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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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A Wonderful Resource for Teaching Computer Science via @medkh9

A Wonderful Resource for Teaching Computer Science via @medkh9 | 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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Getting Personalization Right: Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning

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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to
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The Progression of Multiplication

The Progression of Multiplication | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There's a lot happening in elementary mathematics and it's really tough for teachers to keep up with it all...let alone parents and administrators. I keep reminding myself that the turtle won the race. It's my hope that in creating and sharing this video, we can all slow down a little bit more and focus on…
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Intervening with Read-Aloud - Choice Literacy

Intervening with Read-Aloud - Choice Literacy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Recent research indicates that increasing student engagement by 1 percent is correlated with a 6 percent increase in student performance on literacy assessments. We are not at all surprised, as there was already a well-established body of research on student engagement and its powerful connection to achievement across the disciplines.
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Ana Maria Gallego Ospina's curator insight, February 25, 10:36 PM
Reading is a process that demands of different aspects from the reader. In the educational setting, reading is one of the most important skills to develop, so in order to help students to feel more comfortable with the exposure to reading it is significant to have in mind how meaningful reading aloud can be. Reading aloud has several advantages, but the most relevant is that with its implementation students can adopt flexibles mind-sets, also they can engage themselves in independent reading. It is important to highlight that reading aloud is an strategic that helps students that struggle with reading itself. Facilitators should implement readin galoud at least once at week, this will provide new vocabulary to the learners and maybe it can help to develop  and promote the joy of reading among students.
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Educational Leadership: Literacy in Every Classroom: How Knowledge Powers Reading

Educational Leadership: Literacy in Every Classroom: How Knowledge Powers Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 3, 3:13 PM
This is a powerful article from Educational Leadership that provides research to back up the fact that prior knowledge is a key component to reading instruction. We tend to think that knowing something is less important nowadays because we can simply Google the answer. Not so, according to author Doug Lemov. This is my take-away: "The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully."
This has implications for libraries and how we support reading instruction. To me, it also solidifies the practice of allowing students to check out books that interest them as they emerge as readers and not pigeon-hole them into Lexile ranges. Those little nuggets of information could be just that piece of prior knowledge needed to "think and read successfully" in the future. Enjoy!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 1:28 AM
Embedded non-fiction when reading fiction with students helps with understanding not only of the fiction but how non-fiction is a useful tool for learning. Interesting read.
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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers

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December, 2014
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity)...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 12, 2014 11:40 AM

I love how a good graphic can cram in deep amounts of information in a pleasing "digestible" way and this one is no exception. This is one worth sharing when you're talking to teachers or administrators about your role in teaching digital literacy and how important it is.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 2014 10:56 AM

This is a nice breakdown which delineates different ways to approach information in an accessible fashion,  These skills go hand in hand with the research process to make students generate new knowledge and opinions.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 27, 5:45 AM
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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

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Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.
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The Showing Hand

Students are introduced to a handy way to remember how to incorporate more details into their writing. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 18, 12:20 PM

Showing not telling is a great technique for any writer.  Thank to Sandy Loucks for this timely video explanation. 

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Going Public with Word Work

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One week after spring break, I asked my students to think about word work as a math problem. How are the two similar? Puzzled looks were all around, and finally I got these responses: Jessica: Words build like addition: letters + vowels = a word. Brandon: Words are like the commutative property: no matter what order you use them in, they make a sentence. Could be a question though. Kerri: If you put words together, you have a sentence. If you put sentences together, you have a paragraph. I added, "If we understand the structure of text, then perhaps our mathematical equation would be words + sentences + paragraph = meaning."
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Using Feedback to Determine When a Do-Over Is Necessary

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As I collected the student work from the period, and then subsequently read what had been turned in, I wracked my brain for what I could have done to make it more successful. I do this a lot.

Before every class, I email my students my lesson plan. I provide them supplemental materials to help with scaffolding and differentiation. Expectations are again reviewed at the beginning of class as well as written on the white board and/or projected by ELMO. There's a long enough pause to take questions and for me to remind them of the expectations and then it's off to work if no formal lesson is happening in those beginning moments.

