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Archive for April, 2013

 
 
Video: Teacher Appreciation During Teacher Appreciation Week!

Video: Teacher Appreciation During Teacher Appreciation Week!

Let’s talk about teacher appreciation! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th to May 10th 2013 and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7th. Are you ready to say thank you and recognize the hard working, fantastic teachers in your life? Watch the video and find out Kate’s ideas on the best way to do so!

 
Talking to Kids About Death: From Boston to Texas

Talking to Kids About Death: From Boston to Texas

Unfortunately, the walk from the hospital to the school was a short one. It left me little time to consider what I was going to say to my students. How was I going to tell them that the mother of one of their classmates had just passed away? These sixth graders had shared the pain of their close friend over the months of his mother’s debilitating illness and now were going to have to deal with the terrible and tragic loss.

 
Video: Teaching Kids to Code

Video: Teaching Kids to Code

What are the advantages of teaching kids to code? Millions watched the viral video on code.org trying to convince the younger generation to learn to code. But is the reason to learn coding to get a high powered job where you sit around in a beautiful office, making tons of money and eating fancy free food or to learn problem solving skills and perseverance? Watch the video and find out!

 
Cheater or Cheated?

Cheater or Cheated?

The nation has been rocked by yet another cheating scandal. Former Atlanta superintendent of schools Beverly Hall, along with 35 teachers, principals and others, were recently indicted for racketeering. The indictment alleges that these teachers, principals and test administrators, either under Hall’s explicit direction, or thanks to a climate that endorsed such behavior, altered the results of hundreds, if not thousands of standardized tests given to Atlanta’s public school children.

 
Video: Video Games in the Classroom

Video: Video Games in the Classroom

Kate Cohen discusses whether commercial video games like SimCity have a place in the classroom. Is this the end of education as we know it? Maybe it is and maybe it is not a bad thing! Watch the video and learn more!