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Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

Parents can engage their children with summer reading. Judy Willis suggests six ways including variety, no pressure, and modeling a love for reading.
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7 Ways To Do ISTE 2014 Your Way

Elana Leoni, Edutopia's Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing, helps you gear up for a successful ISTE annual conference with seven ways to maximize your learning and connectivity -- on your own terms.

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Teaching History Outside the Box

Guest blogger Dan Carlin, historian and podcaster, examines why history lessons often don't stick. With the help of a downloadable audio file, he suggests making history exciting by making it about subjects that matter to students.
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Mixing it Up with Mangahigh: Using Games to Differentiate Instruction

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David Upchurch: Mangahigh is an online educational resource.

Toby Rowland: Over the last three years, we have learned that there’s some rules for math game creation. One rule was that the game mechanic had to be the map.

Chris Green: The concept that we now have launched has gone through many phases to make it exciting and challenging and to make the gradient, the slope, of learning just right. What’s key is that you’re constantly having to solve mathematics problems, but you’re doing it in such a way that it’s exciting, it’s challenging, it’s engaging.

David Upchurch: All our games are built around an API that queries the game constantly about how the student’s doing and how they’re performing, where they’re struggling and so forth. That’s all fed back to us here and some of that data’s also made available to teachers via their admins.

Toby Rowland: The games through the APIs are embedded in the site. That means that teachers can set tasks within games for students and they can be sure that their students are going to go directly into that level of the game and immediately be on task.

Chris Green: Students have to be out of their comfort zones. If you’re in your comfort zone and you’re getting things right and right and right and teaches tiny increments in difficulty or just more of the same, what have you learned? You’ve really learned nothing. That’s not something that students are necessarily used to and it’s quite scary for teachers as well to have the idea that, you know, we want students to make mistakes. We want them to learn from those mistakes. We want them to be uncomfortable in a math classroom. We don’t want kids just sitting there churning stuff out. We want them to feel that there’s a sense that I might not achieve everything today. That is where the real learning goes on and that’s a challenge creating Mangahigh resources. That’s what we want to create.

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  • Special Thanks: Histrionix, Lanier Middle School

This video was originally produced by Institute of Play, and was made possible through generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Guest blogger Kristof Mueller, a teacher at Quest to Learn, uses the online math game site Mangahigh to illustrate three tips for differentiated instruction: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and the Goldilocks Principle of 'just right.'
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$125K Science & Music Teaching Salary - Teaching @ TEP

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The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School is currently seeking experienced and outstanding science and music teacher candidates. We are also hiring in ELA, Special Education, Debate, Social Studies, Math, & Physical Education. If you’re interested in applying for any of our positions, please follow the specific directions on our website: www.tepcharter.org/apply.php.

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Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.

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Real PBL teachers don’t do the work for their students

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One of the scariest things about deciding to use a project-based learning approach with your students is letting go. My experience has been that even the most creative teachers who have taken the leap into the PBL waters continue to find it difficult to let go of their role as teacher, despite having the best intentions for their students.

Join #PTcamp Virtual Book Chat

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I just signed up to take part in an online book chat that is starting June 21. I learned about this thanks to a tweet from @Joe_Mazza. The book is "Beyond the Bakesale" by Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp (http://amzn.to/1nrXcHo) and Joe says they will be part of the conversation too.

Get more information and register at http://bit.ly/1nrXhe2.

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Innovative Education: Make Room for "What Ifs"

Brookwood teacher Rich Lehrer, high school student Arjun Bhatnagar, and members of the Robohand Club spent a memorable work day with Max
Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss highlights a science project where eighth-graders created a "robohand" after their teacher invited them to solve a real-world problem.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators

Need a break from the end-of-the-year pressure? This Five-Minute Film Festival gives you something to laugh about, with a round-up of entertaining animal videos.
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