This New York Time's front page article is a must read for all teachers. It explores ethics issues surrounding teacher use of freebies including tech, furniture and even clothing. Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues
To Increase Voter Turnout, Start with Children by Youkei Terada highlights the importance of character education when it comes to increasing future voter turnout
With all of the emphasis on collecting data this article, entitled "Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students" from MindShift offers an alternative and compelling approach for data collection that highlights the importance of teaching the whole child.
This eye-opening piece in the Washington Post entitled "These are all fake news said the honor student. He was wrong." lets teachers see the thought process of students trying to discern real news from fake news.
Adopt-A-Classroom.org has established a fund to help teachers get their classrooms back on track in the wake of Harvey. You can check it out here. The Literacy Association has a list of ways to help schools and libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey. More broadly, NPR offers a range of ideas to help those impacted from general relief to more specific needs such as food and medical.
The first school bells are ringing in school districts across the country and teachers are welcoming students back to class. With Back to School in full swing, we offer up one of our favorite posts for new teachers. We know that this can be an exciting, energizing and sometimes overwhelming season for everyone -- especially people who are new to our profession. Our post New Teacher? Start Here. can help new teachers along in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Living in Northern Virginia, the recent events in Charlottesville hit very close to home. Teachers across the country have taken to the internet to voice support and to provide resources for fellow educators (using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum). We believe that our classrooms are places to teach kids content, but first and foremost we need to teach them to be caring, kind, responsible human beings who approach the world's problems with hearts full of hope and love. In that spirit, we've highlighted several resources as this week's Take5. We hope that these resources will help you and your students to begin addressing racial hatred and violence in America. These are tough, painful topics, but we know that teachers are up to the task. It's our job. It's our passion. It's our opportunity to build a better future for our students and as important, our country.
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