Textbooks Are So Over, Vocabulary Gap, Korean Questions-Russian Test

April 25th, 2015

Thank to Justin Tarte we have many reasons why your school should stop using textbooks. Then it’s the cause of the vocabulary gap between rich and poor kids, and embarrassment for New York State via a test gaff. On to a school district settling a porn sharing case, 25 years of the Hubble telescope, a keys to better decisions book, a winner/loser quote, and the cellphone James Bond would cary.

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Casualties of Common Core, Best Teachers-More Girls, Std. Test Leeks

April 24th, 2015

Start with a clever article that beats up on Common Core testing. Then it’s how having more girls and smaller classes make you a better teacher thanks to our test and punish culture, and a story about leaks from a New York state test. On to paying for courses only when you finish, a time-lapse volcano video, special ed students and state tests, an Atticus Finch quote, and a way to see and hear Wikipedia edits.

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Billion Oyster Project, Embracing Cell Phones, Student Genius Bar

April 23rd, 2015

Can high school students clean up New York Harbor? Looks like they can. Then we have tips for schools allowing student cell phones, and a school where students do tech support. On to social media reuniting siblings, beating exam stress, scary warnings on state tests, a Seth Godin quote, and cool tricks with Oreo cookies and a glass of milk.

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Why Play Football, Body Language Matters, Need for Keyboarding

April 22nd, 2015

Start with my post at Education Week Teacher on why let your kid play football. It has touched some nerves with parents and coaches. Then it’s a great TED Talk that will make you smarter about body language, and keyboard curricula meets online testing. On to how to manage a Twitter chat, how to re-design your school space, to grade or not to grade, a teacher’s impact quote, and a brilliant visualization of a Mozart sonata.

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Long Island Opt Out, All Classes Can Code, Experiment-Fail-Learn-Repeat

April 21st, 2015

An amazing 42% of kids on New York’s Long Island opted out of the state ELA test. Great news. Then it’s coding in every class, and five things teachers should stop pretending. On to a Facebook guide for teachers, backpacking through Yosemite National Park, how to get ready for college, a Daniel Pink quote, and an all girl subway mariachi band.

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