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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

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At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as
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As both an educator and parent, I concur. Homework should be meaningful--and short, sweet, and to the point. I have never heard the child labor law analogy before, but it makes sense.
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CCSS Pushback: Is It Well-Deserved or a Misunderstanding? - Corwin Connect

CCSS Pushback: Is It Well-Deserved or a Misunderstanding? - Corwin Connect | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

About everywhere one looks or reads these days, some entity is pushing back against the CCSS, questioning their validity, their development process, and even, ultimately, their relevance to and very application to improve student performance. Many express fears that this is the first step to a national curriculum, thus ending a long-standing tradition of local control. Pushback, doubt, and even resistance are a natural part of the fundamental character of America—we tend to distrust others making decisions for us and enforcing those decisions on us. This is a natural tendency and part of the American fabric, so let’s take a look at the CCSS and discuss one particularly important aspect of the CCSS—are they an attempt to set (do I mean force?) a national curriculum on America?

 

In order to discuss this issue, it is imperative to first make it crystal clear the difference between standards and curriculum—a fundamental difference that is key to the curriculum, instruction, and assessment system in every education system in this country. Before anyone can even discuss improving student performance, they must first agree upon the standards by which student success will be judged—do we want students to do 50 sit-ups? 100?—let’s first set the standard for success. The CCSS are trying to do just that—define and share the academic standards that must be met to define success, NOT define or set the curriculum or instruction that will take us there. That is fundamental to the very nature of all standards. The CCSS are trying to set those standards by which success will be judged—what are the specific standards to be met, what do those look like at the various grade levels, and are CCSS doing that at the national level?


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This post is from May 2014, but in this digital age, too much good "stuff" is overlooked. Unfortunately, newer material replaces previously existing material faster than a human digit can click the activating link.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning.
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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 10, 11:28 PM

Your brain on writing…

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Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

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There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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50 Playful Sight Words Activity Ideas for Beginning Readers | Childhood101

50 Playful Sight Words Activity Ideas for Beginning Readers | Childhood101 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
50 playful activity ideas for engaging beginning readers with high frequency sight word learning.
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Reflection, Conversation, and Socratic Spaces

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Deepen students' reflective process by offering them different perspectives from which they can empathize, ask questions, and relate the answers to the world they know.
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Shanahan on Literacy: All I Want for Christmas is Content Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: All I Want for Christmas is Content Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
y teachers, it is time to make the following New Year’s resolution for 2015: “I will not cut back on the teaching of science or social studies or the arts to teach ELA.”
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This post does a GREAT job explaining why it's important to use comprehension strategies when teaching reading in all of the content areas.
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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!
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Clarifying Expectations With Clear Communication: TeachThought

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Video: My English Language Learners Did A "One-Sentence Project"

Video: My English Language Learners Did A "One-Sentence Project" | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I've previously posted about a project suggested and developed by Daniel Pink about "one sentences" (see The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”). The idea is that people think twenty...

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OneNote for Teachers - Interactive Guides (shared by @thrillsuril )

OneNote for Teachers - Interactive Guides (shared by @thrillsuril ) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn the basics of Microsoft OneNote, and then dive into specific scenarios for teachers with these interactive guides.

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Breathing Anchor Charts

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I finally had a chance to try an idea this summer during our literacy summer school and wanted to quickly share before the new year. We use anchor charts all the time - math, reading, writing, etc....
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Shanahan on Literacy: Second Language Powerpoints

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PowerPoints from Dr. Shanahan's presentation in AZ - for Spanish language students
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Second Language PowerPoints for Spanish language students from Dr. Shanahan
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10 Success Strategies for New Teachers - Brilliant or Insane

10 Success Strategies for New Teachers - Brilliant or Insane | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New teachers need plenty of help to be successful. This infographic from ASCD provides 10 amazing strategies for new teachers.

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My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post

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As the year comes to an end I thought I would share some of my favourite iPad activities from this year. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to five but here goes:

 

1.Towards the end of last year my school celebrated it's 150 year anniversary and we carried many activities with the pupils that term looking at the history of the school. One of the activities was to compare then and now photos. We use an app called InstaShake HD App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instashake-hd/id595411264?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  to blend two photos together in different ways. We also carried out this activity during the recent World War 1 week at the school.

 

2. Last term I worked with a PE department to use the iPads to support GCSE students portfolios. One of the activities was to record video of sporting skills from different angles using the iPad's camera and then add the videos into iMovie app to use some of it's features such as split screen, freeze frame and the speed tool. More detail on this can be found here http://sco.lt/8hTUhd   ;

 

3. Early this term I began an activity with Year 6 pupils to gamify stories using Book Creator App We used the hyperlink tool within Book Creator to link text and images to different pages and give the reader options of where the story went by choosing options within a scenario. More detail can be found here http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/12/using-non-linear-stories-gamify-books/

 

4. In summer term I worked with a Year 3 class to use the time lapse feature in I Can Animate App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-can-animate/id399760501?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  ; to capture shadows moving across the playground. We set the iPad up to take a photograph every minute from 9am-3pm. Recently Apple have added the time lapse tool into the iOS 8 camera, although you cannot adjust the time between photos like you can in I Can Animate.

 

5. A few months ago Comic Life 3 App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  was released and within the many new templates is a newspaper front cover. We used this at school to firstly produce a weekly newspaper for the school news with Year 6 but also during World War 1 week to reproduce historical newspaper front pages of significant events during war.

 

A big thank you to all the great feedback to Teacher Guide to iPad App. Hearing how much it has helped teachers worldwide has made all the hard work worthwhile. The latest update brings a new icon, new categories of subjects and apps, a new design and 12 new ideas. Details can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk

 

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!

Adam


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Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 27, 12:27 PM

Great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!   I took a class and used creative. Book Builder app.  Great app for creating  a story to show you understood the lesson .  Check it out !

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Educational Leadership: STEM for All: Tinkering Is Serious Play

Educational Leadership: STEM for All: Tinkering Is Serious Play | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Gas-powered Roman chariots, singing greeting cards, play dough circuit boards, and homemade voltage detectors are just a few of the science projects you might see when you apply a maker approach to STEM education.


The maker movement celebrates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship through the design and construction of physical objects. Maker activities may come across as playful, even slightly wacky, explosions of inventiveness. But in education contexts like schools, museums, libraries, and after-school programs, research shows that if the invitation to creativity is accompanied by intentional structure and guidance, maker activities can be channeled to support deep student learning (Blikstein, 2013; Vossoughi, Escudé, Kong, & Hooper, 2013)."


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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically

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Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Popular Student Response Tools Compared In One Chart

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The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.
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5 Math Apps for Middle School Students

5 Math Apps for Middle School Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

For parents and teachers looking for apps for middle-schoolers, check out these five apps.

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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These five resources are the best starting points for anyone learning to code.

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning: TeachThought

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning
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The video link to "Connected Learning:  The Urgency and the Promise" is informative, too.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.
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How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation

How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Typical presentations are dull affairs with text and corporate backgrounds providing little of interest. Microsoft knows this. They even released their own PowerPoint alternative called Sway.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 14, 2:21 AM

Useful tips for learning how to embed videos and other media in your PPT presentations.

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A+ Education Partnership Presents ACT Aspire | Blog | A+ College Ready

A+ Education Partnership Presents ACT Aspire | Blog | A+ College Ready | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Teachers, parents, and coaches: Need information about the ACT Aspire? This blog post is very informative!
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