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How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other

How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Some kids are using Google Docs, the seemingly wholesome web-based word processor, to skirt their parents’ tech rules. It’s impressive, really. All they need to do is open up a document, invite their friends to become collaborators, and boom — they have a private space to chat, draw, share links, upload photos and post memes." Thanks to Melanie Ruiz for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools & Learning communities.

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KonMari Does More Than Just De-Clutter the Classroom

KonMari Does More Than Just De-Clutter the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The popular Marie Kondo method of tidying up has inspired some educators to look at the stuff that sparks joy in their classrooms."

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Social and Emotional Learning for New Teachers

Social and Emotional Learning for New Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"For young teachers, their age can be both an obstacle and an advantage when teaching social and emotional learning."

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‘A Fun Way To Learn:’ GE Healthcare Teams Up with Bucks for NBA Math Hoops Tournament

‘A Fun Way To Learn:’ GE Healthcare Teams Up with Bucks for NBA Math Hoops Tournament | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"NBA Math Hoops is a fundamental board game that helps kids with their math facts, so we've combined math and the NBA/WNBA," said Calvin Sivert, Learn Fresh Education Company.

 

Eighty students from fourth through eighth grade came to the practice facility for the Milwaukee Bucks to take part in the statewide tournament for NBA Math Hoops.

 

“We’ve found a way to keep kids excited about math by using NBA and WNBA players,” said Sivert.

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10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month

10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"March is National Nutrition Month. Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Our recommended resources include lesson plans, best practices, learning games, videos, book lists, coloring pages and more."

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Sun Prairie Community Schools Show Success, City Releases $30,000 in Additional 2019 Funding

Sun Prairie Community Schools Show Success, City Releases $30,000 in Additional 2019 Funding | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

City of Sun Prairie alders have released $30,000 in promised extra funding to Sun Prairie Community Schools after programs showed academic success and increased participation.

 

Sun Prairie Community Schools Director Sarah Smith said the Community Schools initiative is showing significant success at several schools throughout the city, including the Prairie Phoenix Academy alternative school.

 

“We are making progress on getting more (PPA) students to graduate and getting them ready to be college, career and civic-ready, so they can get jobs, be gainfully employed in the City of Sun Prairie and be contributing citizens once they are done with school,” Smith said.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with These Classroom Resources

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with These Classroom Resources | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This wonderful collection of resources highlights the history and celebration of St. Patrick's Day. There are interactives, historical information, crafts, printables, vocabulary, and lots more to explore in this collection." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me community.

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More Powerful than PowerPoint: Interactive Slideshows

More Powerful than PowerPoint: Interactive Slideshows | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"It was at a professional development session this past summer that I was introduced to Nearpod," writes Michigan teacher Chad Zwolinkski. "This interactive way to develop questions, activities and collaboration within existing PowerPoints revolutionized my teaching."  Thanks to Melanie Ruiz for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools & Learning communities.

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Small Classes: Data Shows Low Income Kids, Students of Color Benefit Most

Small Classes: Data Shows Low Income Kids, Students of Color Benefit Most | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"If you're operating at the policy level and you say, 'Which policy makes the greatest possible payout for student achievement, particularly for children living in poverty?' It's going to be a class-size reduction," said Alex Molnar, director of publications at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Molnar was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the 1990s and part of a task force that created SAGE.

 

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3 Educational Science Resources to Use in Your Class

3 Educational Science Resources to Use in Your Class | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Mystery Science is particularly helpful for elementary teachers seeking science lesson plans and activities to use with students in class. The other two are iPad apps students can use to enhance their science learning in different aspects that include: vocabulary, games, quizzes, hands-on activities and many more."

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22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In a vibrant, multicultural society, representing the richness of students’ lives in a class or school library takes a conscious effort. Including writers and fictional characters with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and life circumstances is a way to increase the chances that students will find both windows and mirrors in the library—books that reflect their lives, and ones that give them insight into the lives and experiences of people who aren’t like them.

 

"Here are suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives."

