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ReadWorks.org

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Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed.

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Everyday Leadership Starts With 'Hello'

Everyday Leadership Starts With 'Hello' | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Understand that people do better work for people they like than for people they don't.

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John Michel's curator insight, Today, 6:58 AM

There are many leaders who believe that they should focus only on business. That employee relationships are meant to be professional not personal. That there is too little time in the day to waste it on small talk. That employees are hired to do a job and they should get down to it.  

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Allow them to read, and the rest will come

Allow them to read, and the rest will come | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Reading for pleasure has been linked to growth across many domains, including greater reading confidence, gains in general knowledge and insights that help disrupt negative stereotypes.
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26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter for Teachers & Educators Infographic

26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter for Teachers & Educators Infographic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you haven’t yet adopted Twitter as one of your go-to places for professional development and/or sharing pertinent info with coworkers, students and parents, you really don’t know what you’re missing! And it’s not just the latest celebrity drama!

 

Seriously, despite the 140 character minimum, tweets—articles, thoughts, opinions, inspiration, quotes, images and more—allow like-minded individuals (you and me) to connect, collaborate, discuss, exchange and even debate all sorts of ideas with virtual colleagues. Whether it’s best practices, instructional strategies, the latest and greatest tech tools or an innovative project, invaluable information is just a hastag away!

 

Check out the infographic below for an A-Z list of ways educators can utilize one of the most popular social media platforms on the edtech scene to make meaningful connections with others.


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Defining Everest: A Reflection on the Challenges of Teaching | Teaching the Core

Defining Everest: A Reflection on the Challenges of Teaching | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

On May 29, 1953, the two men pictured above became the first human beings to set foot on Mount Everest. During their ascent, they battled weather, temperatures, ice, and odds, achieving a victory that many of their contemporaries considered humanly impossible.

 

In this article, I seek not to diminish the accomplishments of Hillary (above left) and Norgay (right), but I do intend to prove that, in at least one very significant way, the earnest teacher has a much greater challenge than those two did.

 

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Math Apps: 21st Century Math Centers | Math File Folder Games

Math Apps: 21st Century Math Centers | Math File Folder Games | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What do teachers really want in an "Educational App"? I'm a math teachers turned developers trying to create simple math games that will help students to make
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ASCD EDge - Tribute to Grant Wiggins

ASCD EDge - Tribute to Grant Wiggins | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Tribute to Grant Wiggins
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Sad to hear of the passing of an educational legend. RIP, Grant Wiggins
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On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins

On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work with students:


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Get Google Earth Pro for free - CNET

Get Google Earth Pro for free - CNET | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Most amazing of all, Google made this tool available for free. This despite an educational -- and, let's be honest, entertainment -- value that's virtually impossible to measure.

What you maybe didn't know is that Google has long offered a Pro version of Earth as well, one that cost a hefty $399 per year. Now, however, you can get Google Earth Pro absolutely free.

First things first: The words "free trial" still appear in that URL, but as you'll see when you click through to the sign-up page, "Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro." All you have to do is download the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 1:59 PM

Do you remember when Google Earth first came online?  I do!  What a thrill to see the world flowing across your screen.  My teenage kids would take over the machine to search the world (usually starting with the location of our house).  


It was a thrill then, it's a thrill now.  Free Google Earth Pro. (Free is of course a relative term that we could philosophize over-- with Google you pay in data, not coin.  At least for now! 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 2:01 PM

Do you remember when Google Earth first came online?  I do!  What a thrill to see the world flowing across your screen.  My teenage kids would take over the machine to search the world (usually starting with the location of our house).  


It was a thrill then, it's a thrill now.  Free Google Earth Pro. (Free is of course a relative term that we could philosophize over-- with Google you pay in data, not coin.  At least for now! 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 5, 1:55 PM

Yes! Just cause it's free and so cool.

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18 education Twitter chats worth your time

Twitter chats for educators offer free professional learning on your favorite topics and the chance to connect with peers around the world. Here are a handful of the best.

