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4/6 Top 10 ADHD Blogs of 2014 – Have ten teachers in your school each check one out and report back. @PsychCentral @livingwithadd @judyhanning

4/6 Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup – Explore Edutopia’s curated collection of blogs, articles, interviews, and videos with information for parents and educators about the associated concepts of resilience and grit. @edutopia @DrMaryHoward

4/5 Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers – I took one just to see what it was like. Like many I didn’t finish, but at least I know what it’s like. If you haven’t tried one yet you should. @chronicle @RusulAlrubail @jenhoward @marcparry

4/5 Grade 1: Listening & Learning Domain 4 Anthology “Early World Civilizations” This is from the Common Core Standards. As you can see it’s loaded with facts that need to be memorized that seem developmentally inappropriate for 1st graders to me. Your thoughts?

4/5 Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question. All teachers and parents should read this. It’s all about how students can continue learning after school stops without making it seem like work. @edutopia

4/5 Four Steep Pitfalls You Must Avoid When Flipping A Classroom. Even if you are already flipping you should check this out. @elearnindustry @moovly4edu

4/4 The art of teaching clearly: on why we should treat intuition with care. This summarizes reasons for cognitive errors rather well. Also seem my summary of Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow mentioned here. @atharby @jasonramasami

4/4 Here is the New York State Teacher Evaluation Bill – This looks like a new level of craziness. Many think it’s payback from the governor to the teachers’ union that didn’t support his reelection. @DianeRavitch @DMace8 @emma_kress

4/4 What the ‘thoughtless’ N.Y. government just did to teachers – This gives more detail on the stupidity of New York’s legislators and governor. I hope your state can learn from this travesty. @carolburris @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost

4/4 NY Teacher union led boycott of April exams could have far reaching consequences. Invalid tests are even more so if enough students don’t take them. @kdewitt7 @kdewitt7 @mayread3

4/3 Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever. This is good news for coffee drinkers and very informative. @cgpgrey

4/3 Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom – Be less of a teacher and more of a mentor by turning traditional lecture-based instruction on its head. Here are interactive practice sets, instructional videos, and whiteboard tools. Have one teacher explore each one and report back. @commonsensemedia @Graphite

4/3 Ten Tips for Successful Student Projects – Even if you have been doing student projects for a while, this list might help make them better. @mssackstein @educationweek

4/2 The New Look Teacher Interview – If you are looking for a teaching job or trying to hire teachers you need to read this. @millerg6

4/2 Critical Thinking for Life – Mentoring Minds offers learning products for parents and schools. These appear to be worth a look. @mentoringminds

4/2 17-Year-Old TED Talk – Any idea should be respected no matter who it comes from. Be sure to let your teachers and students watch this. [13:38] @ChrisWejr @gcouros @TEDTalks

4/2 How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation. Just one more reason why the current test and punish system is so screwed up. @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost @Larryferlazzo

4/1 Parents: If you opt your child out of state testing, DO NOT ALLOW them to be left in the testing room. It seems that some schools make them stay. Unbelievable! @jonathanpelto @DrJMusings

4/1 Seven Tips for Successful Portfolio Conferences – If your students don’t have portfolios yet it’s time to start. @mssackstein @educationweek @SamPatue

4/1 Nine Skills Master Teachers Possess – How many do you/your teachers have? Did we leave any out? @markbarnes19 @cathypetreebeck @readwriterant

3/31 BREAKING NEWS: Karen Magee, NYSUT President, Calls for Mass Opt Out. This movement seems to be growing. What’s happening in your district? @KarenMageeNYSUT @DianeRavitch

3/31 Teacher Challenge: No Worksheet Week – I think the best worksheet is a blank piece of paper. Notice they are called worksheets not fun sheets. I would also do a week without grades. @MatthewWeld

3/31 Bill would let New Jersey parents opt out of tests. It’s great news to see some policy makers second guessing the test and punish culture. @SFGate @michelemcneil

3/31 Five Ways to Make Your Bad Tests Worse – While you can only do so much about the standardized testing mess, there is a lot you can do about local teacher-made tests. This is great advice. @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @AngelaStockman

3/30 8 Ways Blended Learning Changes the Game – Can you guess what they are? @CAByrdie @Getting_Smart @HuffPostEdu

3/30 A 9-year-old criticizes standardized tests. This is amazing. Share with any policy makers you know. @chescaleigh @Upworthy @changethestakes

3/30 The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher – When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what’s left for classroom instructors to do? Future and current teachers need to read this. @TheMrGodsey @TheAtlantic @NikkiDRobertson @tonnet

3/30 10 Things I’ve Learned from “Assessment 3.0″ by Mark Barnes – This summary is useful all by itself. This looks like a book you should consider purchasing. @markbarnes19 @Edulastic

