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Aug 08, 16

It’s said the music is the “universal language” among people. It brings us together in a way no other language can. The creative power and expression that practicing and sharing our favourite music gives us has an indescribable quality. The good news is that Essential Fluencies resources for music teachers are everywhere. It’s more evidence that the Fluencies can apply to any subject.

Aug 04, 16

Project Zero was founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967 to study and improve education in the arts. Goodman believed that arts learning should be studied as a serious cognitive activity, but that "zero" had yet been firmly established about the field; hence, the project was given its name. <br /><br />

Aug 03, 16

Back-to-school conjures images of desks in neat rows, and the smells of crayons and glue. Teachers work hard to make warm, inviting learning spaces for students, but let's take a step back. What does a desk represent? Imagine a classroom that looked less like a traditional classroom and more like an artist's studio. Our physical environment, as explored in The Third Teacher, tells us what is possible in that space. What if, instead of making our space for our students, we made it with our students? This is what design thinking allows us to do.

Jul 30, 16

Classroom design impacts student engagement. Review the research in this white paper from Steelcase. Survey your students to kick-start your own redesign. Zoom in on the graphics and consider how your space measures up:

Jul 30, 16

I vowed that my future classroom would be a place where those types of sensory needs were normal choices for anyone.

Jul 30, 16

It’s been my dream to make my 2nd grade classroom look more like a “Starbucks for kids”, and less like, well, a classroom.

Jul 29, 16

We're mad. We're really, really mad -- and according to an Esquire/NBC News survey, we're madder than we’ve been in a long time. It takes less than ten minutes on social media for it to become clear that we've got a short fuse and we're not afraid to light it.

Jul 29, 16

When my principal asked me to lead a team of social studies teachers at my school, I hesitated. It's not my natural instinct to be in charge. Although I started teaching at age 15 at a local day care center, I'm only in my fourth year at Middle School 354, the School of Integrated Learning, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Who am I to tell another teacher with 10 or 20 years experience what to do? I'm keenly aware that my principal is taking a chance on my leadership and presenting me with an opportunity.

Jul 29, 16

However talented, no one is a natural-born teacher. Honing the craft takes significant care and effort, not just by the individual, but also by the school at large. Though experience does matter, it matters only to the extent that a teacher -- regardless of how long he or she has been in the classroom -- commits to continued professional development to refresh his or her status as a transformational teacher.

Jul 07, 16

Help all students — struggling readers and gifted students — to let go of the idea that reading easy books is embarrassing. Where do you go when you're looking for information about an unfamiliar topic? To a 400-page textbook written by experts or to an easy-reading online encyclopedia that summarizes the key concepts? Background knowledge is essential to the comprehension of more difficult text, and reading easy nonfiction that explains the critical concepts is an ideal way to expose all students to the essential background knowledge they need to understand their textbooks.<br /><br />

Jun 22, 16

Resources for writing in all content areas.

Jun 16, 16

It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a big problem in the U.S.; according to the CDC, over 17 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are obese. With the nation’s obesity rates still alarmingly high, physical education in schools is as important as ever. In fact, physical education doesn’t just combat obesity, it can help children become better learners, too. In a study reported on by the New York Times, researchers found that children who were in good aerobic condition were better able to recall difficult learning than children who were less physically fit.

Jun 15, 16

“Every time we have built new eyes to observe the universe, our understanding of ourselves and our place in it has been forever altered.”

Jun 09, 16

Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!

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