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3/11 Beyond “Voice” to Contribution – As we empower students to speak up, we must teach them to use their voices effectively. If left to figure it out on their own, they will definitely struggle. @gcouros

3/11 Using Live Video Streams to Give Your Students the World – Video feeds from faraway locales can expand students’ horizons when their world feels small and constricted. @KendraCameronJ @edutopia

3/11 Twelve Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education – The letter grade fails because one of its primary functions–to communicate learning results to learners and families can not possibly be performed a single symbol. @terryheickedu @TeachThought

3/11 Letter from members of Congress to Sec. Cardona asking him to waive the tests; and how to have your voice heard – If you want to waive testing this year add your voice. Also, check out Leonie Haimson’s weekly podcast. @leoniehaimson

3/10 Align Your Arrows For Better Student Outcomes. In Arrows: A Systems-Based Approach to School Leadership, Henry and Rosebrock unpack their district’s experience of creating and maintaining a culture dedicated to student and teacher learning. @CarrieRosebrock @MrsSarahHenry @mssackstein

3/10 Rethinking Family Engagement This Year. Parents and caregivers are more involved in elementary school kids’ education in distance learning, and teachers can help increase their effectiveness. @edutopia

3/10 Top U.S. Companies: These Are the Skills Students Need in a Post-Pandemic World. The future of work looks quite a bit different now than it did a year ago. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to confound even the most accomplished futurists’ efforts to make predictions about what lies ahead. How many of these skills does your school teach? @MarkALieberman @educationweek

3/8 The Curriculum Camp Conference – Clarify your vision, create a curricular plan that works, and hit play on adapting your school or course while the rest of the world is hitting pause. Attend from wherever you are. @ajjuliani @jaymctighe @ericabuddington @JulieHStern

3/8 How AI Influences Children – AI devices are collecting a lot of data while interacting with children, posing major challenges on the privacy front. @raibagikashyap @Analyticsindiam @HarbRimah

3/7 How to Use Book Clubs for Deeper Professional Learning – Book clubs can be a powerful way to learn new skills, find new ideas, and experience paradigm shifts. Book studies can be a great way to learn from one another and take the learning to a deeper level. @spencerideas @dmgately @cultofpedagogy

3/7 The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies – What format will you use? What questions will you ask? How will you ensure that all students participate? @DrHKells @cultofpedagogy @Faten_Romdhani

3/7 A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement. A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation. @DrHKells @edutopia @marcelamomberg

3/6 Are we preparing students to be chefs or cooks? The words “cook” and “chef” seem kind of like synonyms. And in the real world, they’re often used interchangeably. But in this post, when I say chef, I don’t mean any ordinary chef. I mean the trailblazing chef—the kind of chef who invents recipes. @ajjuliani

3/6 Positive Discipline-The Montessori Way – Here is Part 2 of the 3 part series, Montessori Tidbits: Ideas & Practices for newbies to the Montessori Method. Parts 1 and 3 are also available. @themomtessorian @DisneyDream717 @themomtessorian

3/4 Machine Learning Might Be the Future of Dyslexia Diagnosis. Could the power of machine learning help diagnose or treat dyslexia? @IntEngineering @bexxmodd @AI_Miami @Strat_AI

3/4 An Asset-Based Approach to Supporting English Learners’ Reading Skills – A look at what English learners need in order to develop the skills and motivation to improve their ability to read in English. @ValentinaESL @edutopia

3/4 For Some Black Students, Remote Learning Has Offered A Chance To Thrive. While the media would have you believe that remote learning is all bad it certainly isn’t. @NPR @s_bearden

3/3 Strategies for Teaching Students Online & Face to Face at the Same Time – What better way to learn how to do this kind of teaching than from those who have been at it for months? @Larryferlazzo @educationweek

3/3 Mentoring in Schools – Mentoring is at its most powerful when it is built on positive personal relationships between novice teachers and those with more experience. @CrownHousePub @HughesHaili @CharteredColl

3/3 Remote Learning Makes Time Management Even Harder. Blaming students for poor use of time is like blaming them for poor reading. @emilyrinkema @educationweek

3/2 Is Your Emotional Intelligence Authentic, or Self-Serving? It’s possible to fake emotional intelligence. Well-intended leaders can go into interactions armed with what they believe is a combination of deep empathy, attuned listening, and self-awareness but is, in fact, a way to serve their own emotional needs. @RonCarucci @HarvardBiz @nancyrubin

3/1/2021 Want To Know What’s Wrong With Averages? If a student gets 100 on the final should you average in a 40 she got on the first exam? @mssackstein

3/1/2021 Why you should apply design thinking to the employee experience – COVID-19 has forced changes in the way people work — and created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to increase engagement and productivity. @thomasastewart @pocobu8 @stratandbiz @meisshaily

2/28 Biden’s Testing Stance Leaves States Tough Choices. Some May Still Try to Avoid Exams. The Biden administration’s decision not to entertain states’ requests to cancel standardized exams for this school year due to the pandemic marks its first major K-12 policy decision—and it’s leading to no shortage of controversy. Note: Biden’s Secretary of Education hasn’t been approved yet. @AndrewUjifusa @EvieBlad @s_e_schwartz @educationweek

2/28 If You Can’t Answer Yes to ThreeThe best of leaders in the most desirable companies aren’t characters in some rose-colored Hollywood script. In these turbulent times, they are real humans beings with a wholehearted commitment to their people. Simple Questions, Your Leadership Intelligence Is Lower Than You Think. @MarcelSchwantes @Inc

2/28 13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing – There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight. @cultofpedagogy @ajjuliani

2/27 The Hidden Analysis Method for Comparing and Contrasting Two Tests – This site includes two inauguration poems that students can practice on. @cpoole27

2/27 A Message to School Leaders – Here are both a message and recommendations based on what Eric Sheninger has witnessed and learned firsthand in schools since the onset of COVID-19. @E_Sheninger @ShellTerrell

2/26 Visualizing the Size of Amazon, the World’s Most Valuable Retailer – This is a very cool and surprising graphic. @dorothyneufeld @visualcap

2/26 Six Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips – Teachers can use panoramic photos and videos of locations all around the world to make lessons more engaging. @ClassTechTips @edutopia @AirPano @nearpod @NatGeo @360cities

2/26 Five Ways the Montessori environment may be ideal for children on the Autism Spectrum – Montessori environments have distinct characteristics that may be good for Autistic children. @themomtessorian @icsfblog

2/24 Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says – This is rediculous. I bet a lot of Biden voters are disappointed. He education secretary isn’t even confirmed yet. @matt_barnum @Chalkbeat @leoniehaimson @janinesopp

2/24 Three Leadership Practices That Will Help You Get Comfortable With Chaos – Anxiety-based motivation is not sustainable and it will destroy your workforce. @MarcelSchwantes @Inc

2/24 As Teacher Morale Hits a New Low, Schools Look for Ways to Give Breaks, Restoration. In a school year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say just keeping their heads above water can feel like a herculean task. @madeline_will @educationweek

2/23 Four Everyday Ways You Can Improve Your Health – She left out not to smoke, but that’s a given. Share with your family and your coworkers. @SusieQpon @CMarieNico

2/23 Back to School COVID Myths (Doug Green) – Larry Cuban’s work formed a foundation for my doctoral dissertation in 2001. I couldn’t be more proud to have him post a piece of my work. @LarryCuban

2/22 How to Start a Podcast (and Keep It Going) – Podcasting it growing in popularity with students. Teachers should consider letting students podcast for grades. @FarhanaRahman @iamDrWilL @Entrepreneur

2/22 How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men – “And what they started talking about was, ‘I ain’t gonna be no nerd, no geek, no teacher’s pet.’ Everything about ‘smart’ to them was negative. And I realized my job was to build a space that was smart and cool.” @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @ThinkWriteLearn

2/21 Learn how to meet your community in the middle – In this video, I tell you what your next step in becoming a Lead Learner should be. How to be Excellent on Purpose belongs in your school’s professional development library. @SaneeBell @markbarnes19

2/20 Six Things That Made My Teaching Better – for me and my students – These things made the life of one teacher easier and more rewarding as it made teaching a more enjoyable job. They are also things that students benefitted from so they all represent a win-win. @teacherhead

