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Controversial Discussion Topics And How To Teach Them – Education Article

by Tara Arntsen 1,479,165 views Controversial topics make many teachers want to run away from the curriculum screaming, but for ESL teachers they offer an unequalled opportunity to foster discussion in the classroom. Though you may feel queasy at the idea of teaching some topics, use the following strategies to make it a teaching triumph rather than a classroom catastrophe. How to Teach Controversial Topics 1 Introducing the Topic Before giving students any materials supporting one side or the other…

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6 Good TED Ed Talks for Language Teachers – Education Article

Language is an amazing communicative phenomenon that has picked the interest of linguists and scientists across different disciplines. While we do share with other animals the ability to communicate using a language form of some sort, communicating using a linguistic code in the form of encoded script remains the preserve of human beings. In fact, language in its linguistic written form is behind the development of humankind from primitive agrarian societies to highly technologized mobs. To shed light on some…

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Word + Quiz: euphonious – The New York Times – Education Article

Note: Our Sixth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge is underway. It will run until Feb. 18. euphonious yü-ˈfō-nē-əs adjective 1. having a pleasant sound 2. (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident _________ The word euphonious has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 22 in “A Tune Heard Often at These Olympics Gets to the Heart of Being Korean” by Andrew Keh: GANGNEUNG, South Korea — It may not…

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School Shooters: What’s Their Path To Violence? | MindShift – Education Article

Tallying up all shootings and instances of school violence is difficult, researchers say; there’s no official count, and various organizations differ in their definitions of school shootings. For example, an open source database put together by Mother Jones suggests there have been 11 mass shootings (where four or more people died) in schools since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, and 134 children and adults died in those attacks. Psychologists and law enforcement agencies have been analyzing…

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Launching Mr P’s Online CPD support on Facebook – Education Article

I regularly receive messages from teachers saying that they would love to attend one of my CPD and Inset sessions, however, due to one reason or the other (location, school not allowing them to go etc) they can’t make it. I have been thinking for a while about trying to create some sort of online platform where teachers can access more detailed CPD content. I have and always will share content for free through this blog and my social media pages. However,…

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Discovery of velvet bag may solve gory mystery of Walter Raleigh’s missing head | Education

On the eve of the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s execution for treason, a discovery at a medieval manor in Surrey may help solve the mystery of what became of his severed head. A red silk velvet bag found in the attic of West Horsley Place, former home of Raleigh’s son, could have been used by Raleigh’s widow to carry around his embalmed head, according to the stately home and a historical costume expert. Accounts of the beheading at…

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The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place There are so many thoughts and ideas as to what learning really looks and feels like. From these conversations, educators form their own perspectives and opinions that best align with the vision, mission, and goals of their classroom, school or district.  However, a consensus is critical if the goal…

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We Won’t Lose – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.  Trump, Jr. Loser teachers. Indoctrinated. We can safely ignore the rest of that quote as people of Junior’s ilk fill it with whatever hateful or fearful rhetoric that suits their needs with their given audience. Some could say that this isn’t that big of a deal. This was said by a person who is simply trying to please daddy, make…

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Time to Take a Look at Your Dress Code – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Coshandra Dillard and Marcus Campbell (transcript): Sponsored by Listenwise and OneNote Class Notebook   A couple months ago, I saw two different news stories that broke my heart. Both were about dreadlocks. The first story was about Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler in New Jersey who wore his hair in cheekbone-length dreadlocks. Moments before Johnson was about to go to the mat for a match, the referee told him he wouldn’t be allowed to…

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Empowering Students in the Day-To-Day Operations of Our Schools – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The word “technology” was in my title for a large part of my career as a teacher, with the hopes that I would work with colleagues on finding meaningful ways to implement technology within the curriculum. Yet, simply having “technology” in my title meant to many others on my staff that I could and should fix anything that was technology related in the school. Literally. Anything that had electricity was fair game. I hated it. One day, I was asked…

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How to make a website for professional learning as a tech coach – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick share secrets for what makes a fantastic and usable Tech Coach website.  With so many options, both paid and free, available, it’s easy to spend a ton of time creating a digital hub that nobody uses or wants.   The secret to any website is to make great content and make…

