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Our featured stories are an amalgamation of all things education—you’ll find articles on trends and challenges facing present-day educators, as well as resources that help educators successfully navigate through any demanding environment.

  • What Teachers Need to Keep in Mind Before Moving into an Administrative Job

    Posted April 10, 2017

    Classroom teaching brings fresh challenges each year. But after a time, some teachers want to step out of the classroom and shoulder broader responsibilities. Taking a job in administration is a common path for those who want to stay in education but extend their reach beyond one classroom. “A lot of times, teachers decide they…

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  • Beyond the Classroom: Career Options for Teachers

    Posted April 3, 2017

    Getting an advanced degree or a teaching credential prepares you, obviously, to be a teacher. But sometimes — either after a short time in the classroom or after decades on the job — teachers decide they want a different career. “When a teacher feels as though the whole profession has really lost its luster, or…

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  • Teachers Need a Strong Online Network to Build Connections and Improve Career Prospects

    Posted March 20, 2017

    Building a strong professional network will make your career more satisfying and help you through rough spots. People you have met in person — those you have taught with or attended school with, for example — will probably form the backbone of your network. But developing strong online networking skills is also crucial. Perhaps you…

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  • 5 Novels for Middle School Students that Celebrate Diversity

    Posted March 14, 2017

    We all want our students to see pieces of themselves in the stories they read. Novels promoting diversity, inclusion, compassion and awareness help students identify with the experiences and perspectives of people who are much like them — but with a few crucial differences. Here are five powerful novels that can help diversify the worldviews…

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  • Building an In-Person Network: Meeting and Greeting Other Teachers

    Posted March 13, 2017

    Do you ever wish you had a colleague outside your school to share a tough problem with and brainstorm solutions? Who do you turn to when you’re weighing whether to apply to teach a different grade level? And if you lose your job, how many people could you enlist to help you find the next…

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  • In the Age of the Smartphone, Students Need Help with Social Literacy

    Posted March 7, 2017

    Today’s students have grown up with the internet, with cellphones becoming something of an extra appendage. Many can’t make it through lunch (much less a whole day) without checking their phones or otherwise interacting with technology. Always-on culture has been a challenge for recent graduates who entered the workforce without the social awareness that came…

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  • 4 Ways for Frazzled Teachers to Fend Off Stress

    Posted March 6, 2017

    Are all the supplies ready for tomorrow’s art project? How should I answer the email from the parent concerned about the friends her daughter is making? When will I prepare my presentation for the math curriculum committee? Will my contract be renewed for next year? And if it isn’t, how will I pay the bills?…

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  • 3 Key Questions Teachers Should Ask to Defuse Conflicts with Colleagues and Parents

    Posted February 28, 2017

    A parent complains about a student’s test grade. A colleague is unhappy about a comment you made at the last staff meeting. An administrator questions the way you handled a recent email exchange with a parent. In addition to facing a classroom full of students each day, teachers have to contend with relationships — and…

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  • Do Their Arguments Hold Water? Showing Students the Risks of Logical Fallacies

    Posted February 13, 2017

    Students often have a feel for whether an argument is valid, but they can’t rely on gut sense alone in a culture that takes a no-holds-barred approach to argument. Advertising, politics and student writing assignments all require rhetorical devices to convince people that their arguments are valid. Ideally, persuaders use facts, reasoning and logic to…

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  • Media Literacy Includes Teaching the Power of Persuasive Language

    Posted February 6, 2017

    Recent news articles about fake news and “alternative facts” make it clear that media literacy is an essential skill we should be building in our classrooms. Beyond figuring out what’s real or fake, students need to understand how persuasive language affects their media experience. That starts with helping them develop rhetorical insight on how word…

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  • One Teacher’s Drive to Help Schools Connect Kids with Nature

    Posted January 24, 2017

    Leah McDermott, MEd, contends that children are spending less time in the outdoors or in the arts (music, art, band, etc.) because schools are devoting more time to test prep. She wants that to change. “Despite everything we know about the amazing benefits of children spending time outdoors in free, physical play every day, the…

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  • Beyond ‘Fake or Real’: 5 Quick Lessons in Media Literacy

    Posted January 23, 2017

    Differentiating between real and fake news is a good first step in arming students to question the media they encounter. The next step in our world of democratized but not always fact-checked digital media is to ensure they have the critical-thinking skills to evaluate what they’re seeing online. Helping students become media literate Media Smarts,…

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  • Spot the Fake: Teaching Students to be News Detectives

    Posted January 16, 2017

    Recent studies show that students and adults alike have little trouble finding news, but they have a much harder time discerning whether it is true. Teaching students how to research used to be limited to introducing them to library sources, but Google and other search engines have changed the game. The democratization of knowledge is…

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  • Kids Need to Be Comfortable Talking About Web Hazards, Parenting Coach Says

    Posted January 9, 2017

    Tablets, smartphones and personal computers give elementary school children access to information in ways that were unimaginable to their parents and teachers. Deadly and dangerous challenges can’t be ignored. Bullying. Sexting. Adults posing as kids to abduct children. Brandi Davis, a certified child and family coach, drives this point home repeatedly in conversations with moms, dads…

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  • Nature’s Way: School Looks to Evolution as a Model for Early Learning

    Posted December 27, 2016

    A think tank called Evolution Institute is developing a tuition-free school for 3- to 8-year-olds in Florida to save them from academic failure and help them overcome poverty. True to its name, the institute believes principles of evolution offer a blueprint for educating young people. Its new early learning center in East Tampa starts from…

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  • Give the Kids a Break: Why Reducing Recess Time Doesn’t Work

    Posted December 19, 2016

    A fidgety classroom makes for tough teaching. Historically, students ran off their excess energy during recess, but over the past 20 years, increasing academic demands have squeezed schools’ ability to provide significant recess time. It’s tempting to think we have to either cut recess to increase academic time or keep recess and risk students not…

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  • New Year, New Habits: 5 Tips for Great Teaching in 2017

    Posted December 13, 2016

    Exhausted teachers and punchy students: a perfect recipe for winter break. While everyone’s looking forward to a few weeks’ respite from teaching, grading and classroom crowd control, now is a good time to set goals for 2017. Here are five tips for teachers to remember in the new year: Plan a January reboot While the…

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  • Savvy Tips for Helping Children Prepare for Crises and Respond to Disasters

    Posted December 12, 2016

    Each workday in the U.S., 69 million children become separated from their families to attend school or receive child care. If disaster strikes, schools, families and anybody else responsible for children’s welfare need proper plans to keep young people safe. One organization devoted to making that happen is Save the Children, which has been protecting…

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  • This Teacher Wanted Better PreK Options, So She Created Her Own School

    Posted October 25, 2016

    Danielle Lindner was a full-time working mom with two children who needed care during the day. She had little trouble finding safe, nurturing places, but she wasn’t finding programs that shared her educational priorities for her children. An author of several children’s books and a veteran preschool/elementary school teacher, Lindner wanted a preK program that…

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  • How Mindfulness in K-12 Classrooms Eases Stress, Produces Better Decisions

    Posted October 24, 2016

    Ten or 20 years ago, mindfulness seemed like the forte of yogis, hippies and the like. But bit by bit, the practice of mindfulness (and meditation and yoga) has found its way into the mainstream. Today, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, the U.S. military and educational institutions are integrating mindfulness practice into their company ethos and…

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