From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

April 18, 2019

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of the Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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TEACHERS: Teachable Moments: How Four Educators Learned to See Their Students Differently

This episode is the first of a four-part series about why teachers teach, called Teachable Moments. On this EdSurge On Air podcast, you can listen to four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome.

TEACHERS: Teachable Moments: Connecting With Students In — and Out — of the Classroom

Teaching philosophies are often shaped by moments that happen when teachers aren't in front of the classroom. Sometimes these lessons come from being a parent or coach, traveling abroad or advancing into a new role. That was the case for the four teachers featured on this episode of Teachable Moments.

TEACHERS: Teaching Students to Read Metacognitvely

Comprehension is the whole point of reading. As proficient readers read, they make meaning, learn new information, connect with characters, and enjoy the author’s craft. But as students begin to transition in their skills from cracking the sound-symbol code to becoming active meaning makers, they do not always monitor their understanding of the text as they read or notice when they make errors. If taught to actively monitor their comprehension, students will catch themselves when they make an error and apply a strategy to get their understanding back on track.

TEACHERS: Predictions: Activating Curiosity and Honoring Student Input

Predicting is a wonderful engagement tool because it encourages students to be wonder-filled! The act of predicting places students in the driver’s seat of learning as they plot out the most probable destinations of where the curriculum and their learning will take them. Read these tips so the art of predicting becomes a regular way teachers can activate student curiosity and honor student input.

TEACHERS: Changing How Educators See Negative Behavior in the Classroom

The history of the Unites States is rich with resistance, organizing, and civil rights campaigning—but for many teachers, these movements seem new. For teachers who want to guide their students through conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equity, it’s important to both teach the history and build upon the work of the countless people who contributed to social justice movements throughout the years. Here are 21 free resources teachers can use for social justice lesson plans.

TEACHERS: What it Means to Teach Like a Disciple

Teach like a disciple is more than a slogan for Christian educators if you unpack the phrase. In this blog post three aspects of this concept are explained for classroom teachers and administrators with instructional leadership responsibilities. The author’s goal in sharing these insights is to take a global truth offered in Jesus’ curriculum or pedagogy and see its application to the teaching profession without trivializing His original message.

TEACHERS: 8 Ways to Creat Upstanders In a Bullying Culture

Middle school is too often synonymous with bullying culture. Ask most middle school students to recall a story about bullying, and they’ll have one. Concerned students may find themselves on the sideline behavior, yet unsure how to react, Read the best practices from one middle school teacher in her work to empower her students to change bullying culture to create positive change in our school communities.

TEACHERS: How to Adapt Your Teaching Strategies to Student Needs

Teachers are often asked to modify instruction to accommodate special needs students. In fact, all students will benefit from the following good teaching practices. This article How to Adapt Your Teaching Strategies to Student Needs provides a list of easy to implement adaptations based on difficulties that students are having and takes the mystery out of adapting materials and strategies for curriculum areas.

TEACHERS: Essential Tips for Visual Journaling

Explore why teachers should have students create visual journals and how to get them to use visual journaling. Educators know that it is easier for students to remember information when it has been presented in many different ways. Looking at visuals and creating visuals can help all learners organize and retain information.

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TEACHERS: Guidelines for Socratic Seminars

This resource includes ideas, roles, criteria, and scoring strategies that can be used to assess and improve the quality of any student group discussion. They are designed to help teachers enable students to become increasingly self-regulating and self-disciplined about their seminar work.
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PARENTS: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money

Teaching children about money can be a touchy subject for a lot of folks and there isn’t a lot of guidance out there for parents on how to do it well. Parents want their kids to be savvy with money, but often don’t know how to start the conversation. Ron Lieber is the money columnist at The New York Times, and the author of the book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money. Listen to this interview with him as he talks about the value of talking openly with children about money.