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Respect in the Classroom: Earned, Not Expected – Education Article

There was a sub for one of my paras a couple of weeks ago and she set up shop in my classroom. We went through the day as usual, with her thoroughly enjoying her role after being out of the classroom for the past few years. At the end of the day, as I was thanking her for all she had done, the bell rang and a steady stream of kids began filtering into my room for their afterschool hugs…

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Inside ‘Sesame Street’ And Its Mission To Raise Resilient Kids – Education Article

“Sesame Street” premiered 50 years ago this year, and from the start, its mission has been to make quality early education accessible for every child. The show’s idea of education isn’t limited to just letters and numbers: It means empathy, kindness, resilience and the other social and emotional skills kids need to thrive. To celebrate the milestone, “Sesame Street” and the nonprofit behind it, Sesame Workshop, are hosting a yearlong celebration filled with celebrity cameos, social media campaigns and even…

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Why teachers are historically overworked & undervalued (and how to disrupt the pattern) – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: An edu-history lesson with Jennifer Binis on why teachers are overworked and undervalued. As educators, we talk a lot about how teachers are poorly paid and how unrealistic the demands are. But we don’t talk nearly as much about how things got to be this way. We need to understand the societal norms, institutional structures, gender dynamics, and so on that got us where we’re at today in order to be able to…

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Selected Tech and Teaching Content From Across the Web, w/e 02-16-19 – Education Article

Informative, inspiring, or just plain interesting education and digital technology content from across the web, posted on Twitter over the past week and collected here to share with our blog readers. This week in the wrap … struggling to differentiate instruction for your students? Check out some techniques suggested by Larry Ferlazzo and Hull Sypnieski. A.J. Juliani shares mistakes he made trying to innovate in the classroom. The folks from TechSmith share 39 tips for creating great instructional videos, culled from…

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Podcast 40: How Can You Protect Your Wellbeing? – Education Article

Podcast 40: How Can You Protect Your Wellbeing? | TeacherToolkit 17th February 201916th February 2019 Joshua McGovern 114 Views #TTkit100Women, #TTkitPodcast, achievement, Curriculum, Interview, Mental Health, mobile technology, Podcast, science, Wellbeing, WomenEd, Work-life balance, Workload Reading Time: 1 minute Why… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Joshua McGovern Read Full Article

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Presidents Day Sale on Practical Ed Tech Webinars – Education Article

One of the ways that I keep the lights on at Free Technology for Teachers is through the sale of online training webinars on my other site, Practical Ed Tech. This weekend all of the on-demand webinars are on sale at 50% off. Click here to take advantage of the offer. Practical Ed Tech webinars on sale this weekend: 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners Get Organized With Google Classroom, Calendar, and Keep…

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Teacher Shortages! The Gentlest Debate Ever? Automation, Snow Days, More… – Education Article

Here’s something about Bellwether that doesn’t seem well understood (probably because we have communicated it poorly). We don’t take fixed positions organizationally on various issues, but that doesn’t mean our team doesn’t have strong views and that those views don’t always align among various team members. We like that, call it ideological diversity or heterodoxy or whatever you want, because it seems to us there are pretty big gaps between what this sector knows and what it thinks it knows…

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Record numbers of NHS staff quitting due to long hours | Society

Record numbers of burned-out NHS staff are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough with their families, research reveals. The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the past seven years, analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows. Between June 2010 and June 2011, 3,689 employees cited that as the reason they had decided to stop working for the NHS in England.…

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Google Slides Has Easy Peasy Accessible Closed Captions – Education Article

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Google Slides Has Easy Peasy Accessible Closed Captions Pages Google Slides Has Easy Peasy Accessible Closed Captions Closed captioning is helpful for many students when listening to presentations, but it wasn’t always easy to provide.  Until now.  Closed captioning in Google Slides is easy peasy? Just select “Present” and select “captions.” Have questions? Read this “how to” from Google or watch the demo below. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by…

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Preparing All Learners for an Uncertain Future of Work – Education Article

