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How Facebook Use Correlates With Student Outcomes
How students use Facebook is a greater predictor of their offline behavior than the amount of time they spend on the website, says social media researcher Reynol Junco. In this interview, he describes his recent research, which reports that students who spend more time on Facebook are less engaged, indicates no correlation between time spent on Facebook and time spent studying, and indicates the more time students are engaged on Facebook, the more time they participate in on-campus events.
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Educators are taking a new approach to teaching science
Schools nationwide are working to improve students' achievement in science, in part by introducing them to lessons in earlier grades. Students in Florida are not tested in science until fifth grade, but at one elementary school, third-grade students are performing science experiments. Teachers say a part of their strategy is to excite students about science through hands-on lessons, not just memorization exercises.
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Classroom Management
Classroom management is a term used by teachers and educators to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite potentially challenging or disruptive student behavior. The term also implies the prevention of this kind of disruptive behavior. Many teachers find that classroom management is possibly the most difficult aspect of teaching; indeed, experiencing problems in this area causes some to leave teaching altogether. It can be even more challenging when you're a new teacher!
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Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics
Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. With so many competing purposes, it only makes sense that rubrics remain a beast to create and to use. Here are some (only some) tips for designing and using effective rubrics. Regardless of the reforms and structures you have in place, these can be used by all educators.
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The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success
The following "Five-by-Five" approach to differentiation contains ideas that we have found effective in our classrooms. It is not a road map: It doesn't offer step-by-step directions. Instead we think of it as a compass: It is a set of strategies that guide our work with students.

Our first five points are about "setting the stage" for effective differentiation, while the other five highlight actions teachers can employ daily.
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Naep scores commented by Rober Slavin
Yesterday's release of the NAEP scores revealed that, as a nation, we have made little progress in the past 20 years in helping our 4th graders read on grade level. Now, writing about flat NAEP scores is like writing about the sun rising. There is nothing new or exciting about this news. We can predict the cycles of the sun, plan for it, react to it, but we cannot impact whether the sun will rise every day. We can impact reading outcomes for 4th graders, as a nation, we have so far failed to do so.
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Good to great classrooms do
What exactly is it that "excellent" primary school teachers do that makes their practice different from "good" primary teachers? Well we have some interesting answers from researchers at University of London's Institute of Education.
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Learning Collaboratively
Education consultant Ben Johnson describes in this blog post his experience introducing a group of ninth-grade students to a collaborative-learning project. The inquiry-based project, in which students were asked to find a solution to a real-world problem, required students first be taught to work in groups, share ideas and function collaboratively. These skills, though not often taught in primary and secondary schools, are expected of students from day one in many colleges and universities
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End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom
Conventional and unquestioned assumptions about schools, teachers, and classrooms limit educational reform and prevent educational transformation. Bill Gates, one of the leading visionaries of our time, has committed himself and his foundation to improving teaching. Yet, Gates' proposals for change range from suggestions that would result in marginal improvement to recommendations that would actually reinforce the status quo
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