Critical and creative thinking for all

Anne Sparkman  June 26th, 2014  Comments • 1

I find myself consistently in awe of the teachers and principals of schools that have rolled up their sleeves, taken the hard work of turning around their school head on...

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy on early literacy

Tyler Reed  June 24th, 2014 

Educators, researchers and parents have long understood the importance of reading aloud to young children -- both to instill in them the importance of books and reading,...

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How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

Rande Bynum  June 23rd, 2014 

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...

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Save the date: Teacher Week @ Scholastic

Alexandra Wladich  June 20th, 2014 

No matter how talented, how experienced and how well-trained we are at something, there's always room for improvement! To help you recharge and gear up for next school...

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The role of arts education in schools

Anne Sparkman  June 17th, 2014 
Education Week - Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo:“Response: The Role Of Arts Education In Schools”

Students are creative. Ideas come to them in all shapes, sizes and mediums. Just one real life example is a talented high school senior whom I just met named Madison...

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Recognizing the power of introverts in your classroom

Tyler Reed  June 16th, 2014 

If you haven't read Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, I highly recommend it. As an introvert myself, the book...

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You'll probably learn better if you take 15 minutes a day to stop and reflect

Tyler Reed  June 13th, 2014 

Here's some interesting research that's useful for teachers and students, and for all of us.

Researchers at HEC Paris, Harvard Business School and the University 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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If you're a teacher and you think you're suffering from burnout, you might want to read this

Suzanne McCabe  June 2nd, 2014 

In this piece, teacher Wendi Pillars describes her profession as "emotionally, physically, and mentally consuming." As a former teacher, I know whereof she speaks. Pillars...

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Food for the brain

Alexandra Wladich  May 30th, 2014 

Proper nutrition plays a critical role in supporting the success of students. As studies have shown, eating the right food promotes optimal growth and development of...

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Peer-to-peer sharing: When students spread reading love

Janiel Wagstaff  May 29th, 2014  Comments • 1

Great power for spreading the joy of reading lies within the hands of our students. As teachers we read aloud passionately several times daily, give gotta’-get-my-hands-on...

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Learn how to incorporate research on ‘growth mindset’ into classroom instruction

Tyler Reed  May 28th, 2014 

On Tuesday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. EST, we're hosting a special "Mini-PD" session for educators focused on “Fostering a Growth Mindset in Every Student.” We hope you'll join...

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Learning disabilities: What we know, don't know and think we know

Suzanne McCabe  May 23rd, 2014 

A new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) examines the impact that learning and attention issues have on millions of children and young adults...

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What do you have a ‘fixed mindset’ about?

Tyler Reed  May 20th, 2014  Comments • 5

“I’m not a math person.” “I can’t dance.” “I’m dumb and she’s smart.” “I’m just naturally an artist.”

All of the above are statements you might have heard from your...

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High prices for higher education

Alexandra Wladich  May 19th, 2014 

When I prepared to leave home for college, my parents sent me off with plenty of advice. One of the most memorable was this: Do not open a credit card. They warned me of...

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Don't underestimate the importance of knowledge

Tyler Reed  May 15th, 2014 

I could read with a fairly high level of understanding a complicated paper analyzing education policy or corporate communications strategies or a Major League Baseball...

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Going from tech-scared to tech-savvy

Wayne D'Orio  May 14th, 2014 

Over the years, I've noticed that at every school there are a handful of teachers who are afraid to try new technology in their classrooms. The...

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Try this: Create fun summer reading lists for your students or children

Rande Bynum  May 12th, 2014 

Reading during the summer has always felt special to me. I love scanning the summer book lists that people create for recommendations. They’re usually themed or organized...

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IRA: A cheat sheet

Suzanne McCabe  May 9th, 2014 

If you’re attending the annual convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans this weekend (May 9-12), you may be overwhelmed by the possibilities—so...

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Don't forget to #thankateacher today!

Tyler Reed  May 6th, 2014 

Today, I want to thank my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Silverman, for always challenging me to ask "why?"

He was always tough on his students, pushing us to dig deeper,...

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Meet the 2014 National Teacher of the Year

Anne Sparkman  May 5th, 2014 

It seems only appropriate to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week by congratulating the newly named National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb. 

Different strokes: Allowing for creativity

Suzanne McCabe  May 2nd, 2014 

According to Peter DeWitt and other educators, “learning styles” are a myth. No more distinguishing between auditory and visual learners. Children learn best, brain...

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Honoring students for outstanding academic success

Alexandra Wladich  April 28th, 2014 

Through the work we do here at Scholastic, I am constantly reminded of the increasing number of obstacles to learning that many students face -- from learning disabilities...

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“Is this America?”

Suzanne McCabe  April 25th, 2014 

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty," and 60 years since Brown v.

Listening to the teacher voice

Francie Alexander  April 23rd, 2014  Comments • 2

This post first appeared on The Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet" blog. We have permission to cross-post it here.

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