2/20 Six Strategies to Make Distance Learning Classes Not Terrible – What are your “go-to” instructional strategies and tools for making a virtual classroom work? @Larryferlazzo @EducationWeek

2/20 Why Students Should Write in All Subjects – Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects. @YoukiTerada @edutopia @VipulaSharma1 @BookCreatorApp

2/19 Do NOT Repeat What You’ve Said, Leave The Reader Thinking in Your Conclusion. Writing an essay is truly an art form and the concluding paragraph needs to be as powerful as the introductory paragraph. @mssackstein

2/19 Should every B.A. include some AI? Colby College in Maine is among the first liberal arts colleges to create an artificial intelligence institute to teach students about AI and machine learning through the lenses of subjects like history, gender studies, and biology. @ColbyCollege @Marketplace @epuujee @IainLJBrown

2/19 Disadvantaged school ditches the curriculum and gives kids free rein. One of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged high schools has dumped the Victorian curriculum in favor of a “personalized learning program” that ditches compulsory subjects and lets students study what they like from year 8 onwards. @adamlcarey @theage @bar_zie @ProfDanielMuijs

2/18 52 Practice Interview Questions for School Administrators – I’ve been interviewing administrators since 1976 and I find these to be the kind of questions you should use if you are trying to hire one or consider if you are applying for an administrative position. Good luck. @eduleadership

2/18 Life Coach Gets Teens Into Ivy League Schools. Rather than pay, just have your kids share the advice in this column. @RaquelLaneri @christopherrim @CommandEdu

2/18 What Role Will Hybrid Learning Play in the Future of K–12 Education? Hybrid learning has been a hot topic since the pandemic forced schools to reformat and restructure instruction. Here’s more nuance and context on the concept. @DougBonderud @EdTech_K12

2/18 The L.A. School Uprising – This is an example of what some parents are doing to try to get schools open. I live in Broome County, NY where all schools have been open in hybrid mode since last October with full cooperation from teacher unions. Consider signing the L.A. petition as I did. @UprisingLa @OpenSchoolsCA #OpenSchools

2/17 Asynchronous Learning Tips for Teachers – Asynchronous online activities features instructions, lessons, discussions, and presentations that occur at different times for each student. Teachers provide materials, instructions, lessons, and assignments that can be accessed over an extended period. @ShakeUpLearning

2/17 Virginia Lawmakers Call for Volunteers to Fill Teacher Gap. Their proposal calls for largely unpaid volunteers to fill in for educators that can’t work in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. @ardzes @myVPM @Dunnavant4VA @ChapPetersen @bar_zie @JessicaHuseman

2/17 Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally – Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @SNewco @cultofpedagogy

2/16 How to Raise Successful People: Preparing Competent Kids for a Life of Performance – Learn how one parent raised three very successful children. @EstherWojcicki @ajjuliani

2/16 How to Plan Your Life When the Future Is Foggy at Best – Having a plan is one of the best stress-reduction strategies out there. As humans, we crave feeling like we’re in control and that we have certainty. @HarvardBiz @katenorthrup @lkafle @josemariasiota

2/16 Three Tips for Creating Math Word Problems That Boost Critical Thinking – Well-designed word problems give elementary students a tangible context for understanding math concepts. @Mr_Hall27 @edutopia

2/15 We Asked 175 Pediatric Disease Experts if It Was Safe Enough to Open School. In many places, the debates over reopening are fraught. But in a survey, experts broadly agreed that elementary schools didn’t need vaccines to open safely. @clairecm @sangerkatz @KevinQ @nytimes

2/15 Engaging Your Employees Is Good, but Don’t Stop There. If satisfied employees are productive at an index level of 100, then engaged employees produce at 144, nearly half again as much. But then comes the real kicker: inspired employees score 225 on this scale. @YvesMulkers @HarvardBiz

2/15 The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry – You can’t avoid fighting. You can only hope to contain it. Sorry to say I only had one child, which is cheating. @JessGrose @nytimes

2/14 Anxiety over Pandemic Learning Loss by Alfie Kohn – This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe on September 6, 2020. It, along with much of Kohn’s other work, is also available on his website, www.alfiekohn.org. @alfiekohn @LarryCuban

2/14 Are Psychologists The Next Target For AI & Machine Learning? Ask yourself and your students about this before you read it. The answer might surprise you. @analyticsinme @machinelearnTec @MargaretSiegien @PawlowskiMario

2/13 a href=”https://bit.ly/3d5N1d9″>Four Questions to Support a Student’s Path to Personalized Success – Here are some good questions that we should learn about our students regarding what “success” looks like to them. @gcouros

2/13 How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games – Teaching high school class remotely hasn’t been easy, but one teacher has learned a lot about how to use interactive tools to keep students engaged. @EstelleSErasmus @WIRED

2/13 Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning – Now more than ever, empathy is needed to help everyone get through remote or hybrid learning. @E_Sheninger @marcelamomberg

2/12 How San Francisco Renamed its Schools – The is an interview between Issac Chotiner from The New Yorker (a publication with a liberal bias) with the president of the San Fransisco School Board who seems to be left of The New Yorker. Note the liberal mayor is suing the school board for not opening the schools. Decide for yourself. @IChotiner @NewYorker

2/10 What type of educator are you? We’ve done some cool research and found that educators fall into three types. Once we know yours, we can send you personalized advice and content that will help you be the best educator you can be. I took it and was considered to be a lead learner. @markbarnes19

2/10 Healthy Teachers Create Healthy Students. This organization has a wellness plan for teachers. The first 30 days are free. @wEDUness

2/10 Fun Activities for Snowy Days – Here we are talking about being outside in the snow. Learn to build a snow cave or an igloo among other things. @rmbyrne @novapbs @BoysLifeTO @MotherEarthNews @Harriso21437267

2/9 Why It’s Imperative We All Learn To Be ‘Emotion Scientists.’ This is from Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett. @marcbrackett @MindShiftKQED

2/9 Ten Strategies To Get to Know Your Students and Create an Inclusive Learner-Centered Culture – Here are 10 strategies that you can use to get to know your students and continue to build relationships throughout the year in any learning environment. @katiemartinedu @Rdene915 @JCasaTodd

2/7 Denmark will build a wind-generating artificial island in the North Sea. When finished, it’s expected to generate 10GW of power. @danielwcooper @engadget @Damien_CABADI @Nicochan33

2/7 The Abdominal Snowman Recipe PDF From Animating Kids – If you and your kids want to do some stop motion animation this site can make it happen. @AnimatingKids

2/6 Spoons Across America’s Classes at Home – Spoons At Home: Three new healthier eating programs for you and your children. @SpoonsAAmerica

2/6 Master the Art & Science of PBL Unit Design. This is a high-quality course that people from all over the world have used to bring PBL to their classrooms. @ThePBLN

2/6 Introducing Readable English – This appears to be a very innovative way to help k-8 students learn how to read while keeping spelling in tack. @Readablenglish @Vimeo

2/3 Ten Books Tim Ferriss Thinks You Should Read – These books are filled with new perspectives, new strategies, and new ways to improve your business. And yourself. See my summary ofGrit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. @JEFF_HADEN @tferriss @Inc @angeladuckw @KinderPediaApp

2/3 Ten Types of Questions for Teaching Critical Thinking – How many types are you and your teachers using? @TeachThought @terryheickedu

2/1/2021 How to Create Your Own Online Board Game – Flippity lets you make games, flashcards, and timelines with Google Sheets. Recently, Flippity introduced a new template for making your own online board game through Google Sheets. Your students might want to do this. @rmbyrne @flippitynet

2/1 Unforgettable: How to Craft Meaningful, Memorable Units with Project-Based Learning. Learn what makes project-based learning units unique and the perfect fit for engaging your learners. Explore real PBL units across different subjects and grade levels. Learn what essential elements are needed for a high-performance, meaningful PBL unit students will never forget. @ThePBLN @eduleadership

2/1 Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History – Go beyond trauma and struggle to examine the liberation, civic engagement, creativity, and intersecting identities of Black people during Black History Month. @CoshandraD_TT @Tolerance_org @splcenter

1/31 Four At-home Science Experiments for Kids – SciShow Kids channel on YouTube. It regularly features science experiments that are perfect for young kids to do at home with the help of their parents. @rmbyrne @SciShowKids