3/29 “Get Out Of The Way!” Says Principal Powers. Good leaders know when to lead and when to get out of the way. A mantra of mine was “hire good people and get out of their way.” @MrPowersCMS @TeachersNet

3/29 What It Means to be a Great Teacher – Think about what great teachers should do and then see if your thoughts match with any on this list. Considers asking students to do the same. @RusulAlrubail @edutopia @thechalkface

3/29 Solving the ‘Mystery’ of Classroom Management – This is a chat that takes place March 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST. See you there. @Larryferlazzo will be a guest. @EdWeekTeacher

3/29 12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation – I suspect most teachers know most of these, but some may surprise. All teachers should review this. @edutopia @justintarte @JakeJSteinmetz

3/28 Parental Controls Online and TV – Share with any parents you know. At the very least you need to block adult erotic sites. @EducatorsSpin

3/28 Rhode Island’s lively experiment with blended learning – Rhode Island tech-heavy blended learning school places priority on student flexibility and teachers. @jdj12 @hechingerreport @LisaDuty1

3/28 Has Accountability Taken All the Fun Out of Teaching and Learning? It doesn’t have too. Teach engaging lessons and the tests will take care of themselves. @education_world @lynch39083

3/27 Grading Teachers by the Test – This does a good job of explaining why it doesn’t make sense. “There is no incentive to help those comfortably above the cut or those with little hope of getting there.” @portereduardo @nytimes

3/26 Not my daughter: How one dad opted out his kindergartner from standardized testing. This is a hart warming story that might inspire other parents. @StevenSinger3 @valeriestrauss @DianeRavitch @markbarnes19

3/25 17 Things We Know About Forgiveness – You forgive others for your own sake. This may not make sense, but hating hurts the person doing the hating. @melissadahl @HealthyLiving @HuffPostParents

3/25 The Innovator’s Mindset – This would actually go one step past the notion of a growth mindset and is looking at what you are creating with your learning. This gives a good explanation of the fixed and growth mindsets and goes a step further. Also see my summary of Carol Dweck’s Mindset. @gcouros

3/25 Number of Libraries Dwindles in N.Y.C. Schools. This is sad. My district cut librarians in half. What’s happening in your school? @ORMorrison @educationweek

3/25 List of Student Protests Against the PARCC – This goes beyond the opt out movement to fight the test and punish culture. Share with students you know. @stephrhonda @YTCollective @DreaMcCoy

3/24 Five Secrets for a Great Flipped Classroom – If you are flipping or play to try it, read this. @glodigcit

3/24 Nine Things Administrators Can Do To Improve Instruction – Share with any administrator you know. If you are one, ask yourself which ones you do and should do. @blunteducator @jedipadmaster

3/22 Arrogant Columnists Who Love High-Stakes Tests – This effectively debunks the idea that standardized tests are like colonoscopies. @NancyEBailey1 @DreaMcCoy

3/22 Arkansas is Now the First State to Require That High Schools Teach Coding. Good luck finding teachers who can teach it. What is your state/district doing? @exilegov @ExileGov @dougpete

3/22 Maine Teacher Wins $1 Million Prize, Advises Young People Not to Enter Teaching Because of Common Core and Testing. There is a link here to the interview. She also gives the prize to her school. @NancieAtwell @AnneAtwellM @CNN @DianeRavitch

3/21 10 Traits and Techniques of a Highly Effective Teacher – Any teacher can use this list to reflect on how they are doing and possibly do better. @Jayne_Clare @TeachersApps

3/21 The Case for Free-Range Parenting – Kids are at way more risk roaming the neighborhood that being driven to soccer practice, so why don’t we let them? For every child kidnapped by a strangers 25 die in car accidents. @clemenswergin @nytimes

3/21 Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored – All teachers should read this Alfie Kohn article. He is one of the top authors in the field. @AlfieKohn @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost @Ben_Duggan

3/20 Break a Leg – 7 Exam Tips for English Learners – These tips are good for any learners. @tarabenwell @ESLlibrary

3/20 The Church of TED – I’m a big TED fan but Megan Hustad offers some criticism that should make you think. @meganhustad @nytimes

3/20 Autism: Facts and Statistics [Infographic] – It’s one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the world. This is some interesting data for educators and parents. @Essential_Guide

3/20 Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever Learning how to be more creative, and thus adaptable, is what prepares students for life beyond the classroom. @atxcopywriter @edudemic

3/19 Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways. We also have a boy problem when it comes to education. @portereduardo @nytimes

3/19 Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity [17:17] – Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of “Collective Genius,” offers a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing. @TEDTalks

3/18 Six Ways to Cut the Time You Spend on Email – Email is a real time sink. These ideas may help you find more time for other things. @FastCompany

