Things to consider for this school year

Alexandra Wladich  August 22nd, 2014 

As Teacher Week @ Scholastic comes to a close, NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña leaves us with some valuable “C” words to consider during this school year.

Language clarity for all ages

Anne Sparkman  August 19th, 2014 

A few weeks ago I was reminded of how important language clarity is in the classroom. I shared my learning on the matter from attending the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers...

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The seven (foot) steps to a smoother school year

Steve Wyborney  August 18th, 2014 

When a new school year approaches, I often drift back to work a little early.  You probably do too.

You may already be checking your mailbox, arranging your desks,...

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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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Relentlessly pursuing universal preschool

Alexandra Wladich  August 14th, 2014 

Last week, Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool hosted the first-ever Preschool Nation Summit from the Scholastic Auditorium in New York City. Preschool Nation...

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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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Learning about creating on-demand PD

Wayne D'Orio  August 12th, 2014 

As education evolves at arguably one of the fastest paces we’ve seen, professional development needs to keep up to best prepare teachers so they in turn prepare our...

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Reporting Live and relaying current events to kids

Alexandra Wladich  August 8th, 2014 

Every year, tens of thousands of kids leave their homes in Central America, hoping to find their parents in the United States. They make their way north, dodging drug...

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Third grade reading proficiency: mission critical

Anne Sparkman  August 5th, 2014 

Research has shown us how reading proficiency by the end of third grade is crucial. For example, The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows how this benchmark is not only tied to...

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New teacher survival guide

Anne Sparkman  August 4th, 2014 

An interesting post from educator Lilly Jones about that first year of teaching - a time with extraordinary potential as well as what can be overwhelming responsibilities...

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Remembering the importance of language clarity in the classroom

Anne Sparkman  July 29th, 2014 

We all know the saying about what happens when you assume, right? It’s ubiquitous because it can be so, so true. The challenge is, when you’re going a mile a minute and...

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Building a preschool nation together

Alexandra Wladich  July 25th, 2014 

Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool (a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to quality early childhood education programs for children in...

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Toddler talk and preparing for school

Anne Sparkman  July 23rd, 2014 

There are a multitude of gaps in the news lately. Whether it is income, inequality or achievement we're talking about it. A more recent one has been gaining attention and...

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The New Yorker gives free access to its archive this summer

Tyler Reed  July 22nd, 2014 
The New Yorker:“Archive”

As The New Yorker rebuilds and relaunches its website this summer (for its 90th anniversary!), they've opened up parts of their archive for free to non-subscribers -- as...

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Register today: Teacher Week @ Scholastic

Alexandra Wladich  July 17th, 2014 

Attention all teachers! If you will be in the NYC area August 18-21, be sure to register for Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This free-four...

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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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Characteristics of a great STEM lesson

Alexandra Wladich  July 14th, 2014 

Many of the careers today’s students will hold don’t exist yet. The STEM movement aims to reinforce mathematical and scientific skills students need to be successful in...

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How to make games effective learning tools

Tyler Reed  July 11th, 2014 

Our Chief Architect of Learning Sciences, David Dockterman, pens a piece for EdSurge on three key things that make games effective learning tools.

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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How much do genes matter?

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2014 

What does it take become an expert in something? Is it a matter of completing 10,000 hours of practice? Or is it all in our genes?

(I'm 5'8", but could I dunk if I...

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The power of questions

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2014 

Maurice Elias shares thoughts on how asking the right questions at the right time can lead to powerful learning for students.

He writes: "The way we ask questions...

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On peer pressure and acceptance: Helping teens find the balance

Tom Conklin  July 3rd, 2014 

Readers of The New York Times have eagerly been sharing a story that illustrates something middle school educators already know:  the “cool kids” in 7th grade too often...

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Flipping your faculty meeting

Anne Sparkman  July 2nd, 2014 

As stated last week, I learned a great many things and heard about new ideas in action from educators while at the 22nd Annual Model Schools Conference. One such idea, at...

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Taking the non out of noncognitive

Suzanne McCabe  June 30th, 2014  Comments • 2

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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Taking the answer out of the equation

Steve Wyborney  June 27th, 2014  Comments • 1

In the quest to promote deep student thinking, sometimes the answer is the problem.

In the classroom, we can launch a beautiful, rich question only to see students...

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