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 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.

Graphical literacy: Tips for teaching with maps, timelines and flowcharts

Allison Wolfe  October 24th, 2013 

In a recent article from The Reading Teacher about fostering graphical literacy, Kathryn Roberts and five of her colleagues share instructional practices to...

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Common Sense for Common Core

Suzanne McCabe  October 23rd, 2013  Comments • 8

If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including:

New research on the ‘word gap’

Tyler Reed  October 22nd, 2013 

A front page story in today's New York Times examines research on the language and vocabulary gap seen between children who grow up in low income households, and those who...

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From STEM to STEAM and how it is working

Anne Sparkman  October 22nd, 2013 

Touching on how the inclusion of the arts expands the reach of teaching to more students, I found this an interesting read. Reading about students who have teachers who...

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Writing is learning

Tyler Reed  October 21st, 2013 

For me, writing is a messy process.

I agonize over opening sentences. I use the backspace button a lot. I delete whole paragraphs, rewrite, then realize I liked it...

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Quiz: Current events in education

Allison Wolfe  October 17th, 2013 

Last week, The Wall Street Journal posted a quiz to test your knowledge of current events in education. Here are a few bonus questions I came up with, and a link to the...

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Worth reading or worth writing?

Suzanne McCabe  October 16th, 2013 

The Common Core asks students to read and analyze "works of quality and substance." That some texts have been deemed more worthy than others has led critics to question...

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Math talk: Which number doesn't belong?

Tyler Reed  October 9th, 2013  Comments • 10

A key theme of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the need for students to use deeper mathematical thinking and reasoning skills (rather than just...

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Tips for keeping hope alive as a teacher

Allison Wolfe  October 9th, 2013 

Data released earlier this week from the Primary Sources teacher survey shows 88% of the twenty thousand public school teachers agree the rewards of their profession...

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Our natural abilities are just a starting point

Tyler Reed  October 7th, 2013 

Scholastic's David Dockterman was asked onto MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" show on Sunday to talk about the importance of students having a "growth mindset" about...

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Teachers tell us they are enthusiastic about the Common Core but see the challenges

Anne Sparkman  October 4th, 2013 

Twenty thousand public school teachers were surveyed as part of the Primary Sources series of reports and today, their viewpoints on the Common Core are available. 

Google in the classroom

Allison Wolfe  October 3rd, 2013 

For most of us, Google plays a huge role in our lives. Whether we use it to search the Internet, get directions using Maps, or communicate with Gmail, it’s everywhere we...

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How is the government shutdown affecting education?

Tyler Reed  October 2nd, 2013 

Here is a handy "cheat sheet" from Ed Week explaining the impact the government shutdown will have on education.

Alyson Klein has a "pulse check" here as well. How...

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13 children's book illustrators create art to promote literacy

Tyler Reed  October 1st, 2013 

As part of Scholastic's "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life." literacy campaign, we commissioned 13 children's book illustrators to capture the spirit of the campaign...

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Hitting the sweet spot for learning

Tyler Reed  September 30th, 2013 

In this American RadioWorks podcast, psychology professor Dan Willingham explains the learning "sweet spot."

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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

Suzanne McCabe  September 28th, 2013 

The reading of "complex texts" is given tremendous attention in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Why? At Scholastic's recent Teacher Appreciation...

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