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Education in the Colonies

Education in the Colonies

June 06, 2019 | Curriculum Higher learning History Students

--From our Friends at Wikipedia-- Listen The first American schools in the thirteen original colonies opened in the 17th century. Boston Latin School was founded in 1635 and is both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States. The first free taxpayer-supported public school in North...

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TFD Talks Education #4 - No More Valedictorians with Steve Verhoff

TFD Talks Education #4 - No More Valedictorians with Steve Verhoff

May 28, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Testing

Listen Watch We talk with Principal Steve Verhoff about why removing the valedictorian slot from Tippecanoe High School was the right choice for his school.

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The Importance of the Soft Skills in Education

The Importance of the Soft Skills in Education

May 22, 2019 | Administrators Curriculum Higher learning Student Achievement Teachers

In today’s digital marketplace, hiring individuals with soft skills is an important consideration. This is especially true for customer service industries.But, what about education? Even more than for-profit service companies, teachers and educators need to have excellent soft skills for dealing with students, parents, administration and peers. While teaching credentials are a must,...

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Teaching Children in a Google and Wikipedia World

Teaching Children in a Google and Wikipedia World

May 21, 2019 | Curriculum Teachers Technology

Today's world is a much different place than it was just a few short decades ago. The way that children learn has shifted completely, leaving some teachers scrambling. This is particularly true for veteran teachers, those that have been working with children for many years. They may look at their...

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Pros and Cons of a Summer Break

Pros and Cons of a Summer Break

May 13, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

While many people love the idea of a summer break, others question whether or not it is really best. The positive and negative effects of long summer breaks affect students and teachers alike, as well as their families. In order to help you reach your own conclusions regarding whether or not...

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Home Schooling Benefits

Home Schooling Benefits

May 10, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students

An estimated 2.3 million students receive education via home schools. Nearly 3.4 million have been home schooled at least one year between kindergarten and the 12th grade, with an average duration of six to eight years. (https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/)The appeal of homeschooling for parents who choose it flows from the flexibility homeschools...

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The Effect Of YouTube Kids on Education

The Effect Of YouTube Kids on Education

April 23, 2019 | Curriculum Teachers Technology

There is no denying that we are living in a digital age, and that applies to adults as well as kids. Students are increasingly exposed to digital technology as part of every facet of their lives, which means that educators must decide whether to embrace or shy away from that...

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Should We Have Prayer in School?

Should We Have Prayer in School?

April 17, 2019 | Curriculum Religion Students

This article needs to be quantified from the start. The topic here is narrowed to prayer in the public school setting. What occurs in private and parochial schools is not regulated by the government and is outside of the bounds of this discussion. Parents who have their children in private...

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How Hard to Push Our Children in Academia

How Hard to Push Our Children in Academia

April 16, 2019 | Curriculum Parents Student Achievement Students

Many educators debate how hard they should push their students. Should they allow students to work at their own speed and flourish naturally or should they design a rigorous curriculum that encourages them to expand their knowledge base? For most students, an academically challenging curriculum can help them succeed in...

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Do we need national education standards?

Do we need national education standards?

April 16, 2019 | Curriculum Student Achievement Students

Yes! We absolutely need national educational standards. Sadly, many may not know the history of educational standards in our country just before the Common Core State Standards began, and they may not understand why it was essential to make the transition from individual state standards to the Common Core. History - Inch...

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How Hard Should Kids be Pushed in Curriculum

How Hard Should Kids be Pushed in Curriculum

April 02, 2019 | Curriculum Teachers Testing

Sometimes, teachers are not clear on how hard to “push” students in the curriculum. Really, that is not the right question to ask. “Push” implies force. As educators, we need to help provide all of the scaffolding to help every student achieve and surpass the state standards. We need to...

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Is Being a Teacher Harder Now Than 20 Years Ago?

Is Being a Teacher Harder Now Than 20 Years Ago?

April 01, 2019 | Budgets Curriculum Teachers Technology

Teaching is a really tough profession that requires an educator to invest an incredible commitment of time and energy to their work throughout the school year. Teachers often go home with piles of papers to grade and are often required to do lesson planning in their own time. They often...

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