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Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds

Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week news producer Bryan Toporek brings you K-12 sports coverage that reaches far beyond box scores.

"Researchers discovered that both boys and girls who were persistently obese throughout their K-5 years performed significantly worse on math tests than their peers of healthy weight in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades"

"The findings illustrate the complexity of relations among children's weight status, social and emotional well-being, academics, and time"

Veryyy interesting

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The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers

The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Teacher Justin Minkel says a project he launched to get more books into the homes of his students has had a profound effect on their academic progress and connection to reading.

"The ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 books to one child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is one book to 300 children.

This "book gap" is easier to erase than the more complex barriers involved in poverty. Richard Allington found that giving children 12 books to take home over the summer resulted in gains equal to summer school for lower-income children, and had twice the impact of summer school for the poorest of those children."

AMAZING

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Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Mark Walsh is a contributing writer to Education Week. He has covered legal issues in education for more than 17 years. He writes about school-related cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower courts.

"By denying these children a basic education, we deny them the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of our nation."

Amen!

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Telling Is Not Teaching

Telling Is Not Teaching | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a lecturer in the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Follow Walt Gardner on Twitter.

"From time to time, college professors weigh in on ways to improve public schools. It always amazes me that their views are taken so seriously. I say that because what passes for sound pedagogy in higher education in all likelihood would be a total flop in K-12 classrooms."

You have to have been there to know

 

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A Bucket List for K-12 Students

A Bucket List for K-12 Students | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

  In today’s global and entrepreneurial economy, every student must be able to walk out of the building with a meaningful diploma, prepared for success in the twenty-first century.Alliance…...

"The mission of the public education system must shift from educating some students and preparing them for the twentieth-century American economy to educating all students and preparing them for the twenty-first century global economy."

I couldn't agree more!

 

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» Teachers Need More Training to Handle Children’s Emotions - Psych Central News

» Teachers Need More Training to Handle Children’s Emotions   - Psych Central News | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Student teachers learn a lot about how to teach in college, but they don't get much training in how to respond to young children's emotions, such as...

"student teachers who reported more effective strategies for regulating their own emotions — for instance, thinking about a stressful situation in a different light — and who also reported more accepting beliefs about children’s emotions were more supportive of children when they had emotional outbursts, according to the researchers."

I definitely think all teachers could benefit from some of this training.

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E x t r a S p a c i n g Improves Reading for Those With Dyslexia

E x t r a S p a c i n g Improves Reading for Those With Dyslexia | 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.

"Extra-wide letter spacing could be a simple, efficient way to improve the reading ability of children with dyslexia and could encourage these kids to read, further improving those skills, a group of Italian and French researchers say."

"Extra-wide letter spacing doubled students' text-reading accuracy and increased their reading speed by more than 20 percent."

Sounds like a good solution for some!

 

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Art Exhibit Spotlights Power of School-Museum Partnerships

Art Exhibit Spotlights Power of School-Museum Partnerships | 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.

"Art is a powerful tool for education, and museums provide invaluable access to arts education for students in this country"

I think it would be cool to have some sort of partnership with a local museum...

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Teaching for all levels — in one class

Teaching for all levels — in one class | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Teachers, pressured to better juggle disparate student needs, are finding that customized lessons help.

"The hardest thing about being a teacher: You can always do more"

Too true...

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Study Calls for Student Motivation in Improvement Planning

Study Calls for Student Motivation in Improvement Planning | 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.

"• Competence, in which students think they have the ability to do what is being asked;
• Control, or students believing they have choice in what to do and can affect the outcome;
• Interest, in which students perceive value in the task or learning; and
• Relatedness, or believing that doing the task or gaining the knowledge will gain them social approval."

Focus on motivation!!

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Is the Internet hurting children? - CNN.com

Is the Internet hurting children? - CNN.com | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Chelsea Clinton and James P. Steyer say the explosion in online access for children and teenagers has created privacy concerns and cognitive development issues.

"While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the Internet may actually be changing how our brains work. Too much hypertext and multimedia content has been linked in some kids to limited attention span, lower comprehension, poor focus, greater risk for depression and diminished long-term memory."
 "We need legislation, educational efforts and norms that reflect 21st-century realities to maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks for our kids. Only then will we be able to give them the safe, healthy childhood and adolescence they deserve."

