Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why One School System is Dropping Teach For America

September 2, 2014 by twalker  
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The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization. several board members said they [...]

Reviving the Teaching of Cursive

September 2, 2014 by twalker  
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The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding – a skill that is included in the Common Core education standards adopted by most states. But Tennessee lawmakers, concerned that some children do not have a signature and struggle to read their teachers’ handwriting, overwhelmingly passed a bill making cursive a mandatory subject in [...]

Rating Teachers Not As Easy As 1, 2, 3

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them. That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start. But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some cases, putting off tough decisions until Obama is [...]

California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teacher unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov. Jerry Brown has appealed a California judge’s sweeping ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights. “Changes of this magnitude, as a matter of law and policy, [...]

10 Time Management Tips for Teachers

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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For teachers, it never seems like there is enough time. Teacher Benjamin Schrage resisted turning his job into a 24/7 endeavor, and learned to work smarter, analyzing every moment of his work day, and identifying ways to get things done faster while improving efficiency. Here are 10 things he learned along the way. Source: SmartBlog on Education

STEAM Gaining Momentum

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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STEM education–that’s science, technology, engineering, and math–has gotten an increasing amount of buzz over the past few years. And now, there’s a twist on STEM: the addition of the arts, making it STEAM. Supporters say a more focused inclusion of the arts helps kids become creative, hands-on learners by sparking innovation. A recent Michigan State study supports [...]

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

August 27, 2014 by twalker  
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The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author [...]

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

August 27, 2014 by twalker  
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Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps [...]

Many Teachers Paying Out Of Pocket For School Supplies

August 25, 2014 by twalker  
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Imagine if you had to spend hundreds of dollars of your own Money just to get your job done. Lily Eskelsen García, President Elect of the National Education Association, said that’s how much the average teacher had to spend on school supplies for their students in past years. “The average teacher in past years will spend anywhere [...]

What Are Schools Doing with Your Kids’ Data?

August 22, 2014 by twalker  
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Your child may be a history buff or a math whiz. He may excel at soccer or poetry. She may be planning for a career as a doctor or a lawyer. Each kid is unique, but there’s one thing all students have in common: They are data-generating machines. It’s not just their test scores and [...]

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