Easy Chocolate Gift

Ms. Junkin, a food and nutrition teacher, has an idea for holiday a gift. Without making promises about calories, we can say that it is fast (only 5 minutes of baking), easy (only a few ingredients) and delicious (trust us).…

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Humane Gifts

Instead of exchanging gifts with each other at school, classroom throughout Ms. K.’s school conduct a community service project that benefits the local humane society. Find out how they do it.…

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Winter Holiday Rotation

This team of first-grade educators developed a plan to teach about a variety of winter holidays — Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Diwali — that brings all of their students to each of their classrooms.…

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Professor to students: ‘Forgive me your final grades’

One thing teachers must do but often wish they didn’t have to do is assign grades to students. In the following post,  Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, explains in an open letter…

Answer Sheet

Media: Why’s "Serial" Getting So Much More Pushback Than "Harper High"?

In case you hadn't heard, This American Life spinoff "Serial" is a big hit.  Focusing on the murder of a high school student in Maryland, it's a true-crime "whodunit?" with lots of excellent school-related characters and tidbits. One California teacher has …

This Week In Education

Thompson: With King Appointment, Obama Administration Kicks Teachers In The Teeth

I guess I'll never learn. After President Obama's wonderful appearance on the Colbert Report, I reverted back to the dream that the real Barack Obama would emerge. At this point in the second term, there doesn't seem to be …

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Morning Video: Project-Based Schools Competing With Charters In Philadelphia

Here's a two-parter from Learning Matters/PBS NewsHour last week that you may not have seen. Part 1 above, focusing on Science Leadership Academy and other project-based schools. Part 2 here.…

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The Difficult Conversations on Race

Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism? …

Bridging Differences

AM News: Storms, Spending Bill Secrets, & Departure Of NY Superintendent

Storm warning prompts school closures EdSource Today: More than half a dozen school districts across California will close Thursday in anticipation of a major storm that is damaging the state’s collective calm. New York State Education Commissioner to Leave for Federal …

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One Hour, And No More

This week, many schools here in the overly-large school district have been participating to some degree in Hour of Code activities. Nationally we’ve seen lots of media stories around the event1 and tons of traffic on coding related websites. But what happens …

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