By: Katherine Prince Continuous learning, cultural awareness, change expertise, adaptable and effective communication and the ability to learn from failure. These are just some of the capabilities that participants in KnowledgeWorks’ convenings on the future of work identified as being important for graduates. Finding resources to solve problems, time and project management, reflective leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community also promised to help all young people thrive no matter what future of work emerges. That question –…

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JEST Syllabus 2020:Preparation Tips, Recommended Book, Exam Pattern – Education Article

JEST Syllabus 2020: The candidates, who are looking forward to sitting in the JEST are expected to prepare for the test as per the prescribed syllabus. If the candidate prepares as per the syllabus, then it will help him/ her to score well in the examination. The aspirant must make sure that he/she is clear with each and every topic that is involved in the syllabus. In order to prepare, one should distribute his/her time accordingly. Every doubt of the candidate…

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Candles – How Many Words? – Education Article

How many words worksheets can be used in many ways. You can use it as a competition, as a timed challenge or just for fun! Students can complete the task on their own or in groups or in pairs. How many words you can make using the letters from ‘candles’ with this fun Christmas themed worksheet. Similar Worksheets Download the worksheet(80.46 Kb, 0 downloads) //<![CDATA[ window.fbAsyncInit=function(){FB.init({appId:'144982482220091',xfbml:true,version:'v2.7'})}; (function(d, s, t) { var id, f = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], p = ('https:' == d.location.protocol)…

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Win $100,000 for Your School District – Education Article

Wow. $100,000 is some game-changing money. That’s why when we heard about Schneider Electric’s K12 Bold Ideas Contest, we knew we had to share.  Here’s how the K12 Bold Ideas Contest works You provide a brief description of your idea, whether it’s a new STEAM lab or a fully-stocked take-home library. All ideas are welcome—no matter how seemingly obvious or pie-in-the-sky. There’s no limit to the number of ideas you can submit, so you can share all your ideas for a…

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NYC Educator: The ELL Graduation Rate – Education Article

There are so many things wrong with this metric that I don’t know where to begin. The logical spot, as far as I’m concerned, is these kids don’t speak English. I’m not sure exactly how many people consider that before coming to conclusions, but you don’t just wave a frigging magic wand and render people fluent in a new language. I mean, could you go to China, with no knowledge whatsoever of the culture or language, pass all the tests,…

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An Update on Our Student Reading Action Plans – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

This is the form I use to keep track of my notes as I meet with students, to see the form and more details, go to the original post A few weeks ago, I blogged about an idea I was trying in our classroom as a way to help the kids who seem to just not be “there” just yet. Who seem to just not have found a great book just yet. Who seem to just not be really reading…

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Learn How To Succeed Giving The Four Most Popular Forms of Professional Development To Your School District – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss several strategies for working with staff members to provide the best professional development possible. In this episode, we discuss: Reflections and reactions Episode 20: Tech Coach Websites It’s very important to keep your audience in mind when creating your Tech Coach website… no matter what the platform. What are the…

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K-5 PBL Experiences Available Now (So You Don’t Have to Start From Scratch) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Sooo, I’m super excited! For the past year we’ve been really diving into PBL as a community. Many of you (47 teachers) were featured in  The PBL Playbook, and I’ve heard from countless others who are diving into PBL and giving their students an authentic learning experience. One of the big pressures around PBL is created an experience that includes student voice, choice, authenticity, standards alignment, skills, assessments, and so much more.  I’m happy today to announce the K-5…

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What Howard Schultz Means When He Says He Grew Up In The Projects – Education Article

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likes to frame his story as one of rags to riches, a classic tale. “I’m self-made,” said Schultz on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last month. “I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, New York. I thought that was the American Dream.” But when Sheryl Boyce, 64, hears him tell it, she cringes. Boyce and Schultz both grew up in the Bay View Houses of Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood in the 1950s and ’60s. At that time,…

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Across the Country, Universities Are Answering the Call for Innovation – Education Article

On the heels of strong job numbers and low unemployment throughout 2018, the hiring outlook for the year ahead maintains that momentum. Job creation continues to be up, with the U.S. labor department just last week reporting a record 7.3 million job openings in December 2018 and payroll growth at its highest since 2015. Yet, all of this good news nearly overshadows the reality that there is a finite pool of skilled workers for many of the fastest-growing roles, including…

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