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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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A Letter to My Children: What It Means to Be a Teacher - Sarah Brown Wessling | Tchers' Voice

A Letter to My Children: What It Means to Be a Teacher - Sarah Brown Wessling | Tchers' Voice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching
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I think that this will resonate with all teachers, instructional coaches, athletic coaches, and administrators.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

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Edutopia blogger suggests teacher inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.
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Text Set: Perseverance - Building a Growth Mindset - Pinterest Board

Text Set: Perseverance - Building a Growth Mindset - Pinterest Board | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are some of our favorite books about perseverance. In each of these fictional stories, the characters learn to overcome obstacles.

 

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Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have collected many texts for teaching perseverance on a Pinterest board. This is a popular topic now for schools and classrooms promoting a growth mindset.

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Two Lessons for Teaching Theme - Choice Literacy

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I want students to know how to find theme in any fiction they are reading, and to be aware of the critical devices authors use to tell their story and to give their message. I have found that if I break this down for students, they can begin to formulate a list of several things to look for after a short lesson cycle on theme. My goal is for them to be able to transfer each of these things to any text they read in the future, as they are all very universal.

Readers can think about theme by....

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"What Jazz Taught Me About Leadership" - New at TanveerNaseer.com

"What Jazz Taught Me About Leadership" - New at TanveerNaseer.com | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... I got to thinking about the connections that exist between leadership and Jazz. In particular, how each of these pursuits is often represented by this notion of having to take seemingly incongruent elements and helping to transform them into this cohesive, collective effort defined by a shared vision.

Indeed, the key to understanding Jazz is not to focus on the individual musicians and what they alone are playing. Rather, the beauty of Jazz is found in listening to how these musicians can create this sense of harmony and connectedness, even while playing what at times might sound more like a competing mixture of contradictions....


Via Lisa Marie Gonzales, Ed.D., Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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"Three take-aways"

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Trying for inspiration so I can blog about how running teaches key leadership skills. #toomuchtimeonmyhands #Ireallyshouldbeasleep

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Autism: Maybe It's Not What We've Been Told - Huffington Post

Autism: Maybe It's Not What We've Been Told - Huffington Post | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I believe we are on the verge of a paradigm shift in autism where the new view is that, while some genetic factors may be important, the underlying condition is more of an acquired syndrome that arises from externally-induced changes in metabolism,...

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Online Peer Reviews Improve Literacy Instruction

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From the International Literacy Association's Literacy Daily
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5 Myths About Engagement - ASCD Edge

5 Myths About Engagement - ASCD Edge | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about student engagement. Everyone, it seems, believes that it’s the key to, well, just about everything. If students aren’t engaged, they argue, then they cannot learn. I tend to agree… to a point. Student engagement is very important, yes, but I am not sure that we’re all that clear on what true engagement really is. In fact, many teachers and administrators I talk to tend to buy into one or more of the five myths about student engagement. Read on below to see if you’ve taken any of these mythsas fact and get a free TIP sheet that can help you tell the difference between a kid who is merely entertained vs. engaged.

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A New Light on Literacy and Mathematics: Four Cross Disciplinary Teaching Practices

Contributed by Monica Neagoy and Mollie Cura In the renaissance years, an educated person dabbled in all fields of knowledge.


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Willingham: Self-image matters: Helping kids see themselves as readers

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The last of five posts about kids and reading by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.

 

"Self-image matters. Children must not only have a positive attitude towards reading, they must see themselves as the kind of kid who reads."


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18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought

18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You bought your iPad new three years ago, and now it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.

Opening apps can take forever. Sometimes they crash, stop responding, or won’t open to begin with. If you want to extend the life of your little glass rectangle–and make your iPad faster in general–the following tips can help. And all of these tips are simple(ish)–nothing crazy like jail-breaking or changing hardware.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 12, 1:01 PM

I love this! What to do w/ my old iPad 2?

