Building a preschool nation together

Alexandra Wladich  July 25th, 2014 

Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool (a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to quality early childhood education programs for children in...

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Toddler talk and preparing for school

Anne Sparkman  July 23rd, 2014 

There are a multitude of gaps in the news lately. Whether it is income, inequality or achievement we're talking about it. A more recent one has been gaining attention and...

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The New Yorker gives free access to its archive this summer

Tyler Reed  July 22nd, 2014 
The New Yorker:“Archive”

As The New Yorker rebuilds and relaunches its website this summer (for its 90th anniversary!), they've opened up parts of their archive for free to non-subscribers -- as...

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Register today: Teacher Week @ Scholastic

Alexandra Wladich  July 17th, 2014 

Attention all teachers! If you will be in the NYC area August 18-21, be sure to register for Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This free-four...

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Homework "helpers"

Suzanne McCabe  July 15th, 2014 

When I was in elementary school, I sometimes helped one of my younger brothers with his homework. Occasionally, I did the homework myself. One afternoon, his teacher,...

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Characteristics of a great STEM lesson

Alexandra Wladich  July 14th, 2014 

Many of the careers today’s students will hold don’t exist yet. The STEM movement aims to reinforce mathematical and scientific skills students need to be successful in...

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How to make games effective learning tools

Tyler Reed  July 11th, 2014 

Our Chief Architect of Learning Sciences, David Dockterman, pens a piece for EdSurge on three key things that make games effective learning tools.

Want your kids to read? Don't offer a reward.

Suzanne McCabe  July 10th, 2014 

Getting children to read over the summer—or any time of year—can be a struggle. Coersion and rewards, writes Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychology...

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How much do genes matter?

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2014 

What does it take become an expert in something? Is it a matter of completing 10,000 hours of practice? Or is it all in our genes?

(I'm 5'8", but could I dunk if I...

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The power of questions

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2014 

Maurice Elias shares thoughts on how asking the right questions at the right time can lead to powerful learning for students.

He writes: "The way we ask questions...

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On peer pressure and acceptance: Helping teens find the balance

Tom Conklin  July 3rd, 2014 

Readers of The New York Times have eagerly been sharing a story that illustrates something middle school educators already know:  the “cool kids” in 7th grade too often...

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Flipping your faculty meeting

Anne Sparkman  July 2nd, 2014 

As stated last week, I learned a great many things and heard about new ideas in action from educators while at the 22nd Annual Model Schools Conference. One such idea, at...

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Taking the non out of noncognitive

Suzanne McCabe  June 30th, 2014  Comments • 2

The limits of standardized tests are amply documented. Such tests, which can determine whether a student knows key dates in history, aren't facile at assessing creativity...

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Taking the answer out of the equation

Steve Wyborney  June 27th, 2014  Comments • 1

In the quest to promote deep student thinking, sometimes the answer is the problem.

In the classroom, we can launch a beautiful, rich question only to see students...

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She carried Harry Potter across the ocean and other tales of a children's book editor

Suzanne McCabe  June 27th, 2014 

The license plate that watches over Cheryl Klein and her computer belonged to her grandfather, Philip Sadler, a “Kid-Lit” original. It is an expression of the love of...

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Critical and creative thinking for all

Anne Sparkman  June 26th, 2014  Comments • 1

I find myself consistently in awe of the teachers and principals of schools that have rolled up their sleeves, taken the hard work of turning around their school head on...

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy on early literacy

Tyler Reed  June 24th, 2014 

Educators, researchers and parents have long understood the importance of reading aloud to young children -- both to instill in them the importance of books and reading,...

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How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

Rande Bynum  June 23rd, 2014 

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...

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Save the date: Teacher Week @ Scholastic

Alexandra Wladich  June 20th, 2014 

No matter how talented, how experienced and how well-trained we are at something, there's always room for improvement! To help you recharge and gear up for next school...

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The role of arts education in schools

Anne Sparkman  June 17th, 2014 
Education Week - Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo:“Response: The Role Of Arts Education In Schools”

Students are creative. Ideas come to them in all shapes, sizes and mediums. Just one real life example is a talented high school senior whom I just met named Madison...

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Recognizing the power of introverts in your classroom

Tyler Reed  June 16th, 2014 

If you haven't read Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, I highly recommend it. As an introvert myself, the book...

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You'll probably learn better if you take 15 minutes a day to stop and reflect

Tyler Reed  June 13th, 2014 

Here's some interesting research that's useful for teachers and students, and for all of us.

Researchers at HEC Paris, Harvard Business School and the University of...

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Life, death and the stories in between

Suzanne McCabe  June 9th, 2014 

Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...

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If you're a teacher and you think you're suffering from burnout, you might want to read this

Suzanne McCabe  June 2nd, 2014 

In this piece, teacher Wendi Pillars describes her profession as "emotionally, physically, and mentally consuming." As a former teacher, I know whereof she speaks. Pillars...

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Food for the brain

Alexandra Wladich  May 30th, 2014 

Proper nutrition plays a critical role in supporting the success of students. As studies have shown, eating the right food promotes optimal growth and development of...

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