1/31 Machine Learning 101: Ten Projects For High School Students To Get Started – If you are a high-schooler and want to pursue a career in emerging technologies like machine learning and deep learning, it’s critical to have a first-hand experience of the concepts. These also look like fun projects. @huvjgemtun @epuujee @Deep_In_Depth @bexxmodd @GuidoKerkhof

1/30 Data leader, it’s time for you to tackle motivation. The first step, as so often with leadership, is to look to yourself first. From my experience (both as a leader & mentoring others) leaders who have not addressed their own motivation will fail to motivate their teams. @LaughlinPaul @epuujee @chidambara09

1/30 Ten Best Practices for Breakout Rooms – From what I’ve observed teachers aren’t using them enough. @HollyClarkEdu @kaushalsen_15

1/29 Let’s Talk Porn | Maria Ahlin | TEDxGöteborg – If you have teenagers chances are they have seen online porn. The TED Talk lays out some of the problems and gives advice to parents who need to have “the talk.” @tedxgoteborg @mahlin16

1/29 The Workload Dilemma – Apart from expressing a preference for in-person learning, concerns about workload were the most common theme in Wake Forrest surveys. How about your school be it K-12 or higher ed? @betsy_barre @bonni208 @dgooblar

1/29 Thousands of Mentors at Your Fingertips By Laura McDonell – Imagine finding the perfect mentor at the perfect time. Imagine what it would be like to have access to multiple mentors at any time. @tfdsupplies @lmcdonell14 @AllysonApsey

1/28 Distributed Leadership in the Decision-Making Process – As a leader you probably already know that you have to involve staff in decision making. This post by George Couros tells how to do it. @gcouros

1/28 Want Smarter Kids? Teach Music, Not Coding, According to MIT. The latest neuroscience shows that learning a musical instrument increases brainpower. @SALES_SOURCE @Inc @simonleipold @MIT

1/28 Three ways communication will change after the pandemic – How will we speak to each other when we are all back together? A communications expert makes some bold predictions. @FastCompany @VanessaWasche

1/27 Being Skeptical of Technology – Larry Cuban is a legend in the tech in education beat. When I got my doctorate I gave each committee member a copy of “Oversold and Underused.” If you are interested in technology in education you need to read this. Also, seem my comment @LarryCuban

1/27 Top 5 career options for Science students in 2021. The study of the three subjects of science, namely physics, chemistry, and biology opens up a whole new world of opportunities ranging from the study of space and nuclear particles to the study of sand and soil. @indiatoday

1/27 Danile Pink on How to Deal With Frustration – These short “Pinkcasts” are highly informative. Consider subscribing. Also, consider buying The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient by William Irvine. @DanielPink

1/27 Virtual Career Fair Find Your Next Job in K-12 Education! Secure A New Job Without Leaving Home. Don’t wait. This starts this Thursday at 1:00 pm (EST). @educationweek

1/26 The Art of Persuasion Hasn’t Changed in 2,000 Years. The ability to persuade, to change hearts and minds, is perhaps the single greatest skill that will give you a competitive edge in the knowledge economy. @carminegallo @HarvardBiz

1/26 Dr. Cardona, Please Cancel the Tests. You can add your name to this petition as I did. Also see my summary of The Myths of Standardized Testing. @carolburris @NPEaction

1/26 Listine to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes

1/25 How Artificial Intelligence Can Benefit Education – AI has transformed a host of fields including engineering, medicine, finance, and now it is innovating education. Do you know how? @analyticbridge @epuujee @AnalyticsFrance @bexxmodd @KirkDBorne

1/25 Remote Learning Solutions: Crowd-sourced ideas for checking students’ writing. Let’s share some solutions. What’s a good time-efficient tech-easy way to see students’ writing (short answers or more extended) and give some dynamic feedback in a remote learning world? @teacherhead

1/24 educaplay Start using educaplay as the most complete gamification tool. Create and find educational activities, manage groups, export your resources and use it in any device. @EDUCAPLAY

1/24 Fifteen Ways To Make Remote Teaching Easier–And More Enjoyable – This post is a mix of tools, tips, and strategies. If you’re looking only for tools, you can read more about the best remote teaching tools. @TeachThought

1/24 School as an Extension of Home – Who might benefit from treating school as an extension of home? What are some changes we could make tomorrow, at little or no cost, that would dramatically improve the experience of school for kids? What can schools learn from those who choose to “unschool” their children? @Arbay38 @irasocol

1/24 Five ways schools are addressing pandemic-induced mental health issues – Schools are strengthening student-parent-school relationships and improving mental health response coordination in reaction to COVID-19’s toll on students and staff. @karaarundel @K12DiveNews @EDRobertson16 @DegaSuper

1/23 Lesson Plan: Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb.” In this lesson, students examine the poetry of Amanda Gorman, who was chosen to read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. @TheAmandaGorman @NewsHourExtra @NewsHour

1/23 Biden’s executive order unlevels the playing field for girls. This is a conservative viewpoint from the NY Post. This might be a good topic for a class discussion. I discuss this in my book. How will impact the girls in your school? @AbigailShrier @WSJopinion @nypost @POTUS

1/21 Free Online Dyslexia Screener – This is the most in-depth dyslexia screener on the internet. Identifies the root learning problems. Warns of potential future issues and what to do to prevent them. The Sheng Chi Foundation also has a dyscalculia test. @EntireBodyWelln @VergeMMA

1/21 Helping Hands: The Evolving Role of IT in Remote Education – IT staff have been critical in implementing remote learning for K–12 schools. Looking back on this past year, four experts discuss the changing roles of IT staff and their importance to key players in academics and operations. @Erbrer09 @EdTech_K12

1/20 Pushing wrong buttons: Russian youth having less sex & fewer children because of smartphones & other tech, says a demographic expert. I wonder what the impact of smartphones and Internet porn is having on the kids in the US and other countries. @jonnytickle @RT_com @LLLloyd1

1/19 The lone wolf: 14 characteristics of sigma males – The Sigma Male is currently a hot topic in psychology discussions and people are sitting up and paying attention to what this new personality type is doing in the world. @Lachybe @hackspiritorg @ideas @artofwb

1/18 Wolfram Alpha for Social Studies – Wolfram Alpha is best known as a computational search engine that can help students with questions related to math and science. What’s often overlooked about Wolfram Alpha is its utility for social studies teachers and students. @Wolfram_Alpha @rmbyrne

1/18 Google Meet and Kahoot! help teachers and employees connect and instruct online. Interaction is key not only for impactful instruction but also for the sense of connection between teacher and learners, as well as between learners themselves. @dg_the_muse @GetKahoot @GoogleForEdu

1/17 How to Become a Better Mentor – “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell @JohnCMaxwell @JoelGarfinkle

1/16 How AI can help shatter barriers to equality – This store by a refugee is very inspirational. Show it to your students! @Jamila_Gordon @TED_Talks

1/16 Dr. Doug Green Joins Jooble. Be sure to check out my collaboration with Jooble that is designed to help aspiring educators find jobs. @Jooble_Jobs

1/15 Instructional Vision: What Practice Is Like, Not What It Looks Like – Observability Bias is the tendency of instructional leaders to focus on what is easiest for them to observe, rather than the key decisions teachers are making. @eduleadership

1/15 Here are five skills researchers say employers are looking for right now. The social network has analyzed its data to identify the skills employers want most and how you can use them to raise your game. Share with your students. @harrykretchmer @wef@thisisformative @Hana_ElSayyed @ShiCooks

1/15 10 Amazing Examples Of How Deep Learning AI Is Used In Practice? Here, we look at 10 examples of how deep learning is used in practice that will help you visualize the potential. @BernardMarr @Forbes @HaroldSinnott

1/14 This CEO says businesses have to offer new skills to staff to succeed. This is true in education as well. Educators have done a lot of reskilling during the pandemic. @HaroldSinnott

1/14 Remote Learning: Live or offline, cover the basic elements. This post contains several articles on the subject that you can read and compare to your own remote teaching practices. @teacherhead

1/13 Learn to Code: What’s the Best Programming Language to Learn First? Whether you’re looking to build an app for a hobby, improve your career prospects or have a great startup idea learning to code is going to be an important skill to develop. @makeawebsitehub @YvesMulkers @Sheraj99

1/13 Nine Neat NASA Resources for Students and Teachers – This is an update from a post that Richard Byrne did nine years ago. @rmbyrne @teach42 @NASA

