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Should all 8th graders take Algebra?

Should all 8th graders take Algebra? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
With his recent announcement, De Blasio is hoping to avoid the pitfalls of previous algebra for all efforts.
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The secret sauce: the right way to teach the teachers

There are multiple ingredients, but one that can't be missed.
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This Video Of Students Bullying A Chicago School Teacher Is Hard To Watch

This Video Of Students Bullying A Chicago School Teacher Is Hard To Watch | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's unclear who the students in the dated video are, or if their behavior was addressed by the school. But what this video does show is that teachers do indeed get bullied.
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Better pay, more time to plan and one other thing teachers want from you

Better pay, more time to plan and one other thing teachers want from you | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When Arielle Bourguignon started teaching at 24th Street Elementary in Jefferson Park about two years ago, she felt UCLA 's education school had prepared her well.
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5 Ways to Engage Reluctant Students

5 Ways to Engage Reluctant Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Ask Them to Help You With Something (Anything!)

A lot of the time, a reluctant student will just do the bare minimum. They go to class, listen, quietly do the work (or maybe not so quietly!), and then slip out without a word (after the bell rings, of course). Whether they are shy, not interested in the class, or a “Chatty Cathy” who doesn’t seem to understand the word “respect”, they just don’t seem to care. You can’t engage them in class discussions, and you don’t know what to do anymore. So, why don’t you try and incorporate them into the lesson for the day?

When I was reading The Crucible with my class, I decided to play a game for my “hook” one day. I had a couple of my reluctant students come with me into the hall, and I said “hey, could you guys please help me with part of the lesson today? It will be really fun.” I could tell that they immediately perked up at the idea of being singled out to help. It made them feel important. It made them feel trusted, and it let them have fun. After all, how much magic was felt in my reluctant students through a tricky game of “Black Magic”?

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Superb teachers leave N.C., and best students avoid the profession

Superb teachers leave N.C., and best students avoid the profession | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
My son wants to teach high school history. He chose his college based on its education program. “Why not be a monk instead?” I asked him. “You’ll make more money.”
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Charters grapple with admission policies, question how public they should be

Charters grapple with admission policies, question how public they should be | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Some schools restrict admission to early grades, fueling a national debate about fairness and access to quality schools.
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How The Brain Forgets Things

How The Brain Forgets Things | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A fascinating new explanation of why our brains forget some things we've learned.
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G. Bruce Riggs's curator insight, November 2, 2015 8:20 AM
I thought I was just getting old and forgetful. Maybe I am just working it to hard! (haheha) Enjoy..
Linda Tapp's curator insight, November 2, 2015 9:40 AM

good to keep in mind when creating safety training

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Understanding Plagiarism in a Digital Age

Understanding Plagiarism in a Digital Age | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Do your students have a hard time defining — and thus, perhaps, avoiding — plagiarism? Here are resources, exercises, and advice to help.
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Yuyang Loh's curator insight, June 30, 2016 9:20 AM
  • This resource provides almost everything about plagiarism including ways to minimize the chances of plagiarism and more.
  • Rephrase the points that i want to relay to my audience and include the URL in the description. 
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5 Pathways to Productive and Purposeful Professional Development

The following article is the first in a series of collaborative efforts by the K-12 Blogging Team of Dean J. Fusto, Tiawana Giles, and Anthony Poullard. Click here to see more information about the...
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Assessment Inventory Tool: Helping Districts Reduce Testing

Across the country, education leaders are adding their voices to the call to address the issue of overtesting in schools. Numerous studies, such as the one released by the Council of the Great City Schools over the weekend, have shown that too often, districts lack a coherent assessment strategy and administer too many tests that are not useful or of high quality.
 