3/18 Five Things That Cool Teachers Do – How cool are you/your teachers? @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @hackmylearning

3/17 NY State Must Clear Up Mystery of Missing Test Items. This will give you a look into how the test makers operate. I’m sure this happens elsewhere. @FredSmith917 @citylimitsorg @changethestakes

3/17 Teen With Asbergers Speaks Out. This is very cool. You all need to listen to her. @RebeccaAParkin @sarahnewton

3/17 Why Do American Students Have So Little Power? A group of Kentucky teens is struggling to get a modest bill passed, revealing just how difficult it is to convince adults that kids’ opinions matter. @amandaripley @TheAtlantic @SBEducation

3/17 Seven Innovative #EdTech Practices You Can Implement at No Cost – These are worth a look. @InnovativeEdu @techlearning

3/16 Be the Principal your students need. – The bulleted list is good for teachers too. @troymooney @BurkheadBill

3/16 Do Internships Really Lead to Job Opportunities? Looks like paid internships are more likely to land you a job. My daughter, however, had unpaid internships and got work right away. @UndercoverRec

3/16 The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten – Current reforms are likely to get more kids to hate school sooner. Glad I went to kindergarten in the 1950’s. @wordpressdotcom @iplante

3/14 hy Children Need Chores – Doing household chores has many benefits—academically, emotionally and even professionally. @WSJ

3/14 Encouraging Courage – What Courageous Educators Do – How courageous are you/your teachers by this standard? @alfiekohn @TeachersNet

3/12 Bob Casey aims for Washington to help reduce school suspensions. Do we really need more federal control to take this on? @iveydejesus @pennlive @SenBobCasey @RafranzDavis

3/12 Four Ways to Turn Distracted Students into Engaged Learners – Share with any teachers you know. @newrow_rony @edudemic @gjmueller

3/12 How schools are bribing kids to take Common Core standardized tests – Is any of this going on in your school? What do you/your students think about this? @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost @Scorebusters

3/12 Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors – Whether you think the Common Core standards are good or buy you should read this. @AnthonyCody @educationweek @GetUpStandUp2

3/11 Is It Fair to Test 3rd Graders With 8th Grade Material? See if you can determine the reading level of some questions on this year’s tests. @DianeRavitch

3/11 Five big ways the education with change by 2020 – Which ones do see starting to happen already? @samleecole @FastCompany @Larryferlazzo

3/10 Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors – I suggest reading the bold headlines first. @AnthonyCody @educationweek @GetUpStandUp2

3/10 The state of sex education today in the US is analogous to a driver’s education class that focuses exclusively on the mechanics of the internal combustion engine, with no mention of brakes, steering, red lights, and stop signs. @jesslahey @TheAtlantic @OaklandSchools

3/10 Tips on talking to kids about sex – This short video [6:38] will help frame the conversation in the age where Internet porn is commonly seen by kids. You may also like Cindy Gallop: Make love, not porn (Adult content) a short TED Talk. [4:28] @AlVsexed @cindygallop

3/10 The World’s Problem With Sex Ed Adolescents get most of their sexual ideas from mass media — and from one another rather than from schools. This is something people with strong religious beliefs tend to be are against. @nytimes @heoj

3/8 Opt-out forms lands student in hot water. Just one more stupid suspension that makes educators look bad. Would you let your kid do this? @krqe

3/7 The ONE Word That Will Revolutionize Your Behavior Management – This looks like it is worth a try. @sharethis @MikeReading

3/7 Three Actions to Becoming a More Efficient Teacher – I especially like the third one on grading. @MatthewWeld @eduleadership

3/6 When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge. Share this with any leaders or potential leaders you know. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @ewilliams65

3/6 Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more. If your school is getting ready for using computers for standardized tests be ready for some problems. @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost @patrickmlarkin

3/6 Teacher: Common Core Is Turning First Grade into a Nightmare. Among the flaws of the CCSS is the assumption that all students in a given grade are capable of learning all of the same grade level standards by the end of a school year. @rawitschp @DianeRavitch

3/5 Five Lessons Your Can Learn from Students – You should learn more than they do. @bradbridges

3/5 Creative Quiz Ideas: Reinventing Classroom Assessment – These are some cool ideas. They could making assessments way more fun. @nicholasjkurian @fractuslearning @internet4classr

3/4 The Differences Between Medical Tests and Standardized Tests – See if you can guess what they are. @dianeravitch

3/4 Flipped Classroom Pros and Cons – If you are doing it or thinking about it, you should read this. @edudemic @SNewco

3/4 Asian-Americans Face Changing Landscape On College Admissions. Don’t check the Asian box when you are applying to college. @frankshyong @TimesRecord

3/4 Starting a Student Technology Support Team – If you need tech support that you can’t afford consider getting students in the game. @Gaggle_K12

3/3 Throwing Out Grades Is Good For Learning. I think so. What do you and your students/kids think? @nsdmorrison @josepicardoSHS

3/3 Integrating Arts to Improve Academics – I am a strong believer in the importance of the arts in education. @IowaPublicRadio @johnpemble @CurtisChandler6

3/3 The power of books: Empowering Underprivileged Students. This teacher has some great advice. @linedyna @FluencyMC

3/3 As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out. It’s hard to tell how extensive this is, but it’s happening in all states and growing.

