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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pa. district offers versatility with self-blend learning model- Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

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  • While many districts are focusing on the fact that blended learning may reduce the time in school, I suggest we think about the ability blended learning has to address different learning styles, i.e. you tube v.s. worksheets, national geographic documentaries, v.s. worksheets. 

  • Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa., offers a unique approach to education, in which students can take courses online or in person -- or a combination of the two. Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the district, writes in this blog post about the obstacles the district faced in implementing the model, which he says offers "complete versatility" for students that is needed in today's schools. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Student projects breathe life into common core - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief


Concrete and creative student work may be the catalyst needed to help teachers feel energized about the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, writes Erik Robelen. He highlights an online library of student-designed books and other projects that bring the standards to life and show their potential to reach across subject areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/14)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A reminder about the power of positive expectations - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • This is a great article on the power of language and the experiences, connotations it elicits in all of us.
    A teacher's expectations influence how students learn, suggests middle-school English teacher Ariel Sacks. However, in this blog post, Sacks reminds teachers to focus on the positive connotations of the word, avoiding its use to imply control, punitive measures or inflexible demands. "It is equally important that teachers can be reciprocally influenced by the students' experience and response to conditions or tasks," Sacks writes. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, November 2, 2012

International education conference to draw 700 to Mich. school -courtesy of ASCD SMartbrief


  • A high school in Michigan is hosting an international education conference today, at which part of the focus will be on a teaching method known as "A Culture of Thinking." The International Harvard Project Zero Conference is expected to draw about 700 educators, including some from Singapore and Brazil. The Detroit News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story