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  • How to Rally a School Community to Support Blended Learning

    Posted on Jan 29, 2015 under From the Principal's Office
    In earlier articles about “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, I explored the definition of blended learning and described how it will affect traditional schooling. Today I’ll summarize the authors’ advice for rallying a school community to adopt a blended learning model. It’s all about solving problems We... Read the rest
  • Lead Active Classroom Discussions Using Social Media

    Posted on Jan 28, 2015 under Featured Stories
    It’s a teacher’s nightmare: opening discussion to a completely silent classroom. But when done well, class discussions are an excellent way for students to work through problems, identify gaps in understanding or content, and facilitate deeper insight and learning. Class discussions get a boost from free technology One benefit of technology is the abundance of... Read the rest
  • Principal as Instructional Coach: Mentoring APs in Teacher Evaluation and Observation

    Posted on Jan 27, 2015 under Leaders' Link
    In my initial post on this topic, I discussed potential pitfalls of assigning non-tenured teachers to an assistant principal for evaluation. Assigning your AP to evaluate low-performing, resistant teachers is also problematic, especially if the AP is new or has fewer years of classroom experience than the struggling-resistant teachers. However, this raises another issue. If... Read the rest

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  • Lead Active Classroom Discussions Using Social Media

    Posted on Jan 28, 2015 under Featured Stories
    It’s a teacher’s nightmare: opening discussion to a completely silent classroom. But when done well, class discussions are an excellent way for students to work through problems, identify gaps in understanding or content, and facilitate deeper insight and learning. Class discussions get a boost from free technology One benefit of technology is the abundance of... Read the rest
  • Unschooling: Inspirational Learning Method or Educational Neglect?

    Posted on Jan 21, 2015 under Featured Stories
    The majority of America’s educational resources are focused on students inside classrooms. However, there is a growing population of young people who may never, or only partially, engage in formal schooling. The number of homeschooled students is small but growing In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education reported that about 3.4 percent of all age-eligible... Read the rest
  • Education That Counts: Connecting Classrooms to Communities With Service Learning

    Posted on Jan 14, 2015 under Featured Stories
    Last week, my son’s class wrote their first persuasive speech. They identified a problem within their school, chose a specific audience, and using facts and research, attempted to persuade their school janitor to join them during recess every Friday to share his obstacle-course building skills with students. This was a small-scale service learning project, but it... Read the rest

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  • Six Steps to Bring Peer Review into Your Classroom

    Posted on Nov 1, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Peer review (also known as peer editing) is a great way to help children improve their writing skills and learn to interact socially. We’ve listed some tips for educators on how to integrate peer review strategies into their learning environments that will help students communicate better and enhance the educational setting: Help students understand the... Read the rest
  • Five Free Websites for Students to Build Research Skills

    Posted on Apr 30, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Finding free Web resources for building research skills is essential for teachers who are on a restricted budget. Teachers can use the Internet to access amazing research resources, thanks to the U.S. government. From finding lesson plans to scanning patent applications, teachers can uncover a wealth of information on history, art, science, language arts, math,... Read the rest
  • 3 Free Online Resources for Elementary Teachers

    Posted on Mar 14, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Providing instruction to a class of students can be helped when there are free resources available to elementary teachers. The resources offer tips, advice, lessons plans and information that teachers find useful for different areas of study. By using the resources, teachers will have access to the experience of others, creative new ideas and great... Read the rest

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  • ‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

    Posted on Sep 10, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math... Read the rest
  • Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

    Posted on Sep 2, 2014 under Educational Technology
    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The... Read the rest
  • C-SPAN Classroom is an Important Tool for Social Studies Teachers

    Posted on Aug 27, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for... Read the rest

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  • Principal as Instructional Coach: Mentoring APs in Teacher Evaluation and Observation

    Posted on Jan 27, 2015 under Leaders' Link
    In my initial post on this topic, I discussed potential pitfalls of assigning non-tenured teachers to an assistant principal for evaluation. Assigning your AP to evaluate low-performing, resistant teachers is also problematic, especially if the AP is new or has fewer years of classroom experience than the struggling-resistant teachers. However, this raises another issue. If... Read the rest
  • Just for APs: Teaching Alternatives to Fighting and Tattling

    Posted on Jan 20, 2015 under Leaders' Link
    I’ve discussed a variety of actions I took as a principal who worked without an assistant principal to change a culture of fighting at an elementary school. Another component of my long-term work on this problem was to implement response alternatives to provocations that could lead to fighting but also to tattling, which is a... Read the rest
  • PD for Principals: Are Your Principals Maximizing Staff Talent?

    Posted on Jan 13, 2015 under Leaders' Link
    As a district leader, you have a sense of the leadership strength of each of your principals. It is probably fairly obvious, for example, which principals are strong in data analysis, and which need more support in this area. How good are your principals at recognizing their staffs’ talent? Understanding your principals’ soft skill levels... Read the rest

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  • Math Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted on Nov 24, 2014 under Teaching Careers
    Teaching mathematics is a logical choice for people who are fascinated with using numbers and symbols, functions and equations to solve real-world problems. People who are “fluent in math” and who have a passion for imparting knowledge and helping others appreciate the value of solving problems with numbers are well suited for careers as mathematics... Read the rest
  • Science Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted on Oct 15, 2014 under Teaching Careers
    Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. Science teaching jobs can appeal to college students majoring in a science discipline, as well as to professionals who decide to switch careers later in life and teach science. Demand for teachers within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and... Read the rest
  • Teaching License Reciprocity Explained

    Posted on Oct 23, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    There are lots of reasons for transferring your teaching credentials and license from one state to another. Accompanying a spouse or domestic partner on a career move is the No. 1 reason cited by applicants seeking teaching jobs through license reciprocity, according to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).... Read the rest

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