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Argumentative, Opinion, and Persuasive Writing in the Common Core - Choice Literacy

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The Common Core has many teachers and literacy coaches pondering how to teach students to write in ways that mix fact and emotion. In this essay from the archives, Jennifer Burton looks at the difference between Argumentative, Opinion, and Persuasive Writing in the Common Core with her colleagues, and tries out some lessons with students.

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 10:45 AM

Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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Essential Reading for Back to School - FREE from IRA's journals

Essential Reading for Back to School - FREE from IRA's journals | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

With school starting soon, we [the International Reading Association] are excited to bring you a new virtual issue from the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Reading Research Quarterly. These articles are some of the most popular from the past year: perfect resources as you’re getting ready for the new school year.

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MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials

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A list of online resources used to compliment Google Docs workshop given by MaryFran Lynch.


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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 10:59 AM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 27, 12:16 PM

This is so much fun, you may just want to do it for yourself.

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Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy

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Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty

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How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide - iMore

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide - iMore | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, allow you to set what your children can and can't access on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With Parental Controls, you can lock out Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay, the iTunes, iBooks, Podcasts, or App Stores (including in-app purchases), as well as content by age rating, and the ability to make changes to accounts and other app settings. In other words, they're a way to block your child's access to anything and everything you deem inappropriate for them based on their age and sensitivity, and your own best judgement. And they're part of what make Apple devices an ideal computing platform for kids!"


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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 25, 11:52 AM

Apple makes it easy to set controls on their products.  Take advantage of the free parental controls built-in. #Apple #iPad #kids

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7 Icebreakers to Use with Students in The First Week of The New School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Icebreakers to Use with Students in The First Week of The New School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Here's an idea: Free French eBook and 5 French websites every French teachers should know!

Here's an idea: Free French eBook and 5 French websites every French teachers should know! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you teach French, you know how tough it can be to find resources for your classroom. Of course, I'm talking about QUALITY resources. That's why a group of great teacher-authors has decided to put together a FREE French eBook of tips and links to freebies for the back-to-school season or should I say "pour la rentrée"? Laudalina from Profs et Soeurs is the mastermind of this amazing initiative and Ms. Joanne has been so generous to host the eBook. What about me? I was honored to organize it!


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Putting Students at the Center: A Reference Guide - PDF

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 24, 6:08 AM

"This reference guide from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation delves deep into the principles of student-centered learning, and explains how they can be implemented to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in college and beyond."

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A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity

21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students' Creativity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Kickstart that school year.(RT @BuzzFeed: 21 Clever Writing Prompts That Will Unleash Your Students’ Creativity http://t.co/wXSscNVmte http://t.co/qu6YDiY07B)...

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Free Screen Recorder Video Capture Software.

Free Screen Recorder Video Capture Software. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Screen recorder is convenient and safe software that allows to take PC screen video capture of high quality, with or without sound. The program has no viruses, spyware and unwanted applications. Screen Recorder has been tested by the advanced antivirus systems that proved it is absolutely secure software in its segment.

 


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Nik Peachey's comment, August 26, 3:13 AM
I downloaded it here in the UK. There may be some kind of geographical restriction.
Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 4:18 PM

I have not used this, but it looks like a good tool for quick screen captures. 

Progressive training's curator insight, August 27, 2:12 AM

Free Screen Recorder Video Capture Software

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps

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Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING

Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Spend even a small amount of time on Twitter, at an educational conference, or reading educator-based blogs, and you’ll encounter a myriad of teaching methodologies: flipped learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, game-based learning, standards-based learning, and the list goes on. Each of these methods has value, but figuring out how to successfully combine aspects of each into a single class is a little daunting. Incorporating one more practice, Team-Based Learning, into the classroom could be the glue that holds everything else together.

 

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is not a new idea. It was born out of necessity by Larry Michaelsen in the 1970’s when his course numbers at the University of Oklahoma were growing in size. He wanted to develop a method that would allow him to continue using group activities in his classes, despite increasing student enrollment."

 


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Infographic: Google Search Strategies for All Students

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The beginning of the new school year is a great time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic abou...

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Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, August 26, 4:48 PM

Love this infographic - walks students (Grade 5 +) through the use of Google search strategies. I've put this up in the classroom so that I can refer to it. With primary school kids, its not really a 'work alone' resource but it is great for using as a reference point to direct their research and search skills.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 26, 8:30 PM

A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 27, 10:21 AM

Useful Inofgraphic for teaching this concept.

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What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy

What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

On a recent school visit, I was discussing student engagement with a group of school leaders when a member of the group offered the following observation: "I think teachers are reluctant to turn the class over to a guided activity because they are concerned about classroom management."

