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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another.

Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does.

Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features.

Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 27, 2013 11:40 PM

Along with the visual that provides 12 reading strategies this post provides an additional 13 strategies and links to 4 additional resources. The strategies suggested go across curriculum areas.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 28, 2013 3:07 PM

Great one

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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?
David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 23, 6:25 PM

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

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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

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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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#FridayToolShare and a guide to it!
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Great Teams Build Great Cultures

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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

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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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UnboundEd - Supporting educators in their work to meet high standards - FREE Resources

UnboundEd - Supporting educators in their work to meet high standards - FREE Resources | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

We provide free, standards-aligned resources and immersive training for teachers and school leaders.

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Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined how much bringing a laptop to class hurts your grades
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Educational Leadership:Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Right Questions, The Right Way

Educational Leadership:Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Right Questions, The Right Way | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What do the questions teachers ask in class really reveal about student learning?

It is perhaps the most familiar of all classroom routines: A teacher asks the class a question, several students raise their hands, the teacher selects one of those with a hand raised, the student gives a response, the teacher evaluates the student's response, and the cycle begins again. Education researchers call it the standard classroom transaction model or just I-R-E (for initiation-response-evaluation). You will find this model played out it in the vast majority of classrooms in every country in the world. Teachers use this routine to assess where students are so that they can plan next steps. Yet just about every aspect of this scenario actually gets in the way of learning—and it doesn't provide enough information on what most students in the class know and need to learn.
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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

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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

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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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A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing

A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The art of persuasion is an essential life skill. It also happens to be required curriculum for many teachers. In this post, I'll share my method for teaching
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Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's work has made growth mindset a hotly discussed topic in education. It has also spawned misunderstandings about growth mindset and what it means in
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Finding the human why | SmartBlogs

Finding the human why | SmartBlogs | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I felt sorry for the second-grade teacher who was desperately trying to get two of her students to return to their seats. These two boys were totally oblivious to her directions, warnings and ultimatums. What made their uncooperative behavior more exasperating was the sheer fun they seemed to have running around the room and doing whatever they wanted. As she was about to push the call button to the main office to summon the principal for help, I decided to step out of my coaching role and ask if I could escort the boys to a small room down the hall. With a great look of relief in her eyes, she whispered “thanks” and told them that they could go with me. They were about to ignore that direction when I got the idea to show them my iPad and quickly said, “C’mon guys, I want to show you what I have on this.” That was enough to get them out the room, but I had no idea of what I was actually going to do once we got to the room.
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