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The Problem with Fake News (and how our students can solve it)

"According to a Stanford study, only 25% of high school students were able to identify an accurate news story when also given a fake one. Students also had a hard time distinguishing between real and fake photographs as well as authentic and staged videos.

"So, how do we fix it? Well, here’s a five-step process that I’ve used with students."

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Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus

Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Brain breaks are planned learning activity shifts that mobilize different networks of the brain. These shifts allow those regions that are blocked by stress or high-intensity work to revitalize. Brain breaks, by switching activity to different brain networks, allow the resting pathways to restore their calm focus and foster optimal mood, attention, and memory."

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Teacher Leadership Lessons from Standing Rock

Teacher Leadership Lessons from Standing Rock | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Protests over the proposed pipeline construction near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation hold many lessons for educators, writes Iowa teacher Marcia Powell in a blog on teachingquality.org. The key lessons, she writes, include the fact that ordinary people can accomplish important goals when they dream big and work together. (Photo by Earthjustice)

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5 Education Technologies to Watch | Atomic Learning's Higher Education Blog

5 Education Technologies to Watch | Atomic Learning's Higher Education Blog | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret that technologies come and go. In fact, the ever-changing technological landscape makes it incredibly difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest tech trends, let alone plan how new tools can be used to enhance course instruction and student engagement."

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10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send To Parents -

10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send To Parents - | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Here's another resource we found on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me group.

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The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Studies show that a well-designed learning environment supplements evidence-based pedagogy and curriculum design. Let’s examine four environmental factors that can enhance or hinder learning."

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How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class

How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The first big obstacle is embedded in American culture. Somehow it has become acceptable to brag about not being 'a math person.' Good says that has to stop, especially when that type of math anxiety is coming from teachers and parents. 'It’s almost like an infection model where the class fixates on that anxiety and is infected as well,' Good said."

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ClassDojo Is Teaching Kids Empathy In 90% Of K-8 Schools Nationwide

ClassDojo Is Teaching Kids Empathy In 90% Of K-8 Schools Nationwide | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"At a time when empathy is in decline — and bullying is on the rise — educators see promise in the app’s lessons on kindness and respect."

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Tips for Tackling Teacher Stress | Scholastic.com

Tips for Tackling Teacher Stress | Scholastic.com | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret that teaching is one of the most stressful jobs around. Thankfully, it is also one of the most rewarding. When a coworker recently told me how important I was to their team because I always have a laid-back approach to all the stresses, it was my lightbulb moment — I am not stressed this year! Laid back is not a phrase normally used to describe me, but here are my five magical tips that have kept stress and feelings of demands at bay."

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Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains

Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"With the sometimes competing demands of student health and academic achievement in need of balance, some administrators have struck upon a novel means of keeping students active while learning. They have brought standing desks, which have exploded in popularity in business settings, into the classroom."

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Love of languages starts early at Pennsylvania middle school

Love of languages starts early at Pennsylvania middle school | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"State College Area School District’s middle school world languages program allows sixth-graders to sample French, German and Spanish with 12-week units. They then pick one for seventh and eighth grades."

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Art students working with technical education students create 'metal arts'

Art students working with technical education students create 'metal arts' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

West Salem High School teacher Paul Liethen has discovered that bringing art students into his metal and welding classes creates a new dimension of learning.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Liethen, who is a member of WEAC Region 4, says in a La Crosse Tribune article. “Half of these kids love art and the other half love industrial studies.

“We’re reaching a different audience with this course that may not otherwise be involved with welding, and at the same time, the art kids are showing the metals kids how to think outside the box and be creative,” he added. “It’s pretty cool.”

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Tips from teachers on the NEA Today Facebook page

Tips from teachers on the NEA Today Facebook page | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

The school year is well underway, but any educator can still make adjustments to avoid feeling overwhelmed in the classroom. NEA Today asked teachers for their best tips to help their colleagues be successful all year long.

 

  • Be kind to custodians. They have the keys to everything and know where the good cast-offs are stored. (Caroline Gonzalez, Ohio)
      
  • Plan, plan, then make backup plans. There is nothing worse than no plans ... it gives students the chance to make their own plans. (Sandy Carbone, Florida)
      
  • Take care of yourself. Do those things that are good for you. Don't sacrifice your health or your family. (Robin Heckman Nunez, Florida)
      
  • Don't try to "cover" every bit of the curriculum in your first year. It will overwhelm you. (Chris Mattox)
      
  • Make deliberate choices about what to prioritize and spend your time on those things. (Sara Ketcham)      

 

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Each GPA point dropped in high school cuts a student’s chances of graduating from college by 50%

Each GPA point dropped in high school cuts a student’s chances of graduating from college by 50% | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Researchers from education consultancy Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education found that while 76% of high schoolers with an A average go on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher within 10 years, that number drops to 50% for B-average students—and further plummets to 27% for C-average students, and 12% for D-average students."

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The Importance of Leveraging Ed Tech in Gym Class

The Importance of Leveraging Ed Tech in Gym Class | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"By utilizing students’ devices, physical education teachers can add an element of cross-curricular engagement."

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Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks

Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Gallery walks get students up and out of their chairs and actively engaging with the content and each other. In gallery walks, students might display their computer or tablet screen, a group-made poster, a paragraph they’ve written, or a collage they’ve designed. Classmates peruse each other’s work, perhaps providing feedback or praising each other, or both. Gallery walks can also be curated by the teacher."

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The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans

The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The device, surgically implanted directly into the brain, mimics the function of a structure called the hippocampus by electrically stimulating the brain in a particular way to form memories—at least in rats and monkeys. And now, he’s testing one that could work in humans."

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Apply for NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowships

Apply for NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowships | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Educators can apply for the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowships now through February 28, 2017.

"The NEA Foundation recognizes that in order for students to prepare for the global age, the educator must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to teach in the global age. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap."

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Using books for holiday decorating

Using books for holiday decorating | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Check out these great ideas for using books for holiday decorating. (We found this resource via the NEA edCommunities Works4Me group.)

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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?"

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Pokémon GO Scavenger Hunt

Pokémon GO Scavenger Hunt | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Use this gaming craze to introduce students to important resources and features of the school library."

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How 'Hamilton' Encapsulates My Goals as a Teacher

How 'Hamilton' Encapsulates My Goals as a Teacher | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The popular Broadway musical 'Hamilton' offers important lessons for the classroom." (Photo by Peter Dutton)

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A Vertical Build - How We Constructed Our Makerspace Lego Wall

A Vertical Build - How We Constructed Our Makerspace Lego Wall | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Most days, the Makerspace is open in the morning as students arrive to school, and I simply monitor the making, creating, tinkering with the many materials and technology available during the time we have together. Teachers have been taking their classes into the space, not only for free exploration and making, but also for design challenges aligned to standards."

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Seven ways to give better feedback to your students

Seven ways to give better feedback to your students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Research shows that constructive comments can bring a huge boost to learning – but they can also backfire. Here’s how to get them right."

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December Holidays Lessons & Resources

December Holidays Lessons & Resources | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ashura, Pongal, and New Years."

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