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August 11, 2017

Grading and Learning: Rethinking Traditional Practice

By Mark Olson, Program Director for M.Ed. Core Courses | Education

When I began my high school teaching career, I assumed that the grading practices I had experienced as a student were the ones that I should employ as a teacher. It had never really occurred to me that there might be other, more supportive ways to assess student learning. In fact, it wasn’t until I…

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August 8, 2017

Web App Helps Kids Master the Basics of Building Words

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

For many young learners, memorizing the alphabet and building simple words doesn’t come as easy as ABC. But technology can help. ReadWriteThink and the International Reading Association offer Construct-a-Word, a free web-based educational game aimed at kids in kindergarten through second grade. It focuses on helping kids learn the alphabet and basic word construction in…

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August 1, 2017

5 Tips To Start a Circle of Friends Group

By Mary Schlieder, Ed.D. | Education

Did you know that 1 in 68 children are born on the autism spectrum? And while laws guarantee access to public schools, physical inclusion doesn’t mean social inclusion. Autism is a social communication disorder, and awkward social behaviors can be isolating. Students with autism are often denied entry to the peer social world, further stifling…

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June 20, 2017

Is Educational Leadership for You?

By Ken Sankey, Director of Education Administration and Liaison to LCMS School Leadership Education Program | Education

Do you want to improve student success and lead an effective school? You may have what it takes to be a school principal. School Leadership That Works identifies 21 responsibilities, or behaviors, demonstrated by principals that positively impact learning, achievement, behavior and attitudes of both students and teachers, with the top 11 being: Situational awareness…

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June 1, 2017

Why Get a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction?

By Barbara Perlewitz, Curriculum & Instruction Program Director | Education

My answer is simple—Concordia University, Nebraska’s fully online Curriculum & Instruction master’s program is an innovative, inquiry-based program with a focus on professional development. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for practicing teachers and other educational professionals to improve students’ performance, to accept greater responsibility in their roles as educational leaders, advocates…

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May 12, 2017

It Looks Great on Paper, But Does it Work in the Classroom?

By Dr. Anna Boriack, Program Director for Core Courses | Education

Teachers are constantly offered new instructional strategies to try in their classrooms. Whether they are presented at a professional development session, a conference or social media, questions tend to start coming into teachers’ minds. Will this work for my students? Will it increase learning in my classroom? How do I know if it works? The…

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April 28, 2017

Accept or Except? It Makes a Difference to a Party Host

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

When you get an email invitation to a party you want to attend, do you accept or except the invite? And, if they want an RSVP, are you definitely or defiantly going? Knowing which word to use is important and can save embarrassment and confusion. English is full of sound-alike words with different spellings and…

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April 24, 2017

Here’s the Definition, What’s the Word?

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

What’s in a word? Plenty if you consider its definition, part in speech, proper spelling and placement in text. As most reading and writing teachers know, building a robust vocabulary and knowing the right way to use words are skills students acquire through practice. Teachers who are looking for a good educational game to supplement…

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April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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