April, 2024

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11 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools to Support Effective Teaching and Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

It goes without saying that AI is a hot topic of conversation in education circles and beyond. In the beginning, I was a skeptic myself, but now I use it to support my professional work, especially when I coach leaders. While there are legitimate concerns and anything generated by AI needs to be fully vetted, the most profound benefit is how it can save educators precious time.

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The Art of Annotation: Teaching Readers To Process Texts

Cult of Pedagogy

Listen to the interview with Andrea Castellano and Irene Yannascoli: Sponsored by Listenwise and Studyo “Make your paper dirty.” I get some funny looks when I say it at first, but it gets the point across. What I mean is I’m looking for annotations. I teach third grade, when young readers typically transition from developing readers to fluent ones, and it’s at this stage that they’re ready to begin to analyze texts on a deeper level.

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The Virtual Mystery Webtool: Open access online Hybridized Problem-based Learning

Teaching Anthropology

Sherry Fukuzawa, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada As blended course modalities increase, assessment methods incorporating active learning practices such as problem-based learning (PBL) must also transform. In PBL small groups of students work on a practical case study, both independently and collaboratively, to come up with open ended solutions (see Fukuzawa & Boyd, 2016).

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Research: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Learning

TeachThought

Research: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Learning contributed by Michael Mirra Abstract Diversity has been at the forefront of educational discussions over the last few years. When we think about having a diverse classroom we think of ethnicity, race, gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. It is easy for us to forget about socioeconomic status.

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Everything You Need to Teach World History Easily

A Lesson Plan for Teachers

Organizing to Save You Time If you teach World History, I can imagine you are simply tired. No more needs to be said about that! But, I want to help. In this post, you will find links to everything I can think you may need for teaching World History. Over time, I plan to add […] The post Everything You Need to Teach World History Easily appeared first on A Lesson Plan for Teachers.

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End of the Year Project for Social Studies! Walk-Up Songs

Active History Teacher

It’s the end of the year and we all need a project that will keep students engaged! This end of the year project creating walk-up songs for historical figures was a huge hit with students. Are your students climbing the walls? It’s all I can do after standardized testing is over to keep my students from going crazy. If I hear “can I go to the restroom” one more time, I might pull my hair out.

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It Doesn’t Have to be Tedious: Writing Instruction with 3XPOV

HistoryRewriter

Please join us on April 18, 2024, at 6 PT/9ET on The Social Studies Show when we talk about writing instruction with Josie Wozniak, the host of the ELA EduProtocols show and creator of the 3XPOV & 3XGENRE EduProtocols. Bring some student work examples, and your favorite templates, and be ready to learn a new writing strategy with some friendly teachers.

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Civics Decor and Posters

Passion for Social Studies

When students think about history, they often talk about the past. While the past does allow us to shape the future, history is more than this. It also includes civics lessons, which show students their rights and duties as citizens. One day, they will not be attending school each day. Instead, they will interact, work, and assist in various aspects of a community.

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Technology Tools For Interactive Learning

TeachThought

Technology Tools for Interactive Learning contributed by Edelyn Bontuyan What makes traditional learning click? In-person learning. As a teacher, your students look up to you to impart knowledge in a format and manner they can absorb fast and easy. How do you achieve that? You conduct Q&A sessions, set up discussions, conduct practicals, lead peer teaching sessions, and more.

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Formative Assessment is Key to Being Responsive

Catlin Tucker

As students move through a lesson, some acquire information and skills more quickly than others. Some students will need additional support, scaffolds, feedback, or reteaching to understand key concepts and apply specific strategies, processes, or skills. We must collect formative assessment data in each lesson to understand our students’ progress and respond to their needs.

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Colleges are now closing at a pace of one a week. What happens to the students?

The Hechinger Report

It was when the shuttle bus stopped coming that Luka Fernandes began to worry. Fernandes was a student at Newbury College near Boston whose enrollment had declined in the previous two decades from more than 5,300 to about 600. “Things started closing down,” Fernandes remembered. “There was definitely a sense of things going wrong. The food went downhill.

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Commemorate International Workers’ Day

Zinn Education Project

By Ricardo Levins Morales. Click image to order poster. Do not reprint without permission of artist. This International Workers’ Day — May 1st — comes in the midst of union victories — and ever ongoing challenges for workers, including teachers. What could be more important for our students than to learn that progress toward greater justice in the world has occurred only when people have organized together and fought for it?

