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Pathfinder Career Articles - How to Create Your School Dream Team: How to Hire the Best Educators

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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ASCD Express 10.14 - Purpose and Control Gets Young Writers "Running to the Table"

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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The art of thinking flourishes within an emotionally, intellectually and physically safe learning environment that is carefully constructed by the classroom teacher.
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Quality Instruction + Differentiation: Beyond the Checklist

Quality Instruction + Differentiation: Beyond the Checklist | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Differentiate instruction through PBL or UBD by personalizing the driving question, having students design their own outcomes, and using the need to know process.
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How Dialogue Circles Promote Student Growth

How Dialogue Circles Promote Student Growth | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Dialogue circles promote brain function and help "increase generosity, trust, intrinsic motivation, social connection, and cooperation" among students.
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Films that Nourish the Educator's Spirit

Films that Nourish the Educator's Spirit | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Check out this list of inspiring films that speak directly to the educator-activist spirit.
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Life of an Educator: 10 questions every educator should always be thinking about...

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tips to Engage 21st Century Students

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ChemCrafter - Virtual Chemistry Experiments On Your iPad

ChemCrafter - Virtual Chemistry Experiments On Your iPad | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
ChemCrafter is a free iPad app that students can use to create a virtual chemistry lab to conduct virtual experiments. ChemCrafter is designed as a series of three interactive books. Each book cont...
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Ripped Apart - An iPad App About the Civil War - iPad Apps for School

Ripped Apart - An iPad App About the Civil War - iPad Apps for School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Ripped Apart is a free iPad app from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The app is a game in which students play the role of a Smithsonian intern tasked with examining documents and photographs in order to determine where they came from and what they say about the Civil War. Through the game students will learn learn about significant people in the Antebellum and Civil War eras. Students will learn about leading abolitionists, secessionists, and officers on both sides of the Civil War. As they move through the game students will add notes in the app. Those notes should help them solve the mysteries in the game.

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Changing homework habits and perceptions

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‘My students don’t do homework’. We have all heard and said this before. Students say they do not have the time for homework, while teachers keep on assigning. Many teachers end up frustrated becau...

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.
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All students, even middle and high school students, need these teachers.
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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

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The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
For a presentation to be memorable, you must skillfully structure the content, strategically design the slides, and use public speaking techniques effectively.

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Your Brain Learns New Words as Pictures So You Can Read Faster - Newsweek

Your Brain Learns New Words as Pictures So You Can Read Faster - Newsweek | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

When literate adults pick up a book, they don’t start sounding out each word letter by letter or sound by sound, the way their kindergarten or first-grade teacher probably told them to do when they were first beginning to read. Instead, as a new study shows, their brains recognize whole words they’ve seen before, which facilitates quicker reading.

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Four Audiences That Add Meaning to Writing Assignments - ASCD Express

Four Audiences That Add Meaning to Writing Assignments - ASCD Express | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

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Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.
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The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers

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Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.
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These qualities are needed in K-12 teachers, too: personality, presence, preparation, and passion.
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Well Excuuuuse Me!

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Excuse-making is a failure pretending to succeed. No one gets it right all the time. The issue is response. Excuses are the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Temptation: A member of the team whe...
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A New Must-Read for All Educators

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Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.
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Nat Geo Kids on YouTube

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"Did you know 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? That's a lot of video to sort through! Luckily, National Geographic Kids has done the work for you. We're bringing you the best videos the Internet has to offer! 

 

National Geographic Kids playlists are an exciting way to 

discover the very best of YouTube. Hosted by kids for kids, we've created amazing playlists on awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more. With a new playlist added regularly, we're the best destination for curious kids like you to explore, laugh, and learn. So pick a topic you love and start watching today!"


Tags: National Geographic, K12, biogeography.


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Nat Geo For Kids

Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander's curator insight, March 23, 5:47 AM

This is fantastic!  For our visual learners, this technology can easily be embedded into daily instruction.

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Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App! - @LarryFerlazzo

Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App! - @LarryFerlazzo | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Anyone who’s every listened to NPR is probably familiar with StoryCorps, and I’ve published several posts sharing their resources.

 

They just unveiled a new free mobile app at the TED Conference that allows anyone to record an interview with anyone and upload it their new site, StoryCorps.me. They have both iPhone and Android versions, and they’re great!


The app provides multiple suggestions for questions, depending on who you are interviewing (you can also add your own). It’s a perfect tool for having students interview their parents, grandparents or other older family members (which also makes it easy to ensure students have parental consent — by the way, their policy states users must be over 13). It’s super-simple to use. Of course, classmates could also interview others, as long as teachers had parental permission."


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Record interviews about people's lives and pass wisdom from one generation to the next

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Shadowing a High School Student: "How do they do it every day?" | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center

Shadowing a High School Student: "How do they do it every day?" | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Does your school arrange for teachers to shadow students? It's a unique kind of professional learning. Amy Mitchell teaches science at Florence (AL) High School. Several months ago, Amy took advantage of an opportunity to shadow a single student for a full day to gain a deeper perspective on the lives of students at her school. Here are some reactions and reflections, captured immediately after the experience. Amy includes seven learnings she says will influence her own teaching in the future. "It was one of the most insightful things that I have been able to do to help my students. I enjoyed it thoroughly and gained so much from it."
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Web 2.0: cooltoolsforschools - Writing Tools

Web 2.0: cooltoolsforschools - Writing Tools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Treasure trove of writing and research tools

Cindy Rudy's curator insight, March 18, 8:41 PM

The background on this site makes it tough to read but the tool list is worth the eyestrain.

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The Secret to Activating Your Audience’s Brain

The Secret to Activating Your Audience’s Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

When you share facts and stats with your audience:

1. They are going to agree with you

2. They are going to disagree with you

Hence, only two parts of your audiences’ brain will ignite when reacting to data.

But, what if you tell a story instead? 


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