Classroom Tools

Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems
Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems
Teachers intuitively know that giving feedback on student work is an important part of the learning process. Research on different learning strategies conducted by John Hattie bears out what many know instinctively to be true -- in order to improve at something humans need to know what they're doing well and how they can improve. But giving effective feedback in the classroom can be trickier than it seems. It's more of an art than a simple practice and requires the teacher to be disciplined and thoughtful about what is worthy of feedback, as well as when to give it.
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How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar
How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar
Whether you're looking for a way to let students schedule office hours with you or you're trying to streamline scheduling meetings with parents, Google Calendar provides a convenient solution in the form of appointment slots. In the following video I demonstrate how to create appointment slots in Google Calendar.
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Opening the Door: Teaching Students to Use Visualization to Improve Comprehension
Opening the Door: Teaching Students to Use Visualization to Improve Comprehension
Visualizing text is a proven way to improve reading comprehension. It is a technique that can be taught using this simple, step-by-step strategy from literacy consultant Cathy Puett Miller. Included: Tips and resources for developing students' comprehension skills.
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Educators, Enter For a Chance to Win 500 books For Your School
Educators, Enter For a Chance to Win 500 books For Your School
There is still time to enter the Dav Pilkey Educator Contest! Now until this Friday (April 14th!), educators can to enter the Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest for a chance to win a set of 500 books for their school to help kick off students' summer reading. One eligible school from each U.S. state, territory, and D.C. will receive a variety of popular Scholastic titles.
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Deported Students Find Challenges At School In Tijuana
Deported Students Find Challenges At School In Tijuana

As President Trump moves to fulfill his campaign promise to deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally, they'll most likely include Mexicans whose children were born in the U.S.. Over half a million of these kids are already in Mexico.

Researchers call them "los invisibles", the invisible ones, because they often end up in an educational limbo of sorts. Most don't read or write in Spanish, so they're held back. Many get discouraged and stop going to school. In some cases schools even refuse to enroll them.
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How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools
How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools

It started with a school garden at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. The garden did so well that students built another garden. Then they added native plants, where seventh-grade students learned lessons in data collection as they counted pollinators. The students wanted more pollinators, so they added a beehive. The bees made honey, and the kids used their sweet surplus to learn about the economics of commodities, said science educator Scott McClintock, who helped build the MRH middle school science program.

But students didn't stop there.
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Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017
Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
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Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder
Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is down.

If those words don't send a shiver up your spine, it means you're not a high school senior or college student rushing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
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'Uber for Substitutes' Promises to Enrich Learning When the Teacher Is Away
'Uber for Substitutes' Promises to Enrich Learning When the Teacher Is Away

Do students receive the same quality of learning when their teacher is out?

One veteran teacher, frustrated with the amount of movies and busy work she saw in classes with substitute teachers, has come up with a solution that Harvard Ed. magazine refers to as "Uber for substitute teachers." Her startup, Parachute Teachers, is a way to support high-quality substitutes to do more than pass out worksheets or struggle to implement a hastily prepared lesson plan.
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TRTA Day at the Capitol On March 29
TRTA Day at the Capitol On March 29
TRTA will host a full day of legislative grassroots advocacy on Wednesday, March 29! Our "Day at the Capitol" event is open to all Convention attendees as well as any member who wishes to travel to Austin for this purpose only.
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