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What's the Difference Between a Teacher & a Packaged Program?

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Now that most of us have settled into the new school year, my corner of the blogosphere is buzzing with the first student responses to curricula designed to meet the Common Core through a steady di...
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A sleep expert says we're all getting up too early — and reveals when school and work should start

A sleep expert says we're all getting up too early — and reveals when school and work should start | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
VIDEO: A sleep expert says we're starting our days too early.
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My 11 Objectives for the First Month of School - Dave Stuart Jr.

In the first month of school, my aim is to establish a beachhead from which to launch a successful year with students in which we accomplish more together than any prior year of my career.
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Why our children are so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends?

Why our children are so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I am an occupational therapist with 10 years of experience working with children, parents, and teachers. I completely agree with this teacher’s message that our children getting worse and worse in many aspects.
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Ways to Make Your Classrooms Introvert-Friendly - Julie Smith

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TweetHow to Engage the Student Voice of your Introvert Students Full disclosure: I am not an introvert. In fact
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Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write

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During the last week of school, I met with a group of fourth graders to have an end of the year reflective conversation.
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3 Stretch Goals for Math Teaching This Year

3 Stretch Goals for Math Teaching This Year | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Math teacher Michelle Russell has 3 teaching goals for the new year. Her top priority: strengthen relationships with kids & make learning about math more fun.
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Mentor Texts for Writing Endings - 1st Grade

Mentor Texts for Writing Endings - 1st Grade | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Have you ever been completely satisfied with a book because of the power of its ending? The last few words or paragraphs the author chooses can leave me fulfilled . . . or not. Sue Monk Kidd ends The Secret Life of Beeswith a meaningful reflection by Lily, a dynamic 10-year-old who is transformed while trying to understand the secrets of her mother’s past:
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Teaching in Room 6: Beginning with Growth Mindset

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As more and more research comes out about the power of Growth Mindset and more and more people are leaning towards this line of thinking (heck, even my District is getting on board...they talked about it at a training I went to over the summer!), I figured that this would be as good a time as any to teach my students about their own brains and mindset. So I began my first week of school with a few lessons that really set a great tone for my students.
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6 keys for teaching close-reading effectively

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Close reading is now part of state and national standards, but best practices for teaching it aren’t always clear.
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Curriculum Conversations: 7 Do's and Don'ts

Curriculum Conversations: 7 Do's and Don'ts | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
While student input matters when creating curriculum, it's critical to manage their involvement and expectations in determining what and how they'll learn.
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13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School

13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.
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National Association of Special Education Teachers — Apps For Special Education Teachers In our...

National Association of Special Education Teachers — Apps For Special Education Teachers In our... | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Apps For Special Education TeachersIn our changing world, many educators are utilizing apps to help them complete many of the tasks that teachers deal with on a daily basis. Apps can be helpfu
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Chemistry Resources Kids Love | My Little Poppies

Chemistry Resources Kids Love | My Little Poppies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
My children are currently 7-, 6-, and 4-years-old … and they love chemistry.

Yes, chemistry. 

Now, if they were in a public school setting, they would have to wait to learn chemistry.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of making children wait to learn.

I’ve had several readers inquire about our other chemistry materials, so I felt a post was warranted. Today, I’m sharing chemistry resources kids love, and then I’d love to know your family’s favorites!

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Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains

Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
MRIs provide hard proof.
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Paraphrasing Is Key to Deeper Comprehension

Paraphrasing Is Key to Deeper Comprehension | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Paraphrasing is the first step on Sarah Tantillo's stairway to deep reading comprehension. See her two-step process to help students paraphrase strategically.
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Great Expectations! Good News for Beginning Teachers

No one knows better than a first year teacher that the beginning of the school year bristles with anticipation—and not just
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» A Routine Engagement: Three Small Moves for SuccessASCD Inservice

» A Routine Engagement: Three Small Moves for SuccessASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I came to education “later” in life and was 30 years old when I began student teaching. I knew the kind of teacher I didn’t want to be: boring, uncool, and
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Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

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We hear a lot about how students need space to fail when learning, but how can teachers make their classrooms feel safe enough for that kind of risk? Take a
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Narrative Writing Mentor Texts - The Brown Bag Teacher

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts - The Brown Bag Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This year our 1st grade team has transitioned to using Mentor Texts to teach and guide students through our writing genres. It’s my first year knee-deep in mentor texts and I am in love!
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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

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Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
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Close Reading Texts and the Question of Rigor

“There is a time for everything.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 In Language Arts instruction, I believe this applies. There are many components to a balanced reading program: teacher read-alouds, independent reading, oral reading/fluency practice, literature...
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Eye-Opening Video Will Make Adults Reconsider The Way They Talk To Children

Eye-Opening Video Will Make Adults Reconsider The Way They Talk To Children | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Food for thought.
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Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Back-to-School Resources for Parents | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning.
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» Book Excerpt: The Highly Effective Teacher: 7 Classroom-Tested Practices That Foster Student SuccessASCD Inservice

» Book Excerpt: The Highly Effective Teacher: 7 Classroom-Tested Practices That Foster Student SuccessASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In his book, The Highly Effective Teacher, ASCD author Jeff C. Marshall showcases how teaching with intentionality answers these questions.
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Deepening Student-led Discussions: ASCD

Deepening Student-led Discussions: ASCD | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
All teachers want active and engaged classrooms. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to get students to respond at all, much less with respectful and thoughtful
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