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Neuroplasticity ensures that your mindset is never fixed

Neuroplasticity ensures that your mindset is never fixed | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging illustrates link between aerobic fitness and cognitive function.
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The administration wants it both ways on testing

The administration wants it both ways on testing | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Indeed it does. That’s because its decision to condition ESEA flexibility on state adoption of teacher evaluation systems has not only raised the stakes of reading and math tests (making them less popular and potentially more damaging to the educational enterprise). It’s also led to a proliferation of tests in “non-tested subjects”—everything from P.E. to social studies and beyond—for the sole purpose of collecting data to judge teachers’ effectiveness.

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42 states, D.C. tie teacher reviews to student scores

42 states, D.C. tie teacher reviews to student scores | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores - up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.

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Are testing and learning mutually exclusive?

Are testing and learning mutually exclusive? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"In several recent pieces (for example, see here and here), Annie Murphy Paul has described the current scientific consensus around testing—and it’s a far cry from the narrative that testing hinders learning. (Full disclosure: Paul recently moderated a panel co-hosted by Deans for Impact). According to researchers, tests aid retrieval, transfer, and deep learning when students receive prompt feedback and have opportunities to analyze their item-level responses. Might standardized assessments in K-12 also be designed to aid learning?"

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Attracting New Smart, Skilled, and Striving Teachers

A new CAP report outlines a vision for how to elevate and modernize the teaching profession so that every student is taught by great teachers.
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8 Effective Teaching Strategies For Increasing Student Engagement

8 Effective Teaching Strategies For Increasing Student Engagement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Effective teaching strategies are intended to create environments where learners can actively participate and engage the material of the subject they are expected to learn.
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Can PD Be Virtual? Technology and Trends

Can PD Be Virtual? Technology and Trends | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Virtual professional development increases access, creates meaningful connections, and supports educators with the help of virtual tools for video conferencing, live sessions, and online courses.
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We don’t test students as much as people think we do. And the stakes aren’t really that high.

We don’t test students as much as people think we do. And the stakes aren’t really that high. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Obama’s new limits on standardized testing may not change classrooms all that much.
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Is a cap on the amount of testing time the wrong answer for schools?

Is a cap on the amount of testing time the wrong answer for schools? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The Obama administration’s proposal would add to the noise and contentiousness of schools’ problem.
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Why People Go Into Teaching and Why They Leave

Why People Go Into Teaching and Why They Leave | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Ninety-three percent of teachers say that the prospect of making a difference in students' lives played a critical role in attracting them to the profession, according to a new United Kingdom-based survey.
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More than half of the teachers surveyed said they have considered leaving the profession in the last six months, with 76 percent of those identifying the high workload as a main concern. Forty-three percent said being unhappy with the quality of their school's leadership or management and insufficient pay were significant factors. Teachers also considered leaving because of poor student behavior, not receiving enough support, and disliking the culture of schools. For some, other opportunities came up, and others said they just didn't plan on being a teacher for their whole career.

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Charter School Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’

Charter School Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’ | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Sixteen children at the Brooklyn school appeared on a list with that title; nine later left. Current and former employees say the network puts pressure on some parents to withdraw.
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The Power of Principals: Why They are so Important to Building Great Schools

The Power of Principals: Why They are so Important to Building Great Schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The strongest model for schools is one in which principals are creative, innovative instructional leaders. They find opportunities for their teachers to lead. They support teachers in their growth and create a safe space for adults to take risks in their learning. As we look at what builds a great school, we need to look at the principal. Who is at the helm? What vision have they set for their communities? How have they developed an environment that fosters learning and creativity?"

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Two Kinds of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Two Kinds of Parent-Teacher Conferences | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
We just celebrated open house night at our high school and, as usual, the principal announced that this night was not a night to chat with parents about how their students were doing in our classes. We were supposed to describe our course and provide a syllabus for the visiting parents.
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Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Adolescents learn more easily when they feel heard, understood, and cared about. Teachers should see teen reactions and attitudes through the lens of behavioral development.
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Zwelihle's curator insight, October 27, 2015 8:26 AM

Adolescents are mostly influence by their behavior, teachers need to think on developmental learning skills