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June 5, 2012
Ask an Expert: Stimulating kids' brains over the summer
Just because it's summer does not mean your child should stop using his or her brain. Summer time is actually a good time to hone certain skills that can improve intelligence. One of the most important aspects of learning, if not the “sine qua non of learning” (as Newsweek called it, Jan. 9, 2012) is attention.
June 4, 2012
Commentary: Teacher voice must lead policy
Teacher Jessica Keigan reflects back on her hybrid role this past year and says more teachers must be brought to the forefront in policymaking.
June 1, 2012
Editor's blog: "Never Seconds" school lunch blog
Check out how your child's school lunches compare to those of Martha Payne, the Scottish school lunch chronicler whose Never Seconds blog went viral with the help of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Share your own school lunch story.
May 30, 2012
Dance keeps Thornton teens focused in school and out
School has just ended but for the members of the Thornton High School Focus Dance Crew, summer signals no break in their rigorous physical regimen.
May 25, 2012
"Find a Book, Colorado" offers up books to all ages
"Find a Book, Colorado" is a new online tool that allows children and parents to look up high-quality, age-appropriate books to read over the summer. Check it out.
May 24, 2012
Commentary: A new addition to principal pipeline
Outgoing Denver principal Peter Sherman discusses a new program he designed for Get Smart Schools to groom potential new school leaders.
May 23, 2012
"Rainbow Days" inspire students to get creative with veggies
Find out about a creative program in Boulder Valley schools aimed at kids to play with their veggies - and eat them, too.
May 23, 2012
Ask an Expert: End-of-the-year teacher trouble
A parent worries that her son is ending his fifth grade year on the wrong note due to conflicts with other students - and the teacher. An expert gives some advice on how to help this young man advocate for himself.
May 23, 2012
Commentary: Our unhealthy obsession with growth
A Denver ed reformer says the current fixation on growth over proficiency tends to mask the truth about student achievement in Denver and across the state.
May 22, 2012
Editor's blog: End-of-the-year classroom parties
Phew! We're almost there, folks. It's the end of another school year. Scratching your head about what to bring or plan for your child's end-of-the-year party? Look no further. And share your own ideas. I've also included some ideas for kids with food allergies.
May 21, 2012
Learning The Power Of Storytelling With My ESL Students
I have long had a curiosity about the power of storytelling and realized that I could connect this passion to my teaching. In reflecting about my teaching with English language learners in the summer of 2011, I thought about inspiring the imagination of storytelling as bridge between the spoken word and the written word. Ultimately, as a teacher of English Language Learners, I am on a quest for fluency. Only by attaining proficiency in writing as well as speaking can we truly say a student is fluent in English. In my experience, the level of engagement has a significant impact on my students' progress, and designing lessons that are consistently relevant and engaging to my students, has been both a challenge and inspiration to me. So I designed a project in which my students would write their own stories. Working with graduate students in creative writing from Columbia University, my English as a Second Language students described their experiences leaving their families and home countries and living in the United States. Students read their stories aloud to seniors at the Cobble Hill Nursing Home, and we published a book of those stories, "Stories That Changed Us Forever." Proceeds from book sales will go into a scholarship fund for the students who worked on the project. My guiding questions for myself for this project were: 1. How do adolescent immigrants find their voice in writing and in life? 2. What strategies engage students in using their voice to transform their writing, while also building confidence, strengthening literacy skills, and providing real audiences for their stories? My guiding question for my students for this project was: What impact does my story have on peoples' lives? Below are excerpts from my students' stories and from reflections that they wrote after reading their stories aloud.
May 21, 2012
Commentary: Creating conditions for Common Core
Teacher Mark Sass says teachers can implement Common Core Standards successfully if they and district administrators create the right conditions.
May 18, 2012
Commentary: Graduation day poem
A favorite poem in honor of graduating high school seniors.
May 18, 2012
Editor's blog: Supporting our 2012 graduates
This editor reflects on her 19-year-nephew's pending high school graduation and resists - unsuccessfully - becoming nostalgic and pondering her own daughter's future. Bottom line? We've got to support our kids' passions.
May 17, 2012
Ask an Expert: Using technology to promote summer learning
Find out about some great online resources and apps that might just make your summer better than you imagined, with your kids occupied and still learning. Face it, they'll probably be spending some time on-line, it may as well be useful.
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