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2/22/2018

Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.

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2/22/2018

National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee says she loves teaching because of the opportunity to witness "small acts of brilliant humanity" by her students. Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, writes in this blog post about an experience in which her students demonstrated "compassionate collaboration."

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Sydney Chaffee, National Board, NBCT
2/22/2018

It's not always clear what being a teacher leader means, asserts high-school teacher Andrea Marshbank. In this blog post, she highlights supportive roles -- such as showing interest in other classrooms and helping out when needed -- that teacher leaders can play in the school setting.

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Andrea Marshbank
2/22/2018

Project-based-learning assignments should include six basic qualities -- intellectual challenge and accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management and reflection -- according to a framework released by the Buck Institute for Education. Executive Director Bob Lenz says "intellectual challenge" often is a missing element in PBL projects.

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Bob Lenz, Buck Institute
2/22/2018

Students in seven elementary and middle schools in a Rhode Island district will have access to the "No Bullying" program. Under the program, teachers will receive training on how to recognize and intervene in student bullying.

2/22/2018

Timing and access to data about student performance on high-stakes tests vary by state, according to 45 state deputy superintendents of education in a survey issued by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University. Data show most of those surveyed provide test data during the summer after students take such tests.

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T.H.E. Journal
2/22/2018

Some educators are speaking out against attempts in some state legislatures to restrict the teaching of climate science in public schools, including Idaho. Middle-school science teacher Nathan Dean said it is "educational malpractice" not to recognize the science behind climate change.

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Nathan Dean, Idaho
2/21/2018

The "banking model" of education -- in which students deposit knowledge and give it back in assignments and tests to prove learning -- doesn't always connect all students to learning, writes National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein. In this blog post, she encourages educators to move away from a "banking model" approach to education to improve outcomes for all students.

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Elizabeth Stein, National Board
2/21/2018

Students at a Florida high school recently talked with film director Ferenc Torok about his movie "1945," an adaptation of a short story about two Holocaust survivors who return to their village after the war. The black-and-white film, which took Torok 10 years to make, shares what happened after the Holocaust, a perspective not previously explored by some of the students.

2/21/2018

Students at an Arizona elementary school recently wrote letters to President Donald Trump about a proposal to overturn a ban on uranium mining in their area. Students shared their concerns in the letters, which will be hand-delivered to the White House by a state lawmaker and a Havasupai Tribe representative.