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Two Programs with Fresh Solutions to the Teacher Shortage

Cult of Pedagogy

Listen to the interview with Kimberly Eckert ( transcript ): Sponsored by Edge•U Badges and EVERFI We’ve been hearing about a teacher shortage for a while now, certainly since the pandemic, and multiple studies show that many states are seeing record high numbers of teacher turnovers and vacancies. In 2022, we explored some of the reasons teachers are leaving the classroom , so we won’t go into them here.

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Writing Instruction Considerations

Heinemann Blog

Carl Anderson and Matt Glover are the authors of How to Become a Better Writing Teacher r eleased in Fall 2023. Join them this summer for a two-day virtual institute on How to Become a Better Writing Teacher. Register here !

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How Students Can Transform Their Study Sessions

TeachThought

How to Transform Your Study Sessions: Notes, Help, and Hacks for the Modern Student by TeachThought Staff Transforming your study sessions from tedious to productive doesn’t just happen; it requires a mix of the right strategies, tools, and mindset. Your approach to studying can make the difference between feeling overwhelmed and confidently tackling your academic goals.

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The Station Rotation Model: Must-Do vs. May-Do Stations

Catlin Tucker

A teacher recently asked me whether students always need to attend every station in a rotation. The short answer is “no.” Our classrooms are composed of diverse groups of students with different skills, abilities, preferences, language proficiencies, and academic needs. Given that variability, it makes sense that not all students would need to spend time engaged in the same learning tasks or activities.

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PROOF POINTS: Many high school math teachers cobble together their own instructional materials from the internet and elsewhere, a survey finds

The Hechinger Report

Writing lesson plans has traditionally been a big part of a teacher’s job. But this doesn’t mean they should be starting from a blank slate. Ideally, teachers are supposed to base their lessons on the textbooks, worksheets and digital materials that school leaders have spent a lot of time reviewing and selecting. But a recent national survey of more than 1,000 math teachers reveals that many are rejecting the materials they should be using and cobbling together their own.

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Learning From Snapshots of Lost Fossils

Sapiens

Not all fossil discoveries happen in the field. In museum archives, researchers found photos of remains from Paleolithic children who had belonged to a group of early Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Please note that this article includes images of human remains. ANOTHER SET OF TEETH “These teeth don’t belong to Egbert!” In a museum basement, we huddled over a black-and-white photograph showing pieces of a lower jawbone and its loose teeth.

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Spring 2024 Higher Education Media Fellows

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars announces its seventh class of journalists named to the Higher Education Media Fellowship, supported by ECMC Foundation.

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It’s Time to Ditch the Idea of Edtech Disruption. But What Comes Next?

ED Surge

COVID-19 was edtech’s big moment, and while digital tools kept learning going for many families and schools, they also faltered. A great deal of edtech purchases went unused , equity gaps widened , and teachers and students were burned out. Combined with sobering reports on the persistent lack of strong evidence for edtech , it’s no wonder why the notion of using technology to “fix broken schools” has fallen out of most startup pitch decks and education TED Talks.

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50 Of The Best Quotes About Reading

TeachThought

50 Of The Best Quotes About Reading by TeachThought Staff Literacy—the ability to read and write—is the foundation of formal, academic learning. But beyond reading and writing skills, literacy is a gateway to critical thinking, effective communication, and holistic learning experiences. Literacy is crucial to any learning environment, from promoting comprehension to nurturing empathy and cultural understanding both inside the classroom and beyond.

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Celebrating Student-Led Environmentalism at Broward County Public Schools

Digital Promise

The post Celebrating Student-Led Environmentalism at Broward County Public Schools appeared first on Digital Promise.

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PROOF POINTS: Stanford’s Jo Boaler talks about her new book ‘MATH-ish’ and takes on her critics

The Hechinger Report

“I am the next target,” says Stanford professor Jo Boaler, who is the subject of an anonymous complaint accusing her of a “reckless disregard for accuracy.” Credit: Photo provided by Jo Boaler Jo Boaler is a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education with a devoted following of teachers who cheer her call to make math education more exciting.

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Prepare for Fall Multi Day seminars!

Teaching American History

Discussion of primary documents. A supportive and engaged group of educators. Historic locations. Free professional development. What more could you ask for? Applications open soon for our Fall 2024 Multi Day seminars ! We are hosting seminars on a variety of topics in American history and politics. The application will be open April 8-April 30. Some of our topics include: The Underground Railroad at The Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls, NY West Coast Immigration at the Ang

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Teach Truth Day of Action at Bookstores and Libraries

Zinn Education Project

For this 4th annual Teach Truth Day of Action, we are offering a pop-up display so event hosts can set up an information table at a public space such as a bookstore, library, or farmers’ market. The display includes banned books with information sheets, postcards, buttons, stickers, and signs. D.C. event host Vanessa Williams is all smiles because she found this makes site coordination easier than in prior years.

