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Resources for Backwards Planning
posted by: Melissa | August 24, 2017, 05:00 pm   

When it comes to planning lessons and units, backwards planning is considered the gold standard. This philosophy of planning is explained in great detail in Understanding by Design, the seminal work by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. The book lays out the philosophy behind backwards designing and goes into great detail on how teachers can implement this type of lesson planning, melding it with a philosophy of lesson planning that encourages students and teachers alike to think about the essential questions in the curriculum.

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National Employee Freedom Week 2017
posted by: Colin | August 20, 2017, 07:18 pm   

This week marks the fifth annual National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign to inform employees--educators especially--about their rights when it comes to union membership, including the right to opt out of union membership, to never join a union, to become a religious objector or agency fee payer, and/or to join a non-union professional association.

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Weekly News Round-Up for August 18th
posted by: Melissa | August 18, 2017, 01:44 pm   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. This week, Charlottesville reactions, a major shift in attitudes towards Charters, and more!

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Teacher Desk Must Haves
posted by: Melissa | August 17, 2017, 01:58 pm   

Education is different from many professions in how teachers seldom have their own space. The classroom is a shared space between students and teachers alike, and teachers seldom have it to themselves. Even during planning periods, many teachers find another teacher or another class in their room. After school, the classroom is often co-opted for after-school care or extracurricular activities.

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Take a Field Trip - Without Leaving the Classroom
posted by: Melissa | August 15, 2017, 02:20 pm   

There’s no doubt that field trips are valuable experiences for students. They expose students to experiments and environments that they may not have access to otherwise. They also encourage students to engage in authentic learning experiences.

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