3/2 Lessons for School Leaders from the Corporate World – While schools aren’t corporations, I’ve always felt that there was a lot educators could learn from business. @impactfulcoach @PrincipalCenter @eduleadership

3/1 5 Ways to Use Non-Verbal Communication to Power Up Your Message This is good for just about anyone. @A3_News1

3/1 Why Isn’t Sex Education a Part of Common Core? Let me know if you can answer this question. I would also include Internet porn and revenge porn. @AliceDreger @PacificStand

3/1 Why More Schools Are Letting Their Students Sleep In – Has your school district caught on yet? If not, start the push. @sarklei @HealthyLiving @HuffPostScience

2/28 More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education – I’m all for less federal regulation of education, but I would not cut funding to poor schools. Is there any chance congress and the president can agree on this? @tamarnyt @nytimes

2/28 Five ways You are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (and What to Do About It) – This is great advice. Be sure to share it with teachers and parents you know. @SmartMouthTeach @HuffPostEdu

2/28 Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development? The answer here is yes. What do you think? @suzieboss @edutopia

2/27 Seven Activities to Encourage Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning If they work you will get a lot more learning done. @EmergingEdTech @GetKahoot

2/27 Three Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching – Do you/your teachers do this? @coolcatteacher @edutopia @FluencyMC

2/27 A Student Message that Every Teacher Needs to Read – This will reinforce your reasons for teaching and remind you of what is important. @blunteducator

2/26 Why Should You Broadcast Your Class Live – Wouldn’t it be cool if all classes were broadcast? Sick and suspended kids could still attend and I bet behavior would improve. @2footgiraffe

2/26 The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class – If your teachers aren’t doing this they should consider it. @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost

2/25 As Common-Core Test Season Begins, Teachers Feel Pressure. Three months under last year’s teacher, summer loss, snow days and delays impact every teacher’s test scores and evaluations. @cgewertz @educationweek

2/25 How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech – This is also good for leaders dealing with teachers who are technophobic. @NicoleComforto @edudemic @EdTech_K12

2/25 Eight Steps to Combat the Bullying Epidemic – Check to see if this advice can help your anti-bullying program. @edutopia @AMGHalstead

2/24 Five Reasons Why I Stopped Sending Kids Out of Class – All teachers need to consider this. I wouldn’t say never send a kid out, but I think it happens too often. @mraspinall

2/24 If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade. So should we be telling our kids to suck up to the teacher for better grades? @anya1anya @nprnews

2/24 Ten Tips For Parents of Children With ADHD – Share with any parents you know. Most tips are good for all parents. @Rheyanne @DrLynneKenney @StressFreeKids

2/23 What happens when computers, not teachers, pick what students learn? Should we automate some parts of a teacher’s day? All teachers and parent should read this. @nicholedobo @hechingerreport

2/23 Indiana Superintendent urges parents to home school during test week. This guy has some guts. We need more like him. @dianravitch @WL_RDP

2/22 Ten steps our district took to make a grading shift- This looks like a good start. @justintarte

2/22 Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching – From Quest to Learn in New York to the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia, Matthew Jenkin explores schools that use innovative teaching methods and curriculums. @matthewjenkin @GuardianEdu

2/21 Teach For Finland? Why it won’t happen. Also see my summary of Finish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg. @valeriestrauss @pasi_sahlberg

2/21 Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk – Teachers don’t get paid to not like some kids. This is a good article for all teachers and principals. @saraneufeld @NYTOpinionator @Larryferlazzo

2/21 Discrimination against women is a real problem in college admissions. Looks like the boys have an edge in college admissions. Should they? This looks like a good conversation topic. @libbyanelson @voxdotcom @Scorebusters

2/20 Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning Please give it a try. @markbarnes19 @CorwinPress

2/20 Pedagogy Before Technology – 10 Ideas to Consider – I love technology too but you have to put the pedagogy first. @mraspinall

2/20 Why Do Teachers Get Snow Days? Everyone else still goes to work. Here are 10 things teachers could be doing when their students get the day off. I bet many teachers do some already. @genemarks @phillymag

2/19 My High School Mascot Is Offensive – This well written by a high school student. Maybe it will inspire your students to write for publication. Also see my comment. @gill_mcgoldrick @educationweek

