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21 Pi Day Resources for your Classroom

21 Pi Day Resources for your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Around the world, March 14th (3/14) is recognized as the day to celebrate Pi, which, of course, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.  The 'earliest known' celebration of Pi Day was in 1988 when physicist Larry Shaw and staff of the San Francisco Exploratorium marched around a circular space and then ate fruit pies! Since then, Pi Day has become a classroom and cultural phenomenon. Whether you are looking for activities to conduct in the classroom, special Pi day gear, or a unique video to highlight the occasion, keep reading for a plethora of Pi Day fun!"

 

Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me community.

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The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them

The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This environment is part of a larger maker movement that acknowledges 21st Century natives need to learn in settings that are very different than the musty libraries or classroom rows of their parents. Makerspaces are areas where students come to explore, build, create, and tinker."

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Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School

Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Some schools, including a public high school in New York City, are embracing a program that allows comfort dogs on campus."

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Hip Hop Artist JusTme Helps Sun Prairie Students Become Mindful

Hip Hop Artist JusTme Helps Sun Prairie Students Become Mindful | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The movement got a shot in the arm with a visit by hip hop artist and mindfulness instructor Timothy Scott Jr., who works and performs as JusTme."

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Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier

Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When English learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel."

 

Thanks to Elizabeth Lovett for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Middle School Strategies community.

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Schools Are Ill-Prepared to Educate 'Superdiverse' English-Learners

Schools Are Ill-Prepared to Educate 'Superdiverse' English-Learners | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The nation's dual-language-learner population has grown by about 24 percent since 2000, and those students represent a wider range of language and cultures than in the past."

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How a Growing Number of States Are Hoping to Improve Kids' Brains Through Exercise

How a Growing Number of States Are Hoping to Improve Kids' Brains Through Exercise | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"A growing number of politicians and educators, like those in Appleton, have begun to heed the research and decided that to improve academic performance, they must do something about their students’ physical fitness as well."

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Easing That Feeling of Professional Isolation for Special Education Teachers

Easing That Feeling of Professional Isolation for Special Education Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Being a special education teacher can feel isolating, but there are some ways to build connections with colleagues."

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How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things : NPR Ed

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things : NPR Ed | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has children all over the country asking difficult questions. Here are a few tips for their parents and teachers."

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How To Reflect and Recharge When Things Go Wrong

How To Reflect and Recharge When Things Go Wrong | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"You planned, you prepared, you knew it was going to be the best yet. But it's not. Now what? A fellow educator lends some sound advice." Thanks to Wisconsin's Laura Wilberding for sharing this NEA.org resource on the NEA edCommunities Educator Effectiveness community.

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Kids in Crisis: Later high school start times can aid mental health

Kids in Crisis: Later high school start times can aid mental health | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In a survey of 55 Wisconsin high schools, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporters found that 78 percent of schools start classes before 8 a.m. Only four schools out of those surveyed across the Milwaukee area, the Fox Valley and central Wisconsin start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later as recommended by the CDC."

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History Group Helps Teachers Develop Unique Local Course Materials for Baraboo Elementary Students

History Group Helps Teachers Develop Unique Local Course Materials for Baraboo Elementary Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
A Sauk County historical organization is bringing local events from the past to Baraboo classrooms.
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How to Manage Cell Phone Use in Your Classroom

How to Manage Cell Phone Use in Your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"While smartphones can easily be the downfall of your students’ attention spans and performance, they don’t have to be. More and more educators these days are incorporating modern technology and students’ own smartphones into their classroom to engage and excite students about learning. Here you will find useful tips on how to manage cell phone use in your classroom, and use it for your teaching benefit."

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Exploring the Benefit Mindset

Exploring the Benefit Mindset | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Helping students see how they can have a positive influence on their community and the world goes beyond teaching and modeling empathy."

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The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Empathy is about opening your heart. I know that this can feel difficult, but I also know that our hearts can hold a lot. Teachers have many opportunities to do this, and developing empathy as a practice can actually make our work as educators easier."

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With Hundreds Of Students, School Counselors Just Try To 'Stay Afloat'

With Hundreds Of Students, School Counselors Just Try To 'Stay Afloat' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"School counselors work with students on mental health each day — but with support, they say, they could do more."

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What’s the Right Amount of Homework?

What’s the Right Amount of Homework? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Decades of research show that homework has some benefits, especially for students in middle and high school—but there are risks to assigning too much."

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Some Small Ideas to Help Students Self-Select Books Better

Some Small Ideas to Help Students Self-Select Books Better | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"How do students move beyond needing someone, typically, the adult or trusted reading role model to help them find the next book to read? The truth is there is no simple answer; however, there are things that we can do starting on our very first day that starts this process of independent book selection that will last beyond our classroom experience."

 

Thanks to Amy Kappele for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Middle School Strategies community. The author, Pernille Ripp, is an Oregon, Wisconsin, teacher and a WEAC Region 6 member.

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New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better

New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When Stanford researchers recently peered into the brains of students to see how attitude affects achievement, they found something startling. Your outlook on learning, it turns out, matters just as much as your IQ."

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12 Great Classroom Management Websites for Teachers

12 Great Classroom Management Websites for Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Looking for some educational websites to help you with the management of your class instruction? This list has you covered."

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More Teens Sneaking Vaping Devices That Look Like Flash Drives, Markers Into High Schools

More Teens Sneaking Vaping Devices That Look Like Flash Drives, Markers Into High Schools | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Educators say they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students caught vaping on campus in recent months. Teens use devices that range from a JUUL — a slim, rectangular device that looks like a USB flash drive — to e-cigarettes, which resemble highlighter markers or oversized lipsticks."

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Madison's Thoreau Elementary Students Read Book to Make a Difference

Madison's Thoreau Elementary Students Read Book to Make a Difference | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

“As soon as I read it, it was like this is the one,” said teacher Lisa Hempstead, a Madison Teachers Inc. member. “It was a perfect selection for our school as it addresses issues of immigration, acceptance of diversity, the power of friendship and how acts of kindness can make a difference in the world — all important messages we want our students to embrace.”

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What Researchers Want Teachers to Know About Virtual Reality’s Health Risks

What Researchers Want Teachers to Know About Virtual Reality’s Health Risks | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Researchers found that usage of VR headsets could impact a child’s vision, balance and spatial awareness—concerns they say educators should consider before adopting VR technology." Thanks to Melanie Ruiz for posting this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools & Learning 6-12 group.

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Ranking the Most Popular Trends in Education For 2018

Ranking the Most Popular Trends in Education For 2018 | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This post isn’t about the most innovative trends, most exciting trends, or most effective trends, but rather the most popular trends in innovative education as analyzed by TeachThought."

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'MicroMasters' Surge As MOOCs Go From Education To Qualification

'MicroMasters' Surge As MOOCs Go From Education To Qualification | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"MicroMasters certificates (MMs) are online, examined and graded, credit-eligible graduate-level courses that involve about a quarter of the coursework of a traditional Masters degree. At edX they cost about $1,000.

 

"In the world of MOOC qualification, the front-loaded learning of a traditional Masters fragments into iterative stepping stones of credentialing. These are smaller, faster, units of study that span a person's working life. As one MM provides the skills to get a job, so the next one will up-skill her to maintain and evolve the position, or get a promotion, or transition to a new job.

 

“Learning once and working for the next 30 years is obsolete; we need to move to an world where re-skilling becomes part of the culture. The MicroMasters as a standalone modular credential serves as academic currency in a continuous, lifelong-learning world.”

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