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Special Tech Teach: These Are a Few of My Favorite Forms: DIfferentiated Forms

Special Tech Teach: These Are a Few of My Favorite Forms: DIfferentiated Forms | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

I talked about Google Forms in general, and gave an example of how you can create a differentiated Google Form using the "Go To Page Based on Answer" option. Many people were interested in this particular Form, so I decided to create a tutorial. 

Here is the video tutorial I created!


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5 Ways to Help Students Affected by Generational Poverty

5 Ways to Help Students Affected by Generational Poverty | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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

Joy is a Basic Skill in Secondary Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
... [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

72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teach history?
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Love this to use when teaching history or current events.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Book Trailer Video

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Book Trailer Video | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Creating a book trailer video can be a great alternative to writing a book report. To create a good book trailer video students will have to make a list of highlights of a book and arrange them into proper sequence. Students should also include commentary on why they liked a book and why someone else should read it. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a book trailer video using a small collection of free web tools.
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Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Learning from Creative Teachers

Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Learning from Creative Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Outstanding teachers share how they teach creatively in an age of scripted lessons and accountability.
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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

How Giving Students Choice During the Day Can Create Unstoppable Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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

Metaphor as a Game of Chance - Literacy & NCTE | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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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8 things you can do this summer to make back-to-school less stressful

8 things you can do this summer to make back-to-school less stressful | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Some teachers have no problem disconnecting from work over the summer and truly giving themselves a break. (Enjoy! Your time off is incredibly short, and you've
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ASCD Express 11.20 - A Road Map for Creative Instruction

ASCD Express 11.20 - A Road Map for Creative Instruction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Students who learn in a creative environment, are exposed to creative activities and assignments, and observe their teacher modeling creative thinking will become more creative thinkers (Sternberg & Williams, 1996). A creative learning environment that embraces students and engagement along with critical thinking and creative thinking skills is essential to student achievement (Boykin & Noguera, 2011, 2012; Marks, 2000, as cited in Jensen, 2013). To plan the instruction that matches your creativity nurturing classroom enviornment, first identify the nonnegotiables. The nonnegotiables consist of the curricular standards, the required content, and the skills that are the target of a lesson (Drapeau, 2004). Then, choose one of four roads on the Creativity Road Map or combine roads to intentionally integrate creative instruction with content.
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