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UT Harry Ransom Center Invites Applications for 2018-19 Research Fellowships
UT Harry Ransom Center Invites Applications for 2018-19 Research Fellowships
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.
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Why Kids Can't Write
Why Kids Can't Write

On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manhattan bookstore, several dozen elementary school teachers were learning how to create worksheets that would help children learn to write.

Judith C. Hochman, founder of an organization called the Writing Revolution, displayed examples of student work. A first grader had produced the following phrase: “Plants need water it need sun to” — that is, plants need water and sun, too. If the student didn’t learn how to correct pronoun disagreement and missing conjunctions, by high school he could be writing phrases like this one: “Well Machines are good but they take people jobs like if they don’t know how to use it they get fired.” That was a real submission on the essay section of the ACT.

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There's a National Teachers Hall of Fame? Who Knew?
There's a National Teachers Hall of Fame? Who Knew?

If you've ever driven south into Kansas on Interstate 35, past rolling prairies and wheat fields, eventually you'll run into the town of Emporia, population 25,000 and home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

I took that drive recently, curious about what I would find but also wondering, why Emporia?

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Students Can Gain Wisdom From a Senior
Students Can Gain Wisdom From a Senior

Across the country, youngsters in all grades are connecting with senior citizens on projects that transcend community outreach to provide students with true curricular value.

While doing research for National History Day, students in Tea McCaulla's Florida high school stumbled upon Women's Airforce Service Pilots and Letters from Home, a book by World War II veteran Bernice "Bee" Haydu, now 96.
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A Case for Finger Counting
A Case for Finger Counting

Teachers generally start telling children to stop counting on their fingers around the end of first grade—they’re learning to do math in their heads, and finger counting is sometimes seen as a crutch or even a sign of weak math ability.

A new British study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games.

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Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories
Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

Teachers have one of the lowest-paid professional jobs in the U.S. You need a bachelor's degree, which can be costly — an equation that often means a lot of student loans. We've reported on the factors that make this particular job even more vulnerable to a ton of debt, including chronically low teacher pay, the increasing pressure to get a master's degree and the many ways to repay loans or apply for loan forgiveness.

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Sales Tax Holiday Upcoming
Sales Tax Holiday Upcoming

This year's Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11 - 13. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
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Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?
Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?

School districts -- hard up for cash -- are turning to an unlikely source of revenue: cell towers. The multistory metal giants are cropping up on school grounds in Chicago, Milpitas, Calif., Collier County, Fla. and many other places across the country.

The big reason: money. As education budgets dwindle, districts are forming partnerships with telecom companies to allow use of their land in exchange for some of the profits.
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What It's Like To Be a Teacher With an Anxiety Disorder
What It's Like To Be a Teacher With an Anxiety Disorder

We all feel anxious sometimes. Maybe it is going into a new situation such as starting a new job, or having to have a difficult conversation. The feeling of nervousness and anxiousness is completely normal, and an evolutionary necessity. However, for some people, like me, that feeling of anxiousness never goes away. You live with it day in, day out, and it can have quite a detrimental effect on your life and mental health.

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National Day of the Cowboy
National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July.

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