Having a class read a whole novel together can provide an inclusive experience while building a classroom community, educator Robert Ward writes in this blog post. He shares tips for selecting books and helping students at varying reading levels engage with the text.
More educators, such as California fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein, are using Skype to introduce their students to guest speakers from around the globe. Dunbar says the sessions teach students empathy and compassion for others, while Rosenstein says the talks spark interest in learning about other parts of the world.
Technological improvements and increased availability can make virtual field trips accessible and affordable to schools, Joyce Valenza, assistant professor at Rutgers University, writes in this blog post. She shares descriptions and offers online resources for six virtual field-trip platforms.
Educators used social media and Google Docs to build a network with other principals to help schools in Texas affected by the storm Harvey. Ronny Snow's school in the northern part of Texas raised supplies, clothes, food and other items for one school in Dayton, where the principal used social media to help distribute the supplies.
A teacher in Texas used Facebook Live to bring lessons to her students when schools were closed following storm Harvey. Shanna Lumpkin used a mobile app to alert parents to the online lessons, which included reading the book "What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada, which she had planned to read to students on their first day in the classroom.
At 29, Laurena Tolson is the youngest African-American woman to be a principal in the School District of Philadelphia. Tolson, who has led the school for the past three years, works to instill a growth mindset in her students.
Texas Instruments has announced a new robot designed for middle- and high-school instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. TI-Innovator Rover is expected to be available to schools in the US and Canada in the fall.
Rather than focusing on bullying prevention, school leaders should work to promote a positive school climate, asserts Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age. In this commentary, she shares several steps to help achieve this goal, including the launch of a "kindness campaign."
Identifying the "why" of your audience is critical in seeing how you need to adjust your messaging in the moment and become truly influential, writes Stacey Hanke. Consider why the information is important to your listener, why they should do what you ask and why you are having the conversation.
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