 

My Response

 

Teachers cannot teach if they cannot manage classroom behavior. They know that and we know that. Unless we build teacher capacity to engage students in guided group activities, they will be reluctant to "stop talking" because they are afraid they will lose control. In other words, teachers must be taught what to do when they stop talking and students are working.

 

Remember, the brain that does the work does the learning. If we expect to dramatically increase the amount of student work and simultaneously decrease the amount of teacher talk, we must build the capacity of teachers to check for understanding and facilitate group processes while keeping all the students on-task.

 

Most teachers make the big mistake of spending too much time with a few individuals and while they are "fixing" those few students, the rest of the class get off-task. It does not take long for teachers to figure out that this is not working and they revert back to their comfort zone and a teacher-centered style of instruction. 

 

Furthermore, the natural tendency to "fix" struggling students actually has the unintended consequence of creating "dependent" students, who quickly learn that, if they wait until the teacher stops talking to raise their hand, the teacher will come over and do their work for them. So, not only are were losing control of the class, but we are creating dependent learners who will not even attempt to complete the assignment because they know the teacher will bail them out.

 

Years of implementing a school wide instructional framework taught me that our teachers had to have a strategy for keeping students on-task and engaged while the circulated through the room. Fred Jones’s Praise, Prompt, and Leave (PPL) strategy is one that we found particularly useful for strengthening student engagement.


Keys to Implementation of PPL

 

We asked teachers to begin by using groups of two or collaborative pairs, which were easier to manage and easier to keep on-task.

Chunk the lesson or task into smaller segments.

The goal was not to fix students, but rather to ensure that they were on-task and that the students demonstrated understanding of the task at hand.

Don't let too many students get to far off course! When needed stop the group activity and re-teach a key point.

An effective teacher moved around the classroom with ease and did not get stuck instructing one or two students.

Every 10-12 minutes of group activity refocus the students and point out any key concepts or share your observations.

Follow a simple three step process:

Praise - Point out where the student is and what the student has done so far.

Prompt - Tell the student what to do next and that you will be back to check on them.

Leave - Spend as little time with each student as possible. The goal is to check on the understanding of all students not to re-teach a few students.

 

For a more detailed explanation following this link: http://info.marygrove.edu/matblog/a-simple-and-effective-student-engagement-strategy-praise-prompt-and-leave

 

 


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Free Technology for Teachers: NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading!

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After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn."

After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn." | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”



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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 7:19 PM

Another take on Common Core. 

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Group Brainstorming Tools - GroupMap

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GroupMap's easy and effective online group brainstorming tools with visual templates puts your ideas against everyone's ideas on one single unique platform.

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Wanda Hill's curator insight, August 26, 1:07 PM

Looks like great a great classroom tool...and great for TPEP.

 

Amanda O'Connell's curator insight, August 26, 3:03 PM

Very useful for planning and writing activities

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 4:33 PM

The free version only allows public mindmaps/brainstorms, so if you are in a school setting and don't want student work to be shared, this might not be the right tool. The professional version that allows you to make the maps private is a steep $49 a month. 

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain …

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LearnZillion updates new #commoncore lesson plans for #back2school

LearnZillion updates new #commoncore lesson plans for #back2school | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever!

The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Drawing inspiration from Mia MacMeekin's series of "27 Ways To... " infographics and decided to make my own, using Comic Life.   Then, knowing there was no way I could come up with 27 totally unique and amazing ways to make this the best year ever on my own, I started asking members of my PLN for tips and advice to help teachers a) remember why they became teachers to begin with and b) hang onto that inspiration all year long so that day 121 felt as awesome as day one.   AND OH MY STARS! The advice people shared was AMAZING! I was blown away.   And it wasn't long before my infographic was finished!  "


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School Starts Too Early

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The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

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We knew this, didn't we?  Adolescent brain research supports it.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 7:51 PM

Why don't we change? This is something so-called reformers can change if they have the will.

 

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W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, August 27, 12:36 PM

We often take school schedules as being fixed without questioning why they are as they are and if they meet the needs of our students.   Looking at the needs and natural dispositions of student as the basis for planning can lead to some very interesting innovations in how, where, and when we teach and learn.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Good File Conversion Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Good File Conversion Tools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Even though I create nearly all of my documents online and use cloud storage services that support a multitude of file formats, there are still a few occasions when someone sends me a file that I need to convert. If your school is not using Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar cloud service, you may find yourself and your students in need of a file conversion tool too. A more common need for a file conversion tool arises when we start to work with audio and video files. Here are file good online file conversion tools. "


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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 25, 6:01 PM

A little extra help with files - you never know...

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The Periodic Table of iPad Apps

The Periodic Table of iPad Apps | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you’re an iPad junkie like me, then you’re definitely going to dig this app-solutely awesome resource created  by ICTEvangelist Mark Anderson. This beyond cool visual contains 80+ educational app suggestions mapped to activities in eight color coded categories including creativity, computing, literacy and more!


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