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Meeting the Common Core with Facing History in a Literature Classroom

Meeting the Common Core with Facing History in a Literature Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
How do you teach students to become better writers, readers, and critical thinkers? How can teachers meet the Common Core State Standards while still encouraging thoughtful and rigorous classroom discussion and student work?

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Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice

Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Students need to practice important skills, but it's equally important they know how to do so effectively.
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Practicing includes practicing the right way. When we make mistakes, how do those inform us?
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A simple system for deconstructing your classroom in just one day

A simple system for deconstructing your classroom in just one day | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
4 simple steps for end-of-year close out (with a list of kid-friendly tasks so students can help.)
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Helping Kids Connect Letters and Sounds in Everyday Activities: Video

Helping Kids Connect Letters and Sounds in Everyday Activities: Video | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Watch this video to learn how to use rhyming games and other activities to help your child build reading skills. See how to make the connection between letters and sounds.
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FREE Download: Multisensory Reading and Writing Tools

FREE Download: Multisensory Reading and Writing Tools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These free reading and writing tools, like color-coded letter tiles and a Read It, Built It, Write It mat, can help you practice multisensory learning at home.
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Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It

Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, encourage us to boost students' reading retention by training them to visualize meaning as well as paying attention to the words themselves.
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How to Teach a Middle School Class in 49 Easy Steps - WeAreTeachers

How to Teach a Middle School Class in 49 Easy Steps - WeAreTeachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
1. Write a lesson plan. 2. Gather materials. 3. Write your agenda on the board. 4. Stand at the door to greet students in the hallway. 5. Run back inside because you hear a student screaming. 6. Trap cockroach under …
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Five Perspectives for Leadership Success:Educational Leadership

Five Perspectives for Leadership Success:Educational Leadership | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These 5 perspectives can help school leaders sustain the vitality they originally brought to their jobs.
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.
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Want More Writing Across the Content Areas? Validate the Content - Dave Stuart Jr.

The first step to improving the percentage of our kids who are capable writers is to increase how much writing they do. Typically, the classes with the greatest opportunities to do this are the non-ELA ones. Unfortunately, content area teachers are often given the impression, when a writing initiative comes into town, that writing is more …
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10 Must-Do Ideas for End of School Year Ceremony

10 Must-Do Ideas for End of School Year Ceremony | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
An Upper Elementary Collaborative blog written by 13 teachers. Includes teaching ideas and resources for grades 3, 4, and 5.
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How to Prepare for an Automated Future

How to Prepare for an Automated Future | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of technology and education professionals participating in a survey by the Pew Research Center and Elon University said new education models will emerge to prepare workers for jobs of the future. This analysis takes a deeper dive into the survey findings.
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3 tips to close the poverty gap

3 tips to close the poverty gap | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When it works well, America’s public school system is designed to help students achieve at least one year of academic growth per school year. The problem? For students living in poverty, that’s not enough.
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Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
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Making a selfie teaches students to write and reflect

Making a selfie teaches students to write and reflect | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In a classroom in New Hampshire, second-graders pull out iPads to film themselves discussing the characters of a book they are reading.
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13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Want to know how to help an anxious child calm big fears and worries? Rather than “You’ll be fine,” try one of these powerful phrases tha
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8 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Reading

8 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Multisensory instruction can help kids with reading issues like dyslexia learn to read. Here are a few examples of multisensory reading techniques teachers use.
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Conver-Stations: A Discussion Strategy

Conver-Stations: A Discussion Strategy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Terrific strategy for student led conversations. Conver-stations starts with students talking in small groups. Through movement of a few group members, discussions points and views are transferred to different groups.
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Tip #1 for Locating Paired Informational Texts for Instruction

Tip #1 for Locating Paired Informational Texts for Instruction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Beginning in 2nd grade, the Common Core Reading Informational Standard 9 challenges students to be able to "compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic" (CCSS, 2010). By 5th grade, there are four Reading Informational Text standards that require students to grapple with ideas across texts (5.5, 5.6,…
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Managing pupil behaviour is all in the eyebrow

Managing pupil behaviour is all in the eyebrow | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
To nip bad behaviour in the bud, an occasional glance is often enough to make your omnipotent presence felt in the classroom, argues Doug Lemov
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Teacher's Guide to Learning About Dyslexia

Teacher's Guide to Learning About Dyslexia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
My daughter has dyslexia. It took years for us to figure out why she struggled so much in reading and writing. It was so painful t
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Math Rotations a Favorite Time of Day - Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Math Rotations a Favorite Time of Day - Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
make math rotations a favorite time of day, see how to manage and implement math rotations with visuals of each station. Resources for all math rotations.
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5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words - Learning at the Primary Pond

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words - Learning at the Primary Pond | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Breaking apart words is an essential reading skill! In this post, I'll share 5 ways I have my students practice this strategy.
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Champions for a Positive School CultureASCD Inservice

Champions for a Positive School CultureASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What I have learned in my first 8 months as a new principal is that I cannot do this alone.
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What are the Literacy Demands of your Discipline?ASCD Inservice

What are the Literacy Demands of your Discipline?ASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
How do we, as teachers, make explicit the literacy demands (thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing) of our specialty area so students
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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.
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