Weekly news and resources for teacher leaders, November 14, 2013. View as web page.
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STEM Design Challenge: Edible Cars STEM Design Challenge: Edible Cars
Connecticut middle school teacher Beth Manning demonstrates how he she helps her students hone their engineering and collaboration skills by having them work in groups to research, design, and build edible cars. (14 min.)
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Live Chat, Monday Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. ET
The Life of an Inner-City Teacher, with Ilana Garon

It's the small accomplishments that help student writers flourish.
Celebrating Writers shows you how to build celebrations throughout the writing process, encouraging students to respond, reflect, rejoice, and support each other in their writing. Includes tips for using online social networks and 40 end-of-unit ideas. Preview the entire book!

Jane Fung Teachers Share Advice on Classroom Management
Practicing teachers reflect on the best piece of classroom-management advice they've ever received.
A Teacher's Defense of Education Reform
Carl Finer, a middle school English teacher in Los Angeles, says that educators may be missing the opportunity to seize a transformational moment in education.

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Teaching Secrets: Start With the Exit Ticket
Politicians, Others Advocate for Holocaust Studies
(Associated Press)
Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits
(Education Week)
N.C. Teachers Skip School to Protest State Mandates
(Education Week)
Newspapers in Calif., Fla. Can Access Teachers' Value-Added Data, Courts Rule
(Teacher Beat)
Teacher-Observation Frameworks Need Slimming, Advocacy Group Says
(Teacher Beat)
Do Education Leaders Need More Teaching Experience?
(Teaching Now)
Setting the Bar for Teacher Licensing
(Teaching Now)
NAEP Scores Spark Debate on Toughening Teacher Accountability
(Teaching Now)
Great Teaching Draws in Families
(Education Week Commentary)
Creating a Culture of Innovation
(Teaching Toward Tomorrow)
Bored! Eight Ideas About Bored Students and Boring Teachers
(Teacher in a Strange Land)
Video Games, Menus, and Engagement: Student Choice in Math
(Teaching for Triumph)
Two-Week Twitter Chat on Classroom-Management Book Begins
(Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)
Is Literacy Fun-Damental? Teaching Reading for Pleasure
(View From the Bronx)
Educators Flunk the School Grading System in Indiana
(Living in Dialogue)
Using Standards for Teacher Professional Learning
(Learning Forward's PD Watch)
Even the Best Teacher Could Be Considered a Negligent Parent
(Charting My Own Course)
Happy Singles Day: Backwards Plan Your Next Boyfriend
(Lessons From China)

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Virtual Schools and Social-Emotional Learning
User "tmt" worries that virtual schools, which are expanding, may impede students' acquisition of social-emotional skills that come from traditional schools. Do you agree? If so, how do parents and online educators make up the difference? Share your thoughts.
Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching
In an e-book, award-winning teacher and Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo investigates some of the thorniest problems in teaching by turning to leading educators and education thought leaders for advice. Get more info on the book.
(Education Week Press)
WEBINAR - Monday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. ET
A Curriculum-First Approach to Technology and the Web: Del Mar Union School District's Technology
In this webinar, hear from a director of technology who uses Google Chromebooks for Education in his district and explore how using this digital tool supports the district's curriculum focus on writing and the Common Core State Standards. Register now.
WEBINAR - Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. ET
Personalized Learning and the Power of Adaptive Instruction
Attend this web seminar with education technology expert Tom Vander Ark to learn the keys to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students through adaptive digital instruction, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™. Register now.
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Common Core State Standards: Literacy and English-Language Learners
As educators begin putting the Common Core State Standards into classroom practice, what instructional strategies will they need to bridge the gap between acquiring language and truly mastering academic content for ELLs? Register today and discover how teachers can develop and support literacy and academic language skills of ELLs in the common-core era. Register now.
The Changing State of Assessment
Good teaching and quality assessments go hand-in-hand to support students in the classroom. In this Spotlight discover how formative assessments support teaching and learning, see how testing is changing in the common-core era, and examine key factors needed to build high-quality assessments. Download now.
1. Living in Dialogue: Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors
2. Classroom Shock: What I Am Learning as a Teacher in Finland
3. Living in Dialogue: Is Robo-Grading Driving the Design of Common Core Tests?
4. View from the Bronx: A Letter to My Students, Who Just Discovered My 'Secret Life'
5. In Flipped Classrooms, Videos Require Attention

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