Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:47:25 -0700
Subject: Weekly Newsletter: Secret to Better Student Study Skills, Volume 9, Issue 32
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Volume 9, Issue 32
August 10, 2011
Here are a few of EducationWorld’s many learning games and activities.
Show-Biz Science: A Mysterious Concoction
Do some chemistry magic with cabbage juice.
A great activity for the first days of school: Kids get to know each other better with a fun questionnaire. Language Arts (Grades 3-12)
Like these? We’ve got hundreds more, many of which include convenient printables:
* Challenging math puzzlers to practice skills: Sudoku Puzzles
* Find lots of ideas to stimulate student independent writing: Writing Bugs
* Kids reinforce grammar, punctuation and spelling skills as they hunt for mistakes in short passages: Every-Day Edits
* In these geography stumpers, each set of answers starts with the same letter: Geography A to Z
Timely and Practical Lesson Ideas
Top 5 Tips for Improving Student Study Skills
Eileen Tracy, an Oxford-educated expert in study skills, offers students a new twist on traditional techniques, just in time for back to school.
Debt Crisis Provides Economic "Teachable Moment"
Planning for those first days of social studies, history or current events class? Why not tackle the interrelated economic issues of national debt, credit ratings and the stock market?
Site Review: The Big 6
The “Big 6” steps enhance student efficiency by helping them understand assignments, complete decision-making activities, self-assess work, and recognize credible information.
New Resources from SuperTeacher Worksheets
SuperTeacher Worksheets has created brand-new worksheets exclusively for EducationWorld. Check out these printables for the elementary grades.
Case Studies Let Students Tackle Healthcare Challenges
With these valuable case studies, students practice healthcare-related decision-making in impoverished countries, where politics, economics and geography must be considered.
Icebreakers and Getting-to-Know-You Activities: Volume 2
If you're looking for fun activities for the opening days of school, explore these teacher-submitted ideas.
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This Week’s Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan
Play Battleship on Graph Paper
The board game Battleship is adapted to teach coordinate plane algebra. (Grades 3-12)
See more Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans.
This Week’s Early Childhood Resource
Our Revised 'Little Bo Peep'
Give children something to sing about with this fun activity.
See more Early Childhood Activities.
This Week's Classroom Tip
This Week's Classroom Tip
Handling Difficult Situations: The School Assembly
When faced with student misbehavior during a school assembly, respond in a way that leaves the misbehaving student's dignity intact and allows other students to enjoy a disruption-free program.
Access additional Classroom Management Tips.
NFL Marketing Guru: School Program Makes Fitness Fun
Looking to start a new student fitness program for the new school year? Hear about the Play 60 program from its chief cheerleader.
Site Review: RAND Education
For users wanting to deeply explore the evidence base for everything from education policy to instructional practices, this site is the go-to destination.
An Insider’s Look at Students’ Lives
School counselor Barbara J. Kiernan wrote a book to let kids know they are not alone and to give insight to teachers about students’ lives.
Saving Kids From Stress
Facing fierce competition to get into top colleges, many students are compromising their health and values to get ahead. Learn about one school’s efforts to reduce student stress.
Discover how to put brain-friendly strategies to work in the classroom and how you as an educator can avoid your own “senior moments.”
Principal Unites School Around Student Strengths
When changes hit Khowhemun Elementary School in British Columbia, Principal Charlie Coleman helped give the school focus and unify staff.
To access more great content, check out our Professional Development Archive.
Dr. Fred Jones: Tools for Teaching Tips for Substitutes
Consider two different perspectives when applying Tools for Teaching to the job of substitute teaching. The first is when you are about to have a substitute. The second is when you are about to be a substitute.
See more Professional Development Columnists.
The Learning Machine
The Science Machine: KODAK: Close to Perfection
Science Topics: biology, insects, nature, photography (Grades K-12)
The Math Machine: Math Frozen Bubble
Math Skills: matching patterns; addition; odd and even; multiples (Grades K-12)
The Reading Machine: Tina's World - Real or Make Believe?
Reading Skills: real and make believe (Grades K-1)
iPad App Review: Grammar Up
Grammar Up is a multiple-choice quiz system for English that provides over 1,800 questions across 20 grammar categories.
Back-to-School Apps Offer Big Bang for Buck
While getting ready to head back to school, these free apps might make the return a little easier on everyone.
Does Digital Overload Harm Students' Vision?
With teachers increasingly incorporating 3D imaging into their daily curricula, the importance of proper eye and vision care is greater than ever.
EdTech Tips of the Week: Volume 39
Need to add a word to your dictionary or find a synonym? Discover great reference resources.
Who's Talking Online?
Are social networking sites appropriate for school use? Should schools ban the use of such sites -- or incorporate them into the curriculum and teach students to use them safely?
Sandra Harris: BRAVO Principals Care About People
How do principals show teachers and students that they care? Sandra Harris shares ten ways in which principals make teachers and students feel important, respected, recognized, heard and included.
To browse more Administrator Columns, visit our archive.
Site Review: ADTBusiness.com
Once users get past the sales pitch, there are some useful nuggets of info that administrators can use when assessing their school’s security status.
NASA Shares STEM Resources With Teachers
Some future teachers took a class this summer to learn how to use NASA's huge warehouse of educational resources.
Low-Income Kids Need School Finance Reform
A new report examines the problem of intrastate fiscal inequity and shows that many states are not fairly funding lower-income districts.
National Teacher Town Hall Returning to NBC
Following the success of last year’s event, NBC News is bringing back the National Teacher Town Hall to the 2011 Education Nation Summit.
School Funding Formulas: Lessons from Rhode Island
Education reform has become increasingly polarized, yet Rhode Island's legislative success suggests that highly politicized issues can be addressed with well-designed public policy.
Microsoft Names Top Educators
Microsoft has announced the 11 winners of the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum.
Safety of Homemade School Lunches Questioned
A study showing as many as 90 percent of the school lunches brought from home might be unsafe because they aren't stored at the right temperature has local food safety advocates suggesting parents place ice packs around cut-open or prepared food -- to at least help maintain safe temperatures.
5 Nifty Back-To-School Tech Purchases
The convergence of gadgets and a move to Web-based services in the cloud has made our bags decidedly lighter and our shopping lists a bit shorter this fall.
US Offers Deal on School Reform
Delaware might be among the states that ask to forgo rules of the federal No Child Left Behind Act under a policy announced Monday by U.S. Department of Education.
How Are Schools Doing? Ask Students
The cheating scandal in Atlanta's public schools - and suggestions of others in Philadelphia and elsewhere - illustrate the peril of focusing on a single performance measure. School leaders and policymakers should see the need for a broader set of indicators of school quality.
Teachers Flee Michigan for Jobs in Other States
Stacey Ancona has taught science at inner city and suburban high schools in Michigan, but her next teaching job will be in South Carolina. The 24-year-old Lansing resident is one of hundreds of new teachers leaving for positions in other states, a reflection of Michigan's wealth of teaching colleges, shrinking number of students and budget woes that have forced schools to cut staffs.
Check Up: School Lunches Linked to Disease Dangers
Are the lunches you send to school making your kid sick? They sure could be, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin. They measured the temperatures of food in bag lunches 90 minutes before children at air-conditioned Texas child-care centers were scheduled to eat them.
After School Bans 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' Vonnegut Library Gives Copies for Free
When the Republic High School in Missouri banned Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, two weeks ago, the late author's memorial library sprung into it action: offering free copies to any of the 150 students who were originally meant to read the book in class.
Overriding a Key Education Law
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.
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