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Freddy Hiebert's TextProject

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TextProject aims to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.  This is Freddy Hiebert's non-profit organization recommended by Pearson.

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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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Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success (Daniel Goleman). 


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Valerie Taylor's curator insight, Today, 7:58 AM

General overview but well presented.

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4 Steps to Better Writers Using the POET method - edutopia

4 Steps to Better Writers Using the POET method - edutopia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Clarity. It is what we long for when we travel through a student's essay. Yet our struggling writers make us wander through a cluttered maze of thoughts, leading to dead ends.

We want an awareness o
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4 Tips for Educators New to the Blended Learning Classroom

4 Tips for Educators New to the Blended Learning Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Are you a blended learning rookie? No worries! Check out these four quick tips for any educator new to the blended learning field.

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, April 9, 1:44 PM

Here are some useful early steps in building a blended learning classroom. As SBAC testing approaches, competence with multi-media formats will be a must for students and teachers.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Poetica - Edit Documents Online as if You Were Writing on Paper

Free Technology for Teachers: Poetica - Edit Documents Online as if You Were Writing on Paper | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Infographic: ‘for’ and ‘since’ | Teach them English

Infographic: ‘for’ and ‘since’ | Teach them English | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here is an infographic showing the different uses of for and since to express time.

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Focus on Teachers: Colleague Circle Puts Common Core in Action K-3

Focus on Teachers: Colleague Circle Puts Common Core in Action K-3 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
"Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction porti
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The #1 most important step to get prepared for final exams

The #1 most important step to get prepared for final exams | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Final exams tend create stress levels that US Army Drill Sergeants would proudly own. Try using this #1 most important final exam prep strategy...
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Clip of the Day: Katie Bellucci Checks for Understanding - Teach Like a Champion

Checking for Understanding - Teach Like a Champion

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8 Great Classroom Ideas To "Level Up" Learning - Cool Cat Teacher

8 Great Classroom Ideas To "Level Up" Learning - Cool Cat Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

To help your classroom be engaging and fun, you have to be a lead learner. Here’s an assortment of classroom ideas that will get you trying something new. Set a goal to try something new THIS WEEK. Try something new if only to keep you from becoming a stressed, boring minion (see cartoon.) Leveling Up Learning always starts with the lead learner — YOU! @coolcatteacher

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27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 15, 7:29 AM

Seems to me that this infographic speaks to all instruction, but particularly to writers and the teaching of writing.

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The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Joshua Freedman (@eqjosh) shares the science behind what's going on inside your head. Emotional intelligence, he says, is the difference that makes the difference.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 10:35 AM

Neuroscience is making great inroads into understanding the brain. Meditation changes the brain and potentially creates opportunities to be present for students, employees, colleagues, etc.

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Planning Text-Dependent Questions

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The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?
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The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These photographs tell stories that go beyond words.

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Wow!  I can think of many educational uses for these compelling images.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 18, 8:48 AM

Amazing photographs... Thanks, Claudia!  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 10:04 AM

There are some great and inspirational images.

Mike Masin's curator insight, April 18, 4:22 PM

Take 10 and check out these photos.

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The Importance of Saying Thank You, and Why You Should Say It Often

The Importance of Saying Thank You, and Why You Should Say It Often | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
"Thank you" can be an incredibly powerful pair of words, especially if the person you're thanking really needs to hear them, or isn't expecting them. In this short TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses over the power of saying thank you, and reminds us why we should say it--and ask to hear it--more often.

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 16, 7:38 AM

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 6:09 PM

This thinking is a key to teaching and learning.

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A 6-Point Plan for Writing Success: Giving Our Students “The Write Stuff”

A 6-Point Plan for Writing Success: Giving Our Students “The Write Stuff” | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Most of us have counted down the days until spring. But this year, March, April, and May bring a bit of trepidation to many in the education community.
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8 Tips For Updating Your Teaching

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8 Tips For Updating Your Teaching To Something Messier
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Valerie Taylor's curator insight, Today, 8:02 AM

The Jackson Pollock analogy is apt - won't appeal to everyone

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PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core

PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Before I start lathering at the mouth about PVLEGS, let me just state plainly that this acronym for effective speaking was developed by Erik Palmer.
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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
"Change your language and you change your thoughts." -- Karl Albrecht Understanding Academic Language Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are
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Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains

Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Future-oriented questions empower students more than focusing current skills.


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 30, 4:22 PM

(From the article): When we look at what’s wrong, instead of looking at what’s right, we get mired down in feelings of despair and dread. But when we shift our focus to what is working, our brains actually respond! We can literally change our world simply by taking a different perspective. It doesn’t change the facts, but it does change how we feel about them.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 15, 9:46 PM

the benefits of putting people in expansive frames of mind:-)

Mathy Behar's curator insight, April 16, 3:36 PM

Real y pragmático...!

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8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents

8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
After seven years in the classroom, I feel I'm in a position to offer some advice for how teachers can build and sustain positive relationships with parents -- as well as appropriately handle difficu
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Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Support to New education standards are turning kids into sleuths -- every day in every subject.


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Connie Wise's curator insight, April 15, 8:06 AM

Supporting the use of Evidence to back up your answer/knowledge.

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Planning Text-Dependent Questions

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The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, April 15, 5:01 PM

I am leading students through a close reading of "The Story of an Hour" tomorrow at a high school as a demonstration for English teachers. I have always enjoyed the this story and I have always considered what I did with the story is close reading. I still continue to believe what I will be doing is a close reading....hopefully we will be videotaping, so you can be the judge once the tape is ready for "prime time" viewing. However, I would never have thought to approach the story as these teachers do...and I'm not sure I could sustain four days of study in this text. Maybe two or three and the third or fourth writing...and I think 39 tier 2 words is too much. Regardless, a good lesson on how to plan for close reading...