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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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4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Harley Center shares how relationships, humor, choice, and displaying his work engaged him, plus his three-minute video highlighting student work and personalized learning.
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Running a Smooth Back to School Night

Running a Smooth Back to School Night | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You guys...seriously. School has begun?! We've been in for 3 days now and it has been a blast (but so, so exhausting). I'm still trying t
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22 Powerful Closure Activities

22 Powerful Closure Activities | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.
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The Teacher’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Guide

The Teacher’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Guide | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.
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Class size matters a lot, research shows

Class size matters a lot, research shows | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Can we stop pretending it doesn't?
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 8:03 PM
"Why do small classes work? [Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach] writes: The mechanisms at work linking small classes to higher achievement include a mixture of higher levels of student engagement, increased time on task, and the opportunity small classes provide for high-quality teachers to better tailor their instruction to the students in the class."

I still like a diverse group. This means different abilites, cultures, interests, etc. It provides for what Gert Biesta and Hannah Arendt refer to as radical pluralism and what Paul Ricoeur calls a polysemy of voices.
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12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know

12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Principal and blogger Joe Mazza looks through the lens of his school's parents and suggests 12 conversations that all teachers should be having with their students' parents.
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The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy -

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Tons of Free Resources to Help Students Learn New Skills via Educators' tech

Tons of Free Resources to Help Students Learn New Skills via Educators' tech | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Access Tons of Free Digital Textbooks to Use in Your Teaching

Access Tons of Free Digital Textbooks to Use in Your Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Depth of Knowledge Matrix - Elementary & Secondary Math - Robert Kaplinsky

Depth of Knowledge Matrix - Elementary & Secondary Math - Robert Kaplinsky | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Depth of Knowledge Levels, This is a tool that can be used to facilitate a conversation around depth of knowledge levels 1 through 3.
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14 Resources on Recharging Your Teaching PracticeASCD Inservice

14 Resources on Recharging Your Teaching PracticeASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Take your pick of the plentiful tips and get recharged for next year with this selection of resources
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Rethink First-Day Writing to Better Engage Kids

Rethink First-Day Writing to Better Engage Kids | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Shawna Coppola finds opening her practice to fresh writing approaches can help her as well as her students flourish. She suggests starting with that first essay
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Belief Drives Behavior - Dave Stuart Jr.

The most significant thing I’ve learned about teaching in the past year is this: belief drives behavior. It sounds hokey, but it’s actually the distillation of what I’ve come to find as the most actionable, robust takeaways from the vast research around noncognitive factors (or social-emotional skills or SEL or character or soft skills or …
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Introducing Toontastic 3D: a playful storytelling app for kids

Introducing Toontastic 3D: a playful storytelling app for kids | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Starting today, parents and teachers all over the world can download Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids to draw, animate and narrate their own 3D cartoons.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 1:26 AM

A great free app for getting students to create 3D stories.

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This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Americium could save your life.
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The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

The 5 Critical Categories of Rules | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin believes that rules and limits, while necessary in a classroom, are subtly shaded in meaning and use. He defines five critical categories of rules: academic, social, procedural, cultural and personal.
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Complete the Exemplar-Maggie Johnson on Gabby's Woolf's Inspirational Lesson - Teach Like a Champion

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Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing fro
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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos

25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Directory of the Web's best educational video resources. Includes 5min, Academic Earth, BrainPOP, Brightstorm, iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and many more sites.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 27, 5:13 AM
Sítios internet para vídeos educativos gratuitos.
magnus sandberg's curator insight, June 27, 9:16 AM
A great list of free video sites
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 30, 9:32 AM
These are an excellent video resource list that can be used within your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Depth of Knowledge Matrix - Secondary Math - Robert Kaplinsky

Depth of Knowledge Matrix - Secondary Math - Robert Kaplinsky | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Last week I posted my first attempt to expand upon my previous Depth of Knowledge Matrix that helped make it easier to distinguish between depth of knowledge levels in mathematics. This week I am releasing the secondary mathematics matrix to go with last week’s elementary mathematics matrix.
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Visualize your learning

If you are a visual learner, sketchnoting is a method of learning perfect for you! It is the use of natural visual skills to capture ideas. One can build their visual vocabulary simply by practicing unique ways to capture main ideas. Sketchnotes are a visual form of notetaking. It is created with hand drawn images, shapes, icons and organized with arrows, boxes and lines.
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