From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

June 28, 2018

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.

TECH TALK: The 90 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts (Updated For 2018)

The use of elearning is rapidly rising in P-20 classrooms. At this point, it’s no longer a question of whether teachers should embrace elearning. The question should be how do we make the most out of this trend. Elearning is no longer all or nothing—it has become mainstream and will continue to transform in-classroom learning in the coming years. Here is a list of 30 of the most incredible elearning tools, apps, and platforms.

TEACHERS: Starting Small with PBL

A middle school chemistry teacher has three tips for teachers who find project-based learning daunting. While it was intimidating at first, the experience convinced her that PBL can be successfully implemented in nearly any classroom.

TEACHERS: How Teachers Get Cold Calling Right

Cold calling is when a teacher asks students to participate, hand up or not. This is powerful, but it usually stirs negative emotions: fear, anxiety, embarrassment. However it’s healthy for students to feel on-the-spot. Healthy discomfort leads to growth. This post explores how to push students to participate even if they’re shy in September as well as cold calling scenarios that hurt discussions.

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TEACHERS: 8 Fun Ways to Help Your Students Collaborate in the Classroom

The days of students silently working independently from textbooks at desks neatly arranged into perfect rows are becoming rare! In today’s classroom, you’re more likely to see students standing or sitting together around tables or huddling on the rug, gesturing and talking excitedly, drawing diagrams on tablets, sketching ideas on whiteboards, or gathered around computers. Here are eight great activities and tools to foster an environment of collaboration in your classroom.

TEACHERS: Six Steps to Take in Response to Your Frustration at Kids

This commentary explores what teachers can do when they are frustrated with students. If frustrated teachers yell at kids it "makes kids more aggressive, physically and verbally. Yelling in general, no matter what the context, is an expression of anger.” It scares kids and makes them feel insecure. Even though they may put on a front, their defenses go up; they shift into survival mode (even if it’s irrational) and slip out of a logical paradigm where they can grow and learn.

TEACHERS: How One Teacher Uses Live Video to Foster SEL and Connect to Classrooms Around the World

TEACHERS: Optimism is a Learnable Skill

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TEACHERS: 100 Things Students Can Create to Demonstrate What They Know

PARENTS: How to Create Great Summer Reading Experiences for All

Throughout the school year teachers (and those at home) have been working hard to cultivate or protect a love of reading in students. Now that the school year has ended comes the real test; will kids keep reading over the summer? In this article, Pernille Ripp shares a few ideas that may help this be a summer of reading for your kids.

PARENTS: What’s Going on in a Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story?

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LEADERS: Ten Things Great School Leaders Do Over the Summer

Great school leaders aren’t measured by how much they accomplish from August to June, but rather, how their students grow and thrive year after year. In the summer months, it is vital for leaders to reflect, innovate and strategize on making the next school year successful. Here are some ideas of how effective educators make great use of the summer months.

LEADERS: Confronting Fear to Make Way for Learning

Fear is the first obstacle to communication. By using a scripting strategy before potentially challenging conversations with students, teachers and families, an assistant principal acknowledges the fears that can derail communication and relationships. Addressing fears first helps him better serve the emotional needs that support all learning.

LEADERS: Education Buzz Words: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

LEADERS: Show What You Know? The Shift to Competency

Competency-based school models have the potential to better prepare young people for the innovation economy. But what does competency-based mean? How do we get there? And what are the risks? This post explores answers to these important questions.
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When Am I Going to Use This? Helping Students Find Purpose to Build Motivation

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