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History of the Rockefeller Center...

 
 
1. In 2017, a Norway Spruce tree...

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Reconsidering Cultural Wealth in the...

As teachers, we should carefully examine what we consider important in classrooms. For instance, what language, customs, mannerisms, and social graces do we value above others in school settings. The concept of cultural capital theory was proposed by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron (1977) to explain differences in academic achievement among children in France’s educational system in the 1960s. Cultural capital can be thought of as the collection of elements—tastes, clothing,...

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Planning, Managing and Running a...

In this world, we all live in a community.  Some communities run better than others.  Some people like their community and some may want to move from where they live. What sets each community apart?  Think about where you live and then think about a friend that lives in a different community.  What are the things each has in common? What are the differences?   Now think about all the classrooms you have been in. What makes them different?  What makes them the same? How can we, as teachers,...

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The Global Search for Education: No...

Don’t try to innovate if you’re not prepared to make mistakes.

Steve Jobs once said that “about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

All innovators feel challenged at different points because it’s just part of the work. So how...

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A Simple Way to Stay Motivated as...

I have discovered a simple, yet effective way to remain inspired as a teacher. It costs nothing, does not take much time, and always works.

Before I reveal “my secret,” I want to address the topic of motivation and teacher burnout. The teacher dropout rate within the first, five years has ranged from 17 to as high as 50 percent, depending on what study you read. Nevertheless, teacher retention has remained a concern in the profession. If you have taught in k-12 public schools for any...

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The Global Search for Education: Wanted...

Girls outperformed boys in every country. “Girls show more positive attitudes towards relationships, meaning that they tend to be more interested in others’ opinions and want others to succeed.” — Andreas Schleicher

We live in a world where trust and teamwork is more important than ever. OECD...

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The Global Search for Education: What’s...

Singularity. It’s discussed by futurists and by scientists. Then there are the rest of us grappling to get our heads around the “reality” that within a decade or so, Artificial Intelligence will cause machines to become “smarter” than human beings. What does all of this mean for quality of life and future learning?

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Simplifying Differentiation: Content,...

When explaining to pre-service teachers how to differentiate in the classroom, I usually revert to drawing a simple diagram. It consists of three circles containing the words: content, process, product (I wish I could give proper credit to whoever conceptualized this diagram. While I’ve heard different theories, I’m not quite sure where it originated from).

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The Global Search for Education: Hello...

“We specifically write our content using language that even young children can understand.” — Derek Lo

Why were 600,000 high-paying tech jobs unfilled in 2015 in the United States alone, or is the better question: Is technology developing faster than humans can learn to handle it?

According...

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The Case for School Security Officers

As school safety is paramount on everyone’s mind, especially after what happened in Florida last week, making schools safer with additional and better security is always needed. I have read statistics that there is a campus shooting once a week in America. When I was a principal, we were able to hire school security officers. These men and women were trained (but not deputized) by our district and did not carry weapons. They did wear uniforms so they were easily recognizable by the school...

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