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Infographic: Six Skills to Reduce the Risk and Increase the Promise of Your Students > Eye On Education

Infographic: Six Skills to Reduce the Risk and Increase the Promise of Your Students > Eye On Education | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In Reducing the Risk, Increasing the Promise: Strategies for Student Success, Sherrel Bergmann and Judith Allen Brough provide a clear path to foll...
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For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply

For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence.
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TeachThought - Marzano's 9 Instructional Strategies In Infographic Form

TeachThought - Marzano's 9 Instructional Strategies In Infographic Form | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Marzano is known for, above all else, identifying “what works,” and doing so by reviewing and distilling research, then packaging it for schools and districts to use. Among his most frequently quoted “products” is the “Marzano 9″–9 instructional strategies that have been proven by research to “work” by yielding gains in student achievement.


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10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development

10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Having clear objectives and starting on time are some of the tips one expert offers for creating effective professional development for teachers.
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Good advice from instructional coach Elena Aguilar.
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Teaching Theme in Literature

Teaching Theme in Literature | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Lesson ideas, anchor charts and other resources for teaching students to identify the theme in a piece of literature. Sponsored by The Great Books Foundation.
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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 16, 8:27 PM

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Pushing Beyond Co-Teaching Comfort Zones | MiddleWeb

Pushing Beyond Co-Teaching Comfort Zones | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Instructional coach Elizabeth Stein reflects on the characteristics of any effective co-teaching partnership, even if they require us to leave our comfort zone.
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Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices

Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

When teachers bring the Common Core into a classroom discussion every day, students begin to understand and own them. Learn why it is important to use the Common Core language with students.


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Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom

Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Minds in Bloom is very happy to present Michael Friermood and his guest post on anchor charts We know you'll find this very informative!

You don't have to be an artist to make a great anchor chart. I mean, you can be an artist; it's just not a requirement. It would be helpful if you are a teacher though. Are you in?

 I see teachers sometimes cringe when the topic of making an anchor chart pops up. They aren't necessarily cringing at the thought of all anchor charts. Just their anchor charts. I hear things like, "My anchor charts look terrible," "My students don't even look at them," and "All I do is fumble through the whole lesson when I'm making it, and I start sweating."
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10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (& Resources and Tools)

10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (& Resources and Tools) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Are you looking for ways to integration technology in your lesson plans and courses that provide for an engaging experience for you and your students? Fans of instructional technology know that it can be fun and inviting, and engaged students are far more likely to be learning."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 9, 6:16 PM

What are the engaging techniques? Below are five. More are in the post and many have links to specific tools (many of which are free) that will help you.

* Interactive Collaboration

* Active Learning

* Student Created Presentations

* Embedding Questions in Videos

* Digital Maker Spaces

Learn much more by clicking though to the post.

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 13, 4:00 PM

This post begins with a number of definitions for critical thinking, from the basic (as seen above) to more complex (as seen through the eyes of Common Core). It then goes on to look at:

Where did the concept come from?

The next section, "What does the term really mean?" provides two lists. The first list is "what we know critical thinking isn't. Below are two of the items on this list.

* Simply mimicking others thinking.

* Being biased towords (or against) one way of thinking.

The second list, "what we know critical thinking is."  This list includes:

* Willingness to be wrong.

* Questioning one's own thinking.

The final section provides Three Rules of Thumb - one for Essays, one for Discussions and one for Tests.

Below is one example from each of the Three Rules of Thumb.

* Discuss the phrasing of prompts.

* Highlight the mysterious.

* Include the "how" and "why" in multiple choice questions.

Each section of this post provides additional details.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 10:32 AM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion

My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I'm frequently asked, "What's your secret weapon for coaching. What's the number one tool or strategy you use?
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Talk To Parents About The Common Core

Talk To Parents About The Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

ouWith back-to-school nights on the horizon we want to fill your backpocket with resources you can turn to when parents ask questions about the Common Core.