1/11 Teaching Students to Craft Engaging Introductory Paragraphs – A good introductory paragraph offers readers a clear map of what to expect. @mssackstein

1/10 Make Schools More Human – The pandemic showed us that education was broken. It also showed us how to fix it. @jal_mehta @nytimes

1/8 Four Models That Are Working in Remote and Concurrent Now – One of the most amazing things to come out of the past year of remote and concurrent/hybrid learning has been the sharing of various learning models that work in our current situation. @ajjuliani

1/7 Four Laws of Learning and How to Follow Them – Teaching is a complex, multifaceted, dynamic profession. New ideas, new tools, and new strategies are coming at you all the time. @cultofpedagogy @AllAboutTHEPACT

1/7 30 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021 – School News asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2021. @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

1/6 #Simplify in the New Year #2021 – In usual Starr-style, she decided to announce her #oneword for the new year. As a person who is often fond of experiencing the complexities in life, this year she has chosen to take a page out of her husband’s book and #simplify. Watch her two-minute video. @mssackstein

1/6 Learning Science Books to Inspire You This Year – As learning experience designers and educators, we are the beneficiaries of cognitive science research that focuses on memory and learning. We now have a solid collection of books that explain the science of learning and how to apply it. Are these books in your PD library? @elearningcoach @cmalamed @Quinnovator @skosslyn @BarbaraIreland2

1/6 Moving Can Be Fun! Tips For A Fun House Move With Kids – You can’t take all of the stress out of a move, especially if you have children. But here are some ideas that can help. Please share with any parents you know who are moving. @ANationOfMoms

1/5 Three Cheers To Welcome The New Year And Usher In A Fresh New Focus On Social Emotional Learning (SEL). If you are looking for an inspirational mantra for 2021 to guide as an overarching vision for your school, consider adopting this one – SEL for ALL. @TheSocialExpres @jwhitby1

1/5 How to Make Sure Grades Are Meaningful and Useful to Students – Giving grades that truly reflect student learning is one of the perennial problems in teaching, and these shifts in thinking about how to gather and report grades can help. @Mr_Rablin @edutopia @Rdene915 @cultofpedagogy

1/4 Music and Dementia – You can listen to this 11-minute podcast or read the transcript. @piponthecommons @DrHubaEvaluator @LEAD_Coalition @TemmeMeil

1/4 Online Education Isn’t the Sideshow. It’s the Main Event. There are now 700 universities working with 200 partners to deliver high-quality online learning to students. That’s only going to grow and expand in the K-12 market. @chippaucek @EdSurge @michaelbhorn @bar_zie @juandoming @gpmt @dougpete @shareaholic

1/3 How to Play Kahoot Games in Google Classroom – Even though this was written in 2010 I think that Kahoot is a good fit for hybrid learning. @GetKahoot @rmbyrne

1/2/2021 Non-Toy Gift Ideas that Kids Actually Want – It may be past Christmas, but these are still good ideas for parents. @icsfblog

12/31 20 Things Most People Learn Too Late In Life – What nobody ever tells you when you are a wide-eyed child, are all the little things that come along with “growing up.” Kids of all ages should watch this short video. @TheArtOfImprove @Nicolascole77

12/31 The Best Teacher Tips and Lesson Ideas of 2020 – The goal of this blog has always been to provide teachers with digital learning resources, tips, and tricks, and help teachers find ways to integrate technology meaningfully in the classroom. @ShakeUpLearning

12/30 Are We Appropriately Preparing Students for College? Lecture-style classrooms are passé in a progressive secondary atmosphere, we still need to develop listening stamina in our students. @mssackstein

12/29 Dictation and Round Robin Proofreading – Elementary Matters is an educational blog focused on Elementary grades 1-3. These posts will make an elementary teacher’s life easier by sharing information about how the brain learns best. @ElemntryMatters

12/28 Silos – Overcoming the Enemy of Digital Transformation If organizations need to learn anything today it’s how to overcome silos. Silos are the number one enemy of productivity and competitiveness, especially in digital transformation. @IntelligentMgmt @HaroldSinnott @ingliguori

12/27 Tons of Engaging Lesson Templates for Incredible Student Learning – If you are a teacher who uses Google Classroom then you know how easy it is to assign a template of a Slide, Spreadsheet, Doc or Drawing for students to complete. @ShellTerrell @pgeorge

12/26 Get the Wiggles Out With Sworkit Kids. Sworkit Kids is a free app that provides prompts for one to five-minute physical activities that kids can do in their classrooms or at home in relatively small spaces. @Sworkit @rmbyrne @EduTweetTech

12/26 Can A Robot Be A Good Colleague: New Study On Smooth Human: Robot Interaction – Humans and humanoids can have a smooth interaction while working together, predicts the latest study by the Tampere University in Finland. @raibagikashyap @Analyticsindiam @HaroldSinnott @SpirosMargaris

12/25 2020 Holiday Toys For Active Boys – I would consider giving them to girls as well. @tarametblog @WhisperAmber

12/25 Theater Educators Struggle to Keep Shows Going Amid COVID-19. High school theater troupes around the country are trying to do something that not even Broadway has been able to pull off-host live shows in-person and remotely amid the pandemic. What is your school doing? @C_C_Mitchell @educationweek

12/24 We Read 100 Articles on Leadership So You Don’t Have To. There may be no standard path, but there is conventional wisdom. That’s why we went out and read 100 articles on the traits great leaders should have and distilled all of it for you here. @unitoio @cvheady007

12/24 Elon Musk’s Two Rules For Learning Anything Faster – This is the best short video that I HAVE EVER SEEN on the subject of learning. Share with all teachers and students you know. @jdaghe @TheArtOfImprove @elonmusk

12/24 Why Personality Tests Must Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt – Popular personality tests, like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, are well designed but each test comes with a set of specific limitations and inconsistencies. Learn how over the years these tests provide metrics that are used in schools, corporate work, and personal relationship building. @mervatim @jelly_sound @TED_ED

12/24 Strategies From the Dramatic Arts Can Enhance Student Engagement. When students explore content using dramatic scripts, they can make gains in reading fluency and comprehension, while having fun. @edutopia @JdelaneyJoAnn @shakespearenut @Catlin_Tucker

12/23 Why Capable People Are Reluctant to Lead – The authors describe new research that sheds light on three of the most common perceived risks that are associated with leadership. @HarvardBiz @juandoming @E_Sheninger @TalentCulture @AkwyZ

12/23 Back to School COVID Myths – It’s popular to say that hybrid learning is negatively impacting poor students who generally attend schools with lots of discipline issues. Is it possible that some poor kids who make a serious effort to learn aren’t the big winners? There may be stresses at home, but not many bullies. @DrDougGreen @mssackstein

12/22 I Have an Idea: Doing Good When Times Are Hard – Anyone teaching through the pandemic knows how important it is to find joy in what we’re doing. That isn’t always easy with the countless restrictions placed upon us and the overwhelming expectations, so tapping into our creativity and perusing our passions is even more important right now. @AnnickRauch @katiemartinedu

Bring School Home
12/22 These Buses Bring School to the Students. I’ve been observing remote classes and they vary from very cool to boring. What is your school doing? @EAKirkland @nytimes

12/22 “I want to stay in love with teaching”: Five educators on teaching during a school year like no other. @teacher2teacher @ladyakery @KeithPiccard @MartinOdimaJr @2019MTTOY

12/22 The Secret to Improving Students’ Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults. To weather the stressors caused by the pandemic, students need strong social and emotional skills. But for schools looking to invest in students’ social-emotional learning, the place to start is not necessarily with the students, but with the adults. @AriannaProthero @EducationWeek

12/19Seven Googley Wintertime Activities for Kids – We don’t just want busy work. If possible it is great to find projects that are fun, tie into wintertime themes, and still provide our students with a chance to be creative, write, or improve some content area skills. @ericcurts @Mr_Oldfield @ericcurts

12/18 Five Creative Ways to Defuse an Argument – You and your students can learn how to handle arguments creatively. @parentteendr @PsychToday @icsfblog @parentteendr

12/15

12/15 Three Paradoxes That Gave Us Calculus – All math teachers should use this video before students start calculus. It’s also cool for people like me to took calculus a long time ago. @WatchNebula @CuriosityStream

