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Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing

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There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an

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Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:28 PM

Interesting take on narrative...especially hyperlinking

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Close reading leads to close writing: "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop

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 I have truly fallen in love with Falling in Love With Close Reading, the just-released book by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. "   


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:13 PM

A great example of how close reading can improve writing--when modelled.

SaraKLMS's comment, December 15, 2013 7:47 PM
ooh. I'm SO ordering this.
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Math Coach's Corner: GREAT Source for iPad Math Apps!

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Hooda Math has a plethora of math apps for the iPad and iPhone. Many of them are free! Check out this multiplication game and one for equivalent fractions.

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7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic Plus The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter

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7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic Plus The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter

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Book Encourages School-Wide Improvement through Instructional Rounds — College of Education

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John Roberts, assistant professor of education, shares in his new book how a process of observing teachers in action can increase the collective learning of educators.
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Get Your Students Talking Mathematically

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So we all know it's importance. We all understand that students learn more when they do it. The problem is how to facilitate it. "It" is getting students to talk mathematically. As a teacher, you c...

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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Essential Questions Guide


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:16 PM

This PDF provides examples of essential questions, defines the specific features of essential questions, and has excellent resources for further exploration!

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 23, 2013 11:22 PM

Essential Questions are an important concept for teachers to learn as they guide students in close reading of text.

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Part 1: Math and Project Based Learning... 22 Amazing Resources

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Welcome this first of a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources cov...
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5 Best Notebook iPad apps for students

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Tweet Tweet Below is an overview of the 5 best note-taking apps. Berlage students can request access to the document with the description on how to download the apps here. Whichever note taking app...
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Five Things Most People Don't Know About Poverty & Student Achievement

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Eric Jensen wants teachers to know that, even in the case of poverty, they can help students achieve to their fullest potential.
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The 5 Types of Technology Adopters in Schools: Which One Are You ?

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

 

Rogers theory Diffusion of Innovation seeks to explain how innovations are taken up in an organization. An innovation means an idea, behaviour, or object that is perceived as new by its audience. While the theory goes deeper into precursors of social change and offers invaluable insight into the process that leads up to this change, what matters for us here is the classification Rogers made to categorize how people adopt an innovation.


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The Obituary of the Student Desk 1887-2013

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The Student Desk (known by several aliases, most notably the Classroom Desk) died today when teachers at Bridge Point Elementary school in Austin, TX discovered that learning could happen in a vari...

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Chris Carter's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:01 PM

Physicality matters is the digital age.

Casey Anley's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:30 AM

Hear! Hear! A well-written, tongue-in-cheek article about moving away from yeaster year confinements towards new age light in education!

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7 Ways to Adapt the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs

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The establishment of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students nationwide represents a particularly robust challenge for teachers of students with special needs.

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 20, 2013 8:09 PM

Seven ways to help educators provide flexible means through which students with special needs can master the Common Core State Standards while still maintaining high expectations for achievement.

Abby Moran's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:16 AM

The establishment of common core standards is such a large topic in education today. However, before reading this, I had never thought about the ways that the common core standards would affect students with special needs. The article mentions the two sides to the topic. Advocates for students with special needs have made it clear that these students should "be held to the same high level of achievement as typically developing students." In essence, students with special needs should be treated equally to other students in an academic as well as in a non-academic sense. However, some students may possess disabilties that may make it difficult for them to meet certain standards. I understand both sides of the issue. Students with disabilities should be held to the same standards if possible. The article provides 7 ways to adapt the standards in order to meet the needs of students with special needs. These tips include: provide alternative means of expression, utilize the students interests, employ alternative texts, use assitive technologies and Universal Design for Learning tools, engage the student's strengths, pair the student with a typically developing student and modify the environment. I think these tips are actually very beneficial and I understand their importance. From being in the classroom this semester, I've witnessed the common core curriculum in action. It's said to be difficult for the teacher as well as the students. Since these standards are so difficult, it's necessary to work with special needs students so they don't fall behind. This way, they are expected to meet the same standards as other students while receiving support and accomodation. 

 

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Similar to Abby, I have had the chance to see the common core standards in action through my placement this semester. I have witnessed how hard it is for these standards to be accomplished in the regular classroom, so I can only imagine how hard it could be to implement in a special needs classroom. While theoretically I want to say that all special needs children should be held to the same standards as regular students, I do not feel as though this is viable. Special needs students fall on a wide range, so yes, some of these students may be able to adhere to these standards once the changes mentioned in this article were made. However, to say that all special needs students can accomplish these standards after alterations I feel is not fair to say. Some special needs students need different standards all their own to adhere to their personal struggles academically regarding their disability.
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Using Lecture Capture to Increase Interactivity and Instruction, Cross-Disciplinary Sharing

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Lecture capture is no longer merely a safety net for students who can't make it to class. Here are 6 ways faculty are using it to make their courses more engaging, flexible, and imaginative.

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Using Essential Questions to Fuel Learning

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Help students uncover knowledgeInstead of teaching scripted curriculum defined by a textbook, consider putting your teaching skills and expertise to good use during the instructional planning phase by using essential questions to fuel the learning. Essential questions require students to construct knowledge and when combined with a flexible lesson design this type of learning can allow students to express learning in original ways. There is no room for answers that simply require copying and pasting, and worksheets become obsolete.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:40 PM

Essential Questions

  1. First take a look at the content you will be covering.
  2. Use Bloom’s as a guide to develop complex questions that require students to use higher order thinking skills to answer.
  3. Take a look at the Common Core Standards and identify several standards that can be woven into the learning process.
  4. Design a grading rubric for use as a guide to define expectations for students as they create a final original project to demonstrate learning. This will ensure that the student driven learning experience hits the targeted instruction and includes those Common Core Standards.
  5. Remember to make sure to dedicate an adequate amount of instructional time for students to answer complex Essential Questions."
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How To Teach Writing: 7 Strategies for Elaboration

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Do your students struggle to write with detail? Are their descriptions limited, lacking in specifics or uninformative? If so, you can help your students write more engaging and elaborate pie
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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:25 PM

This article is part of a larger, on-going effort to help connect teachers and other learning professionals with the neuroscience of learning.

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:40 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. http://www.africatube.net/ More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on  http://www.africatube.net/ and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

Vincent Munch's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:51 PM

Something we should all read

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Math Slicer - A Fun Alternative to Flashcards - iPad Apps for School

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"Math Slicer is an iPad app that presents a fun alternative to using flashcards to practice basic mathematics skills. In Math Slicer students are shown addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems that they have to answer by “slicing” the correct answer in half. The answer choices jump up on the screen and students have to slice them before they disappear."

 


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Alysia's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:54 AM

I think this would be a great alternative to flash cards. Many of my students have told me that they love the game "fruit ninja" which is a game that has a similar style.  This game could make math more relatable to the students. 

Fabio Lam's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:17 PM

Fun and interactive app to help students learn more about Math in a "Fruit Ninja" style. 

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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

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Suzie Boss (@suzieboss on Twitter) is a journalist and author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. She's also a regular blogger on Ed
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23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report.

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Tweet Tweet Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose their...
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The Effects of “Praise” (and the Implications for CCSS)

In September, schools leaders engaged in a close reading of work by Carol Dweck (exemplar here) describing “fixed mindsets” and “growth mindsets.” The following video demonstrates how praising 5th ...
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