Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Education Starts At Home, 12/18/13

Recycled Crafts Ideas For Kids: How To Build A Robot

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Homeschool Activities - Recycled crafts ideas for kids don't get much cooler than learning how to build a robot using junk.  And you'll see lots more cool ways to recycle, including ten kids activities that reuse plastic ...

Fran's World of Discovery: Sweet and Spicy Nuts

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Homeschoolers - Sweet and Spicy Nuts Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are a BIG favorite in my family. We often make large batches of them and gift them to family and friends.  I hope your family and friends enjoy them as ...

Rural Winners Dominate Race to the Top District Competition - Rural Education - Education Week

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Education Week - Five winners, including Houston Independent Schools, will share $120 million in the second Race to the Top district competition from the U.S. Department of Education, which again asked districts to...

'I'm Not a Math Person' Just Doesn't Add Up - Public Engagement & Ed Reform - Education Week

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Education Week - Guest blogger Debbie Wesslund is one of seven members of the Jefferson County Board of Education in Louisville, KY - a district of more than 100,000 students. She writes about how the community can...

In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts

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Education Week - Education researchers are beginning to validate what many teachers have long known — connecting learning to student interests helps the information stick. This seems to work particularly well with ...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Education Starts At Home 12/9/13

Closing the Motivation Gap - Vander Ark on Innovation - Education Week

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Education Week - Now that the world's knowledge is widely and freely available, why are we still so largely uneducated? Why are there still big employment skill gaps? Why is civic knowledge so low? Why is the wealt...

Video Documentary: A Long Road Back to the 'Rez' - Education Week

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Education Week - A starkly beautiful place, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation where education for most remains a yet-to-be fulfilled promise for moving families out of profound p...

Lions, Tigers, and Mating Polar Bears, Oh My! 2nd Grade Researchers Writing to Read - Teaching for Triumph: Reflections of a 21st-Century ELL Teacher - Education Week Teacher

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Education Week - Kids understand what they create. With the Common Core shift toward informational text, it isn't enough for kids to read more nonfiction. They need to write research papers, manuals, advertisements...

Education Week Teacher: Community Forums

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Education Week - Let your voice be heard. Our discussion forums, open to all users with free registration, are intended to provide a space where readers can ask questions, share ideas and solutions, and engage in c...

Will the Common Core be the Rosetta Stone for Corporate Reform? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Education Week -  In the year 1799, a French soldier discovered an ancient stone in Egypt that had been inscribed with a royal proclamation in the year 196 BC, in three languages; Ancient Greek, Demotic, and  Ancie...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Education Starts At Home, 11/26 edition

Homeschooling Humor – Thanksgiving Edition

Shared byHomeschoolers - May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off yo...

Textbook Adoptions Pose Risks - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - As states get ready to adopt biology textbooks to prepare high school students for the Common Core standards over the next decade, the stage is set for renewed controversy. Nowhere is this issue mo...

Frameworks Institute | Education Core Story (2012-2013)

Shared byEducation Week -  **New** Magic Bullets Hanging by a Thread: Cognitive Media Analysis of Structures of Education and Education Policies and Programs (2013). This report is part of a series that analyzes media disco...

Cards and Gifts to Military

Shared bySecular Homeschooling - Hello all! I just wanted to put something out there for anyone wanting to do something for the troops who will not be home for the holidays... Handmade holiday cards and candy for the troops from t...

Challenge to Charter-School Law in Wash. State Now in Judge's Hands - State EdWatch - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - So far, there have been 19 applications in the Evergreen State to begin charters. Why do the law's proponents say those efforts should continue? State Assistant Attorney General Dave Stolier argued...

Monday, November 25, 2013

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Girls Don't Just Want Pink Dollies Anymore

My girls love dolls, but they also enjoy playing with trucks, blocks, board games and using their imaginations.  Granted they do play differently than boys, but this does not mean girls don't like to build, smash and make messes (big ones) just the same.  You'll find my girls trying to build houses with chairs, playing camp out, doctor, firefighter, chef and many other silly games.

This isn't much more than an ad for a toy company but the message is clear - we need to make sure our daughters are encouraged to use their imaginations to build, invent and create.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Daily Edition: Education Starts At Home 11/21

VocabularySpellingCity Name This Game Contest

Shared bySecular Homeschooling - VocabularySpellingCity is introducing a new game, and we need you to help us name it! Teachers, get your whole class involved. Parents, get your whole family involved. Here's how to enter:

Citizen Diplomacy - Global Learning - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - We're in Washington, DC for the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong are expected to speak later today...

Can the Urban Harlem Children's Zone Model Work for Rural Schools? - Rural Education - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - Berea, Ky. The visionary founder of the Harlem Children's Zone told rural education advocates Wednesday that the same approach that has helped to tackle the cycle of poverty in New York City can wo...

Which States Are Most Vulnerable to K-12 Sequester Cuts? - Politics K-12 - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - Sequestration—those 5 percent across-the-board cuts that hit school districts this year and are slated to be in place for a decade—has affected some districts and states harder than others. Part of...

Philadelphia Parents Flood State With Special Education Complaints - On Special Education - Education Week

Shared byEducation Week - Parents of students in the financially troubled Philadelphia school district have filed hundreds of special education and educational-adequacy complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Educati...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Daily Edition: Education Starts at Home 11/20

The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshow

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Secular Homeschooling - Mayflower: Step aboard and explore an exact replica of the Mayflower, anchored at Plimoth Plantation, in this 20-minute video for all grades. Pilgrim Village: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the si...

The Tale of the Truth Locker: A 10th Grade Story - View From the Bronx: An Urban Teacher's Perspective - Education Week Teacher

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Education Week - Every one in a while, our lives are changed by an event of such sweeping emotional power and intensity that we're left speechless. Maybe it's the ballet Swan Lake. Maybe it's the movie The Notebook...

Rhode Island Raises Entry Requirements for Teacher Preparation - Teacher Beat - Education Week

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Education Week - Rhode Island will strengthen its minimum requirements for entry into teacher-preparation programs, the Providence Journal reports, making it the latest in a wave of states seeking to boost potentia...

Summit to Highlight Kentucky 'Promise Neighborhood' Site, Rural Ed. Issues - Rural Education - Education Week

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Education Week - Berea, Ky. A Kentucky college that was the first rural recipient of a federal Promise Neighborhood implementation grant is hosting a Rural Education Summit that kicks off today. The two-day gatheri...

Part II: Why Relinquishment is Not Yet Inevitable - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week

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Education Week - Note: Neerav Kingsland, CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, is guest posting this week. That Relinquishment is not yet inevitable is in some ways obvious. After all, only one city in the country, N...

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