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New Fluencies

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Great blog, lots to learn from.  Wonderful examples of student work and classroom practice to develop new flu envies using technology as a tool.

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Collection of literacy connections for TCDSB Area 5 elementary educators.
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Why the Global Read Aloud Matters

Why the Global Read Aloud Matters | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
Wednesday started out as a normal day at school.  I walked into the office to check my mailbox when our amazing secretary handed me a mystery package.  I immediately looked at the mailing label and...
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A new addition to this year's Global Read Aloud.  Share a book that reflects where you are in the world.  

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Imagination Foundation

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Global Cardboard Challenge, immerse students in building what they can imagine while learning.  Check out this site.

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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom

Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it

"The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An “enabled” learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn’t happen by content “knowledge holding,” or even by the fire of enthusiasm, but by setting a tone for learning that suggests possibility, and by creating a culture of can."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 4, 6:35 PM

One of my favorite videos on growth mindset is Carol Dweck sharing the word yet, specifically where she says that if a student says "I can't do that" she says to tell the student to say "I can't do that yet." To me that is a way to shift the culture of the classroom, where students learn that as time goes on what they are able to do things they could not before.

This post explores this culture of "can", sharing ideas on how you might move your classroom to reach this culture. Three areas are discussed.

1. Use the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

This is a model that many of us may already use. The post describes it as "show me, help me, let me." In my school we talk about "I do, we do, you do."

2. Intentionally Use the Individual Student as a Culture-Maker

This requires that we find the time as we teach to "honor the contribution of others," specifically our students. Culture does not grow from a top down approach.

3. Diverse — and Authentic — Terms for Success

Creating a classroom that is learner centered, where students also have input to help create authentic learning.

More information on these concepts are in the post.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 5, 8:36 AM

Love the ideas here and realize the challenge of the mission. Our kids need to embrace their mistakes as learning opportunities rather than expect immediate mastery and feedback with praise.  i am thinking of making a classroom poster ( or posters) with the Word "YET" in giant letters and use that as our mantra.

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, August 18, 11:04 AM

Yes!!! Mine is:  You can do it!!!

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids

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“ I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an ove...”
Via Mary Clark
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Great list of books to support learning skillls.
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Will more breaks mean more learning?

Will more breaks mean more learning? | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
The Deseret NewsFor every 45 minutes in a Finnish classroom, students get a 15-minute break. “Everybody needs breaks,” says Olga Jarrett, “and the brain research shows that neither children nor adults can maintain intense concentration for extended periods.”“The frequent breaks keep kids fresh, and the shorter school days give kids lots of opportunity for deep play,”
Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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Interesting. Brain breaks do work.
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New Fluencies

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Via Doug Peterson
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Great blog, lots to learn from.  Wonderful examples of student work and classroom practice to develop new flu envies using technology as a tool.

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M Fullan Stratosphere Q2 - YouTube


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Engaged students, easier to teach.

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Donna Fry (@fryed)'s curator insight, July 22, 4:09 AM
Yes, it is hard to teach bored students. What can we do right now to change that?
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TCDSB SummerLiteracy (TCDSBSummerLit) on Twitter

TCDSB SummerLiteracy (TCDSBSummerLit) on Twitter | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
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Read about the tree investigation.  On Tuesday morning all the trees along the school yard fence were cut down.  Students wondered why?  They were upset that this happened and are setting out to find some answers.  

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To Make a Prairie

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“ A blog about reading, writing, teaching and the joys of a literate life”
Via Dorothy Suskind
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Vinton's post on Maxine Greene has us reflect on nurturing our own noticings without preconceived ideas from other sources. How much time and encouragement do we provide students yo arrive at their own discoveries and noticing? Does this not speak to providing thoughtful provocations and allowing the exploration and discovery time?
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This teen entrepreneur is out to change the world: Q&A with Maya Penn | ideas.ted.com

This teen entrepreneur is out to change the world: Q&A with Maya Penn | ideas.ted.com | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
Eco-friendly fashion designer and entrepreneur Maya Penn, founder of Maya's Ideas, talks creativity, life lessons, and charity work.
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What an inspiration.

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PROCESS POST: Curiosity is the tap root of innovation and deep learning.

PROCESS POST: Curiosity is the tap root of innovation and deep learning. | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
So you never know where curiosity-based research will lead.... Robert Full: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures channeled into robots. Observe. Question. Experiment. Associate. Network. (fro...
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A challenge; how much student time is arranged around what students find curious?  

