Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

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Tie TV Advertising to Media Literacy Lessons

Knowing how television programming is funded can help students understand what is available to view. Media literacy expert Frank W. Baker links to sources of advertising data and suggests activities to build student savvy about the genres that fill their screens.

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Well Played: Building Mathematical Thinking

Why play games in math class? The authors of Well Played have the answers, as well as classroom-tested games and puzzles detailing objectives, assessment tips, differentiation ideas and more. Teacher Linda Biondi also likes the suggested online game resources.

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Motivating Struggling Learners for Success

Barbara Blackburn provides easily executable concrete examples, stories and strategies for teachers to help students become more motivated, connected and successful in school. Special education teacher Laura Von Staden’s favorite story: the Blue Ribbon Ceremony.


School Leaders: Gain from the ‘October Oasis’

As a school leader, consultant Frank Buck’s experience was that “if I wanted to launch something new, re-tool something old, or do some course correction, October was my best shot.” Here, Buck suggests several organizational ideas to pursue during the October Oasis.


How Connected Educators Use Social Media

Reviewer Susie Highley put what she learned in What Connected Educators Do Differently to work in organizing an edcamp and remotely attending ISTE this summer. She highly recommends the book to newly connected and veteran social media users.