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Creative Ways To Manage Paperwork Load For Special Education Teachers

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.
She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.
On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved her, but like many special education teachers, inside she felt as though she was drowning.
She said she thought about leaving all the time: “I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just so much work. I just feel like I cannot do it.”

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How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated.
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal.

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Books Teachers Share: Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez co-founded the community Spanish-language school and education center Habla, located in Merida, Mexico, where she teaches Spanish and literature to students from ages 4 to 87 (at least that’s the oldest so far).

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How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar

Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time evaluating the student’s work, many students never look at the feedback, a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn’t the most effective way to learn.
Several schools are trying a different model — one that takes more time but also helps students feel more ownership over the quality of their work. Called peer critique, students follow clear protocols that remind them to “be kind, be specific, and be helpful” in the feedback they give to peers.

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What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

PITTSBURGH — At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table. A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A dancing cartoon gorilla appears on both screens, while a disembodied female voice commands two students to erect towers.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

When schools try to innovate, they often take a traditional top-down approach: devise a strategy, roll it out to teachers and support a high-fidelity implementation. The end result is often one that lacks teacher support or genuine enthusiasm — initiatives putter along and change is sporadic or modest.

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Books Teachers Share: Lillie Marshall and ‘A Long Walk to Water’

Boston middle school English teacher Lillie Marshall loves to travel. On top of teaching English to 140 seventh graders of diverse backgrounds each day, Marshall finds time to run two travel blogs, Around the World L, a log of her own travels, and Teaching Traveling, which profiles teacher travelers like her on their own journey for self-discovery and understanding.

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Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When It’s Reduced To A Checklist

Design thinking has been slowly gathering momentum among educators for the past few years as a way for students to engage with real-world problems and design solutions using interdisciplinary ideas. But, like many trends that catch on quickly, many educators still aren’t totally sure what design thinking is.

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They Still Need You: How Adults Help Young Kids Learn With Technology

There are more than 80,000 educational apps in Apple’s app store. It seems like a great way to encourage brain development and make your little one the smartest baby genius. But just sticking a tablet in your kid’s hands might not be as helpful.
Sure, use the app. But it’s not a babysitter — you’ve got to help them use it, too.

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How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches

When Kristine Riley looks back on how she used to teach her students, she sees order and control. Her third, fourth and fifth grade gifted-and-talented classes had been structured and orderly, and students sat in designated seats. She had assigned the same tasks to every student and had hoped for roughly the same answers from all of them. She used to believe that it was her responsibility as a teacher to impart information to her students. Riley had decided what was important and students were expected to learn what they were taught.

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