Teaching and Learning

From a Half-Century-Old Novel, Wisdom about Teaching and Education Reform, with 2020 Political Implications

The recent victory of Jake Auchincloss in a Massachusetts Democratic congressional primary inspired me to try reading one of the novels by the politician’s distant relative, Louis Auchincloss.

The New York Times obituary of Louis Auchincloss, who died in 2010, said, “ ‘The Rector of Justin’ (1964), which was a best seller and a finalist for the National Book Award, is regarded by many critics as Mr. Auchincloss’s best and most important novel. Its protagonist is Frank Prescott, the headmaster of a New England boys’ school before the war, a man of intellect and idealism who could be noble,

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Take the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge & Win Prizes

The world is a hard place right now, and we could all use a little more kindness. So when our friends at Random House Children’s Books told us about their 2020-21 Certified Kind Classroom Challenge, we knew we had to share.

Here’s how it works

  • Inspired by the beloved book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, invite your class to take the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge.
  • Label an incentive jar with a Certified Kind label (if you’re teaching remotely, you can use a virtual jar or document).
  • Every time you witness a kind deed or action, add a marble to the jar. 
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The Rise of Dual Credit

Aniken Castaneda took his first college course, art history, in the summer before his freshman year in high school. He liked the idea of being a college student, he said, and his parents told him it would give him a head start on a degree.

“It was kind of cool to be ahead of everybody,” he recalled.

And he didn’t stop there. By the time Castaneda graduated from Mercedes High School, in Mercedes, Texas, he had amassed 30 credits, enough to bypass of full a year of college. He hopes to complete his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University

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50 Creative Fifth Grade Writing Prompts (Free Printable!)

Fifth grade. The pinnacle of the elementary school journey. By now, fifth grade writers have learned and (hopefully) mastered foundational skills, had years of practice writing, and are digging deeper into their writing practice as they continue to grow. Here are 50 fifth grade writing prompts to help you challenge your students to imagine, explain, persuade, and reveal as they hone their writing skills. 

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1. How important is it to

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