furniture, barn door walls, grab-n-go mobile food carts, and indoor slides. Meet the New Public School."

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Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom

Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Our students are using Snapchat, and what many educators fail to understand about the app is that students are not just taking a picture. They are having a conversation. They are telling a story.

"Rather than being reactive about new technology in our classrooms, we should look for ways to be proactive and utilize Snapchat as a learning tool instead of viewing it as a distraction."

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12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Curriculum resources from the NEA include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels. Explore Irish culture, history and traditions."

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Teaching Special Needs Students to Advocate for Themselves

Teaching Special Needs Students to Advocate for Themselves | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Thomas Pomeranz knows he’s making a big ask when he tells parents to talk to their special needs kids about their differences, but he’s seen what a powerful impact it can make."

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