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The Pros & Cons Of Children On Social Media

The Pros & Cons Of Children On Social Media  contributed by Jennifer Smith In our social media-charged society, it’s easy to assume that children should not be on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Concerns range from safety to attention span to disminished ‘real life’ social skills to posture, blue light, and other dangers of screen […]

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Twitter Is Shallow And Social Media Is Superficial. Right?

Twitter Is Shallow And Social Media Is Superficial. Right? contributed by Nathan Jurgenson Noam Chomsky has been one of the most important critics of the way big media crowd out everyday voices in order to control knowledge and “manufacture consent.” So it is surprising that the MIT linguist dismisses much of our new digital communications […]

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How We Created A Reading Program For Urban Students In Poverty

How We Created A Reading Program For Urban Students In Poverty by Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director at Teaching Matters How did we create a reading program for students with unique needs? Good question. We saw a need for a reading program for students in poverty, so through combination of teacher empowerment and a focus on […]

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12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom

12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom contributed by Lisa Tanner Are you preparing your students to succeed in this high-tech world? As more media moves to the internet, digital literacy is an essential skill. Students must know how to locate, read, and understand information from the web. But how can teachers […]

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How My Students Create Their Own TED Talks

How My Students Create Their Own TED Talks by Mary Ann Settlemyre, Teacher Teaching students about the environment can be challenging for many reasons. They need to be provided with a lot of background knowledge due to their age, inexperience, and lack of time spent in nature so far―understanding the full scope of possibilities around them […]

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48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area

48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area by Ashley McCann  Critical thinking is the heart and soul of learning, and–in our estimation anyway–ultimately more important than any one specific content area or subject matter. It’s also an over-used and rather nebulous phrase — how do you teach someone to think? Of course that’s the purpose […]

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc. Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling. Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work […]

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Watching Yourself: The Potential Of Video Recording In Student Reflection

Watching Yourself: The Potential Of Video Recording In Student Reflection contributed by Jesse Johnson A basic truth: It’s impossible to reflect on what’s happening if you don’t know what’s happening. In my freshman composition courses, I had regular one-on-one meetings with students throughout the term, scheduled at crucial points during writing projects. Well before the […]

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