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

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A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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Infusing Informational Texts into Morning Meetings: Fact of the Day and Daily News Routines

Infusing Informational Texts into Morning Meetings: Fact of the Day and Daily News Routines | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Children thrive when they belong to a community that is welcoming, full of new learning, and built around consistent structures and expectations. Classroom rituals and routines reassure each child entering your doorway; knowing what to expect can calm an anxious or upset child, and predictability can help a distracted learner get settled. A unified community sets positive expectations for a day of learning. When students anticipate Morning Meeting each day, they can begin their day with a sense of community and focus, allowing them to be at ease with what the day holds. Predictable routines remind students that learning opportunities exist throughout the day. Informational texts can be infused into your community’s Morning Meeting, and these rituals can build positive experiences for students while building a united learning community.
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Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted learners via Robyn D. Shulman

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted learners via Robyn D. Shulman | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The top five ways to support introverted students and young entrepreneurs in the classroom.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 27, 10:22 AM
Remember to engage all learners in your classroom. Each will engage differently. Support them all.
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Data, Data, Data

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We are rounding out our Gearing Up for Second Semester series with a look at gathering and using data.  The dreaded "D" word!! We hear it constantly and avoid it intentionally, but it's not a bad word.  Let's take a look at how to gather objectives-based data and use it to drive instruction.
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A Litmus Test, The Golden Rule and Buy In

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The Golden Rule. Can this be used as our Litmus Test to determine if what we are doing is right for all students? We need to take a ste
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Researching Like Writers: From Read-Aloud to Notebooks - Choice Literacy

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It is no secret that in my classroom we try to keep it real. Once the authenticity is gone from the work my students and I do together, my students know it. They can tell when something is done because “we have to,” like state- and districtwide tests. When we read, we do so as real readers. When we write, we do so as real writers. When we research it is no different. To get students thinking about how writers use research in their own writing process, I began with a story that is rife with researchable topics: Verdi, by Janell Cannon. As a quick aside, Verdi is a playful and plucky young python who doesn’t want to grow up to be big, boring, and green.
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8 Ways to Get Started With Doodling in The Classroom - WeAreTeachers

8 Ways to Get Started With Doodling in The Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn how doodling can help your students with concentration, creativity, and more.

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10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes | 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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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 6, 4:25 PM
Looking for new ways to create some quick formative assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of your lesson or program? Here's a great list with brief explanations of each one. Share with your teachers!
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8 Ways to Gift Your Students With a Lifelong Learning Mindset

8 Ways to Gift Your Students With a Lifelong Learning Mindset | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The lifelong learning mindset is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our students as educators. Here are some great ways to begin its cultivation.

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David Baker's curator insight, February 22, 2:04 PM
The 8 steps are reminders that we are creating learning patterns and habits for the students we teach, just as we create patterns in our children.  

"Consider the effects of equating mistakes with opportunities for strengthening understanding and awareness. Think of how we reward progress as with a baby taking those first few steps before falling down. We don’t admonish the child for not taking one step more than we expected them to, do we? ...Instead, we celebrate the achievement that was made with joy and love. We clap for their progress we were fortunate enough to bear witness to. The child becomes happy, encouraged, and determined to do even better. That’s why we must ensure learning is presented as a rewarding journey to students early on. If this happens, they are much more likely to continue wanting to learn as they grow older."  

I plan to share this with teachers as they think about mindset in the classroom.
Tan Lishan's comment, February 27, 3:34 AM
Nowadays more students are more concerned about their grades than their “learning”, especially in Singapore where the competitions between youth are fierce. Failures are considered to be bad and even humiliating in extreme cases. Depression break out in students who faces too much stress and most do not enjoy learning, thus life long learning will never be their mindsets.Perhaps we should change our focus and look at things in a different perspective. We should all follow what the article says and all focus more on the journey of learning, instead of the results, by doing this, we can promote lifelong learning in students, and change the old learning ways altogether.
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 20, 8:33 AM
10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
Stacy Esch's curator insight, February 24, 9:10 AM
incredible provocative images to work on visual analysis
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Education Research Highlights From 2016

Education Research Highlights From 2016 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students.
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Word Observations

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I am racing down the highway, traveling from Phoenix, Arizona to San Diego, California. Jagged mountain peaks, desert fauna, the Mexico/California border fence and periodically a town provide a backdrop to this trek. Not too far into California a sign grabs my attention with the Calexico. I announce, “Cal –ex –ico,” alerting my traveling companions to our whereabouts. Jon is my youngest son and a soon-to-be ninth grader. He is always ready to correct me and states, “We are approaching Cale–I-co.” The teacher in me takes over. “Cal-ex-ico, Jon. Think! Look, check out the sign, it is a combination of California and Mexico, and it’s a border town.” “Oh . . .right . . . Are you sure? I see.” is Jon’s muffled response. Jon’s misunderstanding has made my mind wander. The word geek in me takes over. I begin to ponder his decoding and visual analysis skills. I consider, “What is he looking at, noticing, and remembering?”
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Do's & Don'ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

Do's & Don'ts for Teaching English-Language Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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