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Before You See The Movies (“The Great Gatsby” and Other Film Adaptations)

Movies have been used as a motivational teaching tool for decades, helping to engage reluctant readers by connecting them to text through moving images and diverse content. Some of the most acclaimed movies in history are adaptations of books, and each year, a dozen or so new movies are release that are based on classic or modern best-selling books. These movies can be used to supplement lesson plans that involve the books that inspired them, especially in English classes, where students receive the majority of their instruction in classic literature.

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STEM Ideas and Activities for the Classroom (Part 2 of 2)

Tami Bowlden has worked in education for 17 years. Based in Idaho, she has been a classroom teacher (5th-8th grades), and an Educational Technology specialist, has worked in professional development and curriculum design, and currently works for Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). She holds an endorsement in Gifted and Talented education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about helping teachers to meet students where they are and to plan creative, engaging, differentiated lessons and activities for students that challenge them and give them choices about their own learning. She blogs and shares ideas and materials at For the Teachers, a

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Putting Physics to Work in the Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Tami Bowlden has worked in education for 17 years. Based in Idaho, she has been a classroom teacher (5th-8th grades), and an Educational Technology specialist, has worked in professional development and curriculum design, and currently works for Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). She holds an endorsement in Gifted and Talented education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about helping teachers to meet students where they are and to plan creative, engaging, differentiated lessons and activities for students that challenge them and give them choices about their own learning. She blogs and shares ideas and materials at For the Teachers, a

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Thank A Teacher A Latte by StudyBlue

Guest writer, Katie Cooper, Community Manager from StudyBlue. Thank A Teacher A Latte for Teacher Appreciation Week.


As those remaining school days dwindle and the May flowers bloom with the end of April showers, the time has come to recognize all those top notch educators, who are constantly taking things to the next level. StudyBlue is here to help you do just that. Teacher Appreciation week runs from May 6-10 and in celebration, StudyBlue is launching its second annual teacher appreciation program, “Thank a Teacher a Latte”.

Whether you’re a student, former s…

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Should Teenagers Expect Privacy on the Internet?

This blog was originally published on Finding Common Ground at Education Week by Peter DeWitt on April 28th, 2013 7:16 AM.

Schools should not change the child; instead they need to change the environment that helps educate that child.

Recently, I attended/presented at the Tech Forum 2013 in Boston. It was by far one of the best conferences I have been to in a very long time. All of the presenters had a gift for using technology. Many had gr…

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Bilingual Education

The English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act was enacted to ensure that non-native English speakers in the United States are given quality English instruction in schools so that they can be as academically and professionally successful as their native English-speaking peers.

Historically, immigrant children were often miscategorized as needing special education services, and as a result, the dropout rate among them became much higher than that of the general population. …

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School District Stands Up AGAINST Testing

This blog was originally published on Finding Common Ground at Education Week by Peter DeWitt on April 11th, 2013 4:43 PM.

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in guest blogs are those of the contributing writer, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by Teach.com, or USC Rossier Online

The Saratoga Springs City School District in upstate, NY is a high performing school district that has an outstand…

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