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WeAreTeachers: 10 Super-Innovative Teacher Ideas for Close Reading

WeAreTeachers: 10 Super-Innovative Teacher Ideas for Close Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are our 10 favorite teacher-created tips, lessons and ideas for close reading.
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Multi-Tiered System of Supports and RTI - Seven Keys to Success

Multi-Tiered System of Supports and RTI - Seven Keys to Success | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Using MTSS and Response to Intervention (RTI) in our classes isn't intimidating if we let RTI be Really Terrific Instruction.
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Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches - edu Pulse

Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches - edu Pulse | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
7 Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches I @ScholasticAdms
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Using the new, tougher common-core-aligned tests to brand schools as failing is "out of bounds."

"The point of setting higher standards is to help students achieve them over time, not rush to premature judgment. Realizing that it's too soon to attach stakes, policymakers in 24 states already have hit the pause button on various consequences from these assessments for students, teachers, and schools. Let's move toward a more thoughtful approach that puts testing in its rightful place—and returns spring to a season of growth, not failure." - Randi Weingarten


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NASSP has taken a strong position against using student test scores to make key personnel decisions. 

http://www.nassp.org/tabid/3788/default.aspx?topic=Value_Added_Measures_in_Teacher_Evaluation
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 2, 1:58 PM

NASSP has taken a strong position against using student test scores to make key personnel decisions. 

HBO's John Oliver also rants against VAM and standardized testing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k
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5 iPad Accessories for Every PE Teacher - The PE Geek

5 iPad Accessories for Every PE Teacher - The PE Geek | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
’s true that the iPad has been a truly revolutionary device, that has enabled me to take my classes to an entirely new level. However, a big part of this has been made possible by a collection of what I call my ‘Must Have iPad Accessories’. See the list below for a collection of tools I use in just about every session that make my iPad an even more powerful member of my classroom.

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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies

Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass standardized tests, but how often are they actually teaching students

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How Hip Hop Can Foster the Scientific Mind

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It's easy to get swept up in Chris Emdin's passion for hip hop, for learning, for science, for the success of each and every one of his students.
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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Does your school have a homework policy? How does your school ensure that teachers don't overload students with busy work?
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Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

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Even taking just fifteen minutes to reflect on what was learned during the day could significantly affect how well students retain the information.
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12 Sight Word Games and Activities for Kids - Play Ideas

12 Sight Word Games and Activities for Kids - Play Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These sight word games and activities are a great way to teach your emerging readers their sight words in a super fun way.
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Citing Textual Evidence: Moving Beyond Listing | On the Web with Roz Linder

Citing Textual Evidence: Moving Beyond Listing | On the Web with Roz Linder | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Textual Evidence. You hear this all of the time. Students are supposed to recognize it, write about it, and talk about it. When it comes to incorporating it
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Can we read with our ears?

Can we read with our ears? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Many students with weak decoding skills can read: with their ears. As teachers, we can make a strategic choice of differentiating in our lessons in order to allow a poor reader to ‘read with their ears’ in class until the time they can read with their eyes. As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties, we may be improving his or her life chances by providing this opportunity.


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Just don't forget the "As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties...." part.

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Frances's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:22 AM

Using all the resources available to us, while we systematically teach children the skills they need.

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, July 4, 2014 6:08 AM

An interesting article - relevant to literacy skills and accessibility. Helping pupils to be able to access the curriculum despite poor reading skills seems to be a no-brainer.

Randy Kulman's curator insight, July 4, 2014 7:27 AM

reading is reading!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Making the Most of Google Keep

Free Technology for Teachers: Making the Most of Google Keep | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Google Keep is a program that allows users to quickly and easily create, access and organize information such as notes and lists.  Before discovering Keep, I'd been using a different note-making app on my Android phone.  I made lists, checked items off lists, and colored my notes for easy sorting, but I was so accustomed to the world of sharing!  I really wanted a way to share my notes. I wanted a way to share a to-do list with my team teacher and help students create assignment to-do lists.

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A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir

A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Research better. Feel better

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 28, 7:40 PM

check this visual search engine out! 

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, May 28, 7:51 PM

Very clever tool.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, June 1, 12:46 PM

This is cool. I do not like, however, that there is no "about" or other information on the company/project whatever it is.