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10X: "Good Job" Alternatives. TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN | VOL. 7 NO. 1 Download PDF Parents and teachers often say “good job” as an automatic response to a child’s action.

10X: "Good Job" Alternatives

Learn the Signs. Act Early. You spend your day working with, playing with, and watching children, and you are already familiar with many milestones – such as pointing at objects, smiling, and playing with others – that mark a child’s development.

Learn the Signs. Act Early

All children are unique, but sooner or later, you will see a child who is not developing as they should. You are a valuable resource to parents! Preschool Matters... Today! STEM Challenges. President Obama showed off his inner geek last week when he presided over the White House Science Fair.

STEM Challenges

He said that meeting "superstar biologists and engineers and rocket scientists and robot-builders" that day was "far more important" than his meeting with 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks the week before. (Of the Seahawks' meeting, he simply said, "That was cool. ") In conjunction with the science fair, the Education Department announced $35 million in competitive grants for programs that train teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The department said shortages of highly effective STEM teachers are particularly acute in high schools. State officals tell the agency that they are having a harder time finding high school math and science teachers than teachers in subjects like English and Social Studies. Formative assessment. Formative assessment. Formative vs Summative Assessment - Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation.

Formative assessment.

Formative vs Summative Assessment - Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

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Classroom Assessment

Formative vs. Summative Assessments Classroom assessments can include a wide range of options -- from recording anecdotal notes while observing a student to administering standardized tests. Classroom Assessment. Why Formative Assessments Matter. Summative assessments, or high stakes tests and projects, are what the eagle eye of our profession is fixated on right now, so teachers often find themselves in the tough position of racing, racing, racing through curriculum.

Why Formative Assessments Matter Common Core State Standards. Welcome to the Share My Lesson Information Center for the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core State Standards

As well as a wealth of facts and statistics about the standards, you'll also be able to find aligned curricula and lesson plans, the latest news on the Common Core and relevant videos and links. In addition, you can access expert advice and opinions in our Common Core Forum, where you can ask or answer questions on the standards. The Common Core State Standards will require big transitions and changes to the professional lives of educators and we want to help. Sites/ Sites/

Promoting Data in the Classroom. Click here to view PDF This report explores the use of student achievement data to improve classroom instruction.

Promoting Data in the Classroom

An Ocean of Unknowns. Click here to view PDF What is the best way to use data to measure teacher impact on student learning?

An Ocean of Unknowns

States and school districts are attempting to navigate these uncharted waters. As of 2012, 20 states and DC require evidence of student learning to play a role in evaluating teacher performance. No Rich Child Left Behind. Javier Jaén Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families.

No Rich Child Left Behind

Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities and school leadership positions, higher graduation rates and higher rates of college enrollment and completion. Whether you think it deeply unjust, lamentable but inevitable, or obvious and unproblematic, this is hardly news. It is true in most societies and has been true in the United States for at least as long as we have thought to ask the question and had sufficient data to verify the answer.

THE GREAT DIVIDE - Opinionator. The French economist Thomas Piketty swept across the United States last week with a dire warning: Income inequality isn’t going to go away, and it probably will get worse. Only policies that directly address the problem — in particular, progressive taxation — can help us change course. At a panel discussion in Washington of Piketty’s new blockbuster, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the American economist Robert Solow, who served on President Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, took the long view as he formulated his response to the idea of trying to democratize ownership of capital in our country. State Lawmakers Recognize Education of 'Whole Child' - Rules for Engagement.

Membership, policy, and professional development for educators - ASCD. Reforming the Teacher Profession: From Consequences to Collaboration. Much of the discussion around the President’s 2014 education budget has centered on proposed initiatives for universal pre-K and a $1 billion Race to the Top competition for college affordability and completion. Compared to these bold new proposals, K-12 education seems to have drawn the short straw. New Teacher Evals- Article Dec. 2012. New York City teachers discussed preparations for new teacher evaluations with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in September 2011.