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ELA CCSS Reading Standard 5: the Ikea of the Common Core Standards

ELA CCSS Reading Standard 5: the Ikea of the Common Core Standards | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The desk I'm writing at is from Ikea. It was purchased on my first (and last) trip to the Swedish superstore. Why vow to never, ever return? Well, at first glance, Ikea made me feel confident. The ...
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"Analyze the structure of text, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g. a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole." - Not as easy as it looks.  Love the steps she gives to break it down.

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:45 PM

Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts | IFLScience

21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts | IFLScience | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
“Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground...
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VideoScribe on John Hattie's Visible Learning - YouTube


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Powerful!

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Brave new world - ISTE

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“[It’s an] explosion of sharing and adapting instructional materials, some on specific platforms but many through the broader use of [popular] technologies,” says ncle’s write-up.
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"If we stay the same, we'll constantly be playing catch up."

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Tons of Resources for Teaching Critical Thinking to Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Tons of Resources for Teaching Critical Thinking to Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Common Core Parent Resource flyer from California Dept. of Ed


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A Treasure Trove of Excellent Resources on Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Treasure Trove of Excellent Resources on Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Great PBL resources!  Check out the links~

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Essential Reading for Back to School - FREE from IRA's journals

Essential Reading for Back to School - FREE from IRA's journals | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

With school starting soon, we [the International Reading Association] are excited to bring you a new virtual issue from the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Reading Research Quarterly. These articles are some of the most popular from the past year: perfect resources as you’re getting ready for the new school year.

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MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials

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A list of online resources used to compliment Google Docs workshop given by MaryFran Lynch.


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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

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"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 1:59 PM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking

Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 27, 3:16 PM

This is so much fun, you may just want to do it for yourself.

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Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy

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Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty

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How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide - iMore

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide - iMore | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, allow you to set what your children can and can't access on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With Parental Controls, you can lock out Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay, the iTunes, iBooks, Podcasts, or App Stores (including in-app purchases), as well as content by age rating, and the ability to make changes to accounts and other app settings. In other words, they're a way to block your child's access to anything and everything you deem inappropriate for them based on their age and sensitivity, and your own best judgement. And they're part of what make Apple devices an ideal computing platform for kids!"


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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 25, 2:52 PM

Apple makes it easy to set controls on their products.  Take advantage of the free parental controls built-in. #Apple #iPad #kids

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog

How to Cite Images on Your Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner...


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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 30, 10:11 AM

Helping to keep everything documented.....

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Twenty-Something Teacher: Centers in Middle School?

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Yup, you read that correctly. I said, centers in middle school. You may be thinking..."But aren't they too old?" "They'll think they're too cool for that." "It's too much work" "Who has time for that?" "That's so elementary!" "I only have 45 minutes!" I thought ALL of those things last year, until a crazy idea popped into my head. Why not? What's the worst thing that could happen? I needed to find a way to engage ALL of my students. I needed to differentiate to their abilities and learning styles. I needed to focus on core skills all year long that we typically really only learb at the beginning of the year, so they stay fresh in their memories. How could I do all of this while making learning fun??
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25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers - Buzzfeed

25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers - Buzzfeed | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You'll be the talk of the teacher's lounge with these smart classroom ideas.
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From grouping to technology to organization.... Easy ideas!

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Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning?

Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Test how well you know some of these counterintuitive study tips.

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Interesting information about learning - good advice~

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 27, 9:35 PM

Do you know how your brain learns new information. On August 25, 2014 I posted How Does The Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies. This post is a follow-up to that post and has five questions. Below is one of the questions with the answers, but to see if you are correct you will need to click through to the post. 

Quoting from the post:

4) Your students each have an important class presentation to make in the coming days, and they need to memorize some material by heart. How much time should they spend studying and how much time practicing from memory?

A. A third of the time reading, two-thirds practicing from memory.
B. 90 percent studying the text — and 10 percent practicing from memory at the end.
C. 50 percent reading, 50 percent practicing.
D. Just read it a few times and sleep on it.

If learning how to learn is something you would like to learn more about, and if you would be willing to participate in a MOOC, Coursera will be offering the course Learning How To Learn again. It will begin on Oct. 3rd, so head over to Coursera to sign up. The course is free (unless you need documentation that you took it, in which case it will cost $49). I am in the final week of the course and would recommend it to you. At some point I will post my final assignment to share.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 29, 3:47 AM

Not only do we have to teach English but we have to teach the students how to Learn.

