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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Is Facebook improving student writing?

Tyler Reed  November 18th, 2013 

Facebook and social media might be contributing to making complete sentences "an increasingly endangered species," one teacher argues on TheAtlantic.com. But these digital...

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To centralize or not to centralize? That is the question.

Duncan Young  November 15th, 2013 

One of the interesting trends occurring in education right now is the decentralization of decision-making.

Building student interest in nonfiction

Allison Wolfe  November 12th, 2013 

After hearing a sixth grader say, “ I hate nonfiction, Mrs. Miller. It’s so boring.

A moment to reflect and resources for the classroom on Veterans Day

Anne Sparkman  November 11th, 2013 

Happy Veterans Day to all of our men and women who have served over the years. Thank you for all that you do for us.

Tech classroom management strategies

Allison Wolfe  November 8th, 2013 

A recent Ed Week article by Liana Heitin shares solutions to common management challenges that arise from using iPads and laptops in the classroom. The strategies below...

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Common Core under the microscope

Suzanne McCabe  November 5th, 2013 

On November 4, the Education Writers Association hosted "Common Core at the Crossroads: What Comes Next?" Reporters and educators at the D.C. conference discussed issues...

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School English vs. social English

Tyler Reed  October 31st, 2013 

Teaching students to use "academic language," or the language of school and the workplace, is an important part of teaching students to read.

The trouble is, it's...

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The mysterious life—and death—of JFK

Suzanne McCabe  October 28th, 2013  Comments • 3

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th U.S. President. His stirring challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for...

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A profile of P-TECH: Rethinking career readiness

Tyler Reed  October 25th, 2013 

You might have heard about President Obama's planned visit today to the unique P-TECH high school in Brooklyn.