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Book Club Confidential: Overcoming Conversation Anxiety by Focusing on Critical Scenes

Book Club Confidential: Overcoming Conversation Anxiety by Focusing on Critical Scenes | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
This is a blog post on fear. Now, I could write about one of my many, many fears, some of which include: Enclosed spaces - elevators, airplanes, subways, all of New York City in summer. Taking a me...
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Teaching students to find critical scenes in texts they are reading and inviting them to think about what they might say to continue the conversation during book clubs.

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Laugh Often to Live Well | Brain Blogger

Laugh Often to Live Well | Brain Blogger | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it

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Laughter has healing effects, easy medecine.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 10, 11:53 AM
You have heard it time and again – laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

Bobby Dillard's curator insight, May 10, 1:54 PM

You have heard it time and again – laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 10, 5:42 PM

Children laugh up to 300 times a day and adults an average of 5 times a day. If school were fun and enjoyable for children and adults, perhaps we would laugh more.

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The Global Read Aloud

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I recently had the opportunity to take part in the Global Read Aloud this fall. It is facilitated annually by Pernille Ripp, a teacher in Madison, WI. Leading a group of 4th graders, we joined many...
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Thinking of signing up for this year's Global Read Aloud?  Read about one class' experience with the global sharing.  Some great ideas!

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The Global Read Aloud

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Sign up for this year's global read aloud.  Check out the book choices and the many opportunities for global collaboration.  Reading begins Oct. 6.

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A Glimpse At Our Day | Living Avivaloca

A Glimpse At Our Day | Living Avivaloca | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
“ I'm really trying to embrace a more inquiry approach to math this year, and I think that our current program is a cross between inquiry-based and project-based learning. I don't use a textbook and I rarely have tests or quizzes.”
Via Virginia L Wallace
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Aviva's adjustment to guided reading after the Lisa Donohue post. Continuing inquiry through guided reading.
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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 18, 10:22 PM

What is content Curation? Great explanation and very interesting interview with Robin Good on curation.

John Gougoulis's curator insight, August 19, 3:34 AM

An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

N Kaspar's curator insight, September 2, 9:33 AM

Intriguing idea.

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Activities and ice-breakers for the First Day of School

Activities and ice-breakers for the First Day of School | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
Education World offers more than 15 creative get-to-know-you icebreakers from our readers.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Learning doesn't have to stop in the summer @TCDSB Summer Playground for students of all ages

Learning doesn't have to stop in the summer @TCDSB Summer Playground for students of all ages | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it

Via Lori DiMarco, Cristina Fernandes
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Log onto the TCDSB Summer Playground for 9 weeks of numeracy and literacy learning.

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Does the “school cliff” matter more than the fiscal cliff? | Daniel H. Pink

Does the “school cliff” matter more than the fiscal cliff? | Daniel H. Pink | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
For all the yammering about the fiscal cliff, another cliff might present a more perilous danger -- what the folks at Gallup call the "school cliff." Never

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TCDSB SummerLiteracy (TCDSBSummerLit) on Twitter

TCDSB SummerLiteracy (TCDSBSummerLit) on Twitter | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
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Interested in following our pilot primary literacy journey at St. Nicholas of Bari?  Follow us on twitter for a daily update on student and teacher learning.  We are extending the classroom walls to the outside.

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Mentor Texts

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Pins about Mentor Texts hand-picked by Pinner Melissa Michael ~ Teacher Treasure Hunter | See more about mentor texts, personal narratives and small moments.
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Great pinterest board for mentor texts to teach writing

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Children & Nature Network (C&NN)

Children & Nature Network (C&NN) | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
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Free download of the Natural Teachers Network eGuide, full of ideas, suggestions and research to support students participation in nature.

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EcoKids: EcoReporters - Articles - Helpful or Annoying Bees?

EcoKids: EcoReporters - Articles - Helpful or Annoying Bees? | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
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St. Mary of the Angels student inquiry leads to report being published on EcoReporter.  Authentic way to share learning and student voice.  

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Every Moment Matters

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“The best part of teaching is that it matters. The hardest part of teaching is that every moment matters, every day.” ~ Todd Whitaker I love this quote. It reminds me why I teach. More importantly,...
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It's all about relationships.

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