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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From mindfulness to supporting ELLs, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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Fla. governor signs order eliminating Common Core

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order to do away with all iterations of the Common Core State Standards in the state. DeSantis has asked the state’s education commissioner to develop a plan to adopt new math and language arts standards.

Full Story: Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Do ELLs benefit from repeating 3rd grade?

English-language learners in Florida who were held back in the third grade became proficient in English in about half the time than their peers who advanced to the fourth grade, according to a working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers studied 40,000 students in several Florida school districts and found that retained students were less likely to take remedial English courses later and more likely to take advanced math or science courses in middle school.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Why some students struggle with mindfulness practices

Adopting some kinds of mindfulness practices in the classroom may be difficult for students who have experienced trauma, according to Sam Himelstein, a clinical psychologist, trainer and author. He says the practice of closing their eyes could trigger some students and suggests alternative ways to practice mindfulness, including somatic awareness.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

Professor: Tech is no replacement for a teacher

Technology cannot replace a skilled teacher in the classroom, asserts Marcy Zipke, an associate professor at Providence College. In this commentary, she shares her experience observing two elementary-school classrooms in Rhode Island that used technology in different ways, noting that teachers should be trusted to guide students in its use.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Tips to support ELLs in the classroom

There are several strategies that teachers can adopt to support English-language learners in the middle grades, writes Valentina Gonzalez, a professional-development specialist for ELLs in Texas. In this blog post, she suggests using more visual tools and focusing on small groups.

Full Story: MiddleWeb

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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