Three ideas for teaching students digital citizenship

Allison Wolfe  January 9th, 2014 

With the growing prevalence of devices, both inside and outside the classroom, today’s students begin carving a digital footprint from an early age. Teaching students...

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For the love of print and ereading

Anne Sparkman  January 8th, 2014 

In case you missed it last week because of the holidays, The New York Times had this great piece in their Bookends section about ereading. Two writers, Moshin Hamid and...

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The importance of ‘show and tell’

Alexandra Wladich  January 6th, 2014 

When I think about my early education experience my mind immediately wanders to the days of ‘show and tell.’ Nothing was more exciting than bringing in my favorite book or...

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Vocabulary as a pillar of Common Core math instruction

Tyler Reed  January 2nd, 2014  Comments • 1

You all must read this fantastic story by Pat Wingert on the challenges schools face in helping ELL students meet the demands of the Common Core standards.

It's not...

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Carmen Fariña selected as next NYC schools chancellor

Tyler Reed  December 30th, 2013 

NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced his choice for Chancellor of the 1.1 million-student New York City school system this morning: Carmen Fariña, a former teacher,...

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The Common Core essentials: 5 things to read if you're starting from scratch

Suzanne McCabe  December 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?

Five big education stories in 2013

Tyler Reed  December 18th, 2013 

From testing to teachers unions, from standards to sequestration, it’s been a newsworthy year in education. Here are five big stories we’ve been tracking all year long....

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A school with no bells

Alexandra Wladich  December 17th, 2013 

The phrase “college and career ready” is taking on a new meaning at Rancho Mirage High School, in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Four tips for improving guided reading instruction (and a giveaway)

Alexandra Wladich  December 16th, 2013  Comments • 24

Even the most experienced teachers take time to lay the groundwork for success. Teachers need to get to know their students as readers and as members of the classroom...

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On the cover of Instructor Magazine: Boy trouble

Tara Welty  December 13th, 2013 

If you follow education news, you’ve seen the disturbing stats about boys failing in school. Boys are 30% more likely than girls to flunk or drop out of school. They’re...

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Holiday gloom? Read Fran Lebowitz.

Suzanne McCabe  December 12th, 2013 

With brightly-lighted trees and beribboned packages, the holiday season is a time of wonder. But as with life itself, that sense of wonder can soon turn to melancholy.

Your brain on exercise

Allison Wolfe  December 11th, 2013 

What's your memory of gym class from when you were a young student? It may induce a panicked feeling of being picked last for a kickball team, a fond recollection of...

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#GivingTuesday: Why it’s so important to give back year round

Windy Lopez  December 10th, 2013 

It’s been a week since Giving Tuesday, and as part of an effort to continue to raise awareness about the important contributions so many non-profits provide year round, I...

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Learning through deliberate practice

Tyler Reed  December 9th, 2013 

Nothing strikes fear in a golfer like a three-foot putt.

You'd think sinking a short putt like that wouldn't be too much trouble for most players. But that's just...

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Ed Week's stunning coverage of the state of Native American education

Tyler Reed  December 6th, 2013 

I'm just beginning to wade through this multimedia package of stories, videos and photos from Ed Week on the state of Native American education in the U.S. today. But I'm...

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The Reader as Narcissus

Suzanne McCabe  December 6th, 2013 

In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.

Why kids need to read what they want

Tyler Reed  December 4th, 2013 

A new book by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith (available for purchase now via download, and in print in January) makes a powerful case for the importance of letting...

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What is close reading and how do I teach it?

Allison Wolfe  December 3rd, 2013 

In an article from Reading Today (full article available for members), San Diego State University professors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey define close reading as...

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PISA scores show U.S. students in the middle of the pack worldwide

Tyler Reed  December 3rd, 2013 

The Huffington Post's Joy Resmovits has a nice writeup on the recent PISA test results, which measure student achievement in 34 OECD countries.

She quotes Amanda...

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Arts education produces innovative students with critical thinking skills

Anne Sparkman  November 27th, 2013 

An article that claims arts education is a "must-have" is a must-read for me.

Family Involvement Week: Highlight on Gainesville, GA

Windy Lopez  November 25th, 2013 

In celebration of national Family Involvement Week and as part of Scholastic’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive and effective family engagement, we’ll be highlighting a...

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Helping kids get financially literate

Allison Wolfe  November 22nd, 2013 

Many states across the country have integrated financial literacy into school curriculum. This article describes some of the programs equipping Cincinnati teachers with...

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Fostering family resilience through literacy and place-based learning

Windy Lopez  November 22nd, 2013 

Last week my colleagues and I were in Tracy City, TN, for a Camp Discover “Family Reunion” event, where families enjoyed fun, literacy based activities that emphasized...

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How to encourage ‘productive failure’ in the classroom

Tyler Reed  November 21st, 2013 

Scholastic's David Dockterman has an interesting piece in today's ASCD Express about the need to shift students' perceptions of failure in the classroom.


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"Four score and seven..."

Suzanne McCabe  November 19th, 2013 

"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...

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