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A Dissent on Teaching Huckleberry Finn

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For most high school students, Mark Twain's controversial masterpiece brings frustration and confusion rather than literary enthusiasm, says a writer and educator.
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A thoughtful piece that asks important questions..

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The Homework I Wish My Child Brought Home From School

The Homework I Wish My Child Brought Home From School | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
If I could wave my magic mama-wand, I'd abolish homework in the lower grades.
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Running outside, peering under rocks, racing the neighbor kid to the hose, reading a book together under the covers, and tossing a ball shouldn't get lost....it's "childhood" ....we get to be "adults" far too long...

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This College Is Actually Trusting Students With Real Works By Picasso

This College Is Actually Trusting Students With Real Works By Picasso | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Jay Z starts one of his singles from 2013's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" by claiming, "I just want a Picasso in my casa, no, my castle." At Oberlin College, students fulfi
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You've gotta love gutsy Oberlin College....

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ASCD EDge - Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning

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ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge

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Rancher Suffers Brain Injury, Becomes Accidental Genius

Rancher Suffers Brain Injury, Becomes Accidental Genius | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
For most of her life, Leigh Erceg was an athlete who loved NASCAR. But a few years ago, Erceg, 47, suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now she is a gifted artist.
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In art, she starts with the details and then fills out the wholes...the opposite of most people. 

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Is It Wrong to Let Children Do Extreme Sports?

Is It Wrong to Let Children Do Extreme Sports? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Even as Americans have grown more fixated on childhood safety, kids are participating in risky pastimes in ever greater numbers.
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Moderation is key. We certainly can't protect children in bubble-wrap, but  many children would be labeled "thrill-seekers" given parents who reinforce their every need.  What children need are "parents" who redirect early tendencies in appropriate manners.  The research on drug addiction being replaced with adrenaline-inducing activities as a solution seems logical on the surface, but other methods of channeling chemical dependencies makes far more sense.....   

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Facebook Isn't Dead; It's Just Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be

Facebook Isn't Dead; It's Just Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Much ado has been made about the declining use of Facebook among teens. Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. found 13- to 17-year-old social-media users on Facebook slipped to 88% in 2014 from 94% in 2013.
Piper Jaffray found Facebook use among teenagers aged 13 to 19 plummeted from 72% in spring 2014 to 45% in fall 2014. Forrester Research found nearly 80% of 12- to 19-year olds visit Facebook at least
once a month but only 28% "use it all the time." Niche says 87% of high-school seniors have adopted Facebook and 61% use it daily.
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It's not quite dead yet, but there are many other platforms chipping away at its appeal.  So...

"Is Facebook a place for teens to be creative and hang out with their peers? NO. So while still of use to teens, Facebook risks lower usage in the long-term because other platforms are filling teens’ need to express their creativity and inner selves."

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Shifts in Political and Cultural Norms

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Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court on April 28 will hear arguments about whether to extend that right nationwide. The case comes amid a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states since 2013, and 36 overall. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn't a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

We looked at six big issues—interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana — to show how this has happened in the past, and may again in the very near future.


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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Creativity can seem like an abstract concept, but having a definition can give a learner the power to practice it on a regular basis.

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Sir Ken....more on creativity. 

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Anthony Doerr Wins Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr Wins Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Anthony Doerr won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction today for his best-selling historical novel All the Light We Cannot See. The novel, which was the break-away literary fiction novel of last year, was...
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A few books to place on the must-read list!  BTW: Anthony Doerr is a Clevelander.  

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'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew says the assignment had been a revelation for her.
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The heart-breaking reality of too many students. #WishMyTeacher Knew that "my family can't afford pencils" or that the child secretly misses her father who has been deported to another country.  It's a sad state of affairs that teachers deal with everyday in classrooms. Students need far more emotional support than politicians and all the media pundits realize .  

