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How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core | eSchool News | eSchool News

How the 'four Cs' fit with the Common Core | eSchool News | eSchool News | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The 'four Cs' are an integral part of the Common Core standards; here are free resources for helping to teach these important skills.

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Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are crucial in successful implementation of the CCSS.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:35 PM

The four C's are given, not after thoughts that have to be fit in or squeezed in to fit a technological agenda.

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Three Ways I've Become A Better Listener

Tch Laureate Crystal Morey has stopped talking as much and started listening to her students more.
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16 Habits of Mind

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This site aims to provide students and teachers with information and ideas to assist them apply the Habits of Mind. Each of the sixteen habits is presented along with information on when to use each habit and strategies to make the process easy. Each page includes a short video that demonstrates the Habit of Mind and could be used as a starting point for discussion.


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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, Today, 9:43 AM
Habits of the Mind resource to engage students in a discussion about how to develop each of the 16 Habits of the Mind. Great Resource!
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, Today, 5:08 PM
An interesting and useful resource fro developing habits of mind.
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5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider

5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our expert share 5 strategies for moving beyond traditional leadership that every school leader must know.
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Take a Peek Inside The Mind of a Middle Schooler: Part 1 | The TpT Blog

Take a Peek Inside The Mind of a Middle Schooler: Part 1 | The TpT Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In part one of Take a Peek Inside the Mind of a Middle Schooler we'll explore attention span, brain growth, and learning through interaction with others.
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Why Our Feedback Is Backfiring

Why Our Feedback Is Backfiring | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Feedback is something we all understand is important. We most likely became even more aware of the importance of feedback after the September 2012 issue of Educational Leadership (ASCD), which was titled Feedback for Learning . Some of the best thought leaders on the topic, which included John Hattie, and the late Grant Wiggins wrote about what feedback. Some articles focused on what feedback is and what it was not, as well as focused on how powerful feedback can be when we do it right.
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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

8 Simple Tips For Great Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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

Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Why don’t more teachers like the edTPA? - The Hechinger Report

Why don’t more teachers like the edTPA? - The Hechinger Report | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A new test known as edTPA, meant to better gauge if teachers are prepared for the classroom, is still getting mixed reviews, according to a pair of studies out this month.
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Mixed reviews.... Higher Ed in AL is going this route.
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School Leadership: How to Team with Families

School Leadership: How to Team with Families | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Every principal needs to lead a coordinated schoolwide effort to interact with families. Two former principals offer a set of strategies to accomplish this goal
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Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn about the newest innovations in testing and assessment. You can improve retention and lower anxiety. Try these simple strategies from Todd Finley.
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WeAreTeachers: What I'd Like to Tell My Students About Benchmark Testing

WeAreTeachers: What I'd Like to Tell My Students About Benchmark Testing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
With the school year moving toward the blessed, blessed end, everything is winding down…except testing. Students all over the country will spend hours this month taking a norm-referenced, computer-based, adaptive "benchmark" test intended to show students’ progress in a variety of standards.
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How to Search on Google: 31 Advanced Google Search Tips

How to Search on Google: 31 Advanced Google Search Tips | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

If you’re like me, you probably use Google many times a day. But chances are, unless you're a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. If your current use of Google is limited to typing in a few words and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, then I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way -- and it’s not hard to learn.


On the other hand, even if you are a technology geek and can use Google like the best of them already, I still suggest you bookmark this article of advanced Google search tips. Then, you’ll then have the tips on hand when you're ready to pull your hair out in frustration watching a neophyte repeatedly type in basic queries in a desperate attempt to find something.


The following advanced Google search tips are based on my own experience and things that I actually find useful. I’ve kept the descriptions of the search tips intentionally terse, as you’re likely to grasp most of these simply by looking at the example from Google anyway....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 28, 12:22 PM

Here's an oldie but goodie HubSpot post with 31 advanced search tips for conducting better Google searches so you can get to your results faster.

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Here's an oldie but goodie HubSpot post with 31 advanced search tips for conducting better Google searches so you can get to your results faster.

 
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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

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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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David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 7:09 AM

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

donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 8:51 AM
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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