ICYMI: Most read by educators

5 ways to help staff embrace change

Most people resist change initially but can come on board over time, write leadership consultants Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. Williamson and Blackburn offer five ways leaders can help those who are reluctant to change become positive and supportive.

Full Story: MiddleWeb

SEL "kernels" deliver fast lessons

Harvard professor Stephanie Jones has developed more than 40 social and emotional learning "kernels" -- short, fast activities that allow teachers to easily deliver SEL lessons at any time. Jones says she is working with teachers to help refine the kernels, one of which is "belly breathing" to help students cope with stress and anxiety.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

How metacognition improves reading comprehension

Students who use metacognition while reading can monitor their comprehension of text and make adjustments as needed, writes Brooke MacKenzie, a reading specialist. MacKenzie shares tools she uses to help students understand what monitoring comprehension means and chart their work.

Full Story: Edutopia online

How to teach students to paraphrase

Students should learn to paraphrase to avoid copying -- or plagiarizing -- and to develop key literary skills, Jennifer Davis Bowman, an adjunct professor of education, writes. Bowman shares several tools to help teach paraphrasing, including prompts that help students check their work.

Full Story: Edutopia online

Unstructured play coming back into favor

Some states are beginning to reverse cuts to time for unstructured play in response to research finding that time for recess helps support development and academic achievement. About five states -- including Missouri and Rhode Island -- now have adopted policies that require some time for recess.

Full Story: Edutopia online

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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