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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Volume 12, Issue 2 January 14


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January 14, 2013
Volume 12, Issue 2

This Week's Featured Story:
Students in an App-Based World


Lesson Plans
Professional Development
Education Headlines

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Lesson Plans

Timely and Practical Lesson Ideas

Lesson Plan Booster: Was Einstein Wrong?
Recent findings concerning the gravitational interaction of three dead stars could poke holes in Einstein’s famous theory.

Five Lessons for Teaching About Tolerance
These lessons teach about Dr. King’s dream of a world where people are judged by their character, not their skin color.

Best Instructional Videos: Geology
Geology may be a science that moves very slowly, but a number of videos bring the subject to life for students.

Lesson to Celebrate Diversity: The Unity Necklace
Students use the activity of building a necklace to learn more about each other and explore diversity.

Lesson: What is Hip-Hop?
This creative lesson lets 6th to12th-graders define hip-hop and think about its cultural significance.

Character Lesson: Connect With Yourself
Grade K-6 students express desired character traits through a personalized art activity.

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

This Week’s Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan

Outgroup Experiment Reveals Bias, Stereotyping
Let students experience the bias and stereotyping often experienced by people who are different. (Grades 6-12)

See more Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans.

This Week’s Early Childhood Resource

Winter Beach Party
Turn up the heat, turn on the bright lights, play some beach music, and serve summer treats.

See more Early Childhood Activities.

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Professional Development


Cold-Weather Student Safety: Parent Tips
Share these tips with parents to keep students safe when playing outside in the cold.

A Samurai’s Perspective on the Classroom
If professional development seminars aren’t getting the job done, consider the advice of a 16th-century Japanese swordsman.

Eight Grammar Survival Tricks
Teach students these tips to help them ace the grammar section of the SAT.

Infuse Video-Game Motivation into Traditional Lessons
Gamification is way for teachers to successfully teaching both the content and a love of learning.

Teach Kids to Control Their Volume Level
Use a "traffic light" to help students understand the level of quiet they are expected to maintain.

The Appeal of What’s Real
How am I ensuring that students know how this concept relates to their lives?

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

Highlighted Columnist

Dr. Fred Jones: Tools for Teaching Tips for Substitutes
Get advice for when you are about to have a substitute, and when you are about to be a substitute.

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Students in an App, App, App, App World
Learn what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled,” and how this affects today’s students.

iPad App Review: ABC Circus
This app teaches younger learners letter writing, letter names/sounds, and letter phonics.

Tech in the Classroom: Google Chromebook
Chromebooks are inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome browser and offering more functionality than a tablet.

Teaching “Relative and Absolute” in Excel
This is a difficult Excel concept for students to grasp. Read ideas for teaching it effectively.

Sites to See: Support Staff
Get resources for paraprofessionals, school nurses, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and others.



Use Crowdfunding to Raise Money: Top 9 Tips
Schools are increasingly turning to this 21st-century method of fundraising. Learn how to do it right.

Ask Dr. Lynch: Constructivist Leadership for Schools
Constructivism occurs when schools foster a trusting environment that awakens potential, does away with old assumptions and creates meaning.

U.S. News Ranks Top Online Programs
The rankings help students who are increasingly seeking online education programs.

What's the Most Frustrating Part of Being a Principal?
Principals reflect on unfunded mandates, kids who fall through the cracks, a lack of parent support and more.

Graphic Agendas for Lively Meetings
Keep the group on track, clarify the work to be done, and have some fun at the same time.

Red Carpet Readers
"A Night at the Oscars" event highlighted the connection between reading and the silver screen.

Education Headlines

When Computers Are Co-Teachers
Here at the charter school Aspire Titan Academy, a principal, 12 teachers, and more than 300 students have signed on to a controversial learning revolution. For nearly three hours a day, they are trading large group instruction for a more personalized approach, one that relies on technology to help with teaching.

Students Stranded After Hundreds of Miami-Dade School Bus Drivers Miss Work
Scores of Miami-Dade students were late to school Friday--and some briefly stranded at their bus stops--when hundreds of bus drivers declined to show up for work in an apparent protest over wages and benefits.

Oklahoma Bill Would Ease School Policies on Imaginary, Toy Guns
Schoolchildren in Oklahoma could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun, under a bill introduced this week by a Republican legislator.

Former School Principal Says She Was Fired for Opposing 'Disrespectful' Practice
Noelle Roni, former principal of Peak to Peak Elementary School, says higher-ups at the school became angry with her when she demanded that cafeteria workers stop stamping the hands of children who did not have enough money in their account to pay for lunch.

School-Based Mentoring Helps Students With Attendance, Grades and Self-Esteem
Some drawing and a slice of pizza can be enough to spark a friendship that can last for many years. A mentor "Try-It" lunch Thursday at Oscar Howe Elementary School let adults check out the school-based mentor program without making a commitment.

Granite Falls Parents Angry Over School's Handling of Online Student Threats
Parents packed a meeting at Granite Falls High School on Thursday night, outraged about how the school has been handling online death threats made to students.

State Launches Probe of EBR School System
The state is launching an investigation of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system amid allegations of "discrepancies among student graduation records," state Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.

NY-Based Democracy Prep to Take Over Struggling Imagine Southeast Charter School
New York-based charter school operator Democracy Prep has agreed to take over Imagine Southeast, a large public charter elementary school in Ward 8 that narrowly escaped being closed last year for poor academic performance.

Other Items of Interest

Community Discussion of the Week

Name an EdTech trend you see for 2014. How will it transform K-12 education?

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