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New school of thought: In-class physical exercise won’t disrupt learning, teaching

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As childhood obesity rates rise and physical education offerings dwindle, elementary schools keep searching for ways to incorporate the federally mandated half-hour of physical activity into the school day. A series of recent University of Michigan studies found that two-minute bursts of in-class exercise breaks increased the amount of daily exercise for elementary children without hurting math performance. More importantly, when incorporated into classrooms across southeast Michigan, teachers found the breaks were doable and didn’t disrupt learning.” (more)

How Classroom Seating is Changing to Help Today’s Diverse Learners

Education World – Mandy Stern

“An old black and white photo from the archives of a renowned all-girls college shows students in class listening while furiously knitting and crocheting. Traditional Native American meetings, and important negotiations are known to have taken place while members held a ‘talking stick’ and sat around a fire. Out on the putting green some of the most important business deals and negotiations have been transacted over golf balls and clubs!” (more)

What K–12 Administrators Should Think About When Integrating Classroom Tech

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“For K–12 school districts that want to adopt classroom technology to improve outcomes or better engage students, the first step is engaging teachers, says Shannon Tabaldo, founding director of the Innovation in Digital Education and Leadership institute. “As we move into this space of digital technology integration in the K–12 world, teachers in a special place in their career — maybe they’ve already been in teaching for quite a while — they don’t have the educational background of technology,” Tabaldo tells EdTech, following an appearance at the International Society for Technology in Education 2018 conference. This usually leads to an evident lack of student engagement, Tabaldo explains.” (more)

Leading With Learning On The First Day Of School To Build Class Culture

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“She gives students three clues and asks them to tell her what the class is going to be all about. During the class period, students share ideas with one another in pairs, but also to the whole group. Wessling takes them through Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” reading it out loud to them because she knows tone and inflection make a difference for comprehension with text this difficult. As they slowly move through the text, she models some of the habits of good readers.” (more)

What “mastery-based” can look like in the classroom

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“In Molly Nealeigh’s fourth-grade math classroom at Piney Grove Elementary School in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, students spend most of the time studying at their own pace on skills they identify that they need to improve. Every 12 weeks during the school year, students here take assessments to gauge their progress toward mastering all of the standards in the fourth-grade curriculum. While all students take these tests, Nealeigh’s pay more attention to the results than average. For her fourth graders, the test results offer a picture of their strengths and weaknesses, revealing specific skills they need to sharpen.” (more)

How Design Thinking Can Help Teachers Solve Real Problems—and Find Their Voice

Ed Surge – Lindsay Portnoy

“During the last few weeks of summer as children cool off in lakes, pools, hydrants and beaches, some of our nation’s top teachers have been upping their game in preparation for this year’s students. Teacher-led conferences are popping up nationwide, cultivating communities of practice where educators share their best practices, celebrate their work and prepare to innovate on instruction for the upcoming school year. What’s more, this models is scalable to schools nationwide, opening the floodgates for conversations around innovation and professional collaboration.” (more)