Sell it back to Amazon or donate it to my school?

Marion Conrad's curator insight, May 1, 1:41 PM

Great tips for all iPad owners!

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, May 2, 8:23 PM

Soma good simple  tools and techniques for keeping your old iPad running.

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How Can We Better Help Students Transfer and Apply Their Learning? | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center

How Can We Better Help Students Transfer and Apply Their Learning? | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner

The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
'When reformers discuss how to improve U.S. education, innovation is a word they use a lot, preceded by the modifier technological: innovation gets defined as devices and apps. But as a growing body of research has begun to question whether tablets, e-readers, and assorted digital platforms are doing children more harm than good, I’d like to reclaim the term.'
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Authentic reading and writing are the keys....

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Metaphorical Thinking: Using Comparisons to Express Ideas and Solve Problems

Metaphorical Thinking: Using Comparisons to Express Ideas and Solve Problems | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A direct comparison between two indirectly linked, or unrelated, things is called a metaphor. It can create strong images that can be used to great effect in everyday communications and thinking.
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Love Rick Wormeli's Metaphors & Analogies @rickwormeli

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The only way you will ever need to teach theme - YouTube

more on my blog: http://guidingontheside.blogspot.com/ Broken down into the cognitive steps, students can determine theme with the support of modelling and c...

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Topic vs. theme & textual evidence, too, in this seven-minute video

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7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

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Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable -- but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to honestly answer this question: Do you: a) see your team members as an aggravating necessity that you have to put up with in order to accomplish day-to-day activities and achieve goals? Or, do you: b) truly enjoy working with people on your team to meet your goals and deliverables?

If you chose a), you’re probably more of a boss; if you chose b), you’re probably more of a leader.


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Guiding vs. controlling

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Free Images: Free Stock Photo Websites to Find High Resolution Images

Free Images: Free Stock Photo Websites to Find High Resolution Images | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Where can I find free images online?” is often the widely asked question by new bloggers (or seasoned bloggers). If you are one among them, this post is exclusively for you where I’m going to share few free stock photo websites to find HIGH quality images.

 

And the best part is, you don’t have to give any attribution or credit to the images you use. You can pretty much do anything you want with the images using these free stock photo websites.So are you interested in finding free images? Let’s get started....


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 27, 5:58 PM
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Here are some great sites to find FREE Photos ~ Check them out!

Tina Jameson's curator insight, April 30, 7:22 PM

I'm not going to encourage anyone not to give attribution or credit for the images - however always useful to have good sources of free to use images.  Important that students learn that the pictures they find and want to include in presentations have to be sourced and cited appropriately.

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Student-Driven Differentiated Instruction with "I Choose"

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When teachers began asking for time to differentiate instruction by working with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.
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How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Student know how to play school like it's a game, but if teachers change the rules, they just might appreciate it.
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Kidblog Released A New Publishing Platform for K-12 Students

Kidblog Released A New Publishing Platform for K-12 Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Apple publish 'For Education' collection on the App Store - Book Creator app | Blog

Apple publish 'For Education' collection on the App Store - Book Creator app | Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Apple recently added a new section to their App Store called ‘For Educators‘. Here, teachers can find resources – apps, guides, iBooks and iTunes U courses which Apple recommends.

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15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

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What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn. Below we list fifteen steps toward a better brain:

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Paul Simmons's curator insight, March 10, 11:31 AM

It's not all about getting straight A's in all your subjects. Education or learning is always more than that. And most importantly, not everything you need to learn can be learned from the classroom. Remember, the world is a big school.

Shannon Hempel's curator insight, May 2, 9:33 AM

No matter if we are in K12 education or adult training, "sit and get" should never be an option.

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One Middle School's 12-Step Plan for Academic Coaching

One Middle School's 12-Step Plan for Academic Coaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
ELA lead teacher Mackenzie Grate describes the 12 steps her Title I school faculty took to create a comprehensive literacy coaching program for all students.
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