12/15 Should Schools Be Giving So Many Failing Grades This Year? Schools should never give failing grades. Just give “haven’t finished yet” grades. @Stephen_Sawchuk @educationweek

12/14 Going Gradeless in the Traditional Classroom with Starr Sackstein – This episode is all about hacking assessments. If you have been thinking about changing assessment but don’t know how to do it, this episode offers some practical actions to take. In the time of COVID going gradeless makes sense. @mssackstin @CompassTeacher1

12/14 The Power of Engaging Families – When schools and families work together, children perform better, stay in school longer are more engaged with their learning, attend school more regularly, behave better, have better social skills, and are more likely to continue education beyond high school. @cpaterso @Getting_Smart

12/14 Microsoft Will Let Employees Work From Home Permanently. Microsoft said it will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week, but has said that managers will be able to approve permanent remote work if staff request it. @CarlyPage_ @forbes @HaroldSinnott @Microsoft

12/13 Resilience in three steps: endure, adapt & thrive. No one escapes the cruel vagaries of life. When confronted by an overwhelming challenge, pursue three steps to achieve resilience. This was written pre-COVID but still applies. @sklosky @tcardamone07 @decisionmech

12/13 What drives job satisfaction? Researchers think they have the answer. Being interested in your work might not be the key to job satisfaction. Your boss and colleagues are more important, a new study of data going back to 1949 reveals. But being interested in what you do will improve your pay and promotion prospects. @DouglasBroom @wef @Nicochan33 @YuHelenYu

12/12 New Plan Will ‘Close COVID Achievement Gap’ In NYC Schools According to the Mayor. New York City’s “2021 Student Achievement Plan” leans heavily on new digital tools to help youngsters catch up academically, get individual help, and move past the traumas inflicted by the coronavirus crisis. @ByMattTroutman @NYC_Patch

12/12 Keeping COVID innovations even after the pandemic passes – One district is hoping to preserve new technologies and innovations it adopted this year—even once COVID lockdowns are a thing of the past. What is your district doing? @eschoolnews

Quality Feedback
12/12 Embedding the Learner Profile into the Learning and Teaching – You may want to scroll down to start with C1: Learner Profile, the First Steps. @thinkchat2020

12/11 Ten Tips to Teach Students to Own Their Work – What if teacher’s help becomes a crutch, crippling students with being enabled, rather than actual help? @mssackstein

12/11 How to Reduce Noise in Zoom Meetings – you can filter background noise with some tools that are built into Zoom. @mtholfsen @rbyrne

12/9 Teachers Share What They Want Central Offices & Public Officials to Hear. Unfortunately, the voices of teachers are sometimes not heard (or, they might be heard, but ignored) by district central-office administrators or by public policy officials. @Larryferlazzo @educationweek

Feedback
12/9 Feedback is Needed More Than Ever – Make sure you don’t give feedback and grades at the same time. @E_Sheninger @CoryHenwood @juandoming

12/8 Six Lessons Learned About Better Teaching During the Pandemic – If there is a silver lining to the heavy emphasis on remote and hybrid instruction during the pandemic, it is this: Students are getting more opportunities to work independently and at their own pace—and in the process, they are becoming better problem-solvers. @madeline_will @educationweek

12/8 How to Personalize (and Gamify) Professional Learning in Your School – Sometimes we act like professional development is hard. It doesn’t have to be. Sometimes we treat professional development as a chore. It should be fun, engaging, and wanted. @ajjuliani

12/6 22 Places to Learn to Code for Free in 2020 – Gone are the days when it was believed that coding is only for absolute computer nerds. Now, anyone can participate in the process of writing code for their own creations, such as websites, mobile applications, and software. @khanacademy @codewars @HaroldSinnott @AndrewinContact

12/6 The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked. Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills. @GonserSarah @edutopia

12/6 Editor’s Choice: 50 Of The Best Educational Toys & Gifts For 2020 – You should be able to find great learning gifs for your children here. @teachthought

Kid of the Year
12/6 How TIME Picked the 2020 Kid of the Year – This year, in partnership with Nickelodeon, TIME is recognizing in the U.S. its first-ever Kid of the Year, a barometer for the rising leaders of America’s youngest generation. @biasevoli @TIME

12/5 Interview With UFT President Michael Mulgrew – He is the president of the New York City Teachers Union. If you want to know where he is coming from this will do the job. @leoniehaimson @MichaelMulgre10

12/5 How IT Teams Can Better Manage Devices for Remote Learning – Today’s IT departments are facing a new challenge: managing a plethora of remote devices while ensuring equity. @AdamStoneWriter @EdTech_K12

12/5 Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy. Almost six million people have watched this. If you are an educator make sure that you are one of them. @salkhanacademy @TEDTalks @TED2011

12/5 Twelve Free Apps for Math Instruction – Have twelve students or teachers each try one and report back. @rmbyrne #MathLearningCenter

12/4 Rudolph The Red- Nosed Reindeer, Gift of Being Different! Teachers and parents should be able to use this story to help kids feel goog about being different. @RitaWirtz @BAMRadioNetwork @DisruptEdToday @cvarsalona

12/4 Suspend High-Stakes Student Testing (from FairTest and assessment reform allies). Time to add your name to those pushing for this idea. I did. @TheActionNet

12/4 What did educators do pre-pandemic that’s helping them survive or thrive now? One of the concepts that is the most interesting since the pandemic started is why some educators are surviving or even thriving and why some are not. @froehlichm @katiemartinedu @KleinErin

12/3 Five Jobs In Tech For Women Who Don’t Want To Code – If you’re a woman who wants to learn how to code, please do. We need you. But if you don’t want to code, there are still plenty of ways to work in the future-proof tech industry. @DayanaMayfield @EllevateNtwk @Forbes

12/3 Overcoming Engagement Hurdles with Remote Learners – In order to empower people at some level, you first need to engage them. It is nearly impossible to create a culture of learning if there are elements of boredom, inactivity, and lack of relevance. @E_Sheninger @AllAboutTHEPACT

12/3 Four Ways To Ease Lockdown Loneliness According To An Expert – Checking in with others is vitally important during the lockdown. @DevaneySusan @vogueukltd

12/2 A Way of Seeing that Expands Leadership – Gratitude is a way of seeing, even when life isn’t perfect. @Leadershipfreak

12/01/2020 Six changes needed to upskill workers for the robotics age – Bridging the skills gap in robotics education will require changing the technologies used in training. @wef @HaroldSinnott

12/01/2020 Three Tech Tools for Distance Learning and Beyond – These (mostly) free tools make it easier for teachers to connect with remote students and provide plenty of ways to engage them. @edutopia @Steph_EdTech @ChrisQuinn64 @pbsteachers

11/30 Ten Tips for Offering Excellent Feedback – Also, make sure that you don’t give feedback and grades at the same time as most students will only see the grade and not even read the feedback. @mssackstein

11/30 Would Taxing Unhealthy Foods Improve Public Health? – This could stimulate a discussion in any class or at the dinner table. What do you and your kids think? @nutrition_facts

11/29 Baltimore County Schools Hacked, Expert Predicts Months to Fix. What is your school district doing to guard against this? @chrispapst @fox5newsdc

11/29 Why ‘Deep Learning’ Is Hard to Do in Remote or Hybrid Schooling – It’s a dilemma schools have struggled with for years: Should teachers spend the precious time they have helping students dig deeply into a specific issue, problem, or question? @AlysonRKlein @educationweek @PoliticsK12

11/29 Ten Ideas for Using Google Earth in Your Classroom – If you haven’t used Google Earth it may be time to begin. @rmbyrne

11/29 Behaviorism & Constructivism: Striking the Right Balance in a PBL Math Classroom. – It’s time to go beyond the traditional math class format. @thnorfar @PBLWorks @khechara

11/28 How IT leaders can thrive in the post-COVID era – When looking to enable remote learning effectively and save costs, IT leaders should look towards their current cloud models. @jcpellettiere @eschoolnews

11/28 How to Network From Home – While team meetings and industry conventions have moved online, the pandemic has opened as many doors as it has closed. Be sure that your students understand the power of networking. @Julie_Weed @nytimes @TrippBraden @BigRedRuckus @aaholzer @KerryHannon @CornellSHA @CornellAlumni

11/27 Remote Learning Puts Boys At Higher Risk. Girls get better grades in general than boys and some think that remote learning will cause this gap to increase. @rose_odea @AmyTweedie153 @WSJ

