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Teaching Your Students to Read Like Pros

<b>1. Connecting to Prior Knowledge:</b> A common strategy we teach our students is to make connections to their own prior knowledge because such …

Teaching

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance<p>Allowing students to use computers and the internet in classrooms substantially harms their results, a study has found.<p>The paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

Education

The New Year's Resolution Every Teacher Should Make

In a week, we'll see tons of prominent store displays and ads stacked with weight loss shakes, protein bars and supplement pills. That's because, year after year, losing weight and getting in shape are among the top New Year's resolutions. Inevitably, around February, many give up on that goal, …

A teacher explains what teachers really do all day

In a speech at a Campaign for America's Future event, National Education Association president and teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia gave a rousing explanation for what the teaching profession entails.<p>After starting the speech by saying teachers needed to educate politicians on what the typical teacher …

Department Of Education Gives States Guidance On New Schools Law

States are getting ready to transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.<p><i>This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published.</i><p>One week after President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education sent out a four-page letter last week …

Education

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

In Mexico City, a body hanging from a bridge portends a shift in violence

The dead man's body was bound up like a mummy, his hands roped behind his back and his head covered with a black sack. Tied by the waist, he was discovered dangling shoeless from a bridge over a busy street around 5 a.m. Monday — a shocking sight for thousands of commuters making their way into …

Mexico

Guatemala election puts Latin America's affinity for racist caricatures in spotlight

Latin America’s enduring fondness for grotesque racist caricatures has returned to the spotlight with the political rise of Guatemalan performer Jimmy Morales.<p>Guatemalans face choice of former blackface comedian or ex-first lady<p>Read more<p>Morales, currently the frontrunner in the country’s …

Latin America

400-Year-Old Mexican Church Mystically Emerges From Reservoir

The water levels dropped, revealing this ancient ruin.<p>The story of the Temple of Quechula is straight out of a fantasy: A 16th century church, slumbering in the depths of the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas, Mexico, resurfaces once more over the course of a drought. Cue the "Song of …

Mexico

AP Interview: MSF says bombing of Afghan hospital no mistake

The Oct. 3 attack on the compound in Kunduz city, which killed at least 22 patients and hospital staff, should be investigated as a possible war crime, said Christopher Stokes, general director of Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by its French abbreviation MSF.<p>The trauma hospital was …

'Show us that you care': a student's view on what makes a perfect teacher

The perfect teacher. In Ofsted’s eyes, that probably means exemplary lesson plans and 30 immaculately marked books with targets for improvement. But, as a 16-year-old, I’m not sure I agree. What students love about the best teachers – the ones whose lessons are discussed at the dinner table, whose …

Teaching

Depressed or anxious? Time to check your mental health

People who feel depressed also very often feel alone. Some aren’t sure who to reach out to, who would understand, and who might even tell them, unhelpfully, that all they need to do is stop complaining.<p>National Depression Screening Day is here to help.<p>Thursday marks the 25th year since it first …

Mental Health

These Recently Uncovered Ancient Texts Show What A Normal Day In Rome Was Like 2,000 Years Ago

<i>Earlier this month, a team of researchers from Britain’s Southampton University unearthed a previously undiscovered ancient Roman settlement</i> …

Ancient History

Mexico’s government is fully committed to finding the truth behind Guerrero’s 43 missing students

I am writing to you regarding the story by Daniel Peña (Mexico is outraged over citizens killed in Egypt but ignores the dead at home, theguardian.com, 18 September). The conclusions do not reflect whatsoever the legitimate demand from the Mexican government to clarify the attack in Egypt that …

Mexico

8 Excellent Blended Learning Tools for Teachers

September 25, 2015 <br>In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology, a teaching and learning approach that …

Scientists say they have found a way to transform carbon dioxide in the air into valuable materials

A group of scientists from George Washington University, led by Dr. Stuart Licht, say they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers.<p>"Rather than an attempt to survive the climate change consequences of flooding, wildfires, …

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

While state education departments are the first reason why public schools don't teach critical thinking, community pressure against it is the second. While some communities do welcome critical inquiry as an essential part of a good education, others do not, rejecting critical thinking as dangerous …

Colombia confronts femicide, the 'most extreme form of violence against women' | Reuters

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia’s new law on femicide is a key step to combat violence against women, but forensic experts and prosecutors will need to change the way they investigate gender-related killings to win convictions, officials said.<p>In this Latin American country of 47 …

Costa Rica

A Handy Tool for Turning PowerPoint Presentations into Interactive Lessons

August 3, 2015<br>Office Mix is an excellent PowerPoint add-in that allows teachers to create engaging and interactive presentations using multimedia …

Education Technology

Why This Artist Let Her Nude Body Tell The Story of Slave Trading in New York City

Nona Faustine pays homage to her ancestors in a powerful and public way.<p>Nona Faustine's photographs are blowing up on Facebook and no one is more surprised than her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, with a distinct city accent, her tone is as light as her work is somber. In the "White Shoes" photo …

Education Alone Will Not Solve Income Inequality

We often reference the “achievement gap” when discussing how certain student groups perform better than others. For instance, low-income students are graduating at a rate of 15 percentage points behind their more affluent peers, according to a recent GradNation report. Or that the graduation rate …

Education

Watch Young Women Destroy Gender-Based Barriers #LikeAGirl In Under 3 Minutes

A powerful new ad is reminding young women that they can conquer their limitations -- like a girl.<p>On July 7, Always released a video called "Unstoppable," featuring young girls talking about the ways society limits them because of their gender. The spot is a follow-up to Always' #LikeAGirl Super …

Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers

Get a variety of PD resources here, from podcasts to screencasts to articles and more.<p>Listen to a vast network of education podcasts from notable …

Education Technology

How to Manage Depression | The Art of Manliness

Everyone loves a good, clear, easily grasped narrative. “X leads to Y.” “A causes B.”<p>But as we’ve seen over the course of this series, the nature of …

Security and Safeguards - SchoolBooking

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Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

<i>How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish</i><i>, French</i><i>, English</i><i>, Mandarin</i><i>, Italian</i><i>, Russian</i> <i>and</i> …

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

FlyKly electric bike wheel makes riding a bike feel like the wind’s at your back

Jumping on the bicycle, I was told to watch out: As soon I started to pedal, it would feel like I’d been pushed forward by a big gust of wind. So don’t be surprised, they said.<p>Good advice. While it maybe wasn’t quite like the wind, it was true — the bike, powered by the new removable “smart” wheel …

Electric Vehicles

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making …

Scientific Method