Ken Messersmith

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Tags Student Engagement
September 26, 2007

A teacher in our local school district recently posted a question on one of our discussion boards: "I'm having a difficult time coming up with ideas on how to give my students more responsibility and freedom in my classroom. I am very structured and organized -- how can I give my eighth graders...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
August 23, 2007

My summer-reading list included the autobiographies of Mohandas Gandhi and Malcolm X, as well as a book about John F. and Robert Kennedy called Brothers, by David Talbot. Part of my motivation for reading these books came from a desire to understand the process of social change and how,...

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Tags New-Teacher Support
August 17, 2007

My two favorite times of the academic year are the beginning and the ending, and one of the best things about working in education is that we get all summer to recharge. As I gear up to start a new school year, I've been thinking quite a bit about beginnings.

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Tags Assessment
May 21, 2007

The report "A New Day for Learning," recently released by the Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force, argues that we must redefine the school day if we are to improve student achievement in the United States. The...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
April 25, 2007

Many people believe that a high-quality teacher-education program must include field experience for teacher candidates in all education courses. Organizations such as the National Network for Educational Renewal and the...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
April 19, 2007

One of the instructional strategies often supported on this site is project-based learning. PBL has been at the heart of vocational agriculture programs since the beginning. All vocational agriculture students participate in the Future...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
April 10, 2007

I teach an online graduate class titled Technology Tools for Teachers. Most of the class members are practicing educators with several years of experience teaching in rural areas.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
March 7, 2007

We are speeding toward the day when students will bring an electronic learning device with them to school. The MIT $100 laptops are about to ship

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