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Google Slides for iPad is Finally Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Common Core Implementation Channel - videos from CA

Videos and related resources to provide information and support for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps

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Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING

Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Spend even a small amount of time on Twitter, at an educational conference, or reading educator-based blogs, and you’ll encounter a myriad of teaching methodologies: flipped learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, game-based learning, standards-based learning, and the list goes on. Each of these methods has value, but figuring out how to successfully combine aspects of each into a single class is a little daunting. Incorporating one more practice, Team-Based Learning, into the classroom could be the glue that holds everything else together.

 

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is not a new idea. It was born out of necessity by Larry Michaelsen in the 1970’s when his course numbers at the University of Oklahoma were growing in size. He wanted to develop a method that would allow him to continue using group activities in his classes, despite increasing student enrollment."

 


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Infographic: Google Search Strategies for All Students

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The beginning of the new school year is a great time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic abou...

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Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, August 26, 7:48 PM

Love this infographic - walks students (Grade 5 +) through the use of Google search strategies. I've put this up in the classroom so that I can refer to it. With primary school kids, its not really a 'work alone' resource but it is great for using as a reference point to direct their research and search skills.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 26, 11:30 PM

A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 27, 1:21 PM

Useful Inofgraphic for teaching this concept.

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What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy

What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

On a recent school visit, I was discussing student engagement with a group of school leaders when a member of the group offered the following observation: "I think teachers are reluctant to turn the class over to a guided activity because they are concerned about classroom management."

 

My Response

 

Teachers cannot teach if they cannot manage classroom behavior. They know that and we know that. Unless we build teacher capacity to engage students in guided group activities, they will be reluctant to "stop talking" because they are afraid they will lose control. In other words, teachers must be taught what to do when they stop talking and students are working.

 

Remember, the brain that does the work does the learning. If we expect to dramatically increase the amount of student work and simultaneously decrease the amount of teacher talk, we must build the capacity of teachers to check for understanding and facilitate group processes while keeping all the students on-task.

 

Most teachers make the big mistake of spending too much time with a few individuals and while they are "fixing" those few students, the rest of the class get off-task. It does not take long for teachers to figure out that this is not working and they revert back to their comfort zone and a teacher-centered style of instruction. 

 

Furthermore, the natural tendency to "fix" struggling students actually has the unintended consequence of creating "dependent" students, who quickly learn that, if they wait until the teacher stops talking to raise their hand, the teacher will come over and do their work for them. So, not only are were losing control of the class, but we are creating dependent learners who will not even attempt to complete the assignment because they know the teacher will bail them out.

 

Years of implementing a school wide instructional framework taught me that our teachers had to have a strategy for keeping students on-task and engaged while the circulated through the room. Fred Jones’s Praise, Prompt, and Leave (PPL) strategy is one that we found particularly useful for strengthening student engagement.


Keys to Implementation of PPL

 

We asked teachers to begin by using groups of two or collaborative pairs, which were easier to manage and easier to keep on-task.

Chunk the lesson or task into smaller segments.

The goal was not to fix students, but rather to ensure that they were on-task and that the students demonstrated understanding of the task at hand.

Don't let too many students get to far off course! When needed stop the group activity and re-teach a key point.

An effective teacher moved around the classroom with ease and did not get stuck instructing one or two students.

Every 10-12 minutes of group activity refocus the students and point out any key concepts or share your observations.

Follow a simple three step process:

Praise - Point out where the student is and what the student has done so far.

Prompt - Tell the student what to do next and that you will be back to check on them.

Leave - Spend as little time with each student as possible. The goal is to check on the understanding of all students not to re-teach a few students.

 

For a more detailed explanation following this link: http://info.marygrove.edu/matblog/a-simple-and-effective-student-engagement-strategy-praise-prompt-and-leave

 

 


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Free Technology for Teachers: NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading!

Free Technology for Teachers: NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn."

After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn." | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”



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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 10:19 PM

Another take on Common Core. 

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Group Brainstorming Tools - GroupMap

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GroupMap's easy and effective online group brainstorming tools with visual templates puts your ideas against everyone's ideas on one single unique platform.

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Wanda Hill's curator insight, August 26, 4:07 PM

Looks like great a great classroom tool...and great for TPEP.

 

Amanda O'Connell's curator insight, August 26, 6:03 PM

Very useful for planning and writing activities

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 7:33 PM

The free version only allows public mindmaps/brainstorms, so if you are in a school setting and don't want student work to be shared, this might not be the right tool. The professional version that allows you to make the maps private is a steep $49 a month.