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Required Readings

Required Readings, 5 December 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! It’s the run-up to the end of the semester for me, but I’ve still gathered together some readings for you. A female graduate student, “left to die on the vine”, is now in court to sue the University of Oregon for gender discrimination. The Chronicle’s …

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Required Readings, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween, teachers and learners! I’ve got spine-tingling required readings for you today. In Michigan, school districts differ on how to handle Halloween, a “controversial” holiday. Well, other schools know exactly what to do with Halloween in school: ban it! The faith writer at the Washington Post advocates toning it …

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False Widow Spider
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Required Readings, 24 October 2013

Are spiders infesting your school? Why not close for the day? (I thought about including this in next week’s Halloween edition of Required Readings, but it was too good to pass up today). Faculty Couples, for Better or Worse – The Chronicle’s take on couples who take jobs at the …

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Required Readings, 17 October 2013

Steven Novella on good teaching. Teachers in England go on strike. Americans are skeptical of online education. The JREF releases new skeptical lesson plans. Good EVENING, teachers and learners! Here are your required readings: Steven Novella on The Science of Learning – From the NeuroLogica Blog For all the ballyhoo …

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Required Readings, 19 September 2013

Teacher gives birth in school! Alabama sororities and fraternities are white! Death of an adjunct prompts reflection. Good rhythm linked to language skills. Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings for today. Study links rhythm to language skills – so that why I no talk good. Teacher …

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Unmanned drone.
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Required Readings, 29 August 2013

How does one poop in space? What research is there on best practices in online education for at-risk students? Should journalism students learn to fly aerial drones? Find out in today’s required readings. Chris Hadfield Explains How to Poop on the ISS – a video, rather than a reading, but …

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Required Readings – A-Levels Edition! – 15 August 2013

Hairy legs and armpits! A-Levels! Dawn Foster! Accreditation drama! Good morning, teachers and learners. Your required readings are below. I’ve gathered everything you need to know about the drama that is A-levels. Can you afford University? – The BBC talks with students here, including those who recall the hairy legs …

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Required Readings, 8 August 2013

Good evening, teachers and learners! New York’s common core test results. MOOCs not so disruptive? Adjunctification! A return to a grammar school model in the UK? All in today’s readings. Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks – I’ve got very mixed feelings about standardized testing and the …

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Required Readings, 18 July 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Here are your required readings for today. Adding spatial reasoning abilities to scores on verbal and math tests provides increased accuracy in predicting a child’s future success. Students in the US now owe the federal government over $1 Trillion on their student loans. Almost 40% …

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Required Readings, 27 June 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Today is the last day of my first summer session of classes. I’ve lined up plenty of interesting reading for you. Everything from religious schools trying to get state money, to ways of getting students to do pre-class reading, to yoga instruction in schools. ACLU …

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