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Heroic Gifts for Teacher Heroes

Heroic Gifts for Teacher Heroes | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day with a catalogue of must-have gifts for heroic teachers, a custom selection ranging from the practical to the exotic and from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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Becoming a Listening Educator

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The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.
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10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management | MiddleWeb

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Middle school veteran Jennifer Gonzalez identifies 10 ineffective habits new teachers often develop and proposes some better classroom management techniques.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Great Digital Citizenship Activity for Teens to #SayThanks this Thanksgiving

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Great Digital Citizenship Activity for Teens to #SayThanks this Thanksgiving | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Looking for a terrific Thanksgiving week activity that teens will love? Facebook brings us their "Say Thank you" video tool. Students can let Facebook auto generate the video, or they can put some thought into selecting meaningful pictures and posts to customize the video.

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A Lesson In Kindness Through Genius Hour - The road traveled

A Lesson In Kindness Through Genius Hour - The road traveled | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I knew when we started our unit on neighborhoods that I wanted to add a Genius Hour component to it. Kinders are fascinated with building, making and designing with the various manipulatives they have available to them and the sheer joy of creating. Each piece they connect, whether on their own or with a friend, has a story: the how, the who and the what for about their structure/vehicle/invention. We introduced the idea of neighborhoods with brainstorming, read alouds and a Brainpopjr. We asked questions and created a Neighborhood Wonder Wall.

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Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Michelle Lampinen, a digital literacy and English teacher at Biotechnology High School, describes how she reverse-engineered a rubric for student assessment that includes links and QR codes.
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Using Toy Ads to Build Media Literacy Skills | MiddleWeb

Using Toy Ads to Build Media Literacy Skills | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Expert Frank W. Baker says colorful toy advertisements are perfect for teaching media literacy and shares good questions and lesson ideas to get things started.
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From analyzing and evaluating to writing scripts.... Great ideas!

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Keys to Great Teacher Mentor Relationships | Teaching the Core

Keys to Great Teacher Mentor Relationships | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave Stuart examines the mindset needed to make the most of teacher mentoring. He also shares practice steps for developing successful mentor
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When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

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See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 21, 6:34 PM

When colleagues (teachers and administrators) work cooperatively, the benefits for students is positively correlated. When we use two different words to describe teachers and School managers, the separation is artificial. Aren't principals first teachers?

 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 22, 7:11 PM

Love this idea of creating teacher leaders in schools.  They are our future!

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Three iPad Apps for Creating Multimedia eBooks - iPad Apps for School

Three iPad Apps for Creating Multimedia eBooks - iPad Apps for School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of my favorite things about iPads and the web in general is the ease with which anyone can create a multimedia product. Teachers can create and organize multimedia reference materials for students and students can create multimedia products to show off their ideas. The following three iPad apps allow you and your students to create multimedia ebooks.

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Common Core: Understanding standards vs. curriculum. The what vs. the how

Kelley Brock is a Baldwin resident and former special education teacher and principal, who raised her children in Cherokee County Public Schools.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 21, 11:42 AM

It is important to consider the what and the how in learning and teaching. It is equally, perhaps more, important to think about the who.

 

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 20, 5:48 PM

This is not to say students should never memorize, but they should understand what they're memorizing and why it matters. This is an article worth reading carefully and probably discussing with your colleagues.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 20, 7:09 PM

The third paragraph with a number of questions points to what teaching is about. It is about renewing practice and rethinking what we think teaching is and is not.

 

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Investigating Authentic Questions To Drive Projects

Investigating Authentic Questions To Drive Projects | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Students are hungry for learning that matters. Project based learning has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or challenges. A project's driving question or challenge is so deep that it requires students to create an end product and share their conclusions with others. Instead of traditional projects that come at the end of a unit of study, project-based learning has the project introduced at the beginning of the unit. The project gives students a reason for learning the content and a venue for practicing 21st century skills."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 20, 9:25 PM

How can we get our students more engaged in the classroom? Teaching them to investigate authentic problems provides them with opportunities to ask questions that will lead to solutions (and failures) but that will also engage them. In this post Tony Vincent shares steps in how to have your students engage in investigating authentic questions.

Vincent starts with a section called Driven to Investigate. In this section he discusses driving questions and references a previous article, Crafting Questions that Drive Projects.

Additional sections (and there are a total of thirteen) include:

* Thinking is Critical

* Stick Together or Divide and Conquer

* Provide Focus

* Provide Staring Points

* Can You  Believe It?

* Experiments, Trial and Error, Data Collection

* You Know Better Than Anyone

Each section is chock full of resources. This is a great resource to help you launch students into investigating authentic problems. He also notes that he will publish Part 3, Creating Products to Show and Share in the future. I will be looking forward to reading (and in all likelihood sharing) that post once it is published.

