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  • Top class management tips for NEA members

    Top class management tips for NEA members

    How do you help disruptive students stay on track without taking your whole class off on a tangent? How can teachers keep students engaged during times of the year when many students are tempted to mentally “check out"? These are just a two of the questions addressed by Dr. Allen Mendler, author of “The Resilient Teacher,” in this article from NEA Member Benefits.
  • How educators can learn from popularity of Pokéman Go

    How educators can learn from popularity of Pokéman Go

    In a new medium.com post, blogger Daniel Williamson lists five ways he believes educators could learn from the success of the wildly popular new app Pokémon Go. "In education,," he writes, "the ideas and topics covered in a textbook or a lecture often fail to make the leap from abstract concept to real-world application. Drawing upon the use of augmented reality in Pokémon Go, education technologies could devise ways to authentically engage users in real-world situations."
  • NEA adopts ‘climate justice’ resolution

    NEA adopts ‘climate justice’ resolution

    Delegates to the NEA Convention voted earlier this month to adopt an Oregon resolution to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities,” and called for all schools to teach a “climate justice” curriculum. The resolution, which originally was adopted by the Portland school board, said that students in city schools “should develop confidence and passion when it comes to making a positive difference in society, and come to see themselves as activists and leaders for social and environmental justice—especially through seeing the diversity of people around the world who are fighting the root causes of climate change...”
  • The Nation examines the growing gulf between Wisconsin and Minnesota and concludes: The GOP’s war on voting is working in the Dairy State

    The Nation examines the growing gulf between Wisconsin and Minnesota and concludes: The GOP’s war on voting is working in the Dairy State

    The Nation takes a close look at how Wisconsin has fared compared to Minnesota since Scott Walker was elected governor in 2010, and concludes that, among other things, Republican laws are making it more difficult for Wisconsin citizens - especially minorities and the elderly - to vote. While Minnesota is expanding voting rights, Wisconsin has passed laws specifically designed to restrict them.