11/25 How to Recognize a Real Hero – Deliberate heroism requires us to act while consciously feeling terrified. This has good material for a classroom discussion. @TheDovBaron @thriveglobal @sevillage

11/25 Digital Board Game, an interactive template for Google Slides – You can use this interactive template for online learning if you are doing some synchronous sessions with your students. But it can also be fun for when schools reopen, and we all go back to “normal”. @SlidesManiaSM @Katie092513

11/24 Top 20 Best Data Science Books You Should Read – Consider adding them to your library. @BigData_Review @epuujee @Datascience

Virtual Meetings
11/24 How to Run the Best Virtual Meetings in the Business – By now we should know how to do this well. Compare meetings you run and attend to this. @digitaliworld @RagusoSergio @baski_LA @treasadovander

11/23 Top Six Data Science Programs for Beginners – If you are wondersing where to start here is some sound advice. @kdnuggets @udacity @epuujee @Rahul_B

11/23 Cartoons on Life at Home and in School During Covid-19 – I would normally put this at the end, but I think we all need a few laughs more than ever. @LarryCuban

11/21 Nancy Bailey: Business Terms Should Be Expelled from Our Schools. Last year, Nancy Bailey and Diane Ravitch co-authored a glossary of words, terms, and the names of organizations in education today. It is called Edspeak and Doubletalk: A Glossary to Decipher Hypocrisy and Save Public Schooling. @NancyEBailey1 @DianeRavitch

Weather Activities
11/21 Twenty Weather Activities for Kids – Children always get excited about the different weather patterns, but they can get confused. Often, it’s a good idea to use weather activities to help kids understand what is happening. @climacell

Thriving Teachers
11/21 These teachers aren’t just enduring the remote education era — they’re thriving. Zoom has been a revelation really. It has been amazing and has got us as close as possible to replicating a classroom environment. @lukedormehl @DigitalTrends @juandoming @E_Sheninger

11/20 Capture History Through Interviews With the StoryCorps App – This is something your kids can do now even though Starr’s original idea is from 2015. @mssackstein

11/20 The Benefits of Inspiring Children for Greatness – Inspiration is the most effective tool for each person in this world to accomplish something.

11/19 Zoom will lift its 40-minute limit on free meetings for Thanksgiving – You can chat with the family all you want on November 26th. @igorbonifacic @engadget @EvanKirstel

11/18 Ten ways to find global connections for your class – Finding a virtual guest for your classroom is as easy as asking. Who should you ask? This list of 10 options should get you started. @jmattmiller @nelliemuller

11/18 Montessori For Your Baby: What Parents Need to Know – Montessori is an educational method that encourages independence. Using Montessori techniques with your baby is easier than you might think. @_ReadySetFood @themomtessorian @MontessoriWrite

11/17 Creative Writing – an approach for reluctant writers – Students who withdraw from the writing process undoubtedly lack the confidence to write, which is because they lack the tools to do so. @EDmerger

Hybrid Learning
11/17 How Hybrid Learning Is (and Is Not) Working During COVID-19: 6 Case Studies – Close to two-thirds of district leaders said their school systems are doing hybrid learning, according to an Education Week Research Center survey last month. @MarkALieberman @educationweek

11/17 The Importance of Being a Mentor & Having a Mentor – Mentoring is a very important part of what we “engage” in as educators. Whether we serve as a mentor to a colleague or a student, or perhaps we seek out a mentor to help us with challenges or simply to have a system of support in our personal and professional lives, it has a tremendous impact. @Rdene915 @iamDrWill

11/17 Three Thanksgiving Science Lessons – Start with pH and potato chemistry. Then it’s turkey and tryptophan and the chemistry of deep-fried turkeys without house fires. @ONUSMACS @rmbyrne

11/16 Differentiate PD for Optimal Teacher Engagement. This should be easy thanks to COVID as you don’t want to bring the entire faculty together. @mssackstein

Outdoor Games
11/16 30 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids – From perennial favorites Hide and Seek, Telephone, and Capture the Flag to the less common Blind Man’s Bluff, Spud and Crack the Whip, this list has something for everyone. @WIRED

11/16 Online Summit|Personalized Learning and Tech Equity Under COVID-19 – Welcome to Education Week’s free online summits. @AlysonRKlein @ArriaCoburn @bjfr @educationweek

Data Science
11/16 12 Cool Data Science Projects Ideas for Beginners and Experts – How many data science projects have you completed so far? @ClaireDCosta2 @epuujee @machinelearnflx

11/15 Why the World Needs More Entrepreneurial Women in Leadership – Being a great leader is about helping people get what they want. @sabrinamphilipp @WomenEnt @SitAtTheTable

11/13 Dale Carnegie@SimpliTeach

11/13 How to manage Google Classroom like a boss with notifications – Notifications can make you more streamlined and less overwhelmed in Google Classroom. They’re easy to manage too. @jmattmiller @jenhegna

11/13 Why Teaching Kindergarten Online Is So Very, Very Hard – Teachers, kindergarteners, and parents are trying to make online learning work—and snow days and other future emergencies will likely mean they have to again. But is it really possible? @MarvaAHinton @edutopia

11/13 How to Teach Content AND Language Skills – We often hear the statement, “All teachers are teachers of language,” but how exactly do we do that when many of us went through teacher preparation programs to learn how to teach content-specific topics, not the language elements of our content? @TanKHuynh @middleweb @E_Sheninger

11/12 Closing the school year with an exit portfolio – Here is how to use an exit portfolio to inspire reflection and provide closure on the school year. @spaces_edu @mssackstein

11/12 Three essentials for building an inclusive online school – An inclusive online school offers students an equitable and safe place to learn–even in the middle of a global health pandemic. @lorraine_nobes @eschoolnews

11/12 How To Prevent Cyberbullying For Kids – The illusion of safety behind the screen can lead to bullying in wholly new and even more embarrassing ways. @familyfocusblog @BWitzenhausen

11/12 Five Principles that Expand and Sustain Your Leadership – Success includes good fortune. But HBR author Amy Jen Su believes long-term success goes beyond luck and includes five practical principles. @AmyJenSu @Leadershipfreak

11/11 Why Personalized Learning Is Struggling During COVID-19
– Personalizing learning to kids’ unique academic needs and personal interests is a tough nut to crack, and that is especially the case within the confines of a Zoom square. @AlysonRKlein @educationweek

11/11 We Built Boring Schools, Then We Put Them Online–Science Has the Fix. Our focus on testing made learning small and easy to grade rather than valuable. @tvanderark @Getting_Smart @Lois__McGill @willrich45

11/10 Joe Biden’s Election as President Tees Up Massive Shifts for K-12 Policy. Don’t forget that the Obama/Biden administration gave us Common Core and test-base teacher evaluations. Let’s hope for better. @EvieBlad @EducationWeek

11/10 We Build Boring Schools, Then We Put Them Online–Science Has The Fix. We created boring schools and then put them online. Our focus on testing made learning small and easy to grade rather than valuable. @tvanderark @forbes @drtimuhl @susanemorrissey

11/8 Autonomy with accountability. Implementing change from the ground up. Lots of schools struggle with the challenge of implementing ideas and managing change. It’s not easy to get a large group of people to shift their practice in a certain direction. @teacherhead

11/8 Remote testing monitored by AI is failing the students forced to undergo it. While automated proctoring might seem like a panacea in this age of virtual schooling, it’s a terrible solution for millions of students. @NBCNewsTHINK @rudytoot1 @NBCNews

11/7 Teens who participate in extracurricular activities have better mental health. Teenagers who spend less time in front of screens and more time in extracurricular activities such as sports and art fare better in terms of mental health, according to the findings of a new study. @madfarb @UBC @JPrevMed3 @NeurogenDuke

11/7 Managing the Virtual and Hybrid Teaching Workload – Many teachers are finding their work to be more demanding this year, so looking for ways to simplify some of it is important. @bethpando @VipulaSharma1 @E_Sheninger @edutopia

11/7 Reinforcement Learning: 10 Real Reward & Punishment Applications – In Reinforcement Learning (RL), agents are trained on a reward and punishment mechanism. The agent is rewarded for correct moves and punished for the wrong ones. In doing so, the agent tries to minimize wrong moves and maximize the right ones. @patrycjajenkner @hackernoon

