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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

By Ben Stern, EdSurge The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next … Continue reading Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School →

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Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

By The Hechinger Report Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management … Continue reading Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development? →

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

Monday’s Three Things to Unlearn About Learning elicited several comments about Finland’s school system. Here’s a recent post describing some differences between schools in the U.S. and Finland. Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students. International and American media are … Continue reading What’s So Great About Schools in Finland? →

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Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education

Getty In the book Teaching 2030 by Barnett Berry and 12 classroom experts, the authors pinpoint specific skills educators will need to teach in the schools of tomorrow. They say teachers must be prepared to find and adapt new technologies to engage the digital generation, as well as work across traditional subject areas using project … Continue reading Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education →

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A Teacher-Built Technology Tool

For all the gadgets and software and devices out there available to educators, what technology do they really need? Do we stop long enough to ask? The exhibition hall at ISTE 2011 was a mammoth affair, but walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles, I wondered which of these are really necessary? The question … Continue reading A Teacher-Built Technology Tool →

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Five Progressive Schools of Education

If the way we teach and learn is changing, the way that teachers learn should be changing, too. What are schools of education doing to keep ahead? The following is a handful of examples of teacher education schools and programs whose progressive, tech-infused approach toward 21st century teaching is helping educators enter the classroom well-prepared. … Continue reading Five Progressive Schools of Education →

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5 Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Educators

Professional development and networking are vital in any field, and that’s especially true for educators. Whether it’s coming up with fresh ideas for lesson plans and classroom activities, seeking mentorship and support from veteran educators, or cultivating resources for technology integration or for meeting state standards, teachers need one another’s expertise. That’s why working with … Continue reading 5 Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Educators →

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Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

  The Rocketship network of charter Schools in San Jose is fairly new — the first school just opened in 2007. But from an observer’s perspective, a few lessons can be pulled from the way the young network has engineered the design of the school system. Can these ideas be applied to any school, whether … Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School →

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How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game

Engaging, motivated teachers are at the heart of every successful school. For schools like Rocketship, where 75% of teachers come from Teach for America, which recruits mostly recent college grads to commit to two years, finding ways to train and keep them becomes that much more of a priority. What’s their strategy? First, they pay … Continue reading How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game →

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Schools of Ed Will Train Teachers Like Doctors

Most of us would agree that the success of the American education system is dependent on the strength of good teachers. And in order to create good teachers, we need to change the way we think about their role in society. “We have to elevate the status of a teacher. It’s a huge part of … Continue reading Schools of Ed Will Train Teachers Like Doctors →

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Teach.gov: Arne Duncan’s Call to Arms

We got a glimpse into Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s vision for the American public education system Monday during his conversation with journalists at Education Nation. Recruiting qualified educators, and supporting, elevating, and giving incentives to teachers are his top priorities. Anticipating that 1 million baby-boom generation teachers will be retiring in the next few … Continue reading Teach.gov: Arne Duncan’s Call to Arms →

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