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Practices to Engage All Learners: Educational Leadership: Students Who Challenge Us

Practices to Engage All Learners:  Educational Leadership: Students Who Challenge Us | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
For as long as he could remember, Jimmy had a hard time in school. For him, school was one disappointment after another. Although initial standardized test scores showed Jimmy had an aptitude for learning, his daily performance indicated otherwise. At school, Jimmy felt a whittling down and chipping away at his identity and self-esteem. He attended school, but he had given up.
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Five student-centered strategies recommended by teachers of at-risk students

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Here's the Common Thread for Co-Teaching Success | MiddleWeb

Here's the Common Thread for Co-Teaching Success | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Educators need to make co-teaching work inside the reality of today's schools. Teacher-coach Elizabeth Stein thinks the answer is Specially Designed
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Teaching in Room 6: Nonfiction Text: Reading with a Purpose

Teaching in Room 6: Nonfiction Text: Reading with a Purpose | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

As adults, when we read nonfiction, we are reading for a purpose.  I pick up an article about the 13 colonies because I need to learn what the major settlements were for my lesson.  Or I find an article about what coarcation of the aorta is so that I am better prepared when I visit the cardiologist for treatment discussions.  I don't just pick up a nonfiction article to read for the fun of it.  I always have a purpose.

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Principal: 'I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity and alignment to the Common Core standards.'

Principal: 'I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity and alignment to the Common Core standards.' | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity in the classroom and deepened alignment to the Common Core standards."


"The “trick” in the 2014-2015 school year is for our school to understand that the adopted standards inform an aspect of our students experience of their educational path, but that the whole journey has to be devised, created, and implemented by our team. We could make that journey single-minded and not embrace the diversity within our community or we can make that journey a robust one; one that pauses for clarity, embraces difficult conversations, and encourages the development of cultural competencies in all of our community members."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, November 23, 8:38 AM

Principal: "I have learned the most difficult thing to do as a leader is shift mindsets. I am charged with shifting our staff’s mindset"

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, November 24, 11:49 AM

Practitioner's account of the challenges he faces and how he perceives changing mind sets 

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5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog

5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post is for educators who want to learn more about heutagogy and implement strategies that empower lifelong learners online.
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Engagement vs. Cultivation vs. Realization

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.
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7 Ways to Banish Shame: Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Celebrate Their Strengths

7 Ways to Banish Shame: Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Celebrate Their Strengths | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
How can we make sure that children with learning disabilities aren't shackled by shame? Guest blogger and educational therapist Anne-Marie Morey shares deep insights and strategies for playing up your child's strengths to develop resilience in the face of adversity. "As one of my talented, confident students puts it," she writes, "'dyslexia is a beautiful brain.'"
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 12:26 PM

We each have our struggles and strengths in learning.

 

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Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity - Brilliant or Insane

Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity - Brilliant or Insane | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Education author/presenter Mark Barnes explains why it's time for teachers to stop giving their opinions to students and to rethink assessment.

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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Maryellen Weimer, PhD:


Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 19, 2:51 PM

This inventory, published by the University of British Columbia was developed by an impressive team from Canada, headed by Nobel Prize winning physicist Carl Wieman.  Fine research. Deep and worth the dive.

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Assessment Beyond Levels: The Reading Grid - Choice Literacy

Assessment Beyond Levels: The Reading Grid - Choice Literacy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Assessment systems that work are difficult to find. I've been teaching for just over 20 years now, and I'm quite sure I've tried nearly that many systems for organizing assessment information. I've tried mailing labels, note cards, file folders, and post-its (that was a mess!). I've created charts, templates, grids and checklists. I'm fascinated to see how other teachers collect information in their classrooms, and until a few years ago was always looking for a system that worked for me. I think that's the key: finding a system that works in YOUR classroom. About five years ago I tried to find a system that allowed me to keep individual conference notes over time in one handy place. Using a spiral notebook, I divided the pages so each child had 3-5 pages, and kept notes on reading and writing conferences. 

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Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core

Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Education First has released a series of briefing papers and a short executive summary that offer guidance for how professional development needs to change to help educators succeed with the standards. The series:Identifies the new essential elements of professional learning;Identifies the new essential elements of professional learning;Spotlights three different approaches to how districts have organized themselves to support teachers using these elements; andRecommends what policymakers can do to advance high quality Common Core-aligned professional development at scale.
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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom

7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom."


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, November 22, 8:47 AM

Education and 'Digital distraction'

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 22, 11:18 AM

Librarians, think about the teachers you train.

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, November 23, 10:15 AM

We have to evolve to use technology in our classrooms