The Deeper Purpose of Learning: Satisfaction

Anne Sparkman  July 29th, 2013 

Cord Ivanyi, a veteran teacher of many ages, provided this commentary to Ed Week and I wanted to share. I enjoyed reading the whole piece but particularly like the closing...

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The Having of Grand Conversations

Lois Bridges  July 29th, 2013  Comments • 13

“I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and arguments.” So declares Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince and Other Tales—but yesteryear’s teachers...

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State Ed Leaders believe Common Core will move forward, but not without concern

Anne Sparkman  July 26th, 2013 

With the new school year just around the corner and the Common Core State Standards debate continuing, I thought this was interesting to share from the Center on Education...

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Quote: Pay attention to the details

Suzanne McCabe  July 25th, 2013 

Many Common Core discussions center on how students should read a text. No wonder. The gauntlet is thrown down in the first line of the first Anchor Standard for...

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What are an educator's indispensable tech tools?

Tyler Reed  July 23rd, 2013 

A couple of recent blog posts I’ve read have me thinking: What are an educator's indispensable tech tools?

What's the difference between Otolaryngology and Education?

Duncan Young  July 21st, 2013 

Otolaryngology is easily my favorite medical discipline. Or at least my favorite one to say. You non-medical geeks out there might know otolaryngology by its more common...

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Quote: "Any fool can get into an ocean..."

Suzanne McCabe  July 19th, 2013 

It is fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot in New York City. If you and the children in your life are sitting by the ocean, or beneath an air conditioner or a tree, you could do...

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How To: Motivate kids to read during the summer!

Windy Lopez  July 19th, 2013  Comments • 1

What makes long summer days (that somehow seem too short!) so special?

Beach. Parks. Barbeques. Community and City Festivals. Road Trips. Adventures. Campfires....

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Scientific American issue focusing on digital learning

Tyler Reed  July 18th, 2013 

Scientific American magazine has a "Special Report" on digital learning in its August issue. Big data, gaming and MOOCs... Oh my!

Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘I'm good at it because I like it.’

Tyler Reed  July 18th, 2013 

Here's a gem of a tweet from Neil deGrasse Tyson earlier today -- a great lesson for kids to work hard at what you love, and that passion is usually a precursor to...

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Cursive or cursed?

Suzanne McCabe  July 18th, 2013  Comments • 16

If I owe you a thank-you note, I apologize. My Catholic school upbringing has led me to believe that I can only express my gratitude in one way: legible script.

Fostering a ‘works in progress’ mindset for teachers

Tyler Reed  July 17th, 2013 

Much attention is being paid to the importance of helping every student develop a "growth mindset" about their learning. Our brains are constantly changing, and if a...

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A belief that every child can learn to read

Tyler Reed  July 16th, 2013 

"Everybody, everybody at Scholastic believes that every kid can read well and that being a good reader is part of life," our Margery Mayer said during this NPR...

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Q & A: Jodi Grant of the Afterschool Alliance

Tyler Reed  July 16th, 2013 

A longtime partner of Scholastic and one of our Literacy Champions, the Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality...

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70 percent—a new stat to raise alarm in education

Anne Sparkman  July 15th, 2013 

I have had the privilege—and crazy schedule—of attending several education conferences over the past few weeks where heard a lot about the Common Core. The standards are...

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Accumulating mental capital: 401(k) for the brain?

Tyler Reed  July 15th, 2013 

Last week, I linked up an article about research showing that reading can help slow cognitive decline in old age.

Annie Murphy Paul riffs of the same topic here,...

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A resilient community is one that shares stories

Windy Lopez  July 12th, 2013  Comments • 2

Our world, our communities, our lives seem to be changing by the second these days. So, it’s not surprising that over the past few months many of us have been reading and...

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Thinking of the Common Core as a starting point

Tyler Reed  July 12th, 2013 

Here's an interesting post from Catherine Gewertz of Ed Week about what she sees as a possible shifting in the rhetoric around the Common Core.

By thinking of the...

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Two American Families, one broken dream

Suzanne McCabe  July 11th, 2013 

This week, PBS delivered on a journalistic promise that began with "Mother" Mary Jones: "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The network aired Two...

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Ed Week's first superintendents poll

Tyler Reed  July 10th, 2013 

Education Week and Gallup just released their first (they're planning to do four every year) Superintendents Panel poll. There's some interesting data in there on...

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Video: Sir Ken Robinson on the importance of finding one's passion

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2013 

Here's a fantastic and beautifully built short video from The RSA in the UK featuring Sir Ken Robinson. In it, he explains why schools and communities can do more to help...

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#MondayLinks: An exercise in creative thinking

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Scott McLeod spotted this great video of an exercise a teacher did that shows how the wording of a question can kill creativity -- or how it can unleash it!

#MondayLinks: Can taking a ‘first guess’ help you learn?

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Dan Willingham writes about some useful research here that shows evidence of what he calls "the testing effect," that taking a first guess at an answer (in this case, the...

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#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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