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Education Week: Galleries on Education

Interviews and video stories on education news and issues from preschool through the 12th grade.

Inspiring reflections on technology integration.

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Launching Summer Reading

Launching Summer Reading | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.

Good tips!

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Digital Gaming in Classrooms Seen Gaining Popularity

Digital Gaming in Classrooms Seen Gaining Popularity | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
A survey of K-8 teachers shows nearly half of them are incorporating digital games in lessons to engage students and personalize learning.

"The survey, which consisted of responses from a random sample of 505 teachers of those grades across the country in March of this year, found that 50 percent of the teachers reported using digital games in classroom instruction for at least two days a week."

I will be one of them soon!

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Study: The Sharper Minds of Bilinguals

Study: The Sharper Minds of Bilinguals | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

Go bilinguilism!

"The bilingual juggles linguistic input and, it appears, automatically pays greater attention to relevant versus irrelevant sounds. Rather than promoting linguistic confusion, bilingualism promotes improved 'inhibitory control,' or the ability to pick out relevant speech sounds and ignore others."

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Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed.

Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed. | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
As schools rewrite curricula, the timing is right for UDL, RTI, according to experts.

"Broadly, universal design for learning is an instructional method that involves creating lessons and classroom materials flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles. And response to intervention is an approach intended to provide early identification of students' learning problems paired with the use of focused lessons—interventions—to address those problems before it's too late.
Providing students with choice, a different way of expressing themselves, is one of the core tenets of UDL."
I definitely plan on asking placement schools about what sort of programs they have for students with disabilities.  UDL and RTI sound interesting. 

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Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading

Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Many educators have inferred that the common core bans the practice of providing students with context and content before they read text.

"Employing both cold-reading and prereading strategies is necessary to good literacy instruction"

"teachers have been using a technique they call "embedded nonfiction," which they find effective, he said. When reading a novel, they assign four or five nonfiction texts on a related topic."

I definitely agree that prereading is still important, but there are many other strategies to be used and time could be better spent.  It depends on each case.

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A Case for Training All Teachers to Meet Needs of ELLs

A Case for Training All Teachers to Meet Needs of ELLs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"General education teachers need to be steeped in the same instructional strategies as bilingual education and English-as-a-second language teachers are, in order to support their ELL students."

Good synopsis of the report previously posted.

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Big Shifts Ahead for Math Instruction

Big Shifts Ahead for Math Instruction | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
The standards will change the grade levels at which some content is introduced, push aside other topics, and ask students to show their understanding.

Getting ready!

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Pineapplegate Raises Fresh Questions about the Obama Administration's Expansion of Testing

Pineapplegate Raises Fresh Questions about the Obama Administration's Expansion of Testing | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning.

Haha pineapplegate

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Tips for Planning Interdisciplinary Units in Middle School

Tips for Planning Interdisciplinary Units in Middle School | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Cross-curricular teaching requires forethought and communication but pays off in student engagement and knowledge retention, says one middle school teacher.

Great tips!

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More Sun Won't Boost Kids' Academic Performance, Study Says

More Sun Won't Boost Kids' Academic Performance, Study Says | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.

 

"Our results suggest that protection of children from UVB exposure, which has been associated with low levels of vitamin D, but which protects against skin damage and skin cancer, is unlikely to have any detrimental effect on academic achievement."

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Controversial Policy Group Casts Long K-12 Shadow

Controversial Policy Group Casts Long K-12 Shadow | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
The American Legislative Exchange Council—known as ALEC—has helped shape debate on issues such as vouchers and "parent trigger" laws in statehouses nationwide.

Interesting relation to the Trayvon Martin case and the Stand your Ground Laws

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School Counselor Facebook Guide Released

School Counselor Facebook Guide Released | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Katie Ash is a writer and Web producer for Education Week Digital Directions. Michelle Davis is a senior writer for Education Week Digital Directions. Ian Quillen is a staff writer for Education Week Digital Directions.

