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Weekly Bites of Knowledge

A weekly roundup of the best education links on the web sent to your inbox each Friday. These weekly picks are links to videos, webinars, and great articles that are handpicked for Oakhill Teachers, by Oakhill Teachers.

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The Hidden Meaning of Kids' Shapes and Scribbles

The Hidden Meaning of Kids' Shapes and Scribbles

theatlantic.com

Your child’s quirky art isn’t just cute—science suggests that even the most bizarre depictions can have deep creative intention.

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

edutopia.org

A high school teacher tries a classroom management experiment thinking it will fail. Years later, he’s still at it.

Suspensions Don’t Teach

Suspensions Don’t Teach

edutopia.org

Restorative practices—an alternative to punitive justice—keep kids in school, where they can learn how their behavior affects others.

How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change

How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change

ww2.kqed.org

When teachers, parents and students are asked to change how they have been doing things, it often involves an element of loss that doesn't get recognized in the push for "innovation."

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

nytimes.com

Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.

NAIS - The Power of In-House Professional Development

NAIS - The Power of In-House Professional Development

nais.org

We’ve all been there: the in-service day where a consultant has been brought in to enlighten teachers on the latest best practices in education. Sometimes these presentations are filled with boring sl

NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

nais.org

What would happen if we spent the first five minutes of class not explaining, reading, taking notes, or discussing? What if we just sat there—in silence? What if we stepped out of our “thinking minds”

Inquiry and the Research Process

Inquiry and the Research Process

edutopia.org

Tips for ensuring that your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.

The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

edutopia.org

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

edutopia.org

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

edutopia.org

Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.

Can Teachers Shake Up State Elections?

Can Teachers Shake Up State Elections?

blogs.edweek.org

A Kansas teacher-turned-politician says Democratic teachers are ready-made to gather moderate Republican votes and advocate for their positions in statehouses.

9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students

9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students

blog.ed.ted.com

Which TED Talks do students love? We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the world to share their favorites. Below, check out 9 great talks recommended by and for young people: 1. Cameron Russell: Loo…

Teacher Perspective: Kids and Violence

Teacher Perspective: Kids and Violence

shekclifestyle.com

Written by: Heidi Hule Kids and violence—no matter what I say here, I’m going to make somebody mad. Another person will think I’m exaggerating, and yet another will think I’m just drawing my own co

Equality, Equity, Justice

Equality, Equity, Justice

padlet.com

Feel free to share your thoughts on this anonymous discussion board!

Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

amle.org

Everyone has heard the idiom, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." In our busy, sometimes hectic classrooms, our squeaky wheels—our most extroverted and outgoing learners—are most likely t

How a Student's Rights Differ in a Private School

How a Student's Rights Differ in a Private School

thoughtco.com

Do private school students have different rights than public school students? Get all the information that you need to know about students' rights.

The rude, demanding parents who bully schools

The rude, demanding parents who bully schools

dallasnews.com

The combination of parental anxiety, inexperience and a tendency toward advocacy can lead to ferocious overreactions.

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

edutopia.org

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

mobile.edweek.org

For more than a century, we've been creating an industrial workforce of human automatons, built for the purpose of performing routine labor not yet doable by machines. And we've been operating with the mindset that we should teach students the same way we program actual machines.