2/19 Teacher accused of sex with 6 students, making sex tape. This hurts all of us in the education beat. If you want to be an educator you need to behave yourself. @davidkli @nypost

2/19 Florida Principal: High-Stakes Testing Is Killing Our Schools. It will only get worse as this year they start with more difficult Common Core tests. @rosannewood @dianeravitch @Thanks2Teachers

2/18 Is Leadership Style Born … or Made? Think about that they read on. @mssackstein @edweek

2/18 Three Ways to Support The Growth Mindset – Be sure to read my summary of Carol Dweck’s Mindset book. @jasperfoxsr @mssackstein

2/18 A school where students, teachers remix their schedules every week – This is worth considering. @nicholedobo @hechingerreport @markwcarbone

2/17 Before you assign homework, here is what students want you to know. All teachers need to read and reflect on this. @pernilleripp @gcouros

2/17 Boycotters Might Be Winning the Battle Over Standardized Testing. Thanks to pressure from parents and activists, a growing number of school districts and state boards of education are putting the brakes on new high-stakes exams. @TakePart @jdub321 @wfryer

2/17 Retention’s False Promise: Instead—Better Alternatives – I see retention as criminal. If you think it makes sense contact me. If you don’t, speak out. @NancyEBailey1 @DMace8

2/17 Five ways to empower teachers to build a positive, innovative school culture – These all look good to me. Which ones does your school use? @Angela_Watson @TechMinock

2/16 When A School Gets A Bad Report Card – About the only thing school grades tell you is where the poor kids go to school. This is so stupid and demoralizing. @npr_ed @tee62

2/16 Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour – Genius Hour is where students get one hour per day or week to focus on a project of their choice. @keyanastevens @edutopia

2/15 How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? See how many of these seven guiding questions you/your teachers can answer yes to. @WordLib @edutopia @markbarnes19

2/15 Six Traits that Help you Become Successful Teachers – See how many you can guess. Ask your students what they think. @drn1485 @Begabungs Voniz

2/14 What Makes Project-Based Learning Work? If you need to defend doing projects, this will help. @edrethink

2/12 Dean Smith Was Pioneer in Use of Analytics. Basketball and statistics fans should like this. It could lead to a math project for some students. @marcatracy @nytimes

2/12 Blizzard Bags A Potential Replacement For Some Missed Snow Days. Winter isn’t over yet. These can also be used for any day when instruction doesn’t happen. @ericconti @patrickmlarkin

2/10 Chancellor Carmen Fariña Changes New York City Schools’ Course. Pull quote here is “I know a good quality school when I’m in the building.” I feel the same way. @katetaylornyt @nytimes

2/10 Seven big myths about top-performing school systems – Share with education leaders you know. @SchleicherEDU @BBC

2/10 How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science – Share with teachers you know. @clairecm @nytimes

2/10 Ten Alternatives to Suspension – This is not the most attractive post, but it’s got good ideas. @UMNews @WJHVP

2/9 Keyboarding lessons make a comeback under Common Core. If kids have to take tests online the advantage goes to the best typist. Just one more unanticipated consequence. @carolineporter @WSJ @SBEducation

2/9 Variance or deviance? It’s okay to say, “this thing we make, it’s not for you,” but I’m not sure it’s productive to say, “you’re not allowed to make the choices you’ve made.” @thisissethsblog @justintarte

2/8 What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early? Parents and educators should all read this. @nytimes @Eli_Nathanael @LMJB

2/8 Ten Tips for sharing passion in teaching – What drives you as a teacher? This is good advice for any teacher. Parents can profit as well. @mssackstein

2/8 Teacher tells Congress the federal incentives in education are wrong. This is pretty good. Read and share with your representatives in congress. @SLazarOtC @valeriestrauss @Scorebusters

2/7 What the Best School Systems Are Doing Right – Here are short summaries of the secrets to Korea’s and Finland’s success. See what you can adapt for your kids/school. @awesomechoi @TEDTalks

2/7 Six Steps to Writing Your Own Definition of Success – Share this with any high school and college students you know. It is also good for adults in search of a new career. @petercohan @Entrepreneur @MJasonHouck

2/7 Goal Of Classroom Management Is To Have Power ‘With,’ Not ‘Over,’ Kids. There are good ideas here even for veteran teachers. @Larryferlazzo @educationweek

2/7 Five Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School – You don’t want to get caught in the technology for the sake of technology trap at your school. @ScottRRocco

2/6 The Common Core in education is one of the scariest phrases to hit the profession in a long time. If you believe this you will love the five links here. @markbarnes19 @readwriterant

2/6 Recess and Your School – We know that kids should be allowed to exercise daily, but many schools have them sitting more than ever. Check this out and add your voice along with mine. @edrethink @stumpteacher

