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Promoting a Culture of Learning

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Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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Grading As an Opportunity to Encourage Students

Grading As an Opportunity to Encourage Students | Teacher News | Scoop.it
There's no such thing as a completely objective grade. Compiling, weighting and averaging numbers often leaves a good teacher with a grade that doesn't reflect what he understands about the child in question--what that child actually knows and can do.
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You’ve got to have faith to be a great teacher!

You’ve got to have faith to be a great teacher! | Teacher News | Scoop.it

For the last four months, as part of a yearlong search to understand what great teaching looks like by visiting 11thgrade English classrooms across Los Angeles, I’ve had a chance to observe great teachers in schools across the socioeconomic spectrum, from a very low-income community in Watts to an elite private school in Sherman Oaks. Despite radical differences in approach, personality and philosophy, I’ve been struck by the realization that the teachers I’m following share five common practices. And in the end, these practices are rooted in the same state of being......

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4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine | Teacher News | Scoop.it
For many of us who are intimidated by the idea of "rigor" and exactly what it means to make our lessons more rigorous, thinking about it as a routine can make it more real and doable for us. Because
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To Help Students Learn, Appeal to What They Value

To Help Students Learn, Appeal to What They Value | Teacher News | Scoop.it
A Hunger for Recognition

Greg was among my toughest students in a tough year of teaching high school. Physically he attended class, but academically he was missing. He was a freshman invested in his
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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting | Teacher News | Scoop.it
Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousan
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Teaching Secrets: Start With the Exit Ticket

Teaching Secrets: Start With the Exit Ticket | Teacher News | Scoop.it
An instructional coach discusses how giving students exit cards can help teachers determine what students know and redirect their instruction accordingly.
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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator | Teacher News | Scoop.it
Innovation isn't a matter of will.

Like most things worth creating, critical ingredients pre-exist the product. In the case of innovation in education, many of those necessary ingredients are simple
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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing | Teacher News | Scoop.it
"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentiona
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Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift | Teacher News | Scoop.it

 The ability for classrooms to beam in authors, subject experts, and fellow students from around the world has been one of the great advantages afforded by Skype. Commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, the service just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

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Six Paths to Better Leadership

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We know a lot about effective leadership in education -- and we keep learning the same lessons over and over. Between 1989 and 2000, Mark Goldberg interviewed 43 leaders across a spectrum of positi
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School board ponders policy for corporate sponsorships : Dunn County News

School board ponders policy for corporate sponsorships : Dunn County News | Teacher News | Scoop.it
The Menomonie School Board engaged in a spirited debate Monday about creating a policy for corporate and private sponsorship as called for in the district’s Resource Action Plan.
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Wausau West, Merrill high school schedules used as national models

The 40-year-old flex mod schedule at Wausau West High School made headlines in March when an April Fools’ prank went awry.

A news video meant to be aired in the school April 1 declared the flex mod schedule would be scrapped. When that video was accidentally released on the Internet before April Fools’ Day, many people were gearing up for a protest because to them, the flex mod schedule is part and parcel of Wausau West.

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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step | Teacher News | Scoop.it
All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fea
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An alternate take on the "close reading" standard

An alternate take on the "close reading" standard | Teacher News | Scoop.it
The first standard in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading under the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts says, in part,
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Helping students self assess

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Giving quizzes allows teachers to examine data and see what students understand and where they may need more practice. Ideally, quizzes should provide the
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Lessons Learned from My Students

Lessons Learned from My Students | Teacher News | Scoop.it
My students have taught me some invaluable lessons during my first two years as a college professor. I’d like to share three of the most important ones here. They aren’t new lessons and I didn’t use any unique methods to learn them.
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Senioritis -- or an Opportunity for Growth?

Senioritis -- or an Opportunity for Growth? | Teacher News | Scoop.it
Walking into the kitchen, she spots the community college acceptance letter on top of a stack of mail. Early in December, the Marine Corps notifies him that basic training starts in six months. She's
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Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers

Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers | Teacher News | Scoop.it
We should teach students that boredom, like any problem, can be your friend. Brushing your teeth is boring, too, but that doesn't mean you should stop.
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Tips for New History Teachers

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What should new social studies teachers keep in mind as they begin their first year in the classroom? Our three Future of History bloggers have tips!
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Experience Is a Teacher--Let Us Learn

Experience Is a Teacher--Let Us Learn | Teacher News | Scoop.it

Recently, I wrote about the value of experience, in a world where we seem to have access to so much so quickly—the difference between feeling like you could do something if you tried, and actually being experienced at it.  In this post, I portray experience as an unequivocally good thing, representing adeptness, strength and style. And why wouldn’t it be?....

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator | Teacher News | Scoop.it
Innovation isn't a matter of will.

Like most things worth creating, critical ingredients pre-exist the product. In the case of innovation in education, many of those necessary ingredients are simple
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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Teacher News | Scoop.it
In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective.
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SmartBlog on Education - How to give students a voice in their education

SmartBlog on Education - How to give students a voice in their education | Teacher News | Scoop.it
Those who know me, know that student voice is one of my biggest passions in education. And not just any student voice, but including the voice of my studen
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Selling our value as teachers...

Selling our value as teachers... | Teacher News | Scoop.it
In my current position, I am responsible for recruiting and hiring new faculty. The unique nature of our school results in multiple hiring periods and upwa
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