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For better schools, abolish the politicized Department of Education and give local districts more control

Republicansopposed the Department of Education from its beginning and regularly threaten to abolish it now, arguing that educational policy should be reserved to the states. Two respectedDemocratsalso objected to the department’s creation almost 40 years ago. New York Sen. Daniel Moynihan warned …

How to Learn From Running Injuries and Reevaluate Your Routine

Running injuries are the worst. They sap your motivation and force you to sit on the sidelines, watching your hard-earned fitness go down the drain. …

Marathons

An Ultramarathoner's Method for Pushing Through Walls On Long Runs

Long distance running wears out your body, but the real battle happens in your mind. Here’s the mental trick an ultramarathoner used to push through …

Marathons

Why Cardio Is An Incredible Workout For Your Brain - Guyology

When February rolls around and your January fitness goals start to slip, science has some much-needed motivation to stick with your running …

Why don’t more schools focus on public speaking? Discuss

It’s Monday morning and the start of a year 7 English class at Highbury Grove school, a large comprehensive in north London. The students have been played the soundtrack to a film and hands are creeping up as they are questioned about the role background music plays in setting the mood.<p>Answers are …

Education

You'll Never Believe What These Two Elite Athletes Eat For Breakfast

Sara and Ryan Hall met in college, when they were both competitive runners at Stanford University. Since then, they've had quite a bit of success as …

Learning to Play the Flute in Tune (Part 2)

<b>This is the continuation of a handout “Learning to Play the Flute in Tune” by Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht. Be sure you read Part 1 here</b> – Reasons for …

Want to Improve Student Achievement? Invest in Teacher Education

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently issued an open letter to schools of education criticizing how teachers are prepared. He writes at a time when school districts across the country, including Philadelphia, cannot find enough teachers for their students and when enrollment in teacher …

Education

Why You Should Listen to Music When You Work Out

When University of British Columbia researchers asked people who were new to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to try a sprint-interval workout …

Exercise

Ultrarunner Pete Kostelnick Smashes Record for Run Across U.S.

The 29-year-old averaged 72 miles per day during the 6-week, 3,067-mile eastward trek.<p>By ascending the gray steps of New York’s City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Monday, ultrarunner Pete Kostelnick officially crushed the world record for fastest run across America.<p>The 29-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, left …

City Halls

Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills<p>The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter …

The Brain

Marathon Advice Straight From the 1970s

A father’s journal guides his daughter’s first attempt at the New York City Marathon<p>The end of my father’s first marathon wasn’t pretty.<p>He was so hobbled in the final miles through Rochester, N.Y., that his friend Joe coached him when to run and when to walk. “Now to the next fire hydrant, now the …

Marathons

13 Tips For Becoming A Faster Runner

Tips and workouts that'll turn you into a speed(ier) demon.<p>For lots of newish runners, the step right after "start running regularly" is "try running faster." And it's actually not as complicated as you might think.<p>To explain how everyday runners can do this safely and effectively, BuzzFeed Health …

Chasing a New Personal Best

A runner lets go of time goals and finds a whole new joy in the sport.<p>Being present with where you are in life isn't always easy, but during a recent half marathon, I learned it's worth the challenge.<p>This photograph probably wouldn't have happened a few years ago. In my 13 years of running, I have …

Time I

The 10-Minute Workout You Should Be Doing Now If You’re Hitting The Slopes This Season

Ski and snowboard season might seem far away, but getting ready to hit the slopes begins before the lifts open can help you perform your best and …

Donald Trump’s disregard for teachers

The GOP nominee has long history of anti-teacher rhetoric.<p>In a 1997 legal deposition, Donald Trump argued that educators lack intelligence, saying …

Chorales Chorales Chorales!

Chorales have long been a staple of band educators as a means to build a core ensemble sound. They improve blend, balance, and intonation and can be …

Podcast 25 Clarinet Warmup & Alternate Fingerings (Intermediate Players)

• Each part of the intermediate (level 3) clarinet warmup<br>• Description of each exercise, its purpose, and what to watch for<br>• 3 primary alternate fingerings …

Massachusetts Court: School Choice Is Not A 'Civil Right'

On October 06, 2016, Massachusetts education blogger, Jennifer Berkshire, posted that the Massachusetts Superior Court had tossed a lawsuit arguing that raising the charter school cap was an issue of student civil rights.<p>The argument that school choice is a “civil right” is not exclusive to …

Education

Plickers for Band

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.<p>You ask your class a question and wait for hands to appear. Most times it’s the same students whose hands fly up so …

Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods

<i>In our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of</i> …

Pedagogy

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

<b>As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online.</b> It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of …

Education Technology

Google adds new features to Classroom, Forms, and more

As back-to-school approaches, Google has just released a grab-bag of new features aimed at K-12 educators—mostly upgrades to existing Google products …

Taking learning beyond classroom walls with new features for Back to School

Posted by Dina Kachintseva, Classroom Software Engineer and Felix Wang, User Experience Designer<br>As any teacher would tell you, the classroom isn’t …

Google Classroom for Band

FINALLY, Google has rolled out their new Classroom feature. It syncs with Drive and Gmail, and makes organizing any assignments incredibly easy. Many …

An Alternative to the Practice Minute Log

Ah, the practice minute log. Few topics will bring up as heated a discussion among instrumental teachers as grading students for minutes practiced …

10 Quick-and-Easy Methods to Check for Understanding

January 31, 2016<p>A huge part of teaching involves determining student levels of understanding. As teachers check for understanding, they are able to …

Beyond The Bullet: Do Rubrics Corrupt Thinking?

There is no checklist in life that somehow spells out how to succeed. There is no step-by-step guide that, if followed correctly, leads a person to wealth or happiness. Yet in school, our over-use of standardized rubrics has possibly created that promise, and as a result, our students and their …

Teaching

Beginning Low Brass with High Standards

A beginning band is a smorgasbord of instruments. A lot of special care and attention are required for every student. I am a young teacher who cannot …

Education

Developing a Young Mallet Player

A student’s first year in band or orchestra is arguably the most influential and critical time in their musical life. Rather than teaching a …