Good resource for schools and counselors

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Classroom Management That Creates Harmony Instead of Hostility

Classroom Management That Creates Harmony Instead of Hostility | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Music teacher Kevin Mixon offers tips on adopting a classroom-management style that reinforces learning goals and expectations instead of simply punishing bad behavior.

"You can still incorporate classroom-management levers that are tied directly to learning goals and that reinforce expectations, rather than simply punishing so-called "bad" behavior. In doing so, you can foster inclusiveness rather than divisive competition in the classroom."

Very good tips for classroom management.

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Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students

Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from their upcoming book, Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski highlight student reflection as an important tool in assessing the progress of English-language learners.

My favorite: "Involve students in assessment. Involving students in the assessment process can be powerful, resulting in increased motivation and learning."

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Intel Unveils New, $200 Tablet for Education

Intel Unveils New, $200 Tablet for Education | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Katie Ash is a writer and Web producer for Education Week Digital Directions. Michelle Davis is a senior writer for Education Week Digital Directions. Ian Quillen is a staff writer for Education Week Digital Directions.

"Intel has announced the launch of its 7-inch tablet encased in rugged plastic, created specifically for use in the education market."

I would LOVE to have 1:1 devices for my students...

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What You Need To Know About ALEC

What You Need To Know About ALEC | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.

"American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Founded in 1973, ALEC is an organization of nearly 2,000 conservative state legislators. Its hallmark is promotion of privatization and corporate interests in every sphere, not only education, but healthcare, the environment, the economy, voting laws, public safety, etc. It drafts model legislation that conservative legislators take back to their states and introduce as their own "reform" ideas."

Interesting...  I am for public schools, but I am always skeptical about extreme points of vue.  Need to look more into this...

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Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New Standards

Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New Standards | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
English-learners will have to go beyond the fundamentals and master "academic language," experts say.

"Under the standards developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative, however, instruction for English-learners will have to move far beyond those fundamental components of learning the language to include instruction on how to read and comprehend complex texts and to construct and convey arguments in writing across the content areas."

I've always thought that ELL education seemed to take place without context, so I'm glad we're moving in that direction!

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Magnets Reimagined as School Choice Option

Magnets Reimagined as School Choice Option | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
The specially themed schools conceived to spur desegregation are becoming another choice for public school students.

“Magnet schools not only strive to raise academic-achievement options for students traditionally left behind as strong charters do, but they also create strong schools that promote diversity that students across our county want to be a part of.”

And they work, too!  I've been in magnet schools my whole life and I've loved them!

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Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs

Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Special education teacher Laurie Wasserman says collaboration, diligence, and compassion can help schools better support students with learning difficulties.

"But a "student-centered mindset" goes beyond initial modifications: We pay close attention to individual students' progress and adjust our approaches throughout the year."

Good tips for inclusion and differentiation.

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Initiative Taps Arts, Celebrities to Help Turn Around Schools

Initiative Taps Arts, Celebrities to Help Turn Around Schools | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran Education Week reporters Catherine Gewertz and Erik Robelen bring you news and analysis of issues at the core of classroom learning.

I want to see how this turns out...

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Maslow's Hierarchy Hits Home

Maslow's Hierarchy Hits Home | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
David Ginsburg is a consultant specializing in instructional coaching, school leadership, math instruction, and new teacher training.

GREAT article

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Education Week Teacher: Flattening the School Walls

Education Week Teacher: Flattening the School Walls | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Principal Tom Horn has transformed a troubled alternative high school in Oregon—along with teachers' job descriptions—by introducing a radical project-based-learning model.

GENIUS.

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Is Television the New Secondhand Smoke?

Is Television the New Secondhand Smoke? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.

"Prior research suggests background television can have a "chronic disruptive impact on very young children's behavior." Studies have linked background television to less focused play among toddlers, poorer parent-child interaction, and interference with older students' ability to do homework," BUT "Anything that limits or distracts from that active interaction can be a problem, but not an insurmountable one."

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The Intersection of Race and Students With Disabilities

The Intersection of Race and Students With Disabilities | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.

Something to watch out for

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