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Looking for something new to spice up your lessons? Check out our top resources of the month!Storybird – This is such a great tool. Available in both free and pay versions, this website allows you and your students to create picture books with relative ease. Have younger students? They'll love selecting art from all the available options and watching their story come alive. Teach an art class? Your students can upload and share their own art. Seriously, the true potential of this tool is endless.   Continue Reading...

 

One of the things that stood out among the data released in the recent MetLife survey, was that teachers who collaborate professionally with other teachers are more likely to seek out leadership roles and are more likely to be satisfied with their position.  This information points out yet another reason that having a high-quality professional learning community (PLC) is essential to teaching.

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February's Professional Development Calendar Highlights
posted by: Melissa | February 22, 2013, 03:16 pm

 

Looking for professional development opportunities?  Check out these highlights from our professional development calendar.  There are several national conferences coming up, so don’t forget to register and secure your spot!

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Digital Learning Day Resources
posted by: Ruthie | February 06, 2013, 05:55 pm
As part of the Digital Learning Day (DLD) celebration today, the Alliance for Excellent Education has brought together education experts for a series of chats on the best practices in digital learning and how to improve the educational experience and outcomes for all students.   Continue Reading...

As always, we’re rounding up the teacher resources we saw this past month that we like best.  Check out our picks below!

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The Benefits of Arts Integration
posted by: Melissa | January 18, 2013, 02:54 pm

 

Even as arts programs are increasingly falling under the axe of limited school budgets, teachers are increasingly integrating arts into the core subject areas.  The concept behind arts integration is nothing new. Teachers have been having students build models, perform plays, sing songs, and complete other various arts activities for years.  Now there is a growing body of evidence to support those practices.

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Blogging for Authentic Writing
posted by: Melissa | January 09, 2013, 02:51 pm

 

Last summer, Martha Payne made international news when her local government took steps intended to shut down her blog.  What spread this story so far is the fact that Martha is 9 years old and her blog, NeverSeconds, was designed to criticize her school lunches.  Her blog quickly gained an international audience and students around the world started to send Martha pictures of their lunches as a way to complain.  When news broke that the school had told Martha to stop and that the local government had even passed a law prohibiting photography in school cafeterias, there was a quick upsurge of support until the school and local government backed down and Martha was able to blog again.

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Twitter in the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | December 21, 2012, 09:10 am
Last Wednesday, I went to lunch with my friend Paula and her husband. Paula, an elementary teacher, was currently taking a graduate course on educational technology and had just gotten her first ever smartphone. These two events converged to introduce Paula to Twitter for the first time. We spent some time introducing Paula as to how to use Twitter to connect with other teachers and find resources.   Continue Reading...
Countdown to Christmas Break
posted by: Ruthie | December 21, 2012, 08:21 am
After weeks of prepping students for exams, grading, and managing holiday celebrations, winter break is just around the corner. Nearly two weeks of vacation stretch ahead and teachers are undoubtedly making holiday relaxation plans. We hope that you will take this time to relax and rejuvenate. Consider our tips for a peaceful Christmas break:   Continue Reading...
School-Wide Professional Learning Communities
posted by: Melissa | December 19, 2012, 05:26 pm
As recently stated on the AAE blog, collaboration can be the key to properly implementing the Common Core State Standards. I believe the best way for educators to collaborate is through the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). PLCs provide the framework through which teachers can meet and share.   Continue Reading...
Coping with Tragedy: Resources for Teachers & Students
posted by: Alix | December 17, 2012, 11:35 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. As educators, we are uniquely positioned to make an impact on our students' lives. As we begin to have conversations about the issues involved with preventing such tragedies, let us take a moment to appropriately address violence and trauma with our students.   Continue Reading...
Upcoming Professional Development for December & January
posted by: Melissa | December 14, 2012, 04:14 pm

 

I know you’re all thinking about Christmas break already, but there’s lots of professional development out there the next month or so.  On the upcoming calendar are chats, webinars, and even in-person conferences.  Check them out below!

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'Tis the Season to Learn: Holiday Resources
posted by: Ruthie | December 07, 2012, 05:17 pm

With the holidays just around the corner, there is no better time to bring an added dose of cheer to your classroom. The helpful resources below provide many creative ideas for integrating the holidays into learning.

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November's Top Ten Teacher Resources
posted by: Melissa | November 30, 2012, 04:02 pm

 

It seems as if this month has just flown by, and while much of it is a blur, the following resources still stand out in our minds.

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New Web Tools for the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | November 19, 2012, 10:10 am

Last week AAE staff had the pleasure of attending "Web 2.0 Free Tools for School," a session at the Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando. Presenter Melissa Borchers, an intensive reading teacher at McKeel Academy of Technology, shared several useful tools for integrating the internet into the classroom.

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Thanksgiving Resources for Teachers
posted by: Melissa | November 15, 2012, 05:08 pm

 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and brings its own challenges in the classroom.  Teachers want to impart some historical knowledge about our country or use it as a springboard for math or language arts lessons. Students, however, are ready for their break.  Any lesson done Thanksgiving week, then, needs to be informative, creative, and able to hold students’ attention.  Below we’ve listed some of the best Thanksgiving resources on the web that we think will help teachers plan that perfect lesson.

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The Writing Curriculum is Changing
posted by: Melissa | November 14, 2012, 04:34 pm

 

Education Week produced a report today that looks at the changing role of language arts curriculum.  One of the most interesting aspects concerns the changing role of writing in the language arts.

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EduCore is Help for the Common Core
posted by: Melissa | November 09, 2012, 03:28 pm
For teachers looking for tools to help them implement Common Core standards, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has created a perfect website. Teaming up with the Gates Foundation, they've created EduCore, a one stop shop for information and resources about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).   Continue Reading...
Do you know a student with a savings story to share? Are you teaching financial literacy in your classroom? The U.S. Department of the Treasury is calling for entries to its "Save Out Loud" Contest through the "Ready.Save.Grow." initiative. "Save Out Loud" is a photo and video essay contest for students in grades K – 12. Grand prize winners get a virtual visit to their classrooms from the United States Treasurer Rosie Rios.   Continue Reading...
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