From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

October 12, 2017

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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TECH TALK - Google Classroom: Exploring the Benefits for Teachers

In this article, Meghan Borardus Cortez outlines the three primary teachers benefit from using Google Classroom, a program designed to streamline daily classroom activities and give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach.

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Using Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Sheila Valencia

Thursday, October 12, 3:00 PM EDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Student-Centered Classroom

Center for the Collaborative Classroom - Dr. Sonia Nieto

Thursday, October 12, 4:00 PM EDT

The Power of Family Partnerships: Engaging in the Six Essential Building Blocks

edWeb - Melissa Williamson

Wednesday. October 18, 3:00 PM EDT

Helping Students Become Independent Readers and Writers: An Intro to Balanced Literacy

SimpleK-12 - Dr. Jayme Linton

Wednesday, October 18, 2:00 PM EDT

Close Reading with Historical Newspapers: Making Meaning from the Past

edWeb - Tom Bober

Wednesday, October 18, 5:00 PM EDT

Can We Nudge Students to Be Better Learners?

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - David Docterman

Tuesday, October 19, 3:00 PM EDT

Arts Integration Meets Diverse Learners’ Needs

edWeb - Cheri Sterman

Thursday, October 19, 4:00 PM EDT

Google Day of Learning


Saturday, October 21, 10:00 - 12:30 PM EDT

Engaging, Effective Instruction in Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Shane Templeton

Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 PM EDT

Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice

ASCD - Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral

Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 PM EDT

Developing Fact Fluency with Understanding: Addition and Subtraction

edWeb - James Burnett

Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 PM EDT

Teaching Practices to Support Learning through Play in Your Preschool Program

edWeb - Kristen Kemple, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 PM EDT

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FOR TEACHERS: Book Commercials

Bill Boerman-Cornell, an education professor at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, begins many of the Education courses he teaches with a book commercial. These book commericals can be found in this blog which is a great resource for teachers. The reviews include the citation of the book, the first few opening lines, a summary of the book, a recommendation and information about whether or not the book is likely to be challenged. You can search the blog for specific book titles.

FOR TEACHERS: Student Voice

In discussions about education, student perspectives are rarely heard. Watch this short video of Curtis, a young man growing up in Nottingham, England, to hear what he thinks about respect and relationships, how he feels about being labeled "a troubled individual” and what one teacher did so that Curtis started thinking and acting differently.

FOR TEACHERS: 20 Types of Learning Journals that Help Students Think

A learning journal is simply an ongoing collection of writing for learning–that is, writing done for the purpose of learning rather than the purpose of demonstrating learning. There are as many types of learning journals as there are ways to think, mainly because writing is a powerful strategy for both documenting and promoting thinking. In this article you will find 20 types of learning journals–in this case, learning journals that promote thinking.

FOR TEACHERS: Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls. Link to Video

FOR TEACHERS: 4 Skills All Students Need

Here are four essential “soft skills” that may be best taught through a discussion of literature. The author of this article states that "our students’ education is incomplete without these skills. Students with these four abilities have the skills to create peace, stability, and hope where it is lacking. If that’s not worth pursuing,, I don’t know what is."

FOR PARENTS: What to Ask Your Kids When They Get Home from School

In between the buzz of soccer practice, music lessons, dinner prep, and homework, many parents like to ask questions to find out about their children’s day. Parents, want to be involved in their children’s lives and with the right line of questioning, can get to the root of childrens' days and be able to identify both their successes and their struggles in school.

FOR PARENTS: Seven Ways to Develop Grit in Your Kids

“Grit” has recently become a popular buzzword in parenting and education. It’s defined by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” If you want to help your child develop the all-important tool of grit, here are seven ways to do it.
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FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Why Students Forget and What We Can Do About It

Great topic for a staff discussion - what to do about the “forgetting curve.” Knowing that forgetting starts as soon as learning happens—as Ebbinghaus’s experiments demonstrate—teachers need to be aware of these simple and effective strategies to help make learning stick.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: 5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Positive

When it comes to the meetings you run do you know how to bring out the best in the people attending? Researchers estimate that 50% of the time we spend in meetings is completely wasted. It’s likely that everyone has attended their fair share of those meetings, where we find ourselves counting the seconds until it will finally end? Discover the secret to high-performing meetings and strategies to you to make your meetings more positive.
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