11/7 Schools Are Doing COVID-19 Temperature Checks: Do They Really Help? Some temperature checks can be effective and worthwhile, experts say. Handled poorly, though, temperature checks can violate students’ privacy, squeeze school budgets, and pose logistical challenges. @MarkALieberman @educationweek

11/6 Leadership Is Key to Positive Schools. Schools are meant to be hotbeds of learning and creativity. Places where innovation and thought are fostered. Not just for the children we are to care for, but also for the educators who teach them. The more nurturing a school environment, the more likely the people within it will thrive. @mssackstein

11/6 Anxiety, Depression, Crippling Stress: How This Founder Lived Through It and Emerged a Better Leader – Leaders carry unresolved, broken aspects of their personalities from childhood. the more these remain hidden, the more likely they are to do damage. @mattmuns @lindsayblakely @LarryWentz

11/6 Five Ways You Can Choose To Lead From The Middle – Leadership is more about influence than authority. Influence speaks to our capacity for inspiring the thoughts, opinions, and actions of others. It has no designated title. @TanveerNaseer @LarryWentz

11/6 Yes, Virtual Presenting Is Weird. What is it about virtual presenting that can feel so unnerving? Surprisingly, one answer to this question can be found right outside our windows by listening to how birds communicate. @Sarah_Gershman @HarvardBiz @BethFratesMD @Armando_Ribeiro

11/5 Top-down observation and feedback models are flawed. Time for a change. The more one administrator closely works with teachers and schools/colleges, supporting CPD processes of various kinds, the more he realizes just how woefully inadequate the standard ‘top-down drop-in and give feedback’ approach is. @teacherhead

11/5 Can kindergartners learn coding? Yes, it’s possible—discover how coding and computational thinking happen in early grades. @eschoolnews

11/3 Reflections on project-based learning – As he returns to the classroom after holding education leadership positions, an educator looks back at how he has contributed to project-based learning. @eschoolnews

11/3 Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement – Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students. @Catlin_Tucker @AllAboutTHEPACT

11/2 Three ways to bring equity to STEM education – STEM education is essential even if students don’t pursue STEM careers. Here are some strategies to make it more accessible and equitable for all students. @TGRTong @eschoolnews

11/2 Montessori principles used for parenting – Montessori and parenting have shown to go well together, bridging the gap between home and school, even if your child does not attend a Montessori school. @icsfblog @themomtessorian

11/1/2020 Learn About Exploration and Compasses by Making Your Own. This is something you can do with your kids at home. It’s aimed at elementary school students, but older students can do it too. @SciShowKids @rmbyrne

10/30 The Three Essential Elements for Forging Strong Student Relationships – How do I build a personal relationship with each student efficiently and effectively while communicating digitally? @angeladuckw @thecharacterlab @Penn @NSQ_Show @EducationWeek

10/30 A Guide to Teaching Writing With Minecraft – Using the popular game in station rotation activities during distance learning is a way to bring an element of play and collaboration to writing assignments. @edutopia @MatthewFarber @E_Sheninger

10/29 If we have to give kids grades, let’s let them agrue their merits. Students should be able to propose the grades they deserve and defend thier opinions. @ajjuliani

10/29 Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning – An instructional coach and math teacher who developed a powerful model for student collaboration have tweaked it for the pandemic. @AshleyPTaplin @john_hattie @robertjmarzano @KathleenJanysek

10/28 Jabbadu2
This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s an executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen

10/28 Teacher Tips: How to Reduce Screen Time When School Is Online – Like a long shadow sweeping the country, the coronavirus has transformed K-12 schooling, forcing millions of students to learn from home, parked in front of computers for many hours each week. And that’s triggered new concerns about how much time kids are spending looking at screens. @cgewertz @EdWeekTeacher @EducationWeek

10/27 Helping Students Navigate the COVID Reading Slump – Some students haven’t read a book since March, how their attention just seems to not be there. They cannot seem to find the time, energy, or even the books they want to read. @pernilleripp @ruswalsh @DrMaryHoward

10/27 The Three Imperatives of Teaching During the Pandemic: An Ethicist Weighs In. A global pandemic has challenged educators immeasurably, while at the same time giving them the chance to show their creativity and how seriously they take their commitment to young people and the creativity they bring to bear toward that aim. @leaderethics @EducationWeek

10/26 How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men – Ashanti Branch taught in the classroom for 12 years, while running, supporting and fundraising for the Ever Forward Club on the side. @Kschwart @DisruptEdToday @MindShiftKQED

10/26 The Toxic Habits That Will Make You a Bad Leader – How many do you or leaders you know have. @LollyDaskal

10/25 How to Build Effective Leadership with These Eight Qualities – Whatever your position, whatever field you’re working in, whatever type of organization, the fundamentals of strong leadership are the same. @LollyDaskal

10/24 How Do You Teach to the Standards When Doing Project-Based Learning? People often debate about whether we should be process-driven or product-driven in project-based learning. @spencerideas @RossCoops31

10/24 Techniques Teachers Use to Reduce Stress – According to recent studies from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and National Institutes of Public Health, increased angst, stress, and negative emotions are widespread among educators. @CurtisChandler6 @middleweb @taenos99 @cultofpedagogy

10/23 Pacing Needs to Be Flexible If Learning Is to Happen. This was written pre COVID, but it still applies. @mssackstein

10/22 15 Feeding Must Haves For Babies & Toddlers – Share with parents of new borns that you know. @forevermymoon

10/22 Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations – A novel activity using little more than geometric shapes can help students examine complex problems and connect big ideas. @GonserSarah @Edutopia

10/21 Building Racial Equity Through Trauma-Responsive Discipline – In these unprecedented times, educators need to strengthen their use of social-emotional, social justice, and culturally responsive practices. @ASCD @EdTalkProject @BethHouf @cultofpedagogy

10/21 How to Create Self-grading Timed Quizzes in Google Classroom – Instant feedback is key to learning. Give this a try. @rmbyrne

10/19 Help Your Students Write A Killer College Essay. This is good advice for students, parents, and 12th-grade English teachers. @mssackstein

10/19 Four Practices to Make Coaching Easy and Effective – It saves time to coach people to think more broadly for themselves. They become agile thinkers who don’t have to regularly go to their bosses for answers. @Leadershipfreak

10/18 Algebra II just doesn’t add up when you figure how little it means to most students. Its peculiar difficulties frustrate too many students interested in math and science while simultaneously erecting irrelevant math hurdles for students with other interests. @robertqberry @StevenDLevitt @freakonomics @center4risc

10/18 Radical Innovation for Social Change – University of Chicago – This is an organization started by Steven Levitt one of the authors of The Freakonomics Books. If you have a bright idea be sure to share it with him. @StevenDLevitt @freakonomics @center4risc

10/18 How to Tackle a Toxic Workplace, According to Pinterest’s Former COO – Françoise Brougher says discrimination was rampant at Pinterest, where she was a high-ranking executive until this year. Here’s her advice for companies in need of a cultural overhaul. @SOPHIEWDOWNES @Inc @TrippBraden

10/17 STEM in the time of COVID: How one district keeps innovating in “The Weirds.” Across this district, educators are stepping up to ensure STEM learning is on track and engaging for students. @FrankPileiro @eschoolnews

10/17 Design a Choose Your Own Adventure Learning Experience. Teachers are designing learning experiences for a range of learning landscapes. Some are navigating a hybrid schedule that blends synchronous in-class time with asynchronous online time. @verenanz @Catlin_Tucker

10/16 Five Clever ways to bring structure to your digital lessons – It’s hard to instantly start creating digital lessons, homework, and assignments. It’s even harder to keep your students from drifting away when they have to stare at a screen for a long period of time. @lucie_renard @ibookwidgets @TCEA

10/16 A data-driven look at COVID learning loss – Educators can use data sources to examine COVID learning loss and the educational divide. @eschoolnews @nadjayoung

10/15 Students need digital skills more than ever. We know because they’re telling us. Embedding digital in both face-to-face and remote learning is more crucial than ever. @rsdrysdale @Jisc @Jane_Mooney

10/15 Effective Instructional Models for a Hybrid Schedule – It can be a challenge to engage students when they’re at school only a few days a week—station rotations and flipping the classroom can help. @MJMA111 @edutopia @sarah_driessens