PARENTS: The Secret of Not Yelling When You Are Having a Bad Day

"I've been working hard not to yell at my kids. But sometimes I just can't help it. I explode, and then I feel so guilty. I know it isn't really what my kids are doing, it's just me, having a hard day. Is it really possible to stop yelling? What's the secret? It is possible to stop yelling, and thousands of parents do it.

PARENTS: How to Give Your Child a Rich Life -- Without Spoiling or Raising Entitled Kids

Nobody wants to raise a child who thinks the world owes him, who feels like he’s entitled to take whatever he wants. Parents all want to raise kids who know how to work hard to create what they want in the world. They also want to raise a child who feels worthy, deserving of the blessings of abundance—spiritual, emotional, and yes, physical—and the rich life that should be the birthright of every child. So what are the secrets to raise a child who feels worthy – but not “entitled”?

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LEADERS: Cultural Responsiveness Starts in the Principal’s Office

Cultural responsiveness is about understanding how varying experiences impact students, about learning how to embrace diversity, and about fostering connections between school staff and the diverse populations they serve. Culturally responsive practices are more likely to occur in schools where principals engage in culturally responsive leadership and work to overcome the barriers that arise against it. Culturally responsive leadership occurs when school leaders merge curriculum innovation with social activism.

LEADERS: The Power of Instructional Leadership

The theme of the March issue of Educational Leadership magazine is Instructional Leadership. Guiding and supporting instructional quality across a school is the “greatest challenge facing principals today,” writes journalist Jennifer Gill in this issue. Here are a number of articles on Instructional Leadership from the magazine and from other sources.

LEADERS: How to Remember What You Read

Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It’s not what they read. It’s how they read. Good reading habits not only help you read more but help you read better. Discover how to be an active reader.

LEADERS: Instead of Complaining Schools Should Show Parents How to Engage in their Child’s Education

If you ask a teacher to name the some of the biggest problems that they deal with, lack of parental involvement, would be number one on over 75% of the lists. This is not a scientific figure, but as an estimate, it is pretty good. These teachers are being honest in their answer, but few think about parental involvement in its totality. While teachers think that all parents should understand the scope of their parental involvement duties, many do not. Many parents don’t understand how to be fully engaged in their child’s education. Because of this, schools have to show them how.
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Authentic Assessment in the Digital Age

Thursday, April 18, 5:00 PM EDT

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom

Monday, April 22, 6:30 PM EDT

Engaging Children with Music and Movement

Tuesday, April 23, 4:00 PM EDT

Teacher Moves That Engage Students in Mathematical Practices

Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 PM EDT

Advances in PBIS: Contributions for Creating Equitable Systems

Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 PM EDT

Tips for Surviving All Types of Assessments as a Classroom Teacher

Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 PM EDT

Building a Schoolwide Culture of Reading

Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 PM EDT

Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Thursday, April 25, 4:00 PM EDT

Monitoring Student Cell Phone Use; What's YOUR Plan?

Thursday, April 25, 5:00 PM EDT

Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

Thursday, April 25, 3:00 PM EDT

Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement

Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM EDT

Inspiring STEM Learning for Young Girls: Tips from Research and the Classroom

Monday, April 29, 5:0 PM EDT

SEL and Academic Learning Catalyst: Growth Mindset

Tuesday, April 30, 4:00 PM EDT

Understanding Growth Models and How They Impact Teacher and School Evaluations

Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 PM EDT

Push Past It! A Positive Approach to Challenging Behavior

Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 PM EDT

How to Make Customer Experience Part of Your K-12 Schools’ Strategic Plan

Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 PM EDT

Authentic Assessment in the Digital Age

Thursday, May 2, 5:00 PM EDT

Use Google Tools to Make Any Curriculum Collaborative and Dynamic

Monday, May 6, 3:00 PM EDT

PLC+: The Plus is You

Monday, May 6, 6:30 PM EDT

Making Mindfulness Work in Your School

Tuesday, May 7, 3:00 PM EDT

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