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Teaching About 9/11
posted by: Alix | September 08, 2011, 12:31 pm   

This Sunday is the ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed our country forever. In light of this milestone, many education experts have raised the question about how to address this tragedy and our ongoing wars with students, especially with those students who have no memory of the day. While there are no national or state guidelines for teaching this recent and still emotional part of our history, many teachers are, for the most part, on their own as they decide how to explain and teach these events to a broad range of students. If you are planning discussing the attacks with your students, there are some fantastic resources for reading, sharing and contributing.
 
Top Ways to Get to Know Your Students This New School Year
posted by: Alix | September 01, 2011, 10:24 am   

Academic and reading company, Scholastic released their top games and suggestions for teachers to get to know their students this new school year. With classes just beginning, now is the perfect time to brush up on good icebreaking ideas for your classroom.
 
QuoteFaster
posted by: Jill | August 31, 2011, 08:40 am   

Let's see if following anecdote takes you on a walk down memory lane:

"I was watching my sister-in-law struggle to write a paper. She wasn't struggling with what to say, but with the physical process of writing. She was sitting at the kitchen counter trying to type a passage into her laptop, her elbow shakily propping open the book from which she was quoting. She was forced to look back and forth from the book to the screen; she'd lose her place; the book would slip and close; the whole thing was terribly awkward. I thought, 'There's really gotta be a better way to do that.' "
 
A New School Year, Another Reason to Join (and use) Twitter
posted by: Jill | August 24, 2011, 09:24 am   

As we energize a new set of students to tackle curriculum for their betterment, I hope we will do the same for ourselves as educators. And, in true form, I suggest Twitter as the curriculum that we should tackle.
 
Teachers & Facebook: What You Should Know
posted by: Alix | August 23, 2011, 08:45 am   

We have often highlighted the social networking website Facebook on the AAE blog. Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has grown from a college photo sharing website to household name and education tool. Currently, 1 in every 13 people on Earth is using the site. With these enormous numbers, a growing percentage of teachers and students are actively using Facebook, raising questions about appropriate use, professional standards, and far-reaching school district policies.
 
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