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12/9/2019

Marsha Francis of Fulton County Schools in Atlanta was recognized for her leadership in teacher preparation. Francis developed the First STEP program, which pairs teacher-candidates with a high-performing teacher for the entire school year, with both the candidate and cooperating teacher receiving stipends and the candidate getting a guaranteed teaching position after graduation.

12/9/2019

It can be hard to achieve a good work-life balance even when we enjoy the work we do, writes author and former school principal Peter DeWitt. Surveys show work stress negatively affects personal relationships, and DeWitt in this blog post suggests making commitments to taking breaks from work and instead focusing on hobbies, time with family and practicing meditation or mindfulness.

12/9/2019

Time that students spend at recess and eating breakfast at school would be counted as instructional time under a proposal being considered by the Utah State Board of Education. Supporters say the move would allow educators to lead students in more structured recess time and focus on the whole child.

12/6/2019

A nonpartisan event aimed at middle-school girls in Ohio aims to pique their interest in the political process and give them information about running for office someday. The Girl Power Politics event is the brainchild of high-school junior Anna MacLennan, who recruited local female politicians to speak at the seminar.

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12/6/2019

Stephanie Strader, principal of the future Pioneer Elementary School in Washington, outlined plans for the new school, the district's first magnet school, which is set to focus on STEAM. Strader discussed her vision for the school with parents at an event held on the future school's site, a former Boys & Girls Club.

12/6/2019

Fewer than 15% of households have broadband subscriptions in the rural Alpaugh Unified School District in California, which makes it difficult for teachers to assign daily homework as well as give assignments over breaks. This analysis looks at home internet rates among all California counties and the implications of lack of access for students in rural areas.

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12/6/2019

Young adolescents with Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Snapchat accounts, but not girls who had Facebook and Instagram, scored significantly higher in a test measuring disordered eating thoughts, while those with more social media accounts had higher scores for disordered eating thoughts and behaviors, according to an Australian study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Researchers also found elevated prevalence of disordered eating behaviors, as well as weight and shape overevaluations, among boys with Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat and among girls with Tumblr and Snapchat.

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12/6/2019

Students may incorrectly assume that assignments incorporating active learning -- such as projects -- are less rigorous than those which are passive, such as lectures, writes Jordan Mattox, a middle-school technology and history teacher. Mattox outlines three ways teachers can help students adjust their thinking about their progress and better engage with the assignment.

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12/6/2019

Middle-school students in gifted programs in Lorain County, Ohio took part in a mock trial designed to test their communication, strategy and teamwork skills. Students in grades five through eight spent about a month preparing for the mock trial, which took place at the county justice center and was presided over by a retired judge.

12/6/2019

As a way to boost teacher morale, Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Fla., turned the teacher break room into The Club, a rock-n-roll space with a juke box, popcorn machine, foosball, air hockey and creative furnishings. The school found a lot of the items on Craigslist, and industrial arts students built an arcade game.