2/5 Eric Sheninger: The teacher’s role in creating schools that work for students – He is a principal and hates the fact that both of his kids hate school even though they do cool stuff on their own. Educators and parents need to listen to his TED Talk as school and life should not be separate entities. @E_Sheninger @msdf_foundation @stumpteacher

2/5 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – This may seem overwhelming, so pick a few to explore and ask your friends to do the same thing. @edudemic @DrPriceMitchell

2/5 I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading. If you start reading instruction before kids are ready they are likely to hate school. Stop the madness like they do in Finland. @valeriestrauss @brophycat

2/4 Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee It sounds insane to me. See my comment. @markbarnes19 @readwriterant

2/4 Unhappy Teachers Come to Work Less. What are you doing to keep your teachers happy? @education_world

2/4 Why the teaching of emotional literacy is so important – What is your school doing? @InnovateMySchl @JuliaSharman1

2/3 Principal: What I’ve learned about annual standardized testing. Looks like one US senator might have a clue. @valeriestrauss @carolburris

2/3 Children and High-Tech Addiction: A Look Beyond the U.S. Some countries with more tech per person the the US have treatment programs for technology addiction. What are we doing? @CubanLarry @LarryCuban

2/3 Ten signs you have a grading problem in your class – Do classes you know have these problems? @justintarte @WizardOfEd

2/3 Texas boy suspended for saying he could make classmate ‘disappear’ with ‘Lord of the Rings’ sorcery. How stupid is this. Share with principals you know. @nkhensley @NYDailyNews

2/2 Can Students Have Too Much Tech? Evidence shows that showering students with networked devices will not shrink the class divide. @nytimes

2/2 Parenting Advice From America’s Worst Mom – Are you raising free-range children? I certainly was one. @nytimes

2/1/15 Giving the Classroom Library Center Stage – In addition to good ideas there is a book you can get on the subject. What is your classroom library like? @Kari_Yates @DrMaryHoward

2/1 Ending the Classroom Factory Model: How Technology Will Personalize Education. This features a short video interview of author Clayton Christensen. You might also want is book Blended. @kmanguward @reason @thomascmurray

1/31 Study of Retirees Links Youth Football to Brain Problems. Why would anyone let there kid play football? Also see a story about the NFlreaching out to mothers. @el_belson @nytimes

1/30 Doctors Enlisted to Deliver Early-Literacy Message. This sounds like something that all doctors should do. Share with your doctor. @lrmongeau @educationweek

1/30 The truth about admissions – Everyone one should read this. For football fans it mentions Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. @thisissethsblog

1/30 The college major of every Super Bowl player – Ask your children/kids which degree they would want to have. Also ask if some positions have better degrees from better schools than others. Don’t worry that it’s from Playboy. @mattsurely @Playboy

1/29 Workload forcing new teachers out of the profession. Principals and superintendents need to be sensitive to this. @GuardianEdu @guardian

1/29 Sororities Don’t See Their Alcohol Policies Changing As Colleges Try To Fix Greek Life Why do women’s clubs have different rules? Good talking point for your class? @tylerkingkade @HuffPostCollege

1/29 The Power of Detentions – If we had to host our own detentions, would there be less? This should make all teachers think. @sledeaux84 @justintarte

1/28 Philadelphia Warns Teachers of Disciplinary Actions if They Inform Parents of Opt Out Right. This efforts seems to still be growing. What’s happening in your district? @DianeRavitch @kelleycollings @PFTrepFSAS

1/26 Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice. Maybe some of your students can contribute to the next phase of this research. @sbergbreiter @TEDTalks

1/25 Can Young People Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Decades Before They Might Get It? This is a touching story about a man and his mother. You can consider donating to help him with his documentary. Remember, leaders also tend to be philanthropists. @maxlugavere @FastCompany
Five Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School – I hope your school is trying to be innovative. If so, this will help. @ScottRRocco @wordpressdotcom

1/25 How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom – Here is how technology has changed classes in innovative schools. @MindShiftKQE @mrhooker @iplante

1/24 Misbehavior in the College Classroom – This also looks like good advice for K-12 teachers and there are some other good resources linked here. @cultofpedagogy

1/24 How to Keep the Negative Attitudes of Others From Impacting You – This is good advice and there is also a free ebook available here. @KevinEikenberry

1/23 New college grads: Who employers want to hire – Which traits do you think they are looking for? Which traits are your kids working on? @CollegeBlogs @cbsnews @Scorebusters

1/22 Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning. Making kids sit still for an entire class is often counter productive. @AletaMargolis @valeriestrauss @shannonmmiller

1/22 10 Rules for Students and Teachers – They aren’t what you might expect, but they are worth considering. @Jennifer_Hogan

