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ASCD EDge: A Professional Networking Community for Educators

Discontinuation Notice<p>The ASCD EDge® online community closed on July 1, 2018.<p>If you have arrived at this page through a link to one of these URLs, …

Networking

A Better Workload for Teachers

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p>This is a blog about teacher workload and the DfE’s action plan, designed to re-address the work-life balance. Over the half …

Teaching

What Do You Do With A Student Who Fidgets?

Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair.<p>…

Julie Bishop

To block union power, school reformers try courts

Education reformers stymied by teachers unions and liberal state legislatures increasingly are turning to the courts to get their way on everything from funding charter schools to making it easier to fire teachers.<p>It’s an end-run strategy championed by Republican and Democratic reformers alike: …

Students May Benefit From Teachers Who Are the Same Race, Study Finds

Black and low-performing students seemed to gain most from having a teacher of the same race, it concludes.

Education

Eutopia: horror novel about Lovecraftian racism

You may recall David Nickle's essay about the inseparable nature of HP Lovecraft's support for eugenics and his horror. It made an excellent …

Is AR Killing the Love of Reading?

Over the past year, I have really taken it upon myself to immerse myself in the world of children's literature. I believe that in order to be the …

Forget Inspiration, Songwriting Is Work - Recording Revolution

<b>Let me make something really clear today: songwriting isn’t simply a process of inspiration, where you write when creativity strikes. It’s hard,</b> …

Contemporary Techniques for Ending Your Song

In How to Write Effective Introductions, we learned about the importance of giving your song a powerful beginning. We also examined various …

Why Smart Songwriters Use Click Tracks - Recording Revolution

<b>Let me say up front that I want you to make a lot of great music this year. Not only that, but I want you to get more done in less time and have more</b> …

5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy

<b>5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy</b>by <b>Grant Wiggins</b>, Authentic EducationAdmit it–you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, …

Pedagogy

Standardized Tests Suck. But the Fix Is More Data, Not Less

This week, hundreds of thousands of students across New Jersey and the US took the PARCC exam, but Nathan Fallin wasn't one of them. Perhaps you’ve …

Excellent Random Name Selector Apps for Teachers

February 5, 2015<br>Below is a list of some very good name selector apps for teachers. The idea of such a list was born out of an email we received from …

How to Get the Spark Back Into Your Acoustic Guitar Playing With These 3 Killer Techniques - Part 2 | Guitar Lesson

Extraordinary teacher offers extraordinary look at her job. We need to support rather than undermine her efforts.

<i>An extraordinary teacher writes an extraordinary explanation of her job and her concerns. This is a lengthy piece that every policymaker in the state</i> …

How Latino Families Use Educational Content and What That Means for Communities

Learning more about how Hispanic-Latino families use educational content can help inform the development of content, policy and tools.<br>[[ This is a …

Latin America

Is new music killing the record industry?

Brit Awards 2015,Music industry,Pop and rock,Brit awards,Music,Bombay Bicycle Club,Culture,Spotify<p>As Brit award nominations show, the music industry has chosen to counter declining sales by pouring money into new acts, most of whom never make it. But the key to success may be a return to the …

Music Industry

Which of These 4 Instructional Strategies Do You Use in Your Class ?

February 21, 2015<br>Instructional strategies, according to Alberta Learning, are “techniques teachers use to help students become independent, strategic …

9 reasons Finland's schools are so much better than America's

If there's any consensus on education in the US, it could be this: other countries are doing it better. And in the doing-education-better sweepstakes, Finland has long been the cold and snowy standout.<p>In 2001, the world was stunned when Finland ended up at the top of international rankings after a …

Are We Marking Assignments or Assessing Learning?

There has been much focus on shifting our assessment practices in education and, particularly in BC, moving toward more Assessment For Learning (or …

Got Writer’s Block? These Cards Can Help

Writing is no easy task. And as glorious as it is to be creative for a living, sometimes those juicy ideas just hit a roadblock. Whether you’re writing a journalistic article or a creative story, figuring out the next words to put down on the page, let alone the next ideas or characters to create, …

5 Tips For Songwriters Fighting Writer's Block

Take A Pass On The Block – Just Write!

Like a dreaded disease with no known cause it strikes at any time – WRITER’S BLOCK!! At any given time of the day around the globe writers are …

Writing

Overcoming writer's block: three tips

A common thread in conversations about how difficult academic writing can be is the persistent feeling of not being ready to write. Or not being good enough to write. While academics and PhD students might not call this writer’s block, they talk a lot about procrastination and perfectionism. They …

Write Your First Draft Like No One Will Read It To Beat Writer’s Block

Writer's block happens for many reasons, but fear of reader judgement is a big one. To overcome this, write your first draft for no one but …

Conor Oberst – “Standing On The Outside Looking In” & “Sugar Street”

Earlier this year, the former Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst released his solo album <i>Upside Down Mountain</i>. And as part of Record Store Day’s …

Emanuel closing in on majority he needs to avoid runoff, Tribune poll finds

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the majority he needs to win re-election and avoid a runoff, but nearly 1 in 5 Chicago voters remain undecided a week before Election Day, a new Chicago Tribune poll found.<p>The survey found that Emanuel has boosted his favorability and job approval ratings among …

Education at heart of Chicago mayor's race

Local and national unions have made Rahm Emanuel a top target.<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel touts his education reform agenda as one of his greatest achievements as he campaigns for reelection.<p>It may also be his greatest vulnerability.<p>Emanuel is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in his bid for a …

Teacher Suspended After Bullying Special Needs Student Stephen Davis, Video Posted To YouTube

A Streamwood High School teacher is in hot water today after a special needs student captured the teacher bullying him in front of other students. <i>The</i> …

The Black Man Behind Bob Dylan

Tom Wilson was a fascinatingly mysterious figure, a black Republican from Texas who graduated from Harvard and produced legendary misfits like Bob …