Hmmm...  I agree with the second quote, but I'm not sure how to react to the first...

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
This lesson is a fun way to combine art and science. Using collage to learn about food and nutrition, as well as, good and poor eating habits. In addi...

Awesome activity!  Really forces students to think about what they're eating.

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WAT Book Club: 4 Great Reads for Boys - WeAreTeachers

WAT Book Club: 4 Great Reads for Boys - WeAreTeachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
It seems like every time we talk with teachers about their classroom libraries, someone says “I need more recommendations for my boys!” We hear you.

Some good book recommendations

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Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay

Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

'Flipping' the classroom ensures students receive a personalized education tailored to their needs, say two early adopters of the model.

"After comparing the test results from both years, the data showed our students were learning more in the flipped environment than in our traditional classroom setting. Since then, our students' test scores have continued to improve, and the anecdotal feedback from students and parents has been extremely positive."

I am definitely interested in flipping my classroom every now and then!

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Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges

Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges | 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.

What's next North Carolina? ...

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Educational Technology Guy: 4 Ways Technology Helps To Diversify Education

Educational Technology Guy: 4 Ways Technology Helps To Diversify Education | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Go technology!

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What is 21st century education?

Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like criti...

Great video about 21st century education!

 

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First lady sponsors kids' recipe contest for dinner at the White House - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

First lady sponsors kids' recipe contest for dinner at the White House - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a state dinner later this summer — but rather than the usual crowd of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, this event will be catered — literally — towards kids.

This sounds cool!  And it would be a great activity to do with students during a health/nutrition unit.

 

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Tracking Behavior with a Number Line

Tracking Behavior with a Number Line | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Tracking classroom behavior can be a mutually beneficial tool for students and teachers. Using a number line, students can see their behavior progress and learn Math concepts on a daily basis.

Cool idea!

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Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners

Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners | 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.

"publicly-funded early childhood programs need to build their capacity and expertise to meet the needs of young English-language learners"\

I couldn't agree more!  Fundamental principle of language: if you improve one, the other improves, too

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Today’s math vocabulary exposes generational divide

Today’s math vocabulary exposes generational divide | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
As the nation strives to increase the rigor of math instruction, educators are cleaning up their math vocabulary.

I like the shift in math vocab! Particularly:
"“If I have eight cupcakes, can I give you nine?” he asked his class.
“No!” the students said.
“But I can go next door to Mrs. Miller’s house, right?” he asked. “Because she always has extra snacks when I need to borrow some.”"

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Why Service Is a Skill Worth Learning | Teaching Tolerance

Why Service Is a Skill Worth Learning | Teaching Tolerance | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

"We know, as adults, the importance of understanding the needs of our neighbors and why they may have those needs. Let’s show our kids. Let’s help them to see that each of us is an integral part of our society and that we cannot thrive without each other’s help."

I couldn't agree more!

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3 Teacher Evaluation Mistakes to Avoid

3 Teacher Evaluation Mistakes to Avoid | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
School districts across the US are creating new teacher evaluation systems that are supposed to better identify ineffective teaching and, in some cases, tie a teacher’s rating to student performance.…...

"1. Limiting the number of teachers who can rate in the highest category

2. Not tying professional development to the evaluation and salary system

3. Not providing follow-up professional development, feedback, and coaching that helps teachers respond effectively to the evaluation"

Something to keep in mind when applying for jobs.

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National Conference in Ohio Focuses on Teachers

National Conference in Ohio Focuses on Teachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
National education conference in Ohio focuses on strengthening teaching profession...

"Educators including the U.S. secretary of education, teacher union leaders and school administrators will focus this week on ways to transform the teaching profession with such targets as better recruiting, preparation and career development, and evaluations based on effectiveness."

It will be interesting to see how this goes...

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DIY Tabletop Biosphere

DIY Tabletop Biosphere | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
If you've ever dreamed of owning your own tabletop biosphere, or looking for a fun project either to display in your home or give as a gift, look no further. Here are some resources to creating your own living biosphere ...

It'd be so cool to do this with my students!  So many learning opportunities!

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