1/21 Poll: Nearly half of voters in New York State oppose Common Core. 49% are against it and 33% are for it. This no doubt has a lot to do with the associated testing and the fact that only about one third of kids statewide passed. @JimmyVielkind @capitalnewyork @leoniehaimson

1/21 Washington Leads Largest U.S. States in Teacher Engagement. Gallup defines engaged teachers as involved with, enthusiastic about and committed to their work. They know the scope of their jobs and constantly look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes. @Gallup @colonelb

1/21 Team’s Mission: Beat the Boys (and Maybe Make Them Cry). This is a cool story about a girls’ team in an all boys league. @ScottCacciola @nytimes

1/20 Why teachers should ask more questions – This touts a new book by Doug Lemov Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College that you should probably add to your schools PD library. @Doug_Lemov @washingtonpost @Scorebusters

1/20 Kids who have recess before lunch eat more vegetables. How does your school run recess? @libbyanelson @voxdotcom

1/19 The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion. @PWSullivan @JohnAmaechi @nytimes

1/19 Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others – You want contributions from all, people who can read other’s emotions, and women. This is a must read for any leader. @cfchabris @anitawoolley @nytimes

1/18 Elitist parents threaten lawsuit after kids are called out for alleged test prep. This is pretty crazy. Did you pay to have your pre-K kid get some test prep? @tarapalmeri @nypost

1/18 Letting kids walk free – A couple who allowed their 10-year-old and 6-year-old to walk home from a park a mile away find themselves the subject of an investigation by the county Child Protective Services. I roamed free as a kid but now kids can’t in some places. What do you/your kids think? Linda Chavez @nypost

1/17 Grades, The Current Educational Dinosaurs – The first step is to agree with this premise. Then it’s time to take some action. @mssackstein

1/17 How do you make a baby smart? Word by word, a Chicago project says. This looks like a project worth replicating. @saraneufeld @hechingerreport @Larryferlazzo

1/17 When Will the Homework Madness Stop? – Are kids in your school getting bad homework? Should students have some choice regarding what they work on at home? @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @patrickmlarkin

1/16 A School Aide to the Disabled Sues New York City – This punishment seems way out of line. I hope this is a lesson for other leaders. @jimdwyernyt @nytimes

1/16 Longer school days, school years: Somewhat helpful to boosting student learning, but amped-up teaching does more. Looks like giving teachers more time to collaborate yields a much bigger payoff. @BetsyHammond @chalkup @oregonian @justintarte

1/16 Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most. What’s happening to recess in your school? @jesslahey @NYTMotherlode

1/15 Tips and Ideas on How to Facilitate Online Discussions – Most of these tips are also valid for discussions taking place in a physical setting such as classroom. @MiaMacMeekin @medkh9 @askteacherzcom

1/15 Financial Aid Errors No College Student Should Make – Share with any senior students and their parents you know. @TheFiscalTimes @sharethis @Scorebusters

1/15 Kazakh Child Soldier Executes ‘Russian Spies’ in Islamic State Video. I saw this video before they took it down. It is chilling. I wonder if this kind of behavior will hurt their cause as even more people start to see them as evil. Mainstream media may not be following this story. This might be ok for college students and up. @ForeignPolicy @emmacarew @reidstan

1/14 Pressures Rise as Pace of Kindergarten Increases – If your school’s kindergarten classes seem more like first grade, you are probably making a mistake. @educationweek

1/14 Teachers put behind bars to foster empathy with prison-affected kids. If you have students whose parents are in prison, how about visiting the parent with the child? @PositiveNewsUK @mdawriter @chrislehmann

1/14 Additional Online Tools For The Online Student – If you are taking a course online, these tips may make you more efficient. @directoryschool @bdfactsguy

1/13 How Are You Influencing Your Child’s Behavior? Childhood Obesity Stats You Can’t Ignore. This is short, good advice for all parents. @health_detox @Body_detoxify

1/13 Black And Hispanic Students Are Making Meaningful Gains, But It’s Hard To Tell. NEAP results show improvement across the board, but you wouldn’t know it listening to most of our media. @mzinshteyn @FiveThirtyEight @Larryferlazzo

1/12 The Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips. These look good to me. @edutopia

1/12 Should Schools Teach Personality? Is it something that can be taught? @annanorthtweets @nytopinion

1/12 Don’ts In Teaching – See if you can guess what they are. Ask your students for their guesses too. @homeschoolcurr

1/12 Do Internships Really Lead to Job Opportunities? What do you think this answer is? @UndercoverRec

1/11 Evaluating educators based on their students’ exam scores is misguided and threatens reform efforts. When you have everybody reduced to numbers, it doesn’t create a good atmosphere. @AmandaFairbanks @TheAtlantic @Larryferlazzo @changethestakes