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One Lesson at a Time: 10 Rhetorical Questions to Stop Using in the Classroom

One Lesson at a Time: 10 Rhetorical Questions to Stop Using in the Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

A little over a year ago, I got caught in my own question.

"So, you're going to stay here while the rest of us go to lunch?" I asked a little nugget who was parked underneath a table, refusing to move.

"YES."

Well. Shoot.

My question set both of us up for failure in that moment. To me, it meant "get up". To that student, it meant that staying under the table while we go to lunch was an option - and it wasn't. It backed both of us into a corner (or under a table?). That moment stuck with me. I became far more aware of just how often I was using rhetorical questioning in my classroom. I started to notice other teachers using rhetorical questioning.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 8:21 AM

I tell people that if they do not like the answer they should have considered the question they were asking.

 

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Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology to Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal

Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology to Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students, as well as recommendations for districts.
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What does close reading look like in Third Grade?

What does close reading look like in Third Grade? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses how to do a close reading of a third grade level text.
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iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math

iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Join Diana as she walks you through the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and demonstrates the apps live for you to view and follow along. You will see the features of the apps, along with the gestures and how to use the apps. Learn realistic implementation methods to use immediately with students.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 15, 6:16 PM

In today’s workshop you will learn about the best iPad apps for students who have difficulty with reading and/or writing, including challenges with math! Apps that are useful for related therapists such as OT, SLP, and Reading Specialists will also be demonstrated. For students who struggle with a print disability due to Dyslexia, specific LD, executive function, difficulties processing, low vision, blindness, or physical disabilities, you will learn about apps to help students be successful with:

  • Reading                      
  • Comprehending                     
  • Note taking                
  • Computing
  • Writing                       
  • Organizing                 
  • Assessing textbooks

Apps will include: text-to-speech for books, documents, and PDF's with annotation, word prediction, note taking, object and money identification, graphic organizers and mind-mapping, magnification, voice recognition, audio recording, math support, Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition), support while browsing the internet and researching, foundational literacy skills, digital story creating, and more. Apps demonstrated can be utilized with students from elementary school through post secondary education as well as adult learners.

OUTLINE

Apps for Reading:

  • Text to Speech, Highlighting, Definitions, Font Options, OCR, Differentiated Reading Levels, Support for Comprehension & Retention, as well as fluency and sight words/ vocabulary support, accessing digital and audiobooks

Apps for Writing and Completing worksheets/ Handouts/ Assignments:

  • Text to speech, typing, handwriting/ annotating, Voice Recognition, Word Prediction, Sight Words

Apps for Executive Function:

  • Note taking, Graphic Organizers, Brainstorming, Scheduling & Reminders, Organization, Planning, Audio-recording

Apps for Low Vision and Blindness:

  • Magnification, OCR, electronic Braille, audio, object/color/money ID, access to digital and audio books

Apps to Support Math skills and instruction:

  • Basic math, foundational math, algebra, equations, counting money, telling time, fractions, word problems, support for dysgraphia

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify a minimum of 10 apps that will support students who struggle with literacy (Reading, Writing, & Math) or Access to curriculum or learning materials.
  • Discuss how the apps will support students who have difficulty with literacy (reading, writing & math) or Access, and learn realistic applications for use.
  • Develop skills to utilize and implement the apps in daily practice while working with students who struggle with literacy and access.
  • Discuss specific student concerns to learn specific use and application to meet your student’s needs. Share favorite apps with others attending.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC. and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E.  Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents/trains locally & nationally, including at larger conferences such as ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP.


A DVD recording of the webinar can be purchased here:

http://www.pesi.com/ECommerce/ItemDetails.aspx?ResourceCode=RNV047770



Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 18, 1:55 PM

Don't miss this incredible resource that Diana has put together for learners that struggle in reading, writing and math. This is a must resource for every school on the planet!

