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4/20/2018

Rather than simply analyzing poems, students need to be immersed in the sounds and images of verse to fully experience the genre, middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares several tips for creating an immersive experience and engaging students in poetry.

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Ariel Sacks
4/20/2018

Colorado elementary-school principal Kristin Golden says she strives to make a "vibrant and joyful environment," where staff, teachers and students feel valued and respected. Golden, recently named Distinguished Principal of the Year for Colorado, also brings students into her office to praise them for their efforts and call family to share their success.

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Chalkbeat
4/20/2018

Be honest if you are uncomfortable taking on your co-workers' advice, writes Alyse Kalish. Remind your colleagues that you're busy if they are taking up your time without contributing anything helpful.

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4/20/2018

One South Carolina school district is partnering with several local colleges to attract paraprofessionals and other nontraditional students into the classroom. Students in the South Carolina Program for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers program can earn bachelor's degrees in areas such as special education and early-childhood development.

4/20/2018

A bill under consideration by Illinois lawmakers would require school districts to set the starting salary for teachers at $40,000 per year. State Rep. Sue Scherer says the bill would end the state's teacher shortage, but the measure doesn't contain funding, and some district leaders say they can't afford to pay that starting salary.

4/19/2018

Educators should build their classroom-management strategy around connection, consistency and compassion, educator Christopher Bronke writes in this blog post. Out of the three, Bronke writes that compassion is the most important because teachers need to model humanity when students make mistakes, so students know that their teachers care.

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4/19/2018

Lessons on digital citizenship should cover civility, digital literacy and cybersecurity and be differentiated for students by grade level, suggests Kelly Mendoza of Common Sense Education. California teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein suggest that using Skype to connect with peers in other countries can help build empathy among students.

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EdTech
4/19/2018

States relying solely on portfolios to assess the progress of students with severe cognitive disabilities will have to change that process under the Every Student Succeeds Act. So far, only education officials in Puerto Rico and Georgia have been notified that changes must be made, according to the US Education Department.

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4/19/2018

New Mexico educator Christopher Ortiz engages his sixth-grade students by tapping into their interests and building lessons around real-world experiences. In a unit on weather, he had students role-play newscasters and make videos of weather forecasts in front of a green screen.

4/19/2018

Organizations can attract and hire top talent by using videos to communicate the culture and work environment and by encouraging current employees to post honest reviews on recruitment websites, writes marketing expert Korey McMahon. Leaders also must act quickly to secure talented workers who may be hired away by another organization if an offer is too slow in coming, he notes.

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Forbes