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The Beginning of Time

Sunday, 19 February 2017 by

There is an entire page of this website dedicated to teacher time. But it is a topic we find ourselves as educators returning to over and over and over again. Maybe because being a teacher is the only career where you have self imposed guilt for leaving your classroom for 2 minutes when your bladder is about to burst just to rush across the hall to take a restroom break. Or possibly it has to do with the fact that you have 30 minutes scheduled for lunch each day all while being accompanied by a class of about 28 students that have no chance of ever knowing who Emily Post is.

Time is a teacher’s greatest commodity. So when I saw a friend’s post on Facebook with a picture of her nuzzling her newborn baby daughter captioned by “The …

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There is a little county in North Carolina that doesn’t get much national press. But Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina made a historical move for teachers in our state today. With that move they blew up regional social media posts with teachers across the state talking about what it is they have done.

The following message was posted to their website:

Jan 9 & 10 School Status

Due to predicted low temperatures over the next few days with little or no changes anticipated, schools are cancelled for students on Monday and Tuesday.
These will be optional workdays for staff with the option of working from home with supervisor’s approval.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes! Finally, a system that gets it. This has been a no-brainer for a very long time. And it is what teachers have been pleading for. Teachers work …

Happy New Year 2017

Sunday, 01 January 2017 by

Greetings to each of you as we embark on a fresh new calendar year. For most educators a new year is actually in August when the school year starts. But January is always a great time to reflect upon the year so far, where we have been, and of course where we are going. January through about March is a traditionally long stretch for many of us as we dig in to meet state requirements and help our students be successful as they finish out their year. Many of us pray for snow days just to get a little break in between.

At US Digital Literacy, we are keeping a watch on changes from the No Child Left Behind Legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act. “With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of …

Frontier

Sunday, 04 December 2016 by

eSpark Learning is enabling students to succeed in school and in life with innovative, differentiated technology. Frontier is one of their products that will captivate unique interests, challenge learners at all levels, and inspire creative application. It is a great way to start personalizing learning in your classroom. Students sign in and select a project based on a topic of their interest. Each project is aligned to the student’s unique learning level. Within each Frontier students are faced with an Essential Question that is meaningful to them. Engaging, diverse, online resources are curated to to help students research the essential question. Quick quizzes are interspersed throughout the project between articles, videos, infographics and podcasts to help them synthesize learning. Finally they express and publish their work to a larger audience.…

LessonCast

Saturday, 19 March 2016 by

LessonCast is teacher founded & classroom tested. Inspired by Teacher Learners.

Picture this. A new teacher, Eric, drops in on an experienced teacher, Jeanette, at the beginning of his planning period. Eric explains that he’s having a challenge with a particular learning objective and a particular group of students and asks for a few minutes of Jeanette’s time and advice. Jeanette is a phenomenal mentor teacher, and – to his amazement – she shares the clearest, most succinct and powerful explanation he’s ever heard. She covers the most important elements of designing instruction particularly for his students’ needs, what things to watch for, a few if-then scenarios, and follows it up with handouts that she’s used and that he can customize for his students. In three minutes he has what he needs to spend the rest of his planning period …

Prodigy Game

Sunday, 28 February 2016 by
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