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Alliance is Formed: Brave Girls Want

Alliance is Formed: Brave Girls Want | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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The Brave Girls Want alliance was formed by a group of women who believe girls thrive when they see and experience the widest possible variety of "ways to be a girl".  They oppose the sexualization and exploitation of girls, and value working in close partnerships with media and products that promote a healthy girlhood.  Moreover, they value non-sterotyped and realistic portrayals and images of girls in characters, products, clothing, toys and much more.  And they value diversity in all its forms and expect to see a full range of human qualities attributed to girls.  Please take some time to read about how they got started with the most recent blog post. This site also has a link to The Brave Girls Want's board of directors, a group of women with expertise and experience in a vast array of fields and industries, and also read more about their mission and core values.  
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When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
What's the real purpose of classroom management?
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Terrific piece--with an eye directed at what's most conducive to student learning.  These varying approaches, self-discipline versus more compliant/disciplinary environments are far too often the divide between higher income and lower income school environments (but need not be).  What are we preparing our children for in the long term? 

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Sheryl Sandberg Commencement Address in China: 4 Wishes For The Class of 2015

Sheryl Sandberg Commencement Address in China: 4 Wishes For The Class of 2015 | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
I believe your generation will do a better job than mine at fixing the problem of gender inequality. So we turn to you. You are the promise for a more equal world. Great leaders don't just develop people like them, they develop everyone. If you want to be a great leader, develop the women -- as well as the men -- at your companies.
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Sheryl Sandberg's message should resonate everywhere--not just in China.   Worth reading....

"And for each of you, I wish four things:

1. That you are bold and have good fortune. Fortune favors the bold.

2. That you give and get the feedback you need. Feedback is a gift.

3. That you empower everyone. Nothing is somebody else's problem.

4. That you support equality. Lean In!"

 

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Meet the Supremes: Who are the US Supreme Court justices? - BBC News

Meet the Supremes: Who are the US Supreme Court justices? - BBC News | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The US Supreme Court can have a huge impact on everyday American life - do you know who the nine justices are?
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Each Supreme Court justice has been assigned an adjective to describe him or her.  It's interesting to read the BBC's perspective on America's nine justices. 

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What are the Best and Worst Ways to Prepare for an Exam?

What are the Best and Worst Ways to Prepare for an Exam? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
— Lola Irele, London

Via Javier Sánchez Bolado
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Behavioral management in my classroom

Behavioral management in my classroom | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A Teaching Aside I have been thinking a lot lately about how as a teacher I can best approach the problem of managing behavior in a classroom full of diverse students. The problem, when stated simp...
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The behavior management system discussed at the end of the blog post is brilliant.  To have a system that incorporates life skills (responsibility) and core math concepts is terrific. 

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Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?

Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
An experiment at Fieldston, which starts when 8-year-olds are sorted by race, has some very liberal parents fuming.
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Let me share that I have long considered Fieldstone, an independent school in NY City, a social and intellectual giant in terms of admissions policies & pedagogy.  This is a lengthy article that covers white privilege, stereotype threat, and the reasons behind a new affinity group program based on race, “to increase self-esteem and a sense of belonging".  Overall, a school would need to be diverse-enough to create the affinity groups.  Nevertheless, the parent reactions are quite revealing, and the program goals, in the spirit of the Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes Brown Eyes, a progressive step forward.  If any school can make new headway under the glaze of nervous parents, it’s Fieldstone “Lower".  Powerful & thought-provoking.  

 

 

"With her affinity-group program, Richards hopes to accomplish two things. First, she wants to support the kids of color, because they and their parents have told her they need the help. There are still too many incidents of “microaggressions” at her school: A girl puts her hands in another girl’s hair; a boy asks his Asian friend where he’s really from."

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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?
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Life Skills?  Grit?  21st Century Skills? Growth Mindset? Character Education?  

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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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20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Sometimes, doctors know exactly what we need. Sometimes they don't. Either way, only go to a doctor who sees you as a valuable partner in your child's health and progress.
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I really love this post...trips to the Aquarium and all! 

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Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center

Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 784 active hate groups in the United States in 2014.
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While we progress on many fronts, please note this informative map of hate groups by State. For instance, in Bainbridge, Ohio the hate group Aryan Nations is based. I lived close-by  at one time and was never aware they existed. 

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How Republican vs Democrat are you?

This short test can tell exactly where you align.
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This is a thorough poll, but worth your time to learn how you really match-up to candidates...(Thanks, Lori Day, for the heads-up).

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How to Grade a Teacher

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There are better ways to evaluate teachers than test scores alone.
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Be sure to click on the Michigan report as well...

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The Common Core can't speed up child development

The Common Core can't speed up child development | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Recent evaluations of the state's preschoolers have determined that only 47 percent are ready for kindergarten, compared to 83 percent judged ready last year. This drastic drop...
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I support the "philosophy" of the CC, but not what I'm witnessing in schools, especially at the youngest levels. "Why do we have educational standards that are not aligned with even the most basic facts of human development? Clearly these test results show that the problem is with the standards, not the children.  Educational attainment is part of human development, and fundamentally this is a biological process that cannot be sped up".  Amen.  Period. 

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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

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , brian c. hart
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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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