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The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain

The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Poverty shapes people in some hard-wired ways that we're only now beginning to understand. Back in August, we wrote about some provocative new research that found that poverty imposes a kind of tax on the brain. It sucks up so much mental bandwidth – capacity spent wrestling with financial trade-offs, scarce resources, the gap between bills and income – that the poor have fewer cognitive resources left over to succeed at parenting, education, or work. Experiencing poverty is like knocking 13 points off your IQ as you try to navigate everything else. That's like living, perpetually, on a missed night of sleep." | by Emily Badger


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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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What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners

What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Researchers got 128 students at a middle school to use Twitter to further their science learning. And what happened? These students learned how to connect science to real life.

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Is the Purpose of Teaching Student Learning or Student Grading? | Pedablogy: Musings on the Art & Craft of Teaching

Is the purpose of teaching student learning or student grading? I don’t believe that you can have it both ways. That is, grading, at least the way it’s commonly done, inhibits student learning. This is not merely my idea. David Brooks wrote a piece in the NYTabout this, saying “We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the GPA system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want.“
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 10:45 AM
Maybe it is neither. Instead is it about relationships?
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Interesting stuff. Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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10 Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher - LeadUpNow

10 Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher - LeadUpNow | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
    A LeadUp Teacher undoubtedly possess many characteristics! Innovative, inspiring, and empowering just to name a few. What would you add to these 10 Defining Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher?   Continually Curious A LeadUp Teacher is adept at asking questions. What is…, how does it work, is there Read More
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Tips from Literacy Leaders for Closing Out the School Year (ROUNDUP)

Here are some suggestions from Choice Literacy contributors for the best ways to close out the year, with everything from personal organizing tips to family events.
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The Myth of Having Summers Off

The Myth of Having Summers Off | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.
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Teaching Reading to a New Generation of Students - Who's Doing the Work? - Book Review

Teaching Reading to a New Generation of Students - Who's Doing the Work? - Book Review | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The authors of "Who’s Doing the Work?" ask important questions about how literacy teachers should approach reading instruction for a new generation of students.
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A Complete Guide to Evernote

A Complete Guide to Evernote | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you've never heard me talk about Evernote, we probably haven't talked much. Evernote is my all time favorite tool for every aspect of my life. I use it for my personal life, this blog, my job, my freelance clients and everything in between. The problem with Evernote is that it can do SO much, it's very easy to get overwhelmed when starting out. My goal is to help you understand Evernote so that you'll use it and love it.

I've been using Evernote for close to 3 years now. It's one of the few programs I always have open on my computer. It's also the app I use most on my phone. I used to be a huge fan of notebooks (I still am), Evernote just lets me save those notes, search them and tag them. If you're a student, business owner, blogger, mom or planning any kind of event, Evernote will be useful to you.

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Great Teams Build Great Cultures

Great Teams Build Great Cultures | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
People committed to common purposes and goals can change key elements of a company's culture when they set strong ground rules that allow people to feel confident.
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8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools

8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

We cannot have a serious talk about student achievement without having a serious talk about engaging our students' families. But this talk needs to go beyond the movie night or spring carnival. It must be about creating an environment where all families feel embraced by a school's culture, not just invited to attend its events. -Heather Wolpert-Gawron


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Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school

Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. More time spent multitasking between different types of media is also associated with greater impulsivity and a poorer working memory in adolescents, says Amy S. Finn of the University of Toronto. Finn was one of the leaders of a study on the topic published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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

An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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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Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity

Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Have some unclaimed time on the last day of school and want to make the most of it? Try this reflective, real life public speaking activity
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Learning Sight Words the Fun Way! | Scholastic.com

Learning Sight Words the Fun Way! | Scholastic.com | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the most important ways to become a fluent reader is having the ability to read and recognize sight words. Read on to find ways of helping students learn sight words while having fun.
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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Interventions and strategic behaviors can help teachers manage students who are acting out or missing out on learning because of behavioral issues.
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Love this quote: ‘We are 50% of every interaction with a child, so we have a lot of control over that interaction.’
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Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School

Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A new book looks inside the minds of introverted kids and teens, with lessons for schools on class participation, groupthink and public speaking.
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The Non-Freaked Out Framework: Five Things We've Got to Keep Getting Better At

The Non-Freaked Out Framework: Five Things We've Got to Keep Getting Better At | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Non-Freaked Out Framework (Figure 1) is really just a set of five imperatives. One rule governs them all: do more of these things. Increase the quantity and quality of these things in your classroom.
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Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami – From Avra

Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami – From Avra | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. As a teacher, for years, I loathed the PDF file.  It was that file that I couldn’t edit or manage very easily.  I’d print off hard copies f…

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Emphasize the obvious, keep things fresh, and be honest. Showing students that it pays to behave and respecting them as individuals greatly enhance classroom management.
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Sources of Feedback in the Classroom - EFL Magazine

Sources of Feedback in the Classroom - EFL Magazine | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Sources of Feedback.One of the most important things to a positive career in education is professional development—essential to maintaining a high standard.

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Teaching the Teachers

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Recent education reforms have urged teachers to foster collaboration, debate and reflection among students, in order to develop cognitive processes like those called for in the new standards. Ironically, districts rarely apply these same learning techniques to developing teachers. At the same time, teacher’s performance is increasingly tied to their students. This is a disparity that must be corrected.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 20, 1:05 AM

A 42 page ebook report and recommendations on teacher development.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 20, 11:12 AM
Teaching teachers is a key to the future of schooling. It is not enough to simply reform what we do and move deck chairs around a sinking ship. Teachers exist in transformational pedagogic relationships with students. It is a myth that we only play dual roles with students. We engage in multiple roles in living a full and complete life that informs who we are as teachers and learners.
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Free Tool from Adobe to Create Animated Stories and Educational Posters ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Free Tool from Adobe to Create Animated Stories and Educational Posters ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Spark Adobe is an excellent application with huge educational potential. As a teacher, you can use Spark to create a wide variety of multimedia materials to include in your instruction. There are three main types of creations you can build and share on Spark: Post (this is especially useful for sharing announcements, invitations, and inspiration quotes), Page (great for photo journals, event recaps, portfolios, catalogs..etc) and Video (great for creating animated stories, presentations, lessons and many more).

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