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4/28/2016

College-ready students must possess digital media skills as well as a good command of punctuation and grammar, National Board Certified Teacher Nancy Barile writes. In this blog post, she lists observations of students from college professors and offers tips to help high-school teachers prepare students for higher education.

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4/28/2016

Smartphones could help close the achievement gap, educator Paul Barnwell writes in this commentary. He considers the pros and cons of open access to these devices in the classroom.

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4/28/2016

Students should have three opportunities to learn something before they are expected to remember it and be able to apply it, writes administrator and educator Ben Johnson. In this blog post, he writes that before conducting assessments, teachers should ask themselves a question: "What three learning opportunities have I given my students so they can be successful here?"

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Edutopia.org
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Ben Johnson
4/28/2016

Teachers should have a lead role in determining better ways to use instructional time, asserts Kim Farris-Berg, a teacher-leadership strategist. In this blog post, she suggests that the Teacher Leadership Initiative -- of which the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a partner -- be tapped to offer expertise on instructional time.

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The Huffington Post
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Kim Farris-Berg, National Board
4/28/2016

A service-learning project is helping some Idaho middle-schoolers develop their literacy and entrepreneurial skills by creating candy companies to raise money for charity. Students researched and designed their companies and marketing schemes, presented their ideas and sold candy at their school.

4/28/2016

Students who speak two dialects of the same language may share the same cognitive benefits as students who speak more than one language, research finds. For the study, linguists compared the students who grew up speaking Cypriot Greek and standard Greek with students who were monolingual and multilingual.

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MedicalXpress.com
4/28/2016

Educators at five California middle schools recently honored in the state Schools to Watch program are working to meet students' social and emotional needs. Strategies include assigning teachers to work with the same group of students throughout the year and offering students other opportunities for engagement.

4/28/2016

Some teachers are turning to websites and other online resources to find -- and share -- financial-literacy teaching materials. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, educators have been using the hashtags #FinLit and #FinLitMonth to share what's happening in the classroom.

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Education Dive
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social media
4/28/2016

Education leaders in Washington state have tapped open educational resources for teaching the Common Core State Standards. In this interview, Karl Nelson, director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, describes the process.

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T.H.E. Journal
4/28/2016

More girls than boys in developed countries report having math anxiety, while reports are more evenly dispersed among boys and girls in less-developed countries, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers say parents' attitudes toward math may play a role in students' anxiety.

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The Huffington Post