10/15 Bringing equity to STEM learning – Amid the pandemic, calls for justice, and economic crisis, 100Kin10 examines how to make high school STEM learning more equitable. @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

10/15 The Essential Traits of a Positive School Climate – The single most important job of the principal is creating a school environment where students feel safe, supported, engaged, and accepted, according to many child development and school leadership experts. @AriannaProthero @EducationWeek

10/14 Start of School Series: Grading Conferences in a Distance Learning Environment – Hear Starr Sackstein and Greg Mullen discuss how to successfully confer with students when you don’t see them in person. There are other parts of this series available here. @mssackstein

10/14 Turn and Talk / Q&A with Gerry Brooks, a Principal Who Does Humorous YouTube Videos. Gerry Brooks, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky, has more than 850,000 followers on social media. You can view his videos here. @gerrybrooksprin @ASCD

10/13 How to Create Effective Learning Playlists – Educators have been working valiantly to make either remote or hybrid learning work. In the midst of this challenging time, we have seen innovative practices embraced more at scale. @E_Sheninger @katiemartinedu

10/13 Four Ways To Practice Empathy At Work—And Why It’s Crucial To Your Career – Strong relationships are vital to professional growth and career advancement, but they’re harder to establish and maintain when physical interactions are less common. @williamarruda @Forbes @cvheady007

10/12 Five myths about teaching technology skills to 21st-century students – 21st-century students are certainly surrounded by technology, but they still need some guidance as they grow. @eschoolnews

10/12 Four Alternatives to Teaching In-Person and Online Simultaneously – Whether it’s in one-on-one conversations, facilitating meetings with leaders, reading blogs and Instagram posts, we see all over the country that teachers, school and district leaders, parents, and kids are burnt out, and struggling to cope. @katiemartinedu @Mr_Oldfield @E_Sheninger

10/9 Five Top Tips for Managing Deadlines – People have different attitudes to deadlines. Some need the pressure of a deadline to do good work. @DrHelenKara @teacherwhispers

10/9 Using Retakes to Nurture Growth Mindset – Offering students the chance to redo assessments and assignments can improve their self-perception—and the quality of their work. @edutopia @DrJAFIII @PHausEDU

10/9 As More Schools Resume In-Person Learning, Some Lessons From Districts That Did It First. Despite years and years of slick pitches and tech-industry lobbying on personalization, flipped classrooms, and one-to-one programs, research suggests that in-person schooling is superior for the great majority of K-12 schoolchildren, especially those living in poverty. @Stephen_Sawchuk @educationweek

10/9 Feeling like a first-year teacher again? Remember these 5 things. Here are 5 guidelines I want you to keep in mind when you feel like you’re learning to teach for the first time and overwhelmed with all the tools and ideas. @MGeoghegan22 @cultofpedagogy

10/8 The Gamified Math Class – Here’s how one teacher replaced the fear of math with the joy of playing—and learning. @lynch39083

10/8 ‘Child-centred’ teaching blamed for NZ’s educational decline. A “deluded” child-led approach to teaching is to blame for New Zealand’s declining educational performance, new research says. Thoughts @SimonCollins08 @C_Hendrick @StuartLock @nzherald

10/7 Teacher Success Summit – Get Quality PD from impactful leaders in education and Relevant & relatable strategies and suggestions at your fingertips. It’s Professional Development at its finest and it’s free. @mssackstein

10/7 #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “After the Virus: In Teachers We Trust”, by Pasi Sahlberg – What is the X-factor that helps schools through the current global health crisis? @pasi_sahlberg @peterjohnsonphd @Marttihellstrom @liandersson

10/6 Learn how to keep students safe online during remote learning – Increased screen time multiplies online dangers, including inappropriate content, isolation, and stress–learn how to keep students safe during learning. @eschoolnews

10/6 A mindset for dealing with difficult people – Difficult people are part of every day life. You can avoid some, but you can’t avoid them all. @carthagebuckley @moretime4u2

10/5 The World Population in 2100, by country – The global population may start shrinking by 2100. @VisualCap @TrippBraden @HaroldSinnott @wef

10/5 The Two Roles Leaders Must Play in a Crisis – Great crisis captains need to lead both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. @MITSloan @TrippBraden

10/5 Evidence-Informed Teaching – Here’s what you might be doing. A lot of the ideas can be found by reading some of these research summaries. @teacherhead

10/3 Bigger class could mean up to five times the COVID-19 infections, A Canadian study suggests. Policymakers planning for elementary school class sizes of 30 kids or more ‘need to immediately reconfigure their school opening plans.’ @sharon_kirkey @nationalpost @raehanbobby @DFisman @maritstiles

10/3 An Inquiry Framework: 5 Levels Of Student Ownership – Student ownership is the degree to which a learner feels a natural sense of responsibility and curiosity about their work. @terryheickedu @TeachThought

10/3 Ten Ways to Show Compassion – They are easy and people of all ages can do it. Be sure to share. @KatieKraw @DisneyDream717 @AndreaCoventry

10/1/2020 How to Broaden Students’ Sense of History – By incorporating diverse voices not found in some textbooks, teachers can provide a fuller, more accurate picture of historical events. Howard Rosenberg

10/1/2020 Five Shifts We Need in Education Now – We need to take advantage of the current situation to make learning better. @ShakeUpLearning

10/1/2020 Looking for the little wins. How one district manages the new remote school year by focusing on social-emotional learning first. @eschoolnews

9/29 Start of School Series: Teaching Students to Track Their Progress – Starr Sackstein talks with Matt Koscinski, a music teacher from Wisconsin on this topic. His work with changing assessment practices and helping his colleagues do the same is inspiring. As you watch, consider how we can facilitate learning by having students track their own progress in a variety of different ways. @mssackstein @MattKoscinski

9/29 Virtual Learning Framework – This is a Complete Professional Development Solution for Teachers, School-Based Instructional Leaders, and Senior District Leaders. @PrincipalCenter

9/27 Independent Project Inspiration – The Instructables Remix contest asks contestants to find an existing project on the Instructables site then remix and build upon it. @instructables @rmbyrne

9/25 Three Ways to Overcome the Challenges of AI Adoption – In a recent IDC survey, only about 30 percent of companies reported a 90 percent success rate for AI projects. @TechNative @prodriguezpapp

9/24 How to handle the handoff conversation – Do the people you work with expect you to create training on demand? By changing how you talk to them, you can steer them away from an information dump and help them solve the real problem. @CatMoore

9/24 Dr. Doug Makes The Blog Frog in the Parenting Category. The Blog Frog has a simple mission: provide insights on the best blogs across 16 categories. They identify the top blogs so you get the best content. Look for mine under parenting and give me a vote. @TheBlogFrog @tapinfluence

9/22 Talking Civics in Remote Classes in 2020: What Could Go Wrong? Students are almost certain to have a tougher time communicating and feeling comfortable sharing contradictory views when they can’t read each other’s body language and may not have met the teacher—or each other—outside of a Zoom square. @AlysonRKlein @educationweek

9/22 How to Tell if Distance Learning Is Working for Your Kid – Measuring skills, not test scores, is key. @KimmmBosch @nytimes @TheJenCarey @HeidiHayesJacob

9/22 How To Conduct A Transparent Interview And Why You Should – Most things are cyclic, including the job market. During COVID-19, unemployment is high. However, some businesses can’t find enough qualified help even in this job market. Many could gain by using a transparent interview process. @RandyLyleClark @TrippBraden @WriterKaylene

9/20 Kids (and Teachers) Don’t Need to Spend 8 Hours a Day on School Work Right Now. A virtual learning schedule is not the same as a traditional school schedule. A virtual learning schedule is not the same as a traditional school schedule. @WeAreTeachers @HannahHudson1 @MarisaEThompson @katiemartinedu
9/19 Four ways to keep your school resilient during distance learning 2.0 – As the nation enters an uncertain new school year, being prepared and decisive during distance learning will be paramount to success. @eschoolnews

9/19 Five Principles to Guide Adaptive Leadership – The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, with leaders facing unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns, and the need to identify responses quickly. @benramalingam @davidnabarro @ruthcarnall @E_Sheninger

9/19 Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19 – The most useful maps and data visualizations of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped us understand, respond to and recover from the crisis. @robmuggah @wef @automeme @mvollmer1 @wef @Nicochan33

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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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