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Common Core Reading Lessons

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Good site for CCSS reading lessons for grades K-12

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Scaffolding Beginning Writers

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Beginning writers need daily, explicit writing instruction for this to happen with chances to write every.single.day. This teacher has AWESOME ideas for scaffolding beginning writers, perfect for Writer's Workshop or Work on Writing!
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Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade?

Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The type of critical reading skills needed in high school can make the transition into the ninth grade a challenge, so some educators in Nashville are
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A Guide to the Start of the School Year - Dave Stuart Jr.

A Guide to the Start of the School Year - Dave Stuart Jr. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Ah! It’s almost August! The kids are coming! The kids are coming! Soon I won’t be able to have a pint with my lunch! This post has one purpose: Getting you to take a deep breath and collect some solace in the fact that your teacher friend Dave has a few years’ worth of articles …
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Positive Behavior Management {Gold Tags} - A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Positive Behavior Management {Gold Tags} - A Teeny Tiny Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
... As many of you know, I do not use a clip chart in my classroom. In fact, I waited a year after I started blogging to even mention it. I would just kind of glide over my whole management system and be vague about it.
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Strategies, tools for improving writing instruction

Strategies, tools for improving writing instruction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New and revised learning standards mean educators may be asked to do more when teaching writing.
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Icebreakers that Rock

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Too many classroom icebreakers require students to take big social risks with people they barely know. Or they don't really help students get to know each other
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Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log

Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When you read for pleasure do you record the date and pages read on a worksheet? How does this activity make reading more enjoyable? On this relaxing afternoon, sharing a hammock and a lov
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Book talks, book bits, hexagonal thinking, sketch quotes, 6-word memoirs, and more!
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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Adolescence could be a time of explosive academic learning if what's taught can be connected to the central preoccupation of young people -- their identities.
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What To Plan on The First Day of Kindergarten! - Simply Kinder

What To Plan on The First Day of Kindergarten! - Simply Kinder | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Ahhh… the first day of kindergarten! It’s such an exciting day! An exhausting day! But what do you plan for that day?
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What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.
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4 Skills Every Student Needs - Leading, Learning, Questioning

4 Skills Every Student Needs - Leading, Learning, Questioning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the things I miss the most about the classroom is discussing novels with students and the way that set students up to thoughtfully approach tough conversations. We’d open up The Great Gatsby or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Invisible Man and dive headlong into some of life’s biggest questions. We’d talk about what it means to be valued …
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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Have students take responsibility for their grades and behavior by strategically offering opportunities to redo assignments, retake tests, and reflect on their performance.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Every Student Succeeds Act | Alliance For Excellent Education

Everything You Need to Know About the Every Student Succeeds Act | Alliance For Excellent Education | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Alliance for Excellent Education has created a series of bite-sized materials—both print and video—that provides concise but comprehensive analyses of several key areas within ESSA.
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Naming Students in Positive Ways | Responsive Classroom

Naming Students in Positive Ways | Responsive Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You can help students see themselves as capable learners every time you speak to them. How? By using envisioning language that names and describes them in positive ways.
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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom

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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom

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The First Hours of Kinder (& Beyond!) - Simply Kinder

The First Hours of Kinder (& Beyond!) - Simply Kinder | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Does the first day of of Kindergarten scare you? You can plan for the first day... but you have to survive the first hours first!
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KinderLiteracy in ACTION! - Little Minds at Work

KinderLiteracy in ACTION! - Little Minds at Work | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I am so excited to be typing this post! If I am passionate about anything it's - - teaching with a read aloud in hand! There is just something about looking out over your carpet full of kiddos and seeing them engage with a book, get excited about so much they can hardly contain their answers, and truly have a passion for books! I feel that the one thing that can stifle the kids love for learning- - is when their teachers lose a little of theirs! That is where I found myself three years ago... I would read my teacher's manual and ask the questions that were given to me but I was far from passionate about what was in front of me on those pages! Thankfully we were blessed to be introduced to close reading and there...that day I regained my passion!
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5 Tips for an Organized Classroom

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5 Simple Tips for an Organized Classroom that don't involve staying after school to clean. I love the tip for pencils!!
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Defining Critical Thinking

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Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

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A really useful resource for those (which should be every teacher) interested in promoting critical thinking.

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Free, Printable QR-Coded Classroom Rules | Scholastic.com

Free, Printable QR-Coded Classroom Rules | Scholastic.com | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Introduce classroom rules in a new and exciting way on the first day of school. Grab your smartphone or iPad, and print some of these free, printable QR-coded rules to make kids eager t
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New Resources On Teaching Reading & Writing

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Here are some new and useful resources related to teaching reading and writing: Why is reading good for me? is from the BBC. I’m adding it to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important &a…
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10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based techniques are challenging conventional ways of teaching and empowering students who might otherwise get overlooked.
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Math Tools You Can Make At Home

Math Tools You Can Make At Home | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Maximize your teacher budget with homemade math toolboxes. From bead racks, to dot cards, to number lines, these simple-to-make math resources won't break the bank and will be perfect for your Guided Math block!
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Dyslexia… 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with dyslexic pupils…

Dyslexia… 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with dyslexic pupils… | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Dyslexia... 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with pupils with dyslexia...
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