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Using Classroom Observations to Promote Teacher Self-Efficacy: A Teacher's Perspective
posted by: Alana | October 26, 2016, 09:53 am   

Guest Post by Terry Pearson


During my teaching career in England, which has spanned more than 30 years, I have been very privileged to visit in excess of one thousand teachers, in a wide variety of settings, to observe them at work in their classrooms. Recently though, from what I have read about and even seen the way classroom observations are being deployed in schools and other education and training organizations across the globe, I suspect that America’s teachers are getting pretty used to a ‘litmus-paper’ approach to classroom observation. By this I mean an observer dips into a lesson, or watches a short video of a lesson, and uses a record of what was noticed to form a judgement as to where the teacher, or the lesson, sits within a pre-determined cluster of ratings or categories. I use this terminology as this method of observation can be likened to that of briefly dipping a piece of litmus paper into a solution and using the resulting color of the paper to determine the strength of acidity or alkalinity of the solution.


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Making Technology Work in the Classroom: DOE's Latest Tech Report
posted by: Alana | October 25, 2016, 02:55 pm   

This past week, the Department of Education's Office of Education Technology released a new policy brief that examines the best practices of implementing the use of technology into the classroom of young learners.


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Member Spotlight: How Cristine Chang's AAE Classroom Grant Made the Difference
posted by: Alana | October 20, 2016, 10:20 am   


Considering applying for an AAE Teacher Scholarship or Classroom Grant but not sure how to put your ideas on paper? Here's an example of a past winner whose award made all the difference for her students.


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Introducing a New Computer Science Curriculum
posted by: Alana | October 17, 2016, 12:03 pm   


The world around us is rapidly changing.  It looks dramatically different than it did thirty years ago, twenty years ago, or even ten years ago.  Driving this change is the swiftness with which computer technology is growing and how much it is affecting our everyday life.  More and more, computers are being integrated into everyday parts of our lives.  There are now computers in our phones, our cars, and even our refrigerators!


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Reform Matters: October 13, 2016
posted by: Alana | October 14, 2016, 12:18 pm   

This Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors is meeting to vote on a resolution proposing a moratorium on new public charter schools. The proposed resolution would ultimately reduce educational opportunities for African-American students, many of whom come from low-income families.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is requesting charter school advocates call the NAACP and let them know that these schools are working for African-American students in our country. Call (202) 759-6227 now to be connected to the NAACP.

For many urban families, charter schools are making it possible to do what affluent families have long been able to do: send their child to a successful school.
We need to act now to protect charter schools! Call (202) 759-6227 and ask the NAACP to vote against a moratorium on charter schools!

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