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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Volume 12, Issue 1, January 7


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January 7, 2013
Volume 12, Issue 1

This Week's Featured Story:
Deepen Student Learning: 24 Ways


Lesson Plans
Professional Development
Education Headlines

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Lesson Plans

Timely and Practical Lesson Ideas

Happy Birthday, MLK!
Get activities across the grades for learning about the life of the famous civil rights leader.

Great Snow Activities
Celebrate winter weather with lessons and activities for all ages!

Chinese New Year: Lesson Ideas
The Year of the Horse begins on Jan. 31. Introduce kids to the traditions surrounding the 15-day celebration.

Countdown to the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympic Games (beginning Feb. 6) offer a teachable moment. Use these ideas to make the most of it.

Writing Six-Word Memoirs - Interactive Workbooks
This workbook series prompts students to express themselves and discover their world in only six words.

Site Review: Science Kids
The site stores a wealth of information and shouldn’t be missed by science teachers.

Search for more lesson plans by subject.
Explore our full collection of Lesson Plans of the Day.

This Week’s Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan

Left Brain vs. Right Brain: Which Side Are You On?
Are you left-brained or right-brained? Does it matter? (Grades 9-12)

See more Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans.

This Week’s Early Childhood Resource

Estimating on the 100th Day of School
Kids estimate weight and distances with these fun activities.

See more Early Childhood Activities.

Bookmark our home page, EducationWorld.com, and come back often to find new content posted daily.

Professional Development


Deepen Student Learning: 24 Ways
Critical thinking. Student engagement. Brain-based teaching. How are these achieved in practice?

Engage Striving Students in the Common Core Classroom
This book offers strategies to help students become all-around better communicators.

“Edutainers” Make Lessons Engaging, Relevant
Experts give tips for making instruction more engaging and connecting material to students’ lives.

“No Name-Calling Week” Prevents Bullying
Observed on Jan. 20-24, a week of activities aims to eliminate anti-LGBT bias. Included: lessons for all grades.

Set Positive Behavior Expectations 
Learn how students' involvement in rule-setting can make the PBIS model even more powerful.

Strategies That Work: Playground Maps
A large-scale map painted on playground asphalt facilitates all kinds of student activities.

To access more great content, check out our Professional Development Archive and our Professional Development Channel Page.

Highlighted Columnist

Leah Davies: Games for Elementary Classrooms
Use games to help children reenergize and focus on learning, as well as to reward them for hard work.

See more Professional Development Columnists.

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Ed Tech Trends for 2014
Ed tech experts offer predictions regarding school technology during the New Year.

Three Non-Traditional Uses for Presentation Software
Get out-of-the-box ideas for integrating this handy technology into the classroom.

How to Implement Mobile Devices
How can mobile devices maximize educators' time? A tech expert shares lessons learned.

Best Blog Posts of 2013: Education World Community
We celebrate Community contributors by collecting memorable and informative posts.

iPad App Review: The Room 2
Enter a compelling world of mystery and exploration by following a trail of cryptic letters.



Site Review: Connected Principals
This blog represents the shared thoughts of school administrators who want to share best practices in education.

How I Changed Attitudes About Student Discipline
The school's atmosphere seemed too focused on punishment, and I saw an opportunity to increase students' self-respect.

Book Review: Safe Within These Walls
This title goes beyond de-escalating violence to address the core of good classroom management.

Combat Racism: Classroom Ideas
Celebrate Dr. King's legacy by teaching diversity skills that kids need in a 21st-century world.

Great Meetings: Clear Ground Rules Support Good Process
Establishing ground rules up front prevents problems later.

Students Benefit from Active Learning
By tying physical activity bursts with lessons, Activity Works helps improve students' focus.

Education Headlines

High-Profile Amplify Tablet Initiative Delayed Until Next School Year
A high-profile 1-to-1 computing initiative in the Guilford County Schools in North Carolina has been put on hold until next school year, the result of a series of reported hardware problems that plagued the rollout of 15,000 digital tablets from New York-based Amplify.

Deciding Whether to Close School for Snow Isn't Easy
When a major snow storm hits, there's only one question on the minds of teachers, parents, and school-aged children: will there be school tomorrow?

Showdown Brews as Congress Turns Focus to K-12 Spending
Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs. Lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees face a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year's spending plan or face another government shutdown.

Chemistry Lab Fire Injures 2 at a Manhattan High School
A teacher's chemistry experiment exploded during a demonstration at Beacon High School in Manhattan on Thursday, creating a fireball that burned two 10th graders, one severely, according to Fire Department and school officials.

Department of Agriculture Permanently Relaxes Rules on Healthier School Meals
U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes but aroused complaints the policies caused students to go hungry.

Civil Rights Data Deepens Understanding of Students' Educational Opportunities
The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released new information from the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The information (estimating what the results might have been at the state and national level if every public school had been surveyed) reveals where schools and districts are lagging and where they making great progress in closing the opportunity gap.

Maryland County Uses Cameras to Target Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
Cameras are keeping watch for motorists who pass stopped school buses in Maryland's Montgomery County under a new law enforcement program launched Thursday.

Sleepy Teens: Anne Arundel Creates Task Force to Study Later High School Bell Times
The plight of sleep-deprived teenagers will soon get a closer look in Anne Arundel County, where school officials are creating a task force to study the hours of the school day across grade levels.

Other Items of Interest

Community Discussion of the Week

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