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10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education

10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"As educators, the idea of giving students control can seem like a crazy move, but it actually gives them ownership in their learning. Relinquishing control in some areas of the classroom makes students more receptive to instruction, keeps them engaged in what they’re learning, and makes them more willing to take on challenges." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Classroom Management community.

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Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The arts can be a source of joy in a child’s day, and also come in handy for memorizing times tables. ... 

 

"Mariale Hardiman, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where she directs the neuro-education initiative, was interested in how children do — and don’t — retain what they learn in school.

 

"What she saw as a school principal, she said, was that when arts were integrated into the curriculum, learning became more visible. Teachers told her the children would remember the information better when they taught it through the arts.”

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Earth Day Ideas to Do With Students

Earth Day Ideas to Do With Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Every spring, we tell ourselves that this will be the year we make a difference for Earth Day. Then, spring break and the subsequent scramble upon our return happen. Next comes standardized testing. And report cards. And a zillion different things like, oh, the curriculum. Before we realize it, it’s April 22, and we have nothing planned. This year We Are Teachers is making it easy for you. These seven environmental activities are super simple."

 

Thanks to Laura H. Castillo for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Empowered Educators community.

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How Teachers Are Trying To Stop the Spread of Hate

How Teachers Are Trying To Stop the Spread of Hate | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

“It’s absolutely necessary that we don’t wait until we have horrific situations like this…to pay attention to” the issue of hate, said Abbas Barzegar, director of the Department of Research and Advocacy at the Council on American-Islamic Relations,.

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A Round-up of Digital Cures for Spring Fever

A Round-up of Digital Cures for Spring Fever | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"With student spring fever looming, Cheryl Mizerny reaches for teacher-tested apps and tools that can make her classroom more interactive, relevant and engaging."

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5 Key Trends in the Teacher Workforce

5 Key Trends in the Teacher Workforce | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The transformation of the teaching profession over the past 30 years, says expert, needs to be better understood by school leaders and policymakers."

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Why Lunch, Exercise, Sleep, and Air Quality Matter at School

Why Lunch, Exercise, Sleep, and Air Quality Matter at School | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Lunches wolfed down in 15 minutes. Little or no recess. Sleep-deprived teens. And pollutant-filled indoor air. There’s mounting evidence that addressing these basic quality of life issues can improve students’ achievement and well-being."

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5 Ways To Manage Difficult Parent Conferences

5 Ways To Manage Difficult Parent Conferences | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Here are a handful of tips for making those not-so-easy conversations more manageable and productive."

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'4 Ways I Make Learning Fun in the Classroom'

'4 Ways I Make Learning Fun in the Classroom' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"From playing games to giving choices, this middle school teacher shares how she engages her students."

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How Students Can Use Metacognition to Self-Monitor Their Reading

How Students Can Use Metacognition to Self-Monitor Their Reading | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When students use metacognition, they think about their thinking as they read. This ability to think about their thinking is critical for monitoring comprehension and fixing it when it breaks down."

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Sun Prairie Elementary Students Focus on Learning Through Mindfulness, Brain Breaks

Sun Prairie Elementary Students Focus on Learning Through Mindfulness, Brain Breaks | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"For students at Westside Elementary in Sun Prairie, mindfulness has become part of their lesson plan."

 

"I'm giving them that space just to kind of get themselves together and regulate their own bodies and breathe together," says first-grade teacher Chelsea Roggenbauer, a WEAC Region 6 member. "And they're just more focused on their learning and able to transfer more of the skills that I'm teaching during lessons because they're more focused."

 

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Here's What Happens When School Starts Later

Here's What Happens When School Starts Later | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The switch to a later start time can be challenging, but there is a reason why more school districts are taking this big step."

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31 Mathtastic Pi Day Activities for the Classroom

31 Mathtastic Pi Day Activities for the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Join the fun of Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 (3.14), with these awesome, teacher-tested Pi Day activities for the classroom." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me community.

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How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character

How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"A school transformed its culture by getting rid of rewards for good behavior and prioritizing character education." Thanks to Ashanti Rankin for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities ESP Hot Issues community.

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