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction
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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
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Literacy for All Learners - ASCD

Literacy for All Learners - ASCD | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By Klea Scharberg Literacy—ongoing development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills—is crucial for learning and engaging in school and beyond. The goal of what should be taught can be defined through standards, curriculum, and the changing information demands of society. How we personalize the learning of literacy skills for each of our students is where we show the art of teaching. One way to personalize learning is to build on students' strengths. Renowned psychologist Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences provides a way to approach lessons through activities that motivate and engage students in settings in which they feel comfortable. In a Washington Post Answer Sheet op-ed, Gardner advises educators to "Learn as much as you can about each student, and teach each person in ways that they find comfortable and learn effectively." He continues by encouraging us to “Teach important materials in several ways, not just one ... In this way you can reach students who learn in different ways.” The New School in St. Louis, Mo., has taken this personalization even further by designing its library's architecture, purpose, and activities around the eight intelligences. As you get to know your students this school year, use the activity examples based on the components of multiple intelligences below to find new and varied ways to engage them in learning literacy.
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Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments

Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What is nice about a digital environment is the ability to differentiate. Google Classroom allows you to build a set of resources for a single assignment. This makes it possible to offer students c...

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15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas

15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"It just might be that in a society where information is abundant, thinking habits are more important than knowledge. Somewhere beneath wisdom and above the “things” a student knows.

Laws of economics say that scarcity increases value. It’s no longer information that’s scarce, but rather meaningful response to that information. Thought.

And thought has a source–a complex set of processes, background knowledge, and schema that we can, as educators think of as cognitive habits. And if they’re habits, well, that means they’re probably something we can practice at, doesn’t it?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 8, 7:09 PM

We want our students to demonstrate that they know how to think, to understand that they have the ability to ask questions and find answers, answers that may not be available through Google (esp. if we are asking them to research). In short, we want them to use metacognitive skills.

But how do we teach them these skils? The image above, from teachthought, provides 15 questions that may help students create the habits that students need to learn. Below are three of the questions. Click through to the post for the entire list, as well as some great discussion.

* Is this idea important to me? To others? Why or why not?

* Is there a “part” of this new idea I can take and “pivot”? Create something new and fresh?

* What real-world models–examples–relate to this that can help me understand this further?

Consider posting these questions in your classroom and using them when appropriate with students.

Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 18, 2:50 PM

Thinking and questioning, the more the better. Engaging with new information and building curiosity.

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9 Elements of Digital Citizenship - Printable Poster

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship - Printable Poster | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"With an ever growing list of daily interactions occurring digitally, the result of small online decisions can have a huge and lasting impact. As educators, it is critical that we convey this impact to students and consider all elements of Digital Citizenship when working with them in the digital world."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 10, 6:56 PM

Teaching students digital citizenship is not as easy as one might think.Tweens and teens often make decisions when posting online before they consider the consequences. Dr. Mike Ribble "coined the nine elements of digital citizenship" and many use it as a base to help teach these skills. The poster (shown above) may be printed out and six additional resources are provided in this post. 

Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 11, 10:59 AM

This has not only an interesting graphic, but a number of links to additional resources for this very important topic.

Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 7:13 PM

This is a great tool for teachers. A small, printable reminder for students of their digital citizenship responsibilities.


I've printed this for use at my school... what will you do with it? 

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New Teachers: Resource Roundup

New Teachers: Resource Roundup | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out.
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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A storytelling app helps students use technology to produce and publish writing, collaborate with others, and hit the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing.
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16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples -

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16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...

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Create Stunning Images + Videos With These 8 Visual Content Apps

Create Stunning Images + Videos With These 8 Visual Content Apps | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Do you want to present visual messages in new ways? This article shows eight design resources and tools to create visual content quickly and easily.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 11, 9:10 AM

What a great list of tools! It includes everything from where to find copyright free photos to creating easy animated videos to fast ways to generate simple graphics for blogs and social sharing.


If you are like me, you don't have time to fuss and fidget with visuals. You need tools that are quick and easy. It looks like many of these qualify.


Enjoy these time savers and here's to making wonderful visuals to enhance our business storytelling!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it