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4th Grader's First Ski Jump

If you're too afraid to do something, watch this video."

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Teaching Teaching

"Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go." "Green’s book is about a more recent effort, spearheaded by a small handful of teaching revolutionaries, to improve the teaching of teaching. The common belief, held even by many people in the profession, that the best teachers are 'natural-born' is wrong, she writes. The common characteristic of her main characters is that they have broken down teaching into certain key skills, which can be taught. • 'You don’t need to be a genius,' Green told me recently. 'You have to know how to manage a discussion. You have to know which problems are the ones most likely to get the lessons across. You have to understand how students make mistakes — how they think — so you can respond to that.' Are these skills easier for some people than others? Of course they are. But they can be taught, even to people who don’t instinctively know how to do these things."
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Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Money magazine released a new list of best colleges focused on what is on the minds of many parents and students: money. Babson ranked No. 1.
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Repeal Prohibition, Again: New York Times Editorial Board

"The federal government should follow the growing movement in the states and repeal the ban on production, sale and use of marijuana."
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The Public Lightens Up About Weed

The Public Lightens Up About Weed | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Americans have moved to a decidedly libertarian stance on marijuana, and younger people are left wondering why anyone ever made such a fuss about it."

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12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free

12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A syllabus of great reading to understand the biggest education debates.
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Senator John Walsh’s Plagiarism Case Raises Ethical Alarm at Military School

Senator John Walsh’s Plagiarism Case Raises Ethical Alarm at Military School | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

At the United States Army War College, many are voicing concern over a moral fallout in the face of a senator’s plagiarized college paper.

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John Walsh, Democrat, Confronts Questions of Plagiarism

John Walsh, Democrat, Confronts Questions of Plagiarism | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

An examination of the final paper required for Senator John Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates he appropriated at least one-quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works.

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Edublogs Guide To Copyright and Working With Images

"Our support team gets a lot of questions regarding images -- where to find them, how to work with them, and the rules about which images educators and students can use for free. • This week's email features a collection of posts from The Edublogger that try to answer all of those questions for you."
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The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources

The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"So, you need an image for your blog? We’ve spent some time categorizing our favorite sources for free images and organizing them in such a way as to help you find what you’re looking for."
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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The class looked exactly like his own memories of school. 'I thought, Well, that’s only this class,' Takahashi said. But the next class looked like the first, and so did the next and the one after that. The Americans might have invented the world’s best methods for teaching math to children, but it was difficult to find anyone actually using them. • It wasn’t the first time that Americans had dreamed up a better way to teach math and then failed to implement it. The same pattern played out in the 1960s, when schools gripped by a post-Sputnik inferiority complex unveiled an ambitious 'new math,' only to find, a few years later, that nothing actually changed. In fact, efforts to introduce a better way of teaching math stretch back to the 1800s. The story is the same every time: a big, excited push, followed by mass confusion and then a return to conventional practices. • The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them. One 1965 Peanuts cartoon depicts the young blond-haired Sally struggling to understand her new-math assignment: 'Sets . . . one to one matching . . . equivalent sets . . . sets of one . . . sets of two . . . renaming two. . . .' After persisting for three valiant frames, she throws back her head and bursts into tears: 'All I want to know is, how much is two and two?' • Today the frustrating descent from good intentions to tears is playing out once again, as states across the country carry out the latest wave of math reforms: the Common Core. A new set of academic standards developed to replace states’ individually designed learning goals, the Common Core math standards are like earlier math reforms, only further refined and more ambitious. Whereas previous movements found teachers haphazardly, through organizations like Takahashi’s beloved N.C.T.M. math-teacher group, the Common Core has a broader reach. A group of governors and education chiefs from 48 states initiated the writing of the standards, for both math and language arts, in 2009. The same year, the Obama administration encouraged the idea, making the adoption of rigorous 'common standards' a criterion for receiving a portion of the more than $4 billion in Race to the Top grants. Forty-three states have adopted the standards."
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Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown

Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As Rhee's efforts flounder, new links emerge between a group she founded and a new face, Campbell Brown."
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It is amazing what happens when you tell kids they are more than their grades and test scores

It is amazing what happens when you tell kids they are more than their grades and test scores | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Every parent knows their kids are more than just their grades. Still, they also tell kids grades matter. No wonder an English elementary school headmaster set off a social media storm when she helped write a letter to students telling them not worry so much about their scores, since "there are many ways of being smart."
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11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research

11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists from BU, Harvard and MIT tell us what they're working on.
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All Played Out

We’ve abdicated our parental rights and duties to the new societal norm.
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Map of Pangea With Current International Borders

Map of Pangea With Current International Borders | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Let's get the band back together.
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Let States Decide on Marijuana

Let States Decide on Marijuana | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"It’s time for the federal government to step aside."
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All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To

All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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Connect With Others - Join Our Class Blog List!

Connect With Others - Join Our Class Blog List! | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"We regularly update the entire Edublogger’s class blog list to ensure the list remains current, contains helpful resources and see what else we can do to help you to find class blogs for the grades and subjects you teach. • We’ve just completed the latest update! • You can view the list on our Class blog list page."
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How Senator John Walsh Plagiarized a Final Paper

How Senator John Walsh Plagiarized a Final Paper | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A line-by-line analysis of Mr. Walsh’s master’s thesis shows that he took much of it from other sources without giving them credit.
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A Middle-School Cheating Scandal

A Middle-School Cheating Scandal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept.

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Step 7: Images, copyright, and Creative Commons

Step 7:  Images, copyright, and Creative Commons | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging! The aim of this step is to: Discuss copyright, fair use and using images on blogs."
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Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education

Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Learning how to use image editing software can be difficult and time consuming. And, teaching students how to use it can be even more challenging. Luckily, there are several free, online alternatives..."
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor 'stations' — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to 'what did you do in school today?' was, 'I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire'? • That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name. They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play."
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Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
It's no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.
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5 Ways The Brain Stymies Scientists And 5 New Tools To Crack It

5 Ways The Brain Stymies Scientists And 5 New Tools To Crack It | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A leading authority on neuroscience, Dr. Steven Hyman, discusses why understanding the brain is so darned hard, and how new scientific tools are nonetheless making it possible.
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