#MondayLinks: Reading can slow cognitive decline

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Even more evidence here of the healthfulness of reading. A new study shows that people who read more (early in life even more so, but also later in life) have sharper...

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Quote: Childhood and favorite books

Anne Sparkman  July 3rd, 2013 

I recently heard Margery Mayer give a speech while accepting the Corporate Award from the Education Commission of the States on behalf of Scholastic and she shared with us...

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Map: State by state membership in assessment consortia compiled by Ed Week

Tyler Reed  June 28th, 2013 

Here's a handy-dandy map for all you Common Core watchers. Compiled and continually updated by Ed Week's editorial staff, it shows which states are members of which...

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Information does not equal knowledge

Suzanne McCabe  June 27th, 2013 

Does the term "informational text" dominate your stream of Common Core consciousness? I wonder what more felicitous phrase it has edged out of my own ruminations. ...

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As gaming matures, educational games must be fun to create real change

Alex Sarlin  June 26th, 2013  Comments • 2

The 10th Annual Games for Change Festival took place in New York this week, bringing together game designers and researchers with educators, non-profits, documentarians,...

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New themed-based K-6 collections—and a contest!

Anne Sparkman  June 25th, 2013  Comments • 269

With the Common Core State Standards requiring students to dive deep into rigorous texts and focus on nonfiction to build knowledge, educators have been telling us they...

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Globally or locally, summer is the perfect time to encourage family and community engagement

Windy Lopez  June 25th, 2013 

When I was a teacher I loved being able to take time at the end of the school year to reflect on both the good and bad, the successes and failures, and most importantly,...

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Will ‘wearable tech’ be useful in education?

Tyler Reed  June 23rd, 2013 

Will Google Glass be a game-changer in education?

Readying kids for success by empowering parents

Tyler Reed  June 20th, 2013 

This is a great story reinforcing something that has been understood for a long time, but can never be repeated enough: The involvement of a child's parents in their...

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Quote: Tell your story

Suzanne McCabe  June 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

The Common Core calls for students to become proficient in crafting arguments. No argument there. Citing evidence is refreshing. But, as literacy expert Pam Allyn reminds...

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Getting ready to make the most of ISTE 2013

Tyler Reed  June 19th, 2013 

I'll be attending my third ISTE next week and, like every year, I know there won't be enough time in the day to take advantage of everything the massive ed tech convention...

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I saw it on Twitter

Suzanne McCabe  June 18th, 2013 

I saw it on Twitter. Not great for the purposes of this post. Then I read it online. Another strike against me. Now I'm blogging about it.

There's more bad news:...

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LA Times editorial board weighs in on Common Core

Tyler Reed  June 17th, 2013 

The LA Times became the latest big city paper to weigh in on the Common Core in its opinion pages today. Near the end, editors call for a moratorium "during the first...

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Quote: I am not just an educator...

Anne Sparkman  June 14th, 2013 

This so simply puts how complicated it can be to be a teacher today.  You each wear so many hats all in one day!

From Primary Sources 2012: America's Teachers on...

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Pencil, no computer mouse down

Anne Sparkman  June 14th, 2013 

Common Core implementation is under various stages throughout the country with a common thread, the assessments are coming.  While some states are already working with new...

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Video: Does math actually exist?

Tyler Reed  June 14th, 2013 

Does math exist and it's something we discovered? Or did we create it as a way of explaining and modeling the world?

Is it just a really good story?

Seems...

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Has the ship sailed on the goal of having Common assessments?

Tyler Reed  June 13th, 2013 

One of the promises of the Common Core State Standards is a uniform way to compare student achievement across the country -- and along with it, a uniform way to measure...

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Kids would rather eat broccoli than do a math problem

Tyler Reed  June 12th, 2013 

It does seem that struggles with math tend to turn into a full on phobia later in life. Is the same true for other subjects and skills? Part of the problem, it seems to me...

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Small changes go far in Common Core implementation

Lauren Tarshis  June 10th, 2013 

Our team at Storyworks magazine benefits from insights from our extended “family” of teacher subscribers around the country. We’re getting great tips on Common...

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Quote: If you think you can catch the bus, you will run for it

Tyler Reed  June 4th, 2013 

One of my all-time favorite education quotes. Why strive for something you don't believe you'll ever accomplish? Something to keep in mind for all students, but especially...

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A text complexity survival kit

Lauren Tarshis  June 3rd, 2013  Comments • 1

In Storyworks magazine, which is read by about 500,000 kids in grades 3-5, we’ve always been a little smug about our nonfiction stories, which we POUR ourselves...

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CCSS implementation outlook from CGCS

Duncan Young  May 31st, 2013 

The Council of Great City Schools has released an excellent report entitled "Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Urban Public Schools."  This survey of 36...

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