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Surviving the Perils and Challenges of Grading

Rae Pica with Ken O'Connor, John Tierney, Jerry Blumengarten, Josh Stumpenhorst

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Teachers can find grading students' tests and papers time-consuming, painful, and stressful. The prospect of your grades being challenged by students and parents adds to the angst. Today our guests talk openly about the perils and challenges of grading and how to reduce the stress and better manage the process.

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Boycotting Standardized Tests: Good Idea? Will It Make a Difference?

Rae Pica with Jesse Hagopian, Celine Coggins, Patrick Riccards

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The national discussion of standardized testing was ratcheted up a notch when five schools in Seattle voted to boycott a standard test. In this segment we interview one of the leaders of the boycott and get some views on what impact, if any, this strategy will likely have on the practice of testing.

Feature Commentary: A minute with Diane Ravitch

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Managing the Hidden Differences in Your Classroom

Rae Pica with Eileen Kugler, Lisa King, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Peter DeWitt

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Student bodies have changed in dramatic ways. There are more differences in your classroom than ever, but many of these differences are below the surface. Children alternating between divorced parents, children of single parents, children in blended families, children with LGBT parents, children from homeless families, and military families all bring a different set of issues into your classroom. What do you need to know to manage these new classroom dynamics?

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Dealing with Difficult, Negative, Toxic Peers

Rae Pica with Todd Whitaker, Elizabeth Holloway, Lisa Dabbs, Nancy Blair

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When negativity and toxic behavior infect a school, it can have a profound impact in the classroom and beyond. Our guests today tackle this real-world issue of handling difficult, negative, or toxic peers in school settings.

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Children Playing with Toy Guns and Imaginary Assault Weapons in School: Problem?

Rae Pica with Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Jane Katch, Peter DeWitt, Deborah J. Stewart

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Is playing cops and robbers dead? In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, school teachers and administrators are showing heightened concerns about violence of all sorts. But is imaginary gunplay among young kids really a threat? Some schools are responding with new zero-tolerance policies on violent play. Should toy guns and gunplay really be banned in schools? 

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