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Teacher PD Sourcebook
Renowned educator Dan Meyer encourages teachers to drop the textbooks and teach students the math that's all around them.

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Teach Like a Champion Discussion Is On!

The Teacher Book Club’s online discussion with Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College, is now live. So far, the dialogue has been both spirited and substantive.

For instance, in response to a teacher who expressed concerns about the “highly controlling” techniques outlined in the book, Lemov noted:

"Most of the classrooms that I see where kids don't get the gift of deep intellectual study miss the mark not because the teacher is too controlling but because he or she is not in control enough and cannot determine what happens there."

He also said:

"Warmth and structure are not opposites. You can be both and you can be neither. I believe that my own kids and the kids in our schools deserve both."

Lemov will be chiming in periodically until the end of the day on April 14. Join the discussion!

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Teacher Leaders Network
Too often excluded from collaborative opportunities, electives teachers can be more effective when they tie their instruction to what students are learning in core classes, writes Susan “Ernie” Rambo. (Teacher)
Graduates completing a "rigorous" curriculum rose 8 percent since 1990, and those completing a "midlevel" one climbed 20 percent. (Education Week)
Dangling cash rewards could be the cheapest and most effective motivator to raise test scores and lower dropout rates, said North Carolina state senator Fletcher Hartsell. (Associated Press)
School teachers in Oklahoma could be fired for a host of new reasons under a bill that cleared a House committee, raising concerns of opponents who contend educators are on the front line of a Republican assault on public education. (Associated Press)
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday signed into law a measure to make it more difficult for teachers to obtain and keep tenure in Tennessee. (Associated Press)
Informal science programs that focus on the environment hook young people because they are about issues that really matter to their lives. (Education Week)
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In this slideshow, Howard Zehr's photographs reveal the challenges and heartbreak faced by children of incarcerated parents. (Education Week)

TEACHING NOW
Education Week Teacher's editorial blog, Teaching Now, provides the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders. Comments welcome.

TEACHER BLOGS
Teacher in a Strange Land
Teacher advocates can be education reformers, too, says Nancy Flanagan.
Leading From the Classrooom
The "digital immigrant" and "digital native" discussions continue...
Learning Forward's PD Watch
Shirley Hord discusses the principal's role in schoolwide professional learning.
Living in Dialogue
Parent activists Tim Slekar and Michele Gray write about their decision to publicly boycott the state's standardized testing of their children.
A Place at the Table
Is Algebra II a predictor of post-high school success or just a correlation?
Coach G's Teaching Tips
A key to preventing errors is to teach students the flip and multiply approach before they learn to divide fractions, writes David Ginsburg.

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Many school districts are focusing on creating more consistency in how they teach literacy to English-language learners across schools. Such efforts are particularly important as school districts consider how to implement the common core state standards for such students. Join our guests who will discuss both the research on the most effective approaches to improving literacy for ELLs and how some school districts have tried to carry out those approaches.

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