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Why This Teacher Says More Classrooms Should Be Modeled After Gangs

He's written a how-to guide for getting low-income students engaged in school.<p>Christopher Emdin says he knows how to get poor, black kids interested in school, and it involves treating his classrooms more like gangs.<p>Gangs give their members true responsibility, says Emdin, a professor at Columbia …

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Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class

The Education Committee of the U.S. Senate is currently considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind. Much of the original rhetoric in …

Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique

<i>Arina Bokas and Rod Rock</i><p>Imagine a student who hears things once and knows them forever. She is a good reader. She is self-aware and can articulate her learning challenges and successes. Despite the fact that the student is smart, she struggles on written work and in group projects. How does our …

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Support Math Readiness Through Math Talk

by: Eugene Geist<p><i>A father and 3-year-old son, Clark, walk through the supermarket. Clark asks, “Can we get donuts?” “How many should we get?” his</i> …

24 Questions to Enhance Students Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills

August 31, 2014<br>Reflection is a fundamental skill from which is branched out all other thinking skills. Reflection is a form of meta-thinking, a …

Arts Education: The Need for More Arts Teachers in School

Arts in Education Week took place last month, and since then arts education has been on my mind and in the air. A recent blog post by Alan Yaffe - here -- that contended arts education advocacy should be focused more on art-making than art-viewing got me thinking. It is true, much energy goes into …

Is Homework Helpful? The 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask

The National PTA recommends 10–20 minutes of homework per night in the first grade, and an additional 10 minutes per grade level thereafter (i.e., 20 …

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

• Focus their eyes on the speaker<br>• Be quiet<br>• Be still<br>• Empty their hands<br>• Listen.<p>There is also the "three fingers" version, which stands for stop, look, and …

Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

You may also wish to use other creative forms of sharing, such as having students create a collage or chart with all of their answers to each …

Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Veteran educators Dorothy M. Steele and Becki Cohn-Vargas offer this simple but powerful suggestion to build a more inclusive, equitable environment …

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or …

5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices

This is reblogged from the original post at Edudemic and is the premise of presentation I will be leading in November at Miami Device.<p>When adopting …

Nifty Comic Perfectly Explains How To Look At Art

All too often we wander into a museum hoping, if not expecting, to leave somewhat different than we entered. And still the challenge remains: In a sea of wondrous, potentially transformative artwork, how do we go about actually <i>looking</i> at it?<p>We're happy to report comic artist Grant Snider has come …

14 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Protractor<p>Even on an iPad, a protractor can be used as a tool to measure angles. Children can simply practice making acute and obtuse angles by …

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic …

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an …

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