Heather Brown VanderMolen

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Pros and Cons of Using Tables Instead of Desks

To try tables or not to try tables? With all the buzz about flexible seating, this seems to be the burning question for a lot of classroom teachers. …

The hidden dangers of caring about your career too much

A teacher I know recently left the profession after seven years in the classroom. She was an amazing science educator, bringing project-based learning to a high-poverty school in the South Bronx. Her students loved her, her principal depended on her, and her love for her students was palpable. Why …

Teaching

“Quiznetic” Lets Teachers Create – & Students Play – Online Racing Games For Learning

Quiznetic is a Kahoot-like tool that lets you create learning games in various racing forms. Students can then “race” each other in answering the …

Your Kids’ School-Owned Devices Are Spying On Them, Report Finds

As adults, we all kind of have at least a vague peripheral sense that the devices and software we use are probably up to some kind of shenanigans …

Betsy DeVos isn't listening to parents: Column

Education secretary is out of step with public views on vouchers and school spending.<p>Betsy DeVos, our new secretary of Education, claims that she wants the federal government to become more responsive to the will of the American people. As she argued at her Senate confirmation hearing: “[I]t’s time …

The Big Lie Behind Trump's Education Budget

President Donald Trump during a visit with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, March 3, 2017. With …

Teachers: This change is causing dramatic gains in student achievement

<i>[Editor’s note: This post by Alan November, written exclusively for eSchool Media, is part of a series of upcoming articles by this notable education</i> …

Pedagogy

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

When we take a brain break, it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation through a different …

Flexible Seating in Middle School

Flexible seating can add a wrinkle to classroom management, but with careful planning and clear expectations, our students will rise to the occasion …

Teaching

Betsy DeVos Chooses To Spotlight A Problematic Charter School Founded By Pitbull

The rapper showed up to stand with the education secretary.<p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent Thursday afternoon touting a Pitbull-affiliated charter school in Miami called SLAM Academy.<p>DeVos was using the Florida visit to push her school choice agenda. But the school she chose is a …

SCOTUS Decision A Victory For Students With Disabilities

<i>By</i> Ashley Sizemore<i>, Staff Attorney, Special Education Unit,</i> <i>New York Legal Assistance Group</i><p>Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that a student with disabilities who makes merely “more than de minimis” educational progress has not received an appropriate education under federal law. …

Apple’s Clips app is iMovie for the next generation

Not a social network, but a fun video app<p>When I opened up Apple’s new Clips app yesterday, as I’ve been doing for the past few days, I was greeted with the same photo-capture screen that’s prioritized in all the social “story” apps. <i>Take a picture! Capture video! Share! Share everything!</i> they scream …

Apps

Hacking the Scavenger Hunt with QR Codes

By James Sturtevant<p>As I read through the 20 page assignment on the Industrial Revolution, I kept thinking to myself..<i>.Wow, this is boring!</i> If I was …

18 YA Books You Need To Add To Your Must-Read List

*Pulls out library card*

Books

Extreme Sports

The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists

I have nearly 1,700 regularly updated “Best” lists, and that number – combined with all the other resources on this blog – can sometimes be …

High School

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

The Peril<p>The dissemination of digitized, teacher-driven content is not full blended learning. Though this can be viewed as a first step toward new …

On The Fast Track: 25 Ways to Learn a New Skill Quickly

Whether you plan to become fluent in a new language or finally tackle that home improvement project, picking up a new skill can seem …

Home Improvement

Where Does Homework Fit Into the Big Picture?

No matter whether homework is the opener of the conversation or some other topic is catalytic to a reflection on current practice how things fit into …

Teaching

Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

The prefrontal cortex is where the highest cognitive and emotional control networks are being constructed, especially during the school years. These …

Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resources

We recently posted, “10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article,” which highlighted key items to look for on a website when determining its credibility. The …

Fake News

Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on …

Google

Flipgrid Refocuses on Education, Launches Free Version

As a startup, it’s not always easy to identify when it’s time to make a change. Many companies go through multiple iterations before they can find …

How Lego Built a Social Network for Kids That's Not Creepy

There are Lego bricks and Lego movies, Lego videogames and Lego books. The stackable, sortable plastic molds permeate all corners of society. Today, …

A Morning Routine to Set You Up for a Kick-Ass, Super-Productive Day

What’s the first thing you reach for the instant your eyes open in the morning? I bet it’s your smartphone. And within 105 seconds, you’ve check your …

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life

My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.<p>I am a robot, programmed to obliterate my to-do list. During the day, I direct a research laboratory, write papers, and teach classes as a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Come 4:30 pm, I run a kid …

An Educational Letter to the American Public

21 January 2017 Thom Markham Uncategorized<p>I’ve worked at over 350 schools—public, private, and charter—and with more than 6000 teachers in the past …

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Tech's Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World

On lengths of yarn stretched between chairs, sixth-grade math students were placing small yellow squares of paper, making number lines—including …