Chris A. Rinaldi

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What's So Great About Schools in Finland?

Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: …

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

What makes a teacher successful?<p>Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge …

Pedagogy

10 Things Teachers Should Know To Do With Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, …

Free and easy ways to connect with your staff & parents!

There are a variety of ways that teachers and administrators can communicate with their class, staff, and parents. Effective communication is vital …

Cell Phones in Schools: Lessons from the Front Line

New York City’s Department of Education officially bans students from bringing cell phones to school, but at one high school in Brooklyn the faculty has surrendered to the reality that their students have their phones and will sneak them out at any chance.<p>West Brooklyn Community High School allows …

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So what would a teacher-led school look like? Carrie Bakken, one of the founders of Avalon School, a grade 6-12 charter school in St. Paul, …

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

<b>INQUIRING ABOUT INQUIRY</b><p>Lehmann said it’s important to question whether alleged “personalized,” “project-based,” or “collaborative” learning efforts …

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

Their book, <i>The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice</i> and the accompanying practitioner’s guide, lay out the key principles for …

5 Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own http://www.teachthought.com/technology/5-tools-teachers-create-publish-apps/ #edtech #teaching

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In her provocative article "Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone," writer Hanna Rosin documents the arc of child-rearing from the 1970s to today, …

Four Reasons Why Argument is Priority #1

You probably don’t need me to tell you that argument writing is a hot topic in education — it has a special place in the Common Core State Standards …

States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

Jean Leising admits she's no expert on brain development, but she still hopes to do something about the way kids learn.<p>Leising serves in the Indiana state Senate. Last month, she convinced her Senate colleagues to pass a bill that would restore instruction of cursive writing to the state's …

Field trips foster social skills, lifelong learning

SAN ANTONIO — A remarkable thing often happens when classes take trips to the San Antonio Museum of Art.<p>“I can't tell you how many times teachers …

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward

Opening one's classroom to public scrutiny isn’t an easy thing to do. “In order for us to get more people involved, some of us are going to have to …

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Do you remember the scene in the movie <i>Rainman</i> in which Dustin Hoffman, playing Ray, an autistic savant, instantaneously counts the number of …

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

Here's what they learned.<p><b>1. INQUIRY WORKS AT ALL AGES</b><p>Brooke Peters taught kindergarten before embarking on this project, and has experience using the …

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

The second classic, <i>World of Goo,</i> garnered two different awards for design at the 2008 Independent Games Festival (<i>Crayon Physics</i> won the Grand …

Districts Weigh Blended Costs, Savings

Complete Coverage<p>One of the earliest hopes for blended learning—along with the promise that it would nurture students' technology skills and foster …

It's All Story: Games, Coding and Student Writing

<b>by Mark Gerl</b><p>During this year’s Computer Science Education Week (specifically on Dec 11th), I saw the other side of “The Hour of Code” campaign. Many …

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Explicit instruction on cognitive strategies that can help students learn <i>how</i> to learn may have a positive impact on both academic performance and …

How Important is Grit in Student Achievement?

Intelligence "is probably the best-measured trait that there is in all of human psychology," says Duckworth. "We know how to measure intelligence in …

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Jackie Gerstein<p>From Jackie Gerstein's resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we'd like to instill in our students. The …

One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology

One school district changed the standard in Professional Development; and they did it with a ‘Technology Academy.’<p>Imagine you need to learn how to …

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

College students experienced heightened connectivity in their left temporal cortexes after reading fiction.<p>Scientists have proven in the past that reading stimulates many different parts of the brain. In a 2006 study, for example, research subjects read the words “perfume” and “coffee,” and the …

Should Adults Control Kid-Created Content?

"We can have tremendous influence on the cultural landscape," Svitak said at the recent Big Tent event in San Jose. "We are co-creators of the world …

Introducing kids to coding, one hour at a time

Thousands of schools worldwide will participate next week in Hour of Code, an initiative from nonprofit group Code.org to introduce computer programming to K-12 students.<p>The effort, which coincides with Computer Science Education Week, is an outgrowth of the group's goal to influence schools to …

Computer Science