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'Makerspaces' balance, challenge for test-heavy curriculums

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Fifth-grader Bella Bartlomi sits at a table full of circuits and small robots, trying to connect the right circuits to make a small wheel spin. Instructors are standing by in the room, called a "makerspace," but let the students at the suburban Kansas City elementary school …

Makerspaces

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

Originally published at https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/a-model-for-teacher-development-precursors-to-change/<p><b>Too often</b> …

Pedagogy

Why so many teachers quit, and how to fix that

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17% of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a fifth of the entire …

We're All Teaching the Common Core Math Standards

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1)<p>Any subject area can ask students to make sense of problems. Rather …

Mathematics

Walking Through Standards Based Grading: Part 2

Since we are all super familiar with the traditional style of grading, many teachers have asked <i>why</i> we should implement standards based grading. …