Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Ocean Science: Start Shallow, Go Deep (Part I)

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While memories of the beach are still fresh in students’ minds, ocean science offers many hooks for seasonal lessons in all of the sciences. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of all water on the planet. But according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the lead federal agency for protecting and managing the ocean, more than 95 percent of the underwater world has yet to … [Continue reading]

How can schools prepare for discussions of controversial issues? (Part II)

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On Monday, we looked at the reasons why schools should allow discussions of controversial issues. See Part I. Now let's address the how. What can school leaders do? Schools could preemptively address parental and other concerns by preparing teachers through professional development and appropriate planning. The following are just a few ideas to consider so that current news events may enrich instead of derail curriculum plans. 1. Set up the … [Continue reading]

Should schools allow discussions of controversial issues? (Part I)

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[OP-ED] On Saturday, August 9 in Ferguson, Mo., a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, a young black man, sparking protests in the town and discussions about race and history across the United States. On August 21, Ed Week reported that the superintendent of a nearby school district banned the discussion of the events in Ferguson, Mo. in schools, because “parents complained … that some teachers were interjecting their own opinions into … [Continue reading]

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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Why should you consider teaching with graphic novels? Kids read graphic novels – walk into any library or bookstore and you will find young readers hanging out in the manga and comics aisles. So, why aren’t teachers using more graphic novels in their classrooms? One of the main reasons is due to a bias against graphic novels as a “legitimate” text; however, this bias is being chipped away as research supports the efficacy of using … [Continue reading]