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3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

Edutopia – Suzie Boss

“Picking the right book can be a challenge, given the abundance of possibilities. If your professional goal for the coming school year is to increase student engagement, encourage deeper inquiry, or introduce project-based learning (PBL) or another student-centered practice, you’ll find plenty of food for thought within the pages of the following three titles.” (more)

Helping even middle-of-the-pack students see themselves as leaders

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“A group of about 20 kids in third, fourth and fifth grades spent much of the last school year working on service projects, following a training through the Bonstingl Leaders for the Future program. The program, designed by a former veteran teacher, John Jay Bonstingl, is meant for students who don’t necessarily consider themselves leaders. These students are often in the middle of the achievement spectrum and Bonstingl said his first job is helping them recognize their own potential.” (more)

Five Ways to Sustain Your Class Climate this Spring

Education World – Keith Lambert

“Spring…has come. It’s the end of the year, and your students are already staring out the window, dreaming of the beach, the basketball courts, the video games: the lazy days of summer. It’s getting hot, they’re cranky, they’re tired, and if we’re being honest, so are you. Unfortunately, it’s all-too-easy for teachers and students alike to begin to “check out” of the classroom this time of year. Something about spring makes us forget the classroom community we have built all year long. Today, Education World suggests a few easy practices to help you keep your rigorous classroom culture vibrant in the last few precious months of school.” (more)

The Case for Holding Students Accountable

Education Next – Adam Tyner and Michael J. Petrilli

“Sometimes it seems as if we’ve tried everything in our efforts to reform public education, yet nothing has worked to boost student achievement at scale. And despite all of our reform attempts, we have ignored one of the most promising catalysts for student success. What is this magical, elusive factor? Student effort.” (more)

How to keep today’s kids focused

The Toronto Star – Ana Homayoun

“Over the past year, there has been a deafening debate over the importance of creating tools to promote responsible technology use. In January, two of Apple’s shareholder groups asked the company to look at the addictive effects of iPhones on children. Google’s recent developer conference highlighted tools to help users better control smartphone usage. For our youngest generations, there’s certainly reason to believe that a focus on managing distractions is just as important as promoting good digital citizenship.” (more)

Five helpful tips to get your class engaged

Education Dive – Jim Paterson

“Engaging students – especially at the end of the year when attention wanes, or the start of the year when teachers want to get a class off on the right foot – is a critical part of classroom strategy. Here are five ideas about how to get your whole class interested and motivated and learning at a deep level.” (more)