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12/1/2021

Reflecting on the first few years spent in a classroom teacher can be "cringeworthy," but Deitra Colquitt, now co-principal of a Missouri elementary school, says one of the greatest lessons she learned was to say she was sorry and truly mean it. In this commentary, Colquitt writes about how she learned to apologize for mistakes she made -- such as choosing tough love toward students, instead of outrageous love -- and how she found herself as an educator.

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EdSurge
12/1/2021

Some school employees are taking on multiple jobs because of unfilled teacher and staff vacancies and absences. Denver Public Schools superintendent Alex Marrero says the district's primary problem is a lack of substitute and temporary teachers as well as other employees.

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CBS News
12/1/2021

Teachers can model strategic processing for nonfiction texts to help students improve in this skill, according to literacy consultants Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb, who provide a detailed example in this blog post. They write that teachers first can explain the what, why, how and when of strategic processing, then share their thinking verbally as a demonstration and promote engagement by asking students what they already know about the subject.

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MiddleWeb
12/1/2021

First- through eighth-grade students at a Michigan school recently participated in the History Fair, styled after fairs in science. Students chose their topics, conducted research and created displays to share what they discovered about subjects, including the top prize winner's project about the bubonic plague, and others about the histories of money, cat mummies and shrunken heads, along with biographies about individuals, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Rosa Parks.

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Monroe News (Mich.)
12/1/2021

Tennessee is planning a $200 million, three-year initiative aimed at improving proficiency among students through frequent, small-group and in-person tutoring. The Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps supports English-language arts and math instruction.

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The 74
12/1/2021

"Minecraft: Education Edition has made more people than ever aware that esports and video games can be used as a learning tool," writes Laurenjoy Graves, a teen programming librarian at the Indian Creek Library in Olathe, Kansas. "We have created a hands-on learning environment where teens can take their love of video games and translate that into real-world skills such as design, coding, and interpersonal skills. This connected play and learning is particularly valuable for youth, as shown in research shared by NASEF, the non-profit North America Scholastic Esports Federation."

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Tech & Learning
12/1/2021

More than Generation Z or Generation Alpha, students today may fairly be termed Generation Digital. They've lived their entire lives with the internet, smartphones, and instant communication. Given that many kids know more about digital technology than their teachers do, it may not seem obvious that lessons in digital citizenship are necessary. But these lessons are. Regardless of their tech savvy, children still need guidance in learning the rules of the road--both how to cross the street safely and how to navigate their increasingly complex and pervasive digital universe.

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Tech & Learning
12/1/2021

The latest Google Docs update and Google Workspace enhancements have been announced to help teachers, students, and admins. Aimed at educators and students, the update includes a new search functionality to help make adding citations far easier. Also added is a new automated entry function, which aims to speed up repetitive work, a bit like using a smartphone's auto-typing. The Google Workspace update, aimed at admins, allows you to assign SSO profiles to organizations or groups with the SAML Partial SSO feature. This was already available as a beta previously but has now been rolled out to everyone.

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Tech & Learning
12/1/2021

Questions about basic math skills were most prevalent when Philadelphia teacher Melanie Young kicked off her Infinite Mind Tutoring program. Young is increasing representation of Black females in the field through her fictional "I'm a Math Girl" book and has also started the Math Girl Movement, which has produced curriculum to go with the book.

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Technically
12/1/2021

A co-teaching approach at Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational Technical School in Reynoldsville, Pa., is helping students with special needs succeed in subjects such as chemistry, says learning support teacher Casey Burkett, who co-teaches the subject with another educator. Burkett says that the model offers social benefits, boosts student engagement and increases teaching time.

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