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10 (more) Science Websites for your Interactive Whiteboard ⇢

With links to other similar lists, as well.

Feds: All kids, legal or not, entitled to school ⇢

"We put this letter out now because we know school districts are in the process of planning for the next school year, and wanted to make sure they had this in hand," said Department of Education spokesman Justin Hamilton. “We were concerned about the number of reports that we’ve received and heard about, and felt it was necessary to make it clear that this has been the law of the land since Ronald Reagan was president.”

A 1982 Supreme Court case, Plyer v. Doe, held that states cannot deny students access to public education, whether they are in the U.S. legally or not. The court ruled that denying public education could impose a lifetime of hardship “on a discrete class of children not accountable for their disabling status.”

USA Today

An enormous amount of energy and anxiety is expended in trying to get into college, but the truth is that the admissions process is much more haphazard than people like to think. The good news? In the long run, it’s generally less important too. Here are the five biggest myths about this annual angst-a-thon:

- College Admissions: Myths, Advice for Rejected Students  (via girlwithalessonplan)

10 Sites & Apps for SAT Vocabulary Review ⇢

Things I have been trying to get my boyfriend (also a teacher) to use ALL YEAR that the iPad has gotten him to use in 2 days:

  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Diigo

I am simultaneously =) =) and >=O

QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide ⇢

I think it may be a while before a mass amount of teachers can frequently implement QR codes in the classroom- but hopefully there is someone out there who can find this useful! (or bookmark it for the future?)

Something big is coming tomorrow…


It’s community driven and for the educators on Tumblr (though not from Tumblr). If this post hits 50 notes I’ll give you another hint.

Watch out, #education, good things are coming… :)

Hi, this isn't really a question, but I love your blog. I'm a senior in highschool to enter college this freshman as a music education major. Your blog has been so informative to me and has helped me realize exactly what I'm getting myself into and why I'm doing it.

Thank you for the compliment! Congrats on your decision to become a music teacher.

While in school, I challenge you to keep active in education online- Read education-related blogs (see my “Teaching blogs to check out” page for suggestions) and follow the #education tag on Tumblr. I wasn’t aware of these resources in college and you will learn so, so much by connecting with other educators online. They will inspire you every day to be the best teacher you can be. Good luck!

The Most Effective Thing I've Done to Prepare Students for Standardized Test ⇢

Oftentimes I refer to Larry Ferlazzo’s resources posts, but his reflections are always helpful as well. Click the link to read the rest of his blog post.

Plenty of research shows that student motivation plays a huge role in test results. I’ve previously posted about Angela Duckworth and her research into “grit” (perseverance). In fact, my newest book has a complete lesson plan on that topic. Basically, a fair amount of research has shown that grit is a key, perhaps THE key, quality essential to life success.

Because of what students have learned through that lesson, I have been able to talk about the state tests (and many other topics) in that context. I am very clear with them that I do not believe that the tests provide any kind of accurate measurement of their intelligence. I do remind them, though, about what we have learned about grit, and we talk about trying their best on the test as just another opportunity for them to develop that quality and show themselves that they have it by taking it seriously, not just “bubbling” in answers, checking things twice, etc.

30 Incredible Google Doodles Drawn by Students ⇢

Posting this because they are freaking awesome, and a reminder of the awesome things our students are capable of.



Who I am: A fourth year high school history teacher at an urban(ish) high school in New Jersey.

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