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2/20/2018

First-graders at a Maryland school are learning to read by rotating through three stations: a guided reading group, technology-based activities and library activities. The approach in teacher Michelle Carpenter's class uses blended learning to help individual students work on areas of weakness.

2/20/2018

Teachers should take a stand to encourage policymakers to address gun violence, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Halley Wheeless. In this commentary, she writes about the power of teacher walkouts, saying that "Stepping out of your classroom -- to stand up for yourself and your students -- could be the most powerful lesson you ever teach."

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2/20/2018

Students from the Washington, D.C., area staged a "lie-in" Monday outside the White House as part of increased activism since the Florida school shooting. The event, organized by Teens for Gun Reform, included some students lying on the ground as if they were dead for three minutes -- the time span of the Feb. 14 shooting spree.

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2/20/2018

Homo erectus, first seen in Africa nearly 2 million years ago, invented language to communicate with others, according to Bentley University professor Daniel Everett, who shared his thesis at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. Everett says Homo erectus used language for hunting, boat-building and travel by sailing, a theory that has received mixed reactions from peers.

2/20/2018

Students in about 30 California high schools can enroll in data science, with some schools offering it as a math credit. Students use computers to analyze large sets of data, a skill increasingly in demand in the workforce.

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EdSource
2/20/2018

A class of Ohio middle-school students are using math, financial literacy and science skills to design a plane, build a model and book a complicated trip to an exotic destination. The lesson is part of the nine-week Northeast Ohio Genius Project.

2/20/2018

In the wake six school shootings during the first 45 days of the new year, it is "time for us to shout, 'Enough is enough!' " asserts Deborah Delisle, executive director and CEO of ASCD. In this commentary, she calls on lawmakers to pursue sensible solutions to keep students safe.

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2/20/2018

Students at a Missouri high school have launched a digital news site. Students enrolled in the journalism course write about one article each week, ranging in topic from standard school news to interest pieces to movie and game reviews.

2/20/2018

Lawmakers in Vermont are considering overhauling the way special education is funded by adopting a census-based grant program. The approach would replace the current reimbursement system, giving school leaders more flexibility.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
2/20/2018

Mistakes will be made in the classroom -- sometimes too frequently, asserts sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson. In this blog post, he shares some of his more memorable mistakes and what he learned, including an exercise involving Google slides and another in which students searched for song lyrics on YouTube.

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MiddleWeb
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Kevin Hodgson, YouTube, Google