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16 Writing Apps for Students & Teachers
posted by: Alana | June 10, 2016, 10:32 am

Guest post by Joan Selby

Writing is an essential skill all students should develop regardless of the professions they aspire to pursue. One day, some of your students will be trying to write the best dissertation, and some of them may even depend on writing skills for their paycheck. Whatever path they choose, they will inevitably come across a writing task. That’s why you need to pay close attention to their writingskills, regardless of their current writing level.


Teaching students how to write can be problematic for students that hate writing, so you’ll have to find a way to make this skill attractive to them.


Here are 16 tablet and smartphone apps that will help you do just that…


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Hey you! (Yeah you...) GET OUTSIDE!
posted by: Alana | June 09, 2016, 11:32 am
Spring has officially sprung and the weather is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. It's 63 degrees in Washington state, 72 in Washington, D.C. and just as beautiful everywhere inbetween.   Continue Reading...


We’re continuing today with our series on essential teaching strategies.  These strategies are research identified, simple to implement, flexible across age groups and subject areas, and intensely powerful.  You can see the previous strategies that we’ve covered on our blog here and here.


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Guest Post By Tim Elmore of


I stumbled onto the greatest discovery about teaching and learning accidentally. I was mentoring a learning community of university students years ago, when one of them sent me a note asking who was choosing the topic for the next week’s session. When I saw the inquiry, I grabbed my laptop and typed in my reply: “I can do that.”   Continue Reading...

Have you heard about the KaBOOM! Challenge?
posted by: Alana | May 20, 2016, 02:25 pm


Kids are kids everywhere, so shouldn’t they be able to play everywhere? KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive, and they just announced the launch of the Play Everywhere Challenge - a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best ideas that make cities more playable for kids and families.


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Guest post by Paige Donahue


The importance of writing as a communicative tool has been stressed time and again – writing isn’t just a medium of communication, it’s also an essential skill that can help leverage an individual both in the job market, their personal relationships, and, primarily, in education.


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Today, we’re beginning a seven-part series on instructional practices every teacher can and should be using.  In 2007, IES identified these strategies as proven to work and NCTQ brought attention to them earlier this year when they suggested the principles for teacher preparation classes.  You’ll find nothing flashy or fashionable here–just time-tested and well-worn tools that too often get neglected.


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Five Strategies for Improving School Attendance
posted by: Melissa | April 29, 2016, 12:15 pm


School attendance can often feel out of the hands of the classroom teacher.  Attendance is taken in the morning and turned into the office each day but there seems to be little that one can do to affect it.  In some ways, this is true.  There will always be some students absent due to sickness or family emergencies and there is little that a teacher can do.  Teachers also deal with the chronically absent students who suffer from  a lack of self-motivation, or a chaotic family life that de-emphasizes academic achievement.


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Teacher Home Visits: The Wave of the Future?
posted by: Alana | April 27, 2016, 02:36 pm


Teachers and administrators know it’s not just the time spent in the classroom that counts but the social and emotional learning that takes place at home and outside the classroom, too.


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Book Review: Reading Reconsidered
posted by: Melissa | April 11, 2016, 04:43 pm


Doug Lemov, founder of Uncommon Schools, made national headlines with his book, Teach Like a Champion.  While many books on how to handle classrooms exist, Lemov did something that few had done before:  he watched the best teachers in the country and looked for the common characteristics they all shared.  By doing the research, his book was based neither on theoretical beliefs nor personal anecdotal evidence. Instead, the book was solidly based on research that gives practical advice on how to improve practice.


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Literacy by the Numbers
posted by: Alana | March 15, 2016, 03:40 pm
Literacy by the Numbers

Guest Post by AAE Member Jillian Smart; Click here for more from her blog, The JE 411.


Decision-making should be data-driven. Armed with the facts, educators and parents are more likely to behave in ways that achieve results. Accordingly, let's focus on literacy research and ways to leverage statistics. Stats are more than numbers; they should improve decision-making in classrooms and at home.


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Nail Polish and Baseball Bats
posted by: Guest contributor | January 07, 2016, 01:38 pm

By Diana Black Kennedy


Student choice is a powerful motivator and tool.  Today, Diana Kennedy explains how student choice can enhance student literacy in a piece originally published in Language Magazine, where she explains her technique of “Googling for content.”

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Top Ten Best Places to Find Holiday Lessons
posted by: Melissa | November 24, 2015, 12:06 pm


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas break is less than a month away.  The following month will be a hectic one for students and teachers alike. Now is the time to start planning for the holiday season!  If you’re a new teacher or an experienced educator just looking to add a little something new to their lessons this month, we’ve picked our favorite outlets for quality, creative lessons this season. Enjoy!

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12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples
posted by: Melissa | November 16, 2015, 04:53 pm


Finding new and unique ideas for formative assessments is always a struggle.  However, the team over at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has some ideas in the following blog, originally posted on their site last April.

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The Cat, The Fish, and The Waiter
posted by: Guest contributor | November 06, 2015, 11:02 am

Guest Post by Rose Bergues


The Cat, The Fish, and The Waiter is a charming story penned by teenaged author Marianna Bergues. The whimsical tale would be a hit with elementary school children even if the book was constructed in the ordinary manner…but it isn’t!

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Let's face it…


Most students don't like writing.


The integral part of every educational system, academic writing is a must-do for all students; essays, theses, reviews, reports, dissertations – they develop critical thinking and teach students to express thoughts clearly and argumentatively. But more often than not, young people face problems when it comes to writing, which can be a lack of motivation, uninteresting topics, a lack of knowledge to cover them, no skills to research, no writing skills, a fear of failure, strict deadlines, etc.


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Innovation Station: Pets in the Classroom
posted by: Alana | September 11, 2015, 04:12 pm


Have you ever had a pet in your classroom? Are you considering one for your classroom this year? Back-to-school time may be the perfect opportunity to give consideration to such a rewarding undertaking!


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Five Innovative Ways to Use Technology This Year
posted by: Melissa | August 14, 2015, 03:46 pm


Over the weekend, I was speaking with a friend who proudly told me of her plans to flip her classroom this year.  The idea of flipping is several years old but it’s still fairly innovative.  The conversation reminded me that this is the time of year when it’s perfect to try something new.  So, before the school year gets too far underway, here are our five tech suggestions for this upcoming school year.


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Your Back-to-School Discounts
posted by: Melissa | August 04, 2015, 10:50 am


Don't overspend on your classroom!  Instead check out the discounts below to find the best prices for the classroom materials that you need.


Office Depot

The free Office Depot Star Teacher Program offers educators a number of special discounts and rewards. In addition to 10% in rewards points on select purchases, members also have exclusive access to special events and sales throughout the year.


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AAE’s Top 7 Back-to-School Tips
posted by: Guest contributor | July 06, 2015, 12:00 am

By Conner Dunleavy


The new school year will be here before we know it! Many teachers are already counting down the days until classes begin again and it’s time for teachers to start focusing on the road ahead.


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