One of the things that I’ve found I’m completely unprepared for as a new teacher and academic advisor is the level of emotion the students bring with them to talk with me. I’m just not a public crier, so it always startles me when someone lets the waterworks go during what seems to me to be a relatively benign conversation. Not that I never empty a box of Kleenex while watching a tearjerker with a group of friends, or think that crying in front of others makes you weak – it’s just not me. This has left me at a loss for what to do when someone breaks down in my office. Politely ignore? Offer Kleenex? Ask details? I should have paid better attention when friends talked about their experiences being the crier or the cryee!
Conference looks to integrate games, lesson
By Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Heidi McDonald saw her fourth-grade son, Ian, growing bored while memorizing his multiplication tables and figured he would make better progress if she could make the exercise fun.
As an educational video and computer game designer for South Side-based Schell Games, Ms. McDonald is used to building educational concepts into games.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/teachers-finding-games-give-a-leg-up-on-learning-707493/#ixzz2iBLeRVXM
Rubrics can be an incredibly useful tool for your classroom. Aside from being one of those cool words that sounds a little weirder every time you say it, using a rubric can help your students understand the assignments in your classroom, and will make your grading process clearer, faster, and more objective and consistent.
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The story is familiar. You’re a teacher who loves to make a difference in a student’s life. You’re happy to keep doing what you’ve been doing for many years because it works. But there is a continually growing call to push technology into the classroom. YOUR classroom. While you use a smartphone and are happy to try out an interactive whiteboard, shoving technology into all facets of your class day is downright absurd. It can never replace a teacher (nor should it) and technology can only do so much until it becomes a distraction.
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FROM IPADS AND TABLETS TO MOBILE DEVICES, TECHNOLOGY IS ON PACE TO TRANSFORM THE CLASSROOM. ARE YOU READY?
By Anita Merina
In Guilford County, N.C., each of the district’s 17,000 middle school students will soon receive an iPad. And the county isn’t alone—more than 600 U.S. school districts have plans to provide a tablet device to each student.
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It’s no big secret that higher education is in crisis.
According to a study sponsored by Time Magazine and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 96% of senior university administrators said higher education is in crisis and almost 4 in 10 said the crisis is “severe.” So severe, in fact, that some experts are predicting the brick-and-mortar university model will soon go extinct.
But what are the underlying causes? And, perhaps more importantly, what can universities do?
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