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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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Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING

Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement - VISIBLE LEARNING | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This Glossary explains influences related to student achievement published in John Hattie’s Visible Learning for teachers (Hattie 2012; 251ff). You can find an older list of  influences related to student achievement in Hattie (2009) Visible Learning. 1. Student Self-Reported Grades Self reported grades comes…Read more ›

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12 Useful iPad Apps for 1:1 Classroom

12 Useful iPad Apps for 1:1 Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Asking Questions, Challenging Learning - A Resource for Educators

Asking Questions, Challenging Learning - A Resource for Educators | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Some High School Students Don't See School as a Kind Place. Here's Why That Matters.

Some High School Students Don't See School as a Kind Place. Here's Why That Matters. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Among high school respondents, 79 percent with a high mental health score said their school is a kind place, compared to 12 percent of respondents with a low score on the mental health inventory. Overall, 61 percent of high school respondents described their school community as kind, compared to 63 percent of their parents.

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"A Beginner’s Guide to Vocabulary Instruction: Using Latin Word Chunks" from EricaLeeBeaton.com

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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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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking - TeachThought via @kevmowat

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking - TeachThought via @kevmowat | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Use of social media platforms like twitter, facebook, and instagram can walk a fine line, teetering back and forth between connectivity and narcissism.

More immediately for educators, it illuminates our need to create empathetic learning experiences that connect learners for deeply human purposes. The greater the dysfunction, the greater the need to belong.

So then, let’s take a look at 10 ways we can help children–students, in this case–use social media critically. Critical thinking begins with the self and extends out. Rather than fight things like ‘screen time,’ maybe we can help them use that time in more constructive ways grounded in critical thinking.

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.

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A New Teacher’s Big List of All the Little Things

A New Teacher’s Big List of All the Little Things | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Veteran educator and consultant Frank Buck offers a comprehensive checklist to make induction easier and more systematic for teachers moving into new schools.
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Tips for a New Teacher - Steele Thoughts

Tips for a New Teacher - Steele Thoughts | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers generally become more effective with experience.  There are little pearls that you pick up along the way that make a bi
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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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