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Year-End Roundup | Language Arts, Journalism, the Arts and Academic Skills

Year-End Roundup | Language Arts, Journalism, the Arts and Academic Skills | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From the NYT Learning Network:  all the lessons in reading, writing and culture that they published this school year.  Included are the writing contests that they have run (and will probably re-run again, so you have the option to plan for incorporating them into your instruction next year).

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How ‘Star Wars’ prepared Biddeford teachers for a new school year

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From the Republic of Biddeford...

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Why Does the School Day Start So Early?

Why Does the School Day Start So Early? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, the CDC is chiming in: Schools should push back start times for the sake of kids’ health and academic achievement.
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Issues of the Scout Report from 2015: Internet Scout

Issues of the Scout Report from 2015: Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Every Friday, The Internet Scout Research Group posts a fabulous list of interesting sites and resources gathered from all over the Internet. I share the link to the weekly the list here, but if you'd like to see what you missed this summer, visit their archives at this link:

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015

You can also follow them on Twitter @IntScout

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Teaching about Charleston

This horrible tragedy presents a national teachable moment. That moment must include teachers at all levels crafting our curricula and courses to include this history of slavery, white supremacy, and terrorist violence against black people—and its legacy, far from transcended, into the present.
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Back-to-School Night 2.0

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With innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both of those elements to engage and connect with our students' families this year.
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Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers

Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"When [co-teaching] is really, really strong, it is clear that there are two different teachers with two types of expertise," said Marilyn Friend, a co-teaching guru who has studied collaboration for decades and provided professional development to schools and districts around the country.
Co-Teaching Models
Professional development for co-teaching has focused on a handful of models that general and special educators can use to meet the needs of diverse learners in one classroom. Each model offers benefits and drawbacks.

Source: Co-teaching: Concepts, Practices, and Logistics, by Marilyn Friend
And when it's not strong?
"You might as well keep pulling kids out [of the classroom]," said Ms. Friend, a professor emerita of education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "Because they're not going to get what they need."
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Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge, Research Finds

Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge, Research Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a series of experiments, participants who searched for information on the Internet believed they were more knowledgeable than a control group about topics unrelated to the online searches. In a result that surprised the researchers, participants had an inflated sense of their own knowledge after searching the Internet even when they couldn’t find the information they were looking for. After conducting Internet searches, participants also believed their brains were more active than the control group did. The research was published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General®.
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15 Books That Should Be On Every Teen's Radar This Summer

15 Books That Should Be On Every Teen's Radar This Summer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By now, you've likely read the Hunger Games series, the Divergent books and every John Green novel. So if you're looking for some summer reading, look no further than these genre-spanning books.
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Cut to the Core: Education Reform and Libraries

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Another school year is drawing to a close, but amid the celebrations and public festivities, melancholy looms over the library profession.
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New For Students and Teachers: Library of Congress Releases Three New Interactive Ebooks For iPad Featuring Primary Sources | LJ INFOdocket

From The Library of Congress: Pages from the scrapbooks of the activists who fought for women’s suffrage. A political cartoon from the pen of Benjamin Franklin. Photos by Ansel Adams of Japanese Americans living in World War II relocation camps.
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How People Around the World Take Exams

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In America, perhaps all the testing helps explain why “all-nighters” and Adderall abuse are the norm on many college campuses. But there is an unhealthy obsession with acing the test abroad, too.
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Retreat to advance

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I would like to propose an alternative approach to the summer: Embrace downtime by going on a retreat. A retreat is designed to renew and replenish a person’s heart and mind. Educators can retreat alone or together; they can do it formally or informally. A retreat is an affirmation of the concept that true change comes from people not programs and that the best use of an educator’s time might be taking time off.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Resources for Physics Teachers

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Resources for Physics Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how the world around you works? Physics can tell you! Check out these ten YouTube creators who are making videos all about the physical world.
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Teens, Technology and Friendships

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American teens don't just make friends in the schoolyard or neighborhood — many are finding new friends online. Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact.
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Falmouth student 'Geek Squad' preps for new school year – The Forecaster

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Understanding by Design: The Six Facets of Understanding

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Of all the chapters of Understanding by Design I've read up to this point, I found this one to be the most engaging. If you are familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy, much of what is presented in this cha...
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Important Google Search Strategies for Students - A PDF Handout

Last summer the folks at Canva were kind enough to create a great infographic for me based on a set of search tips that I sent to them. The infographic makes a great poster to display in your classroom, but it is a little light on the details of how and why to use some of the search strategies.
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Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

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There are programs to keep kids from dropping out, but the causes run more deeply, down to the design of school, according to researchers.
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Explore Your Reading Self - ReadWriteThink

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In this activity teens are encouraged to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.
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Watch Lynda Barry’s Graduation Speech; Give a Shout Out to the Teachers Who Changed Your Life

Watch Lynda Barry’s Graduation Speech; Give a Shout Out to the Teachers Who Changed Your Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The University of the Arts’ most recent grads are lucky ducks to have had a speaker as engaging as cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry delivering their commencement’s keynote address.
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College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again

College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A printing error in the June 6 SAT testing booklet used in the United States has caused problems for the College Board, which is discarding two whole sections of the test.
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Seven Shifts in How Students Do Research | John Spencer

Seven Shifts in How Students Do Research | John Spencer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When I first began teaching, I viewed research as something separate from the rest of learning. We did research projects or we kept the research as a phase within a project. Since then, I've had some shifts in how we do research
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