Suzanne McCabe

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Do we need standardized tests? A. Yes; B. No; C. Sometimes (explain)

Suzanne McCabe November 13th, 2014

Will the new Common Core assessments serve as effective learning tools? Or will they exacerbate the "teaching to the test" anxiety that permeates many classrooms?

Shaping chaos: The National Book Award finalists

Suzanne McCabe October 15th, 2014

The selection of National Book Award finalists brings good news for "a young marine who served in Iraq, a cartoonist at The New Yorker, the co-founder of a small...

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In New York City, a push for pre-K

Suzanne McCabe September 9th, 2014

On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.

Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...

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A teacher talks about life in the classroom

Suzanne McCabe August 15th, 2014

Genia Connell, a top Scholastic blogger, teaches third grade in Michigan's Troy School District. On Wednesday, August 20, Connell will address new and aspiring teachers at...

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"If someone is telling you not to read something, run out and read it!"

Suzanne McCabe August 13th, 2014

Monday, August 18, marked the start of Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This year's speakers included Dr. Timothy Rasinski, who discussed "The Essentials of Developing Reading...

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Homework "helpers"

Suzanne McCabe July 15th, 2014

When I was in elementary school, I sometimes helped one of my younger brothers with his homework. Occasionally, I did the homework myself. One afternoon, his teacher,...

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Want your kids to read? Don't offer a reward.

Suzanne McCabe July 10th, 2014

Getting children to read over the summer—or any time of year—can be a struggle. Coersion and rewards, writes Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychology...

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Taking the non out of noncognitive

Suzanne McCabe June 30th, 2014

The limits of standardized tests are amply documented. Such tests, which can determine whether a student knows key dates in history, aren't facile at assessing creativity...

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She carried Harry Potter across the ocean and other tales of a children's book editor

Suzanne McCabe June 27th, 2014

The license plate that watches over Cheryl Klein and her computer belonged to her grandfather, Philip Sadler, a “Kid-Lit” original. It is an expression of the love of...

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Life, death and the stories in between

Suzanne McCabe June 9th, 2014

Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...

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