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Celebrating Student Writing with a Publishing Party
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Celebrating Student Writing with a Publishing Party

An understanding of the writing process is important for young writers. However, the time involved in editing and revising means that not every piece of writing can—or should—be taken all the way to the publishing stage. So when students put the work into making their writing publication-ready, that effort needs...

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Practical Tips for Vetting Educational Technology
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Practical Tips for Vetting Educational Technology

Educational technology is an impossible-to-ignore phenomenon. However, trying to find an official definition for it is not easy, as you're likely to quickly get bogged down in potentially cumbersome terms. Consider this offering from EdTechReview, an online community devoted to supporting and nurturing the advancement of educational technology, which contends...

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No-Zero Grading? Are You Kidding Me?!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
No-Zero Grading? Are You Kidding Me?!

Should grades be used to punish, encourage, or reward students? In recent years, this enduring question has taken on fresh meaning thanks to various efforts to either implement or reject “no-zero” grading policies. With these policies, zeroes are off the table for students—instead, the minimum score a student could receive...

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A Brain-Based Approach to Helping Low-SES Students
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Many students in the United States come to school with a low socioeconomic status (SES), according to federal guidelines. Recent data from the National School Lunch Program suggests that nearly 100,000 schools serve lunch to 30 million students each day. (Only students who are signed up for the lunch program...

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Why Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers Require Intensive Literacy Instruction
Friday, October 19, 2018
Why Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers Require Intensive Literacy Instruction

Teaching adolescent non-proficient readers is an extremely complex matter, as the range of foundational issues that have followed students to advanced grades—in conjunction with the fact that each student requires attention during higher-level courses—make it challenging to identify and meet specific needs. However, helping students develop basic literacy skills and...

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Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?

The term "executive function" is popular in education and psychology, but you may be thinking, “Why does my child need to learn executive skills in kindergarten?” Executive function skills are actually essential for self-regulating behavior that governs a child’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, such as brushing your teeth, remembering...

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