Ask Dr. Blank: Should computer coding be taught to all kids just as reading and writing are now?

Answer:  This is a fabulous question and one that should be receiving far more attention than it currently does. Studies have indicated that 90 percent of American schools currently do not offer coding while, by 2020, there will be about a million more computer jobs than computer science students.  Specific career goals in computer science are not the sole reason…

When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds

By Matt Barnum for chalkbeat.org Is a good teacher one who makes students enjoy class the most or one who is strict and has high standards? And are those two types even at odds? A new study that tries to quantify this phenomenon finds that on average, teachers who are good at raising test scores are worse at making kids happy in…

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Thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanks for Thanksgiving is a great book about that teaches children about gratitude.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Thanks for Thanksgiving shares a range of sweet and lovely messages of gratitude. • The last page is designated for readers to write down their own list of thankful thoughts. • Colorful…

Five Things to Know About the $250 Tax Break That Teachers Could Lose

By Liana Loewus for edweek.com When it comes time to do their taxes, millions of educators have had the satisfaction of checking a box that saves them some money, and isn’t available to people in other professions. The tax bill proposed by House Republicans would eliminate the $250 deduction teachers can claim for classroom supplies—and educators aren’t taking to it kindly. We…