Encouraging young, creative teens in art and writing

Anne Sparkman  September 16th, 2013 

More than 90 years ago, only three short years after founding Scholastic, M. R.

Four instructional moves to get kids talking in math class

Mary Mitchell  September 13th, 2013 

With so much attention given to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice, what has risen to the surface for math instruction is the need for students to...

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Screen time for babies? Debating the pros and cons

Tyler Reed  September 12th, 2013 

Don't miss The Atlantic's new education channel! There's already some interesting stuff to check out, including this essay that weighs the pros and cons of exposing very...

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Persons of Pinterest

Allison Wolfe  September 11th, 2013 

Teachers have established a strong presence on social media site Pinterest, which allows users to virtually “pin” photos to categorized boards. Whether you seek book...

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Books and resources to help children learn about 9/11

Tyler Reed  September 11th, 2013 

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. For most adults, it’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since that terrible day. For some older kids,...

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Video: What do the Common Core State Standards mean to you?

Tyler Reed  September 10th, 2013  Comments • 1

You might have seen a recent poll that showed only about a third of all Americans had heard of the Common Core standards.

Here's what happened when we went to the...

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Why do people think math is the most valuable school subject?

Tyler Reed  September 9th, 2013 

Here's a fun game for a Monday afternoon: Come up with your best explanation for the results of this Gallup poll!

Ditch the distractions and listen up!

Suzanne McCabe  September 5th, 2013  Comments • 2

Several months ago, I was invited to do a radio interview.

"Why do they want you?" asked my 93-year-old mother.

"They think I'm an expert on the topic," I...

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The Funds of Knowledge: An ethnographic approach to family engagement

Lois Bridges  September 3rd, 2013 

The Funds of Knowledge, drawn from the seminal work of language researcher Luis Moll, sound like what they are: substantial, essential, hopeful. And I think of...

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Three urban legends about today’s students

Allison Wolfe  August 30th, 2013 

Merriam-Webster defines an urban legend as, “an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true.” In this era of rapid change and...

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Quote: The warping effects of repeated failure

Tyler Reed  August 29th, 2013 

This quote is pulled from a thought-provoking article in this month's Harpers (subscription required) about the logic of requiring high school students to take Algebra II...

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Kellogg Foundation announces new investment in ‘family and community engagement’

Windy Lopez  August 28th, 2013 

This week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $5 million investment to identify and promote innovative family engagement initiatives that support children’s...

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Poll: Only 38 percent of Americans have heard of the Common Core standards

Tyler Reed  August 27th, 2013 

Fewer than 40 percent of Americans polled here say they've heard of the Common Core State Standards.

Is this surprising to you?

Quote: ‘Kids teach you everything you need to know’

Suzanne McCabe  August 21st, 2013 

Today is Maria P. Walther's first day of school. Well, her first day of a new school year. This will actually be her 28th year teaching first grade ("in human years")....

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David and Meredith Liben on addressing the shifts of the Common Core

Allison Wolfe  August 20th, 2013  Comments • 3

As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week programming here at Scholastic, David and Meredith Liben from Student Achievement Partners presented to an auditorium full of...

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Overcoming the ‘Matthew effect’ in reading

Tyler Reed  August 19th, 2013 

To me, one of the most interesting (and also maddening) things about the way humans learn to read is how, for learners, reading is both the goal AND the process.

To...

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10 things worth doing in your classroom

Suzanne McCabe  August 15th, 2013  Comments • 36

David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, spoke to a group of New York City teachers this week about how to enrich their...

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Bob Krech: Use Harry Potter to start conversations about numbers

Tyler Reed  August 14th, 2013 

Bob Krech is an incredible math teacher from New Jersey. Here, he shares a strategy for encouraging students to talk about the character traits of numbers -- a key skill...

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Inquiring Minds: Harnessing the innate curiosity in our young students

Maria Walther  August 14th, 2013 

If you teach the primary grades, like I do, then I don’t have to tell you that kids are constantly asking questions. At the beginning of the year, the one I hear most...

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The Power of Three: Prior knowledge, reading purposes, and rereading

Laura Robb  August 13th, 2013  Comments • 1

It’s no mystery. The more a reader knows about a topic, the better his or her comprehension and recall of a complex text will be.

Visualizing the jobs of tomorrow for today's students

Anne Sparkman  August 9th, 2013 

We must educate today's students for the jobs of tomorrow - jobs we can't even envision yet.  Teachers, I think you've heard this a time or two, right?  It is a resounding...

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Try your hand at modern day test questions

Anne Sparkman  August 9th, 2013 

New York has been in the education news again as scores come out from a first wave of tests that incorporate the Common Core.  An incredibly important issue as we will...

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A school designed to make learning game-like

Tyler Reed  August 9th, 2013 

Quest to Learn is a fascinating new school in New York City that has designed an approach to learning and pedagogy using gaming principles. It leverages the digital lives...

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The $4 million teacher

Windy Lopez  August 8th, 2013 
Wall Street Journal:“The Saturday Essay ”

As someone who believes deeply in: the role of public education; the critical value of quality teaching; families as first teachers and role-models; and, that ...

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Will Common Core perpetuate a 'civics gap' in education?

Tyler Reed  August 7th, 2013 

America's public school system is, I'd argue, our greatest government service -- an institution meant to provide opportunity and level the playing field, and without which...

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