1/11 Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan. The liberal New York Times point out lots of problems with this plan. It could mean money for rich kids in some states and no more for poor kids in other states. Be sure to read all of this. @perezpena @shearm @nytimes

1/10 Quality Counts 2015: State Report Cards Map – Be sure to check all four maps and the details for you state and others. @educationweek @BuysseVirginia

1/9 Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña to Lift School Cell Phone Ban. No talk about using them as learning tools. What does your school do? @NYC @Pen63

1/9 Parenting in the Age of Online Pornography – 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to online pornography. Here is some advice for Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography. Has your school added this to their sex education program? Should they? @nickbilton @KJDellAntonia @NYTMotherlode

1/9 Snow days could soon be obsolete at Minnesota school. If every student has a device and online access there is no reason why some version of school can’t take place when school is closed. @PioneerPress @OfficialDLDay

1/7 Teacher evaluation: going from bad to worse? New York Chancellor Merryl Tisch want to change teacher evaluations in order to find more bad teachers. Sound crazy to you? @carolburris @valeriestrauss @janinesopp

1/7 Children Who Eat More Fast Food Show Less Academic Improvement. Is it the food or do people with lower academic skills just eat more fast food? This looks like a classic causation/correlation error to me. @asvokos @HuffPostBiz @HuffPostEdu

1/7 Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015 – Most of this seems like good news to me. What do you/your students think? @CsanchezClaudio @npr_ed @Explore_paleo

1/6 Five Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology – Share with people you know who are responsible for tech support in your school. @mrworkfcps @edutopia @tonnet

1/5 Five Similarities Between Leadership And Parenting – One reason I feature leadership on this blog is that I also feel it has a lot of overlap with effective parenting. @brentgleeson @forbes @HenleyAfrica

1/5 Use YouTube to inspire bored students – Short videos can be much more effective than hour long lectures or videos. @Telegraph @SchoolsImprove @CRGSchools

1/5 Simple Ideas to Make Writing Fun – If your teaching involves writing you need to read this. Parents should read it too. @pernilleripp @cultofpedagogy

1/5 New York Daily News Endorses Punitive Use of VAM. Diane Ravitch blasts the Daily News for this stance. What do you think? @DianeRavitch @NYDailyNews

1/5 If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’ – This give some advice as to how to first shift the emphasis away from grades to help students focus on learning. @elysekwatkins @globeandmail

1/5 The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Teaching Job in the Middle of the School Year – Just about every school has someone who needs to read this. Please share. @cultofpedagogy

1/5 Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Standard Testing Here We Go – Here are some tips for reducing student stress during testing. @EducatorsRoom

1/4 Please Quit Pulling Kids Out of Electives for More Reading Intervention. What is your school doing? @edrethink @pernilleripp

1/4 Three things breakfast does to your brain – Here is some latest research along with several more breakfast links. What do you/your children/your students do? @FastCompany

1/3 Syracuse, NY union president to Governor Cuomo: ‘Demonizing’ teachers won’t solve problems. The governor looks to punish more teachers rather than deal with the impact of poverty. @syracusedotcom @SoniaBasko @AndyPallotta @nysutTreasurer @SYRTeachers

1/3 Ten things students want all educators to know – Make your own list before you read this. Even veteran teachers should review this. @justintarte @josepicardoSHS

1/3 Taught by Finland: 10 Best Blog Posts of 2014 – This is by an American teacher who saw Finnish schools up close. There is lot’s we can learn here. @timdwalk @Ilotimo

1/3 ADHD And Creativity: New Research Says ADHD Is Being Mistreated In Schools. All teachers and many parents need to read this. @po_st @theinquisitr @bradmcurrie

1/2 Rage Against the Common Core – The public in many states has reacted negatively to the standards due to the high-stakes-testing component. Do what you can to feed the rage where you live. @nytimes @pasi_sahlberg

1/2 Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science – Other schools just give boring courses designed to weed people out. Sound unethical to me. What does your college do? @perezpena @nytimes

1/2 Why Cafeteria Food Is the Best – It seems that most bagged lunches flunk the nutrition test. Haw about what your kids eat? @nytimeswell

1/1/2015 Facebook dismisses ‘dislike’ button as too negative. This is good news for teachers and parents. Can you imagine what the bullies would do with this? @nypost

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  1. Thanks so much for the link, Doug! Really appreciate you linking to my site! I love what you’re doing here. I like the idea of keeping a running list of stuff you find through the summer. I’ll have to consider stealing that in a future site update. ;-)

    Cheers,
    Travis

  2. Thanks for the mention. I did want to say that the video was courtesy of @MikeMcQueen. I was just tweeting out an interesting like.

    I’m enjoying the new clean look of your site, Doug. Thanks for sharing.

    - @newfirewithin

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