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12/3/2021

Some educators of early grades in Colorado say many students had forgotten how to learn when they returned to in-person learning this year. Educators say they are working to help students recover lost learning, including spending time on classroom routines.

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Colorado Public Radio
12/3/2021

Students may be using their devices in ways that are going undetected by classroom teachers, asserts Amy Roberts of Impero Software. Roberts writes in this commentary that five key activities can disrupt learning: watching videos, playing games, using computer apps, taking selfies and chatting.

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T.H.E. Journal
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12/3/2021

In Maine, where 43% of students rely on school meals, school nutrition professionals adapted last year during the pandemic to provide meals to students learning at home. The state now has expanded the number of students benefiting from school meals via federal and state support.

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PBS
12/3/2021

Classroom design and layout is a key component of how administrators and teachers at The West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey are moving to a more learner-centered mode of education. "You have to start somewhere, and many of our staff have focused on reimagining the classroom space," says Peter James, assistant director of technology at West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District. "The goal is to give students choice in where and how they engage learning in the classroom."

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

As he wrote his story for Tech & Learning, Dr. Michael Gaskell, principal at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, NJ, listened to a background coffeehouse soundtrack. Why? Because research shows the ambient noise in a coffeehouse helps people focus. "Listening to coffeehouse sounds puts me in an intensely focused state; one that sets the stage for finding that sweet spot that distracts me away just enough from the unimportant external stimuli (i.e. my phone pinging) and toward brain waves (alpha and theta) concentration that strike an ideal equilibrium for high focus and deep learning," he writes. He shared this and other ways educators and their students can gain a state of deep work focus.

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

Gimkit is a digital quiz game that uses questions and answers to help students learn. The platform can be used across a host of devices and, usefully, can be used by students on their own smartphones, tablets, or laptops. This is a very minimal and easy-to-use system that is created by and maintained by students. As such, it's very accessible for the K-12 age group, with intuitive controls.

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

Some fourth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School in Iowa participate in dance lessons before receiving academic tutoring, while other students work on their jump shots. Principal Megan Elsinger notes that since the school added extracurricular activities to it's after school tutoring program, student interest has risen significantly, and the school plans to add more activities later in the year.

12/3/2021

Votes of the Golden Days Era Committee will be counted this weekend, with fans awaiting a decision on the addition of John Donaldson to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Donaldson, a Black left-handed pitcher who struck out batters more than 5,000 times and won more than 400 games outside of the major leagues, "made it possible for Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier," says Peter Gorton, a fan who runs a website dedicated to the player.

12/3/2021

The National Center for Learning Disabilities recommends implementing inclusive, accessible instruction enriched with social and emotional learning activities, ensuring student evaluations are effective and engaging families in the education process as strategies to help address learning loss, writes Javaid Siddiqi, president & CEO of the Hunt Institute, in this opinion piece. Studies show that students with disabilities are at greater risk of learning loss under ordinary circumstances, and the pandemic has only heightened that risk, Siddiqi writes.

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The Hill
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12/3/2021

Columbus City Schools in Ohio offers an annual opportunity for 20 teachers to participate in a school leadership internship program. Of those who go through the intensive program, about 80% become school principals in the district, says Kathryn Moser, executive director of leadership and school programs in the district and a graduate of the leadership intern program.

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Education Week