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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz

Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true?

  • ☐ Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. But what if they become pen pals with strangers and share private information with them? What if their letter gets lost in the mail and the wrong person opens it? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they mail letters to others? Surely students will send thousands of letters through the mail in their lifetime.
  • ☐ Should we teach email in the classroom? Kids need to email other people and should know how to title a subject. But what if they email someone bad? What if they accidentally send it to the wrong person? What will we do? And are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they email others? Surely students will send thousands of emails in their lifetime.
  • ☐ Should we teach (dare we say it) social media in the classroom? I mean, they don't have to learn microblogging on Twitter -- you can do that in Edmodo, right? You can have a private blog or put them on Kidblogs or Edublogs instead of letting them post long status updates on Facebook, right? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they are writing online and posting comments to each other? Surely students will post thousands of status updates, pictures, and blogs in their lifetime.

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CommonLit’s Free Texts Help Explore Big Ideas

Our team formed a student organization called CommonLit, and together, we began to build the collection. Now, CommonLit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on the help of veteran teachers around the nation to identify high-quality supplemental texts and share them freely with teachers.

How CommonLit is organized

The real “special sauce” of CommonLit is its organizing principle. The texts are sorted by theme, question, and Lexile® reading level. This makes it easier for teachers to find texts that aremeaningfully related to one another so that students can dig deep into the language to answer essential questions like, “How does power corrupt?” or “What makes you who you are?” In other words, the way CommonLit is organized makes it easier for teachers to focus on big ideas in a text.

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The more you think about what’s wrong, the more wrong you see.

Your job isn’t fixing, correcting, and improving. It’s creating environments where others fix, correct, and improve.

Criticism deflates. Approval energizes.


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The Long & Winding Road to Women’s Rights

As Women’s History Monthreturns in March, 2015, students can learn about the thousands of suffragists who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913 (24 photos). Many of the 500,000 spectators were not supportive of the non-violent protest, injuring 200 marchers and sending 100 of them to the hospital. During March 2013 thousands gathered in Washington, DC to commemorate those marchers who took the struggle for women’s right to vote from the states to the federal government, rallying for a constitutional amendment.


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If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade

Were you ever the teacher's pet? Or did you just sit behind the teacher's pet and roll your eyes from time to time?

newly published paper suggests that personality similarity affects teachers' estimation of student achievement. That is, how much you are like your teacher contributes to his or her feelings about you — and your abilities.

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