From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

May 16, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.
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TECH TALK - New Google Earth Has Exciting Features for Teachers

Google has recently released a brand new version of Google Earth for both Chrome and Android. This new version has come with a slew of nifty features teachers can use for educational purposes with students in class. Learn about Voyager, This is Home, Feeling Lucky, 3-D Imagery, and Google Earth VR.

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Uncommon Leadership: What it Takes to Press Forward

edWeb - Dr. Vicki Phillips

Tuesday, May 16, 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategies for Encouraging Reading Readiness in Young Children

edWeb - Howard Goldstein, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 17, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Teaching in the Fast Lane

ASCD - Suzy Pepper Rollins

Thursday, May 18, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Seven Ways to Conquer a Curriculum Search

edWeb - Mindy Sinyak

Monday, May 22, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Never, Ever - Advice, Wisdom, and Humor For Preschool Teachers

edWeb - Dr. Shirley Raines

Tuesday, May 23, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

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FOR TEACHERS: 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

Is your classroom an “intellectually active” place? A place that is highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning? This list of 10 characteristics can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own classroom against.

FOR PARENTS: 8 Things Kids Should Do for Themselves Before They are 13

Every parent wants their children to become competent adults when they grow up. Sometimes parenting is about not doing everything for children. Leaving children do some things on their own is crucial to their development. Depending on their maturity and the circumstances they live it, check out these 8 things children should be left to do on their own before they are 13.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: 20 Observable Characteristics of Effective Teaching

The University of Minnesota offers these observable characteristics of effective teaching which, while focused on teacher actions rather then student learning, has useful information and tips that teachers can use to reflect on their own practice.

Winding Down at the End of the School Year?

"There is nothing winding down about the end of the school year, it is more like a complete and total crash. You accelerate until you run into a brick wall and you hope your seat belt lets you get out of the thing intact so you can limp off into your summer.” -Vicki Davis in her podcast How to Make it To the End of the School Year
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Podcasts for Teachers

There are many excellent podcasts for and by teachers that provide pertinent information and ideas for teachers. If you haven’t discovered podcasts as a way to learn - here are a few excellent ones to begin with:

Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers

10 minute episodes posted every Sunday to get teachers and educators energized for the week ahead.

Teachers Aid

Guests of the Teachers Aid podcast talk about the most practical classroom issues with a beautiful focus on the development of the whole child and the whole teacher! The episodes are quick-paced and usually feature more than one educator so you get different perspectives on the topic being discussed.

Cult of Pedagogy

This podcast features some of the best blog posts of Jessica Gonzalez.This is generally a solo show featuring the occasional guest, and Jennifer always goes really deep into her topics, making them easy to understand and digest.

Every Classroom Matters

A bi-weekly show that interviews teachers and professionals who have impactful practices for any classroom. Vicki Davis leads this ten-minute conversation about a variety of best practices.

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Center for Christian Urban Educators

The Center for Christian Urban Educators seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators as they impact the lives of the children entrusted to their educational care.