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Tips for supporting instructional coaches

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Have you ever been coached? Coaches can impact form, structure, content and meaning, regardless of the field in which they coach. I am blessed to work i
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U.S. History Ideas for Teachers: The First "Half" of U.S. History: How to Get through Reconstruction by the End of the Year/First Semester

U.S. History Ideas for Teachers: The First "Half" of U.S. History: How to Get through Reconstruction by the End of the Year/First Semester | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
While Keeping in Mind How to Make It Meaningful for Students This post is for all of you who struggle to get through Reconstruction by either the end of 1st semester (for those who teach high school and/or U.S. history in one year) or the end of the year (for those who, like me this year, teach the first "half" of U.S. history in one year in middle school.
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ISTE Formally Unveils New Standards for Students -- THE Journal

ISTE Formally Unveils New Standards for Students -- THE Journal | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The International Society for Technology in Education has unveiled new ISTE Standards for Students this week at its annual conference.
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Blogstitute 2016: Getting Started with Close Writing - The Stenhouse Blog

Blogstitute 2016: Getting Started with Close Writing - The Stenhouse Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I love coaching in classrooms during writing workshop. I love to watch students take ideas from their heads and magically transfer them to paper. I love listening to the talk that floats above the flurry of writing. It was from these opportunities that I noticed the varying range of connectedness students had to their writing. The most successful writers seemed to be very connected to their written work, while those who struggled more were often quite disconnected. This translated into some students frequently rereading and revisiting their writing and others who saw writing as a one-way process: get it down and done.
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These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading

These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What works when you teach reading? These 18 teaching practices have been shown effective by reading researchers. Some are for beginning…
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
... Padlet's Best of Education wall features twenty-seven Padlet walls created by teachers. One of my favorites in that collection is 100 Picture Books to Read and Share. All of the books in that Padlet wall are linked to Goodreads pages. Another good wall in Padlet's Best of Education is a collection of student blogging prompts. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to use the latest version of Padlet's website.
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“It’s a good school, of course, but…”

“It’s a good school, of course, but…” | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
“They’re good schools, I know, it’s just…” and the speaker trailed off. And I’ve heard that so often.
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25 Attention Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom

25 Attention Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you are in need of some great attention getters to calm your noisy classroom, this list is just for you!
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20 Positive Behavior Rewards that Aren't Food

20 Positive Behavior Rewards that Aren't Food | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
20 Whole-Class Rewards that Aren't Food. Perfect for positive behavior rewards and goal setting! (The Brown Bag Teacher)
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How Giving Students Choice During the Day Can Create Unstoppable Learning

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Teacher Marciela Montoy-Wilson explains how when she gave her second and third grade students space to explore their passions they learned more deeply in every
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Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!

Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our poetry workshop and some of the amazing poems students wrote during our time by the lake.
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Metaphor as a Game of Chance - Literacy & NCTE

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Taylor Mali shares a game he created to help students write metaphors in poetry. This post includes links to download the templates for the game.
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Teach “Sight Words” As You Would Other Words

Teach “Sight Words” As You Would Other Words | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In many classrooms we visit, “sight words” receive a very different kind of instruction than other words, taught primarily as an exercise in visual memorization. In this post, we explain why sight words should be taught much as you would teach any other words.
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The Teach Like a Pirate Corollary

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the following phrase many times in the educational world…and it must be said in an earnest tone with a completely serious face: “Literacy isn’t the English teacher’s job; …
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Vocabulary Is Comprehension

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The day before an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI), I always spend a class period getting to know the student. This provides me with insights that support my questions and decisions during the assessment, but it also helps students to relax as we learn about one another. During our conversation, Diego, a seventh grader, told me that he “hates” reading and never reads outside of school. He looked away from me when he muttered, “I’m going to fail this year. I can’t do the work.”
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Power of ICU | Proven Formula for Student Success

Power of ICU | Proven Formula for Student Success | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Proven Formula for Student Success - Love this component of MMGW's framework!
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5 Ways to Help Students Affected by Generational Poverty

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I work with students who are affected by generational poverty on a daily basis. I see many things. I see students whose shoes are held together by electrical tape. I see students who have perfect attendance because the only meals they receive are through the public school's cafeteria. I see pictures that students draw of their "pet rats" that live in their house. One thing I do not see a lot of is help for the educators trying to make a difference in these students' lives.
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Joy is a Basic Skill in Secondary Reading

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... [P]rograms that focus on teaching middle and high school students struggling in reading in classes of 12 to 20, emphasizing meta-cognitive strategies, phonics, fluency, and/or training for teachers in what they were already doing, show few impacts on learning. Most of the studies provided daily, extra reading classes to help struggling readers build their skills, while the control group got band or art. They should have stayed in band or art.
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Community Post: 13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

Community Post: 13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind t
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5 Strategies for Reaching Disengaged Students: Guest Post by Erin Beattie from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

5 Strategies for Reaching Disengaged Students: Guest Post by Erin Beattie from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Disengaged students. We all have them. They are in every classroom. I’d like to share with you 5 ways for reaching disengaged students.
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How To Teach Primary Students to Write with Details - Learning at the Primary Pond

How To Teach Primary Students to Write with Details - Learning at the Primary Pond | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The good news is that there are steps we can take to get our kids to write with details! During the month of May, I'll share a series of posts with strategies that have worked for me.
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WeAreTeachers: 50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching 1st Grade

WeAreTeachers: 50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching 1st Grade | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Check out these tips for teaching first grade from the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and around the Web!
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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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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21 of MiddleWeb’s Best New Teacher Resources

21 of MiddleWeb’s Best New Teacher Resources | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We've selected 21 MiddleWeb articles that might be especially helpful to new teachers before they greet their students at the classroom door for the first time.
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Flip the Script

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Every year, without fail, the power play begins. In the first week of school, there’s always at least one class with That Kid. You know, the one who’s testing you. Rolling his eyes. Not-so-covertly texting on her phone.
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72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston

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Teach history?
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Love this to use when teaching history or current events.
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