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Is It Time for a National Conversation About Eliminating Letter Grades?

ED Surge

As Joshua Eyler was researching a book on what brain science tells us about how to improve teaching , one issue kept coming up as an underlying problem: The way schools and colleges grade student work is at odds with effective teaching. The science says kids need to feel free to try things and fail, and that the deepest learning comes when failure happens and the student figures out how to course-correct, Eyler says.

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Based on the Incredible True Story: Colonial Minds, Late Capitalist Hearts, and Deception in Hollywood 

Anthropology News

“Based on the Incredible True Story.” So begins the trailer for the film Arthur the King , starring Mark Wahlberg, Simu Liu, Nathalie Immanuel, and Ali Suliman: a heartwarming story about a stray, scruffy dog and an endurance athlete who find each other during an epic adventure race across the Dominican Republic. The tale—told in three different books in dozens of languages—has already captured the hearts of millions.

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Announcing the 2024 Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards

Digital Promise

The post Announcing the 2024 Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Young children misbehave. Some are suspended for acting their age

The Hechinger Report

JOHNSBURG, Ill. — A group of fifth grade boys trailed into the conference room in the front office of Johnsburg Elementary School and sat at the table, their feet dangling from the chairs. “It was brought to my attention yesterday that there was an incident at football,” Principal Bridget Belcastro said to the group. The students tried to explain: One boy pushed a kid, another jumped on the ball, and yet another jumped on the boy on the ball.

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15 Ways to Recognize Teachers: Teacher Appreciation Week & Beyond

Education Elements

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the learning and lives of their students and communities, and planning a unique and powerful teacher appreciation week is one way to celebrate their incredible contributions. School and district leaders can use the strategies below as a starting point to plan meaningful ways to recognize all that they do, every day.

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The Week That Was In 505

Moler's Musing

This week, I wanted to focus on the second part of our Revolution and Reform unit, specifically on the topic of abolitionism. With only 28 or 29 days of school left, it’s crucial that I carefully select the most important content to cover. Although I would love to delve into all aspects of reform movements, time constraints simply won’t allow for it.

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Bringing Better STEM Education to the Rural South

ED Surge

The threat of climate change has exposed more homes to flooding and wildfires, and it has intensified heat waves that prompt farmers to lose crop yields and a way to sustain a living. Climate change, among many issues, worries Barbara Schneider as she thinks about whether younger generations will be prepared to face scientific challenges altering the world.

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Taking Pictures of Tacos

Anthropology News

I have become the guy who takes photos of tacos. I never expected to be this person, but writing my dissertation on success, adaptation, and identity for Oaxacan chefs in Columbus, Los Angeles, and Oaxaca City, I have become enmeshed in this culture of capturing my dish before digging in. This has allowed me to capture the food’s brilliant colors: the reddish-yellow of the birria consomé , the yellow of the piece of pineapple on top of the pastor pork, the verdant green of the artfully streaked

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More Than Devices: The Impact of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Professional Learning

Digital Promise

The post More Than Devices: The Impact of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Professional Learning appeared first on Digital Promise.

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PROOF POINTS: When schools experimented with $10,000 pay hikes for teachers in hard-to-staff areas, the results were surprising

The Hechinger Report

School leaders nationwide often complain about how hard it is to hire teachers and how teaching job vacancies have mushroomed. Fixing the problem is not easy because those shortages aren’t universal. Wealthy suburbs can have a surplus of qualified applicants for elementary schools at the same time that a remote, rural school cannot find anyone to teach high school physics.

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The Disappearance of Europe's Hunter-Gatherers: A Mystery Unfolds

Anthropology.net

For millennia, Europe's hunter-gatherers thrived across the continent, but their enigmatic disappearance remains shrouded in mystery. While the exact reasons elude researchers, the rise of farming likely played a pivotal role in their demise. Paleolithic art adorns the walls of Lascaux Cave in southwest France.Photograph by Cotton Coulson, Nat Geo Image Collection The Enigma Unveiled: Hunter-Gatherers in Europe Europe's ancient past echoes with the footsteps of hunter-gatherer societies that onc

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ON THE PODCAST: Writing as Healing with Willie Carver

Heinemann Blog

Welcome to Writing as Healing, a Heinemann podcast series focused on writing as a tool to increase healing in students and educators. We know that academic learning doesn’t happen without social and emotional support, and writing, as a key literacy, is uniquely positioned in every classroom to do both. This week Liz is joined by Willie Carver, a poet, and the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year to talk about writing as a way to unravel your personal truth and as a mechanism to clear your heart and

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