A “R.E.A.L” need for mentors

Alexandra Wladich  January 24th, 2014 

Did you know that young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who did not participate? It’s proven!

Was writing Holden a mistake?

Suzanne McCabe  January 23rd, 2014 

Like many readers, I think about the fictional Holden Caulfield with fondness. When I first read The Catcher in the Rye I was about 12, which may explain why I...

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5 surprising ways that children learn

Alexandra Wladich  January 22nd, 2014 

It’s not every day you see parents letting their children play with their food, but maybe they should. According to this article from TheSpec, allowing children to play...

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Taking notes: To write, or to type? That is the question—

Allison Wolfe  January 17th, 2014 

This week, Katie Lepi shared some interesting facts and tips on note-taking in the digital era.  The infographic in this Edudemic post illustrates some of the tradeoffs...

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Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Anne Sparkman  January 16th, 2014 

I believe it may be impossible to NOT be inspired by the words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Next week is a moment that we, as a nation, take a moment to look...

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Not that we don’t love Mary Poppins

Suzanne McCabe  January 15th, 2014 

"I'm not a Mary Poppins kind of person," says Carmen Fariña in a profile in today's New York Times.

A picture perfect classroom

Alexandra Wladich  January 14th, 2014 

Advances in technology have brought new appeal to photography. Platforms like Instagram, which has over 150 million active users, offer endless options for color...

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Developing the ability to make useful products from creative ideas

Anne Sparkman  January 13th, 2014 

Jessica Lahey has a nice piece today on furthering the argument to include art and design into STEM. The idea behind this is not to leave the science behind to allow arts...

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Can Common Core succeed?

Suzanne McCabe  January 9th, 2014 

On Christmas Eve, while one of my nephews was preparing to seize the last of my real estate holdings in Family Guy Monopoly, I missed this PBS segment about the Common...

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Three ideas for teaching students digital citizenship

Allison Wolfe  January 9th, 2014 

With the growing prevalence of devices, both inside and outside the classroom, today’s students begin carving a digital footprint from an early age. Teaching students...

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For the love of print and ereading

Anne Sparkman  January 8th, 2014 

In case you missed it last week because of the holidays, The New York Times had this great piece in their Bookends section about ereading. Two writers, Moshin Hamid and...

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The importance of ‘show and tell’

Alexandra Wladich  January 6th, 2014 

When I think about my early education experience my mind immediately wanders to the days of ‘show and tell.’ Nothing was more exciting than bringing in my favorite book or...

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Vocabulary as a pillar of Common Core math instruction

Tyler Reed  January 2nd, 2014  Comments • 1

You all must read this fantastic story by Pat Wingert on the challenges schools face in helping ELL students meet the demands of the Common Core standards.

It's not...

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Carmen Fariña selected as next NYC schools chancellor

Tyler Reed  December 30th, 2013 

NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced his choice for Chancellor of the 1.1 million-student New York City school system this morning: Carmen Fariña, a former teacher,...

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The Common Core essentials: 5 things to read if you're starting from scratch

Suzanne McCabe  December 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?

Five big education stories in 2013

Tyler Reed  December 18th, 2013 

From testing to teachers unions, from standards to sequestration, it’s been a newsworthy year in education. Here are five big stories we’ve been tracking all year long....

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A school with no bells

Alexandra Wladich  December 17th, 2013 

The phrase “college and career ready” is taking on a new meaning at Rancho Mirage High School, in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Four tips for improving guided reading instruction (and a giveaway)

Alexandra Wladich  December 16th, 2013  Comments • 24

Even the most experienced teachers take time to lay the groundwork for success. Teachers need to get to know their students as readers and as members of the classroom...

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On the cover of Instructor Magazine: Boy trouble

Tara Welty  December 13th, 2013 

If you follow education news, you’ve seen the disturbing stats about boys failing in school. Boys are 30% more likely than girls to flunk or drop out of school. They’re...

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Holiday gloom? Read Fran Lebowitz.

Suzanne McCabe  December 12th, 2013 

With brightly-lighted trees and beribboned packages, the holiday season is a time of wonder. But as with life itself, that sense of wonder can soon turn to melancholy.

Your brain on exercise

Allison Wolfe  December 11th, 2013 

What's your memory of gym class from when you were a young student? It may induce a panicked feeling of being picked last for a kickball team, a fond recollection of...

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#GivingTuesday: Why it’s so important to give back year round

Windy Lopez  December 10th, 2013 

It’s been a week since Giving Tuesday, and as part of an effort to continue to raise awareness about the important contributions so many non-profits provide year round, I...

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Learning through deliberate practice

Tyler Reed  December 9th, 2013 

Nothing strikes fear in a golfer like a three-foot putt.

You'd think sinking a short putt like that wouldn't be too much trouble for most players. But that's just...

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Ed Week's stunning coverage of the state of Native American education

Tyler Reed  December 6th, 2013 

I'm just beginning to wade through this multimedia package of stories, videos and photos from Ed Week on the state of Native American education in the U.S. today. But I'm...

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The Reader as Narcissus

Suzanne McCabe  December 6th, 2013 

In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.

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