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New Teachers Hub on Pinterest

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"A pinspiring place for teachers to find and share creative ideas. Follow these boards for lesson plans, classroom decor and lots more for lively learning."

 


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The place for new teachers.  Love it!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:09 PM

Pinterest has become a great location to find educational sources, and now they have launched a teachers hub. Currently they are boards that share information for grades PreK through Grade 6 (one board per grade) as well as boards for Art, Science, Math, Classroom Decor, Classroom Management, Home  School, Literacy, Sensory Learning, Gold Star Supplies, Back to School and Educational Blogs.

For more information on this new feature you may travel over to the Pinterest Blog where they posted "Say Hello to Pinterest" at http://blog.pinterest.com/post/58175180377/say-hello-to-teachers-on-pinterest

The current boards are for elementary school but the post also notes that they will "work together with Edutopia—an online resource for educators—to build out the education-focused community on Pinterest."

If you are looking for lesson plans, ideas for your classroom, and more it is worth checking out this resource.

The Teacher Treasury's comment, August 22, 2013 1:54 AM
This is a wonderful idea. Really looking forward to the development of this Teacher Hub.
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The Classroom Sparrow: High School Student Rewards That Won't Cost You a Penny

The Classroom Sparrow: High School Student Rewards That Won't Cost You a Penny | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Motivation. What motivates you as a teacher? What types of positive reinforcement would we, as teachers, love and appreciate in our school day? While it is simple for us to think about what would make us work to our highest ability as teachers, it is often more difficult to recognize some rewards and/or positive reinforcements for our high school students in our classrooms. Oh, and did I mention that these motivators had to be free? That's even more difficult! It's so easy to say to your students "Pizza party!" or "Gift cards for everyone!" or something else of monetary value. But honestly, who has that kind of money for each and every student? Nobody I know!
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You are a global educator. It’s time to start thinking like one

You are a global educator. It’s time to start thinking like one | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Global collaboration is a skill every student needs to build up. Educators, too.
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Welcome to My House: Android Apps Are Coming to Google Chromebooks (EdSurge News)

Welcome to My House: Android Apps Are Coming to Google Chromebooks (EdSurge News) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Chromebooks are the most popular K-12 device out there with Chrome OS taking up more than 50% of the market, according to Futuresource Marketing. But being on top doesn’t mean that Chromebooks are without faults or bugs.
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2 Peas and a Dog: Small Group Instruction Ideas For Middle and High School Classrooms

2 Peas and a Dog: Small Group Instruction Ideas For Middle and High School Classrooms | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Small group instruction looks different in every classroom - sometimes it is a structured intervention program, other times it is the teacher working with a small group of students on a focused task like guided reading or writing.
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9 Apps for the Low or NO Internet Classroom  - Class Tech Tips

9 Apps for the Low or NO Internet Classroom  - Class Tech Tips | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
So what do you do if you are in a low or no Internet classroom? This list from Monica at ClassTechTips.com will help you find the best apps for your class!
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These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) practice.

Luckily, there are plenty of people out there with tons of insights about what makes for a great leader. And, what better place to turn for this information than the platform dedicated to all kinds of thought leadership and innovation? That's right -- TED Talks.

Give some of your time and attention to these five different TED Talks, and you're guaranteed to walk away some some new skills and know-how to up your leadership game.

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8 Simple Tips For Great Teaching

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What do great teachers do differently? Here are 8 Simple Tips For Great Teaching.

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Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches

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Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks

Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Teaching in Room 6: Dear Teacher in the Prime of Your Career

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Teacher in the Prime of Your Career, Well, you are finally here, that sweet spot in this journey we call teaching. You have made it through those tumultuous first few years (that you didn't even know were tumultuous until you were through them) and have landed in this place where everything is just....easier. Not to say that it is easy by any means, but now you are able to cope better with what is being thrown at you. Your confidence in your abilities has grown, enabling you to take everything in stride, knowing that whatever you do, children will benefit and grow.
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A Step by Step Guide to Help You Create An Edmodo Group for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Help You Create An Edmodo Group for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Time Savers for Innovative Educators

The one thing all innovative educators need is more time. That’s why I stopped and read this Fast Company article from my Twitter feed: “Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday.” Rather than reading the whole article, I’ll save you time and share some ways this can be applied to the busy lives of innovative educators.
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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

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When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and
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10 Seconds At A Time, A Teacher Tries Snapchat To Engage Students

10 Seconds At A Time, A Teacher Tries Snapchat To Engage Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
With video of a girl balancing in a tutu and a crowd cheering at a soccer game, one college professor uses the social media app to personalize concepts for his psychology students.
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7 Ways to Refine Your Classroom Management Next Year - BAM! Radio Network

Whether you are a new or veteran teacher, our guest offers a thoughtful roadmap and tools to improve your approach to classroom management.
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50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

The 50 tips and projects provide you and your students with 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom to create important and lasting lessons.
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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. More often than not, when I ask this question, my team has a better answer than I do — or one that I hadn’t thought about before.

It can be a powerful technique, especially if there is no single right answer – a situation that will be familiar to anyone doing leading-edge work. But it only works in an organization that values listening.

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Listening matters - here's the why and some hows!

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So how can we listen more? 

Three suggestions to try this week: 

 Look people in the eye. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who studies the psychology of online connectivity, wisely wrote in her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, “We face a significant choice. It is not about giving up our phones but about using them with greater intention. Conversation is there for us to reclaim.” Put down your phone when you’re in meetings. Close your laptop. See if you’re more energized about work and the people with whom you work. 

 Create space in your day. Manage your calendar and stop booking yourself out the entire day. Can someone on your team be part of that meeting? Does it need to be an hour, or can 30 minutes suffice? Give yourself time for reflection and space throughout the day, so that when you are talking with someone, you can give them your full attention. 

 Ask more questions. Next time a colleague or employee asks for advice, make sure you’re listening and understand the situation. Then, before answering, ask a question. Clarify what they really need — usually it’s just validation that their thinking is on the right track.
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Totally agree.

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The Compelled Educator: The one phrase that great teachers say

The Compelled Educator: The one phrase that great teachers say | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This time of the year, I’m involved in conversations with teachers about their year -- either informally as they share their reflections with me or in end-of-year evaluation meetings where we formally discuss their goals, progress, reflections, and next steps. I recently had two conversations with teachers that were on opposite ends of the spectrum, and I could relate to both of them.
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Reclaiming Assessment for Deeper Learning

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In this era of high-stakes testing that’s used to rank kids and schools, what if we reclaimed the word assessment and put it more authentically in the service of learning?

Going a step further, what if we connected educators who are passionate about deeper learning with a coalition of technical assistance providers and researchers, and surround them with resources and tools so that they can develop new forms of assessment as a learning community of grantees?

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Top 10 standards-based grading articles

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Every once in a while, I receive an email from an educator or parent interested in standards-based grading (SBG) and he/she asks for an introductory reading list.  I typically attach several of my …
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Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

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Teachers in San Francisco are embracing lesson study as a way to improve teaching practices and embrace the professionalism of their teachers.
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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

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The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading

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Advice for high school students about the importance of reading.

The value of reading as preparation for college should never be underestimated, not even as the focus of higher education turns to STEM majors and career preparation.


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