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    School Shootings and Early Childhood: What's the Link?

    This isn’t the kind of thing I typically write about – and it would certainly seem to have nothing to do with early childhood – but, like most of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about school shootings. I’ve found myself asking: What is it that incites such rage in these young people that they see killing as the only resort? Immediately following all of these incidents, everybody talks about the need for better attention to mental health, in addition to gun control. I couldn’t ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Friday, 18 May 2018
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    Shhh! How to Help Excessively Noisy Classes Without Yelling

    If you are ever going to have classes that are too noisy, you can bet that the time for this particular teacher nightmare is right now near end of the school term. Even those timid students who were too shy to speak above a whisper at the start of the year now appear to be completely comfortable shouting across the room. The classroom noise level this time of year isn't just stressful; it's a sure indicator of unproductive behavior.    Although could be dozens of approaches to consi ...

    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Tuesday, 15 May 2018
  • #TeacherSpring

    In 2010 when I lived in the Middle East, I witnessed the Arab Spring. People filled the streets with renewed spirit protesting unfair policies. I remember coming back from visiting the pyramids and getting trapped in a cab in the middle of a perfect storm—hundreds of men, women and children filled the streets that were one by one being blocked off by the police. It was scary and invigorating. For me, I’m doing a lot of observing and reflecting. Asking questions like, what do educators really ...

    by Raquel Ríos @RaquelRiosPhD
    Saturday, 12 May 2018
  • Don't Just Hang On! Enjoy the Last Days of School!

    Every year, during the final few weeks of the school term, grim articles about how to hang on until the last day of school without losing your sanity abound. Loads of stern advice about topics such as the importance of managing stress and the misery of standardized testing and unpleasant conferences about failing grades seem to dominate teacher forums. What if, instead of just hanging on, you took a different approach to the time you have left with your students? An approach that includes some j ...

    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Friday, 04 May 2018
  • Emergent Learning: Antidote to the Push-Down Approach

    The topic for my last Art, Music and Movement for Young Children class was Emergent Curriculum. I showed a video from Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education showcasing a project on balls. You can watch it here. Emergent Curriculum is a way of teaching through student interests. Suppose a group of toddlers becomes enthralled with the worms on the playground. Teachers will observe the children, take notes, and document which child is especially interested in ...

    by Gail Multop @gailmult
    Thursday, 03 May 2018
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Inside a School with More Poverty, Less Funding and Excellent Grades

Vicki Davis with Dr. Jerry Thacker


Our guest is a superintendent, passionate about achieving academic excellence despite all obstacles.  In this segment he shares how his team leads a top ranked school that has overcome the typical barriers to high academic performance.

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Inside the Movement to Throw Out Grades: Can It Be Done?

Vicki Davis with Starr Sackstein, Mark Barnes


Our guests are behind a movement to eliminate grades completely, but schools and parents have other ideas. Can this effort gain traction? What will be required?

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Time to Get Rid of Grades? What Exactly Stands in the Way?

Rae Pica with Mark Barnes, Starr Sackstein, Nancy Flanagan 


Our guests are behind an initiative to scrap grades. Can we achieve academic goals without grades? What are the obstacles?  

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Demystifying Formative Assessment and Grading

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, Mark Weston 


If formative assessment is about calibrating both teaching and learning, should formative assessment be graded? 

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Accountability: What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations?

Larry Ferlazzo with Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D., Ben Spielberg 


In this segment we take a look at the rationale for using high stakes testing and explore other ways to achieve the goal of teacher quality. 

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