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How Planning a Lesson is Like Planning a Birthday Party for a 3 Year Old - CORElaborate

How Planning a Lesson is Like Planning a Birthday Party for a 3 Year Old - CORElaborate | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I just survived the planning and execution of a 3 year old birthday party. The process reminded me of planning a high quality lesson. Step 1: Plan ahead I began obsessing about my daughter’s about 6 weeks before her birthday.
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Reclaiming Assessment for Deeper Learning

Reclaiming Assessment for Deeper Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this era of high-stakes testing that’s used to rank kids and schools, what if we reclaimed the word assessment and put it more authentically in the service of learning?

Going a step further, what if we connected educators who are passionate about deeper learning with a coalition of technical assistance providers and researchers, and surround them with resources and tools so that they can develop new forms of assessment as a learning community of grantees?

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Top 10 standards-based grading articles

Top 10 standards-based grading articles | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Every once in a while, I receive an email from an educator or parent interested in standards-based grading (SBG) and he/she asks for an introductory reading list.  I typically attach several of my …
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Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers in San Francisco are embracing lesson study as a way to improve teaching practices and embrace the professionalism of their teachers.
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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading

An Open Letter to High School Students about Reading | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Advice for high school students about the importance of reading.

The value of reading as preparation for college should never be underestimated, not even as the focus of higher education turns to STEM majors and career preparation.


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Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity

Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Have some unclaimed time on the last day of school and want to make the most of it? Try this reflective, real life public speaking activity
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Learning Sight Words the Fun Way! | Scholastic.com

Learning Sight Words the Fun Way! | Scholastic.com | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the most important ways to become a fluent reader is having the ability to read and recognize sight words. Read on to find ways of helping students learn sight words while having fun.
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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Interventions and strategic behaviors can help teachers manage students who are acting out or missing out on learning because of behavioral issues.
Cindy Riley Klages's insight:
Love this quote: ‘We are 50% of every interaction with a child, so we have a lot of control over that interaction.’
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Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School

Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A new book looks inside the minds of introverted kids and teens, with lessons for schools on class participation, groupthink and public speaking.
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The Non-Freaked Out Framework: Five Things We've Got to Keep Getting Better At

The Non-Freaked Out Framework: Five Things We've Got to Keep Getting Better At | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Non-Freaked Out Framework (Figure 1) is really just a set of five imperatives. One rule governs them all: do more of these things. Increase the quantity and quality of these things in your classroom.
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Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami – From Avra

Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami – From Avra | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. As a teacher, for years, I loathed the PDF file.  It was that file that I couldn’t edit or manage very easily.  I’d print off hard copies f…

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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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Sources of Feedback in the Classroom - EFL Magazine

Sources of Feedback in the Classroom - EFL Magazine | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Sources of Feedback.One of the most important things to a positive career in education is professional development—essential to maintaining a high standard.

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Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks

Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Teaching in Room 6: Dear Teacher in the Prime of Your Career

Teaching in Room 6: Dear Teacher in the Prime of Your Career | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teacher in the Prime of Your Career, Well, you are finally here, that sweet spot in this journey we call teaching. You have made it through those tumultuous first few years (that you didn't even know were tumultuous until you were through them) and have landed in this place where everything is just....easier. Not to say that it is easy by any means, but now you are able to cope better with what is being thrown at you. Your confidence in your abilities has grown, enabling you to take everything in stride, knowing that whatever you do, children will benefit and grow.
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A Step by Step Guide to Help You Create An Edmodo Group for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Help You Create An Edmodo Group for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners

What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Researchers got 128 students at a middle school to use Twitter to further their science learning. And what happened? These students learned how to connect science to real life.

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Is the Purpose of Teaching Student Learning or Student Grading? | Pedablogy: Musings on the Art & Craft of Teaching

Is the purpose of teaching student learning or student grading? I don’t believe that you can have it both ways. That is, grading, at least the way it’s commonly done, inhibits student learning. This is not merely my idea. David Brooks wrote a piece in the NYTabout this, saying “We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the GPA system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want.“
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 10:45 AM
Maybe it is neither. Instead is it about relationships?
David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 23, 6:25 PM

Interesting stuff. Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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10 Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher - LeadUpNow

10 Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher - LeadUpNow | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
    A LeadUp Teacher undoubtedly possess many characteristics! Innovative, inspiring, and empowering just to name a few. What would you add to these 10 Defining Characteristics of a LeadUp Teacher?   Continually Curious A LeadUp Teacher is adept at asking questions. What is…, how does it work, is there Read More
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Tips from Literacy Leaders for Closing Out the School Year (ROUNDUP)

Here are some suggestions from Choice Literacy contributors for the best ways to close out the year, with everything from personal organizing tips to family events.
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The Myth of Having Summers Off

The Myth of Having Summers Off | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.
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Teaching Reading to a New Generation of Students - Who's Doing the Work? - Book Review

Teaching Reading to a New Generation of Students - Who's Doing the Work? - Book Review | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The authors of "Who’s Doing the Work?" ask important questions about how literacy teachers should approach reading instruction for a new generation of students.
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A Complete Guide to Evernote

A Complete Guide to Evernote | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you've never heard me talk about Evernote, we probably haven't talked much. Evernote is my all time favorite tool for every aspect of my life. I use it for my personal life, this blog, my job, my freelance clients and everything in between. The problem with Evernote is that it can do SO much, it's very easy to get overwhelmed when starting out. My goal is to help you understand Evernote so that you'll use it and love it.

I've been using Evernote for close to 3 years now. It's one of the few programs I always have open on my computer. It's also the app I use most on my phone. I used to be a huge fan of notebooks (I still am), Evernote just lets me save those notes, search them and tag them. If you're a student, business owner, blogger, mom or planning any kind of event, Evernote will be useful to you.

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#FridayToolShare and a guide to it!