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Transforming classroom management for ELLs: The issues
By Erick Herrmann
Teachers get into the business of teaching because they want to help people learn to develop new skills and knowledge, and ultimately to make the world a better place. But when inappropriate or disruptive behavior interrupts the process of helping students to develop these skills, frustration may ensue for the teacher and other students. There are numerous issues that impact classroom management skills, in general terms, but also when working with students who are English learners or who come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
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8 uplifting quotes for discouraged students
Edudemic
There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school. Instead of lecturing these lost souls, it's up to educators and mentors to find ways to lure them back into learning. It can be done through constant motivation and pep talk. Sometimes, it can be done with a great story that will push them to work harder. For now, maybe these inspirational quotes on learning and hard work can do the trick.
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Report details 5 keys to using technology to help at-risk students
THE Journal
The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education recently released a report "Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students' Learning." Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students. Based on their research, the authors offer the following five recommendations.
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Study: Cyberbullying increases as students age
University of California, Riverside via ScienceDaily
As students age, they are verbally and physically bullied less, but cyberbullied more. Non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students transition from elementary to middle school.

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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards?

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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Poll: Reform candidate closes gap in race to be California schools chief
Reuters via The Huffington Post
A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education chief is in a statistical tie in a race shaping up to be a proxy war between school reform advocates and the state's powerful teachers unions, a recent poll showed.
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Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name
The Washington Post
As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they're calling them something different. A new survey by the Education Commission of the States, a non-partisan organization that tracks education policy, shows that many states have ditched the "Common Core" name but have kept the standards and slapped on a new moniker that doesn't carry as much political freight.
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Florida kindergarten teacher refuses to give standardized tests
The Associated Press via Fox News
An Alachua County, Florida, kindergarten teacher is refusing to give standardized tests to her students. The Gainesville Sun reports 59-year-old Susan Bowles has decided not to give her Chiles Elementary students tests such as FAIR, which predicts their success in reading and is required to be administered to kindergartners.
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The invisible achievement gap: Students in foster care
The Huffington Post
Marian Wright Edelman writes for The Huffington Post: "Across the country it's back-to-school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children — especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment by all teachers and school administrators to help every child succeed. Every year too many children don't get the respect and extra help they need to reach their full potential."
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High-stakes testing, lack of voice driving teachers out
Michigan State University via Phys.org
Contrary to popular opinion, unruly students are not driving out teachers in droves from America's urban school districts. Instead, teachers are quitting due to frustration with standardized testing, declining pay and benefits, and lack of voice in what they teach.
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New report looks at circumventing institutional barriers to implement blended learning
THE Journal
A new report from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation examines barriers to the implementation of blended learning and solutions districts have found to work around them. Although the report focuses on California public schools, the findings should prove helpful to administrators in other parts of the country as well.
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You can classify words in your sleep
Cell Press via ScienceDaily
When people practice simple word classification tasks before nodding off — knowing that a "cat" is an animal or that "flipu" isn't found in the dictionary, for example — their brains will unconsciously continue to make those classifications even in sleep. The findings show that some parts of the brain behave similarly whether people are asleep or awake and pave the way for further studies on the processing capacity of individuals' sleeping brains, the researchers say.
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Study: Cyberbullying increases as students age
University of California, Riverside via ScienceDaily
As students age, they are verbally and physically bullied less, but cyberbullied more. Non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a paper recently released.
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Classroom management in the tech-equipped classroom
Edutopia
Andrew Marcinek writes for Edutopia: "I have had the opportunity to visit nearly 300 classrooms at Grafton Public Schools in Massachusetts. As I walk through classrooms to ensure that all technology pieces are working effectively and efficiently, I notice the way classroom management is happening. The one consistent element across grades K-12 is that active learning is taking place — I notice all students involved or engaged in an activity. Occasionally, there is technology involved as well. But the key element in classroom management, whether using technology or not, is to ensure that students are actively participating in the learning process, not simply receiving it."
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How can teachers engage all learners? Let students play
eSchool News
For most, the phrase "games in the classroom" evokes memories of board games; Jeopardy-style review games; chalkboard games, like baseball and hangman; and games handcrafted by creative teachers using any materials at hand. It remains true, today, that when students are put in an environment in which they can learn their own way without fear, they become lifelong independent learners.
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How to teach beyond Ferguson
Edutopia
Jose Vilson writes for Edutopia: "Over the last few weeks, I've had the privilege of getting numerous requests for how I would approach a conversation about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. At first, I didn't have many words to say, especially since I covered much of this ground during the Jordan Davis proceedings. With the cycle of violence continuing to permeate our young people and the speed at which news gets to them, it becomes even more important for educators to stay socially aware and ready to have conversations that might be uncomfortable for them."
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