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.
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Ohio State University Study (not the first, but confirms the same results from a previous study)

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Why We're Teaching Grit Through Stories of Resilience – (Book List)

Why We're Teaching Grit Through Stories of Resilience – (Book List) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Baseball’s decline in America

Baseball’s decline in America | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Baseball’s audience is predominantly white, older and higher-earning. The average age of baseball viewers has been rising.
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This story showcases more than just the decline of interest in baseball. It also highlights the rise of sports like lacrosse and rugby and how quickly kids leave certain sports. 

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Dear Children: Let Me Explain This Thing Called Summer - We are THAT Family

Dear Children: Let Me Explain This Thing Called Summer - We are THAT Family | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
It was an hour after she got home from Vacation Bible School last summer. One hour after Water games! Snow cones! a Slimy Craft! Dancing and Singing! The Best Day Ever! We were in the second week of summer. The second week of sleeping in and she was slipping and sliding towards boredom.   Walking around the house, whining …
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Downtime in the summer--YES!  It's healthy on all fronts. 

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10 US Cities Over 1 Million, Population Clock, Highlights from latest report. Columbus, Ohio gains...

10 US Cities Over 1 Million, Population Clock, Highlights from latest report. Columbus, Ohio gains... | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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The Population Clock link allows us to view world data.  The link that follows includes highlights from the US Census, including their recent announcement that 10 U.S. Cities now have populations of over 1MM: people. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-89.html

 

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

Let the Kids Learn Through Play | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Academic teaching in kindergarten backfires.
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The pendulum is tilting too far.  Yes, there is a balancing act, especially bringing some children up-to-speed, but the current shift in certain education quarters is too extreme and not developmentally appropriate.  Overly structured, didactic days squelch creativity, innovation, imaginative play and the honing of ever-so important social skills. Instead these classroom spaces create robots who  aren't prepared for college life nor the 21st Century skill sets our country will need. Balance...

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WHAT KIND OF ASIAN ARE... - Big Mama and The WiLD Bunch | Facebook

WHAT KIND OF ASIAN ARE... - Big Mama and The WiLD Bunch | Facebook | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
VIDEO OF THE DAY: WHAT KIND OF ASIAN ARE YOU? THIS IS SOOOOOO FUNNY!!!
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Point well made...and funny to boot!

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New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time

New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Under the common core, teachers use new questioning techniques to help the youngest students learn to draw evidence from what they read.
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Whenever the opportunity presents itself, layering the learning experience is a productive use of class time.  I also appreciate the way this teacher ask questions as she read to the class and allowed the students to pick a buddy to discuss the possible answers. 

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Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? And What Cities LOVE to celebrate.. - CNN.com

Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? And What Cities LOVE to celebrate.. - CNN.com | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Cinco de Mayo is about guacamole, Mexican flags, margaritas and beer. Right? But what's really behind this holiday?
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated

The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
When I was a freshman at the University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries of Hyde Park. Do not go north of 47th Street. Do not go south of 61st...
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Check out Cleveland, Chicago & Scottsdale AZ. 

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Dear Future Generations: We Can't Eat Money

Dear Future Generations,

Sorry.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 21, 11:10 PM

Great video in celebration of Earth Day.  We really should be sorry.  

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Scale taught in Comics

Scale taught in Comics | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Such as a simple, powerful comic strip to teach the importance of scale.   If you prefer an image with a 'paper' look to it, try this image of the April 19, 2015 post of Mutts. 

 

Tags: scale, K12, location, fun.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, April 22, 7:16 PM

Scales...

Coco Angus's curator insight, April 28, 5:56 PM

April 19 2015 

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 5:40 AM

It is kinda cool to see this comic explain scale. Short and sweet but to the point. This could easily be taught to a kid at the age of 4 or 5.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos http://t.co/0x9CW7c1RZ

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 17, 11:05 PM

There are useful skill groups built into flogging, not least of which is the the presentation skill group.

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Should Schools Strive for Racial Diversity Among Teachers?

Should Schools Strive for Racial Diversity Among Teachers? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
How important is it to have racial diversity among teachers at a school?
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Education on Air

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Join us for a free online conference. You have the best seat in the house (your own!) to learn with other educators. Sign up today to stay informed.
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Everyone seems to be registering for this online conference....

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