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Top 5 Literacy Design Collaborative Short Lessons

... Our LDC CoreTools Library is chock full of useful and creative lessons developed by teachers and tested in classrooms all over the country. We always keep our library up-to-date, with something for everyone—every grade level, skill, standard, and subject. New to LDC and not sure where to dig first? Try these 5 short lessons—currently our most popular!
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Close reading, scientific claims, and learning to infer - Great lessons
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Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You can use a focusing activity to introduce a new idea or to set the stage for what’s to come during class. They can be high-tech, low-tech, or no tech.

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Shane Symonds's curator insight, May 3, 5:16 PM
The opening phase of a lesson is vital to not only securing student attention but also for providing a focus for the teacher. 
Emma McPherson's curator insight, May 4, 2:59 AM
Three focusing activities that can be used in any class, including those utilising digital pedagogies.
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PBIS & Culture Playbook - School culture tips to produce results

PBIS & Culture Playbook - School culture tips to produce results | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In a new How-To Guide, Kickboard and 4 school leaders share 8 simple strategies to Increase attendance, Reduce discipline referrals, Reduce suspensions, Improve academic achievement. PBIS. Classroom Management. School Improvement. School Culture.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 3, 10:17 AM
I think there are many ways to express these three and they made add to the list. Students want to be acknowledged and cared for and about. What is important is forming relationships.
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Student engagement is a top priority for educators, but engagement doesn't always mean the kids are learning.
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Peer Editing

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At this time in the school year, I find that my students and I need to regroup and discuss the role of a peer editor in writing workshop.
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From Teacher to Techie » Connections Article

From Teacher to Techie » Connections Article | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Like Knutson, teachers who think about transitioning into the fast-growing world of ed tech bring important subject-matter expertise to the table. But that's not the only thing needed to succeed in StartupLand. We asked Knutson to share suggestions for how teachers can prepare for this kind of career change. Her tips:

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The Milken Family Foundation helped me launch my online career.  It's great to see what Milken Educators are up to!

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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 9:36 AM
Without courage and trust, real change (transforming which is always moving beyond where we are) is challenging. This takes new ways of understanding leading and following.
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Two Important Gmail Tips for Teachers via @medkh9

Two Important Gmail Tips for Teachers via @medkh9 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create Screencasts on Chromebooks

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create Screencasts on Chromebooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As I've written many times over the years, Screencast-o-Matic is my favorite tool for creating screencast videos on Mac and Windows computers. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on Chromebooks. In th

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.
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Dear Teacher on the Tired Days,

Dear Teacher on the Tired Days, | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I get it. I had a student hurt my feelings today. Words that cut deep and wounded because there is always an element of truth perceived by the one being sarcas
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Pre-reading: 5 short lessons to support any prompt: LDC

Pre-reading: 5 short lessons to support any prompt: LDC | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’re working on an assignment for your students. You’ve constructed a great prompt, and know that students will need to read closely to develop written responses that communicate their understanding of the content. But how do you get your students there, step by step? A quick search on LDC CoreTools can help. In addition to searching for short lessons in LDC CoreTools by discipline, grade level, and standard, did you know you can also search by skills & process? Here is an example of a search for reading process skills:
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27 tools for diverse learners

27 tools for diverse learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
According to neuroscience and the Universal Design for Learning theory, there is no one right way to learn. Fortunately, the latest crop of tech tools offers a variety of ways for students of all learning styles and preferences to engage, receive information and express their learning.

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10 Leadership Lessons You’ll Learn On the Job

10 Leadership Lessons You’ll Learn On the Job | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A diverse staff brings a patchwork of perspectives excited to generate creative, inventive solutions.

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The Difference A Teacher Can Make | Inspire 21

The Difference A Teacher Can Make | Inspire 21 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Wonderfully inspirational and inspiring. Find inspirational quotes and sayings to inspire, motivate, create inspiration and motivation. Sayings quotes, short stories, motivational stories, bible verses, free ecards, inspirational ecards.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 2, 10:18 AM
We do make a difference when we see each child as having a name, a face, and a story.
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Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn

Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By understanding the level of learning and intentionality in our mistakes, we can identify what helps us grow as learners.
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Ten Books for Teaching Kids the Importance of “Taking Care of Others” by Laura Weakland

Every Thursday, teachers across our building read aloud a picture book to their students with themes of “taking care of ourselves, each other, and our world.” As an educator and parent, I am strongly committed to the idea of teaching the “whole child.”...
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Coming Apart to Come Back Together - Useful PD Idea

Poet Mekeel McBride's poem provides a useful prompt for teachers to reflect on the underlying tensions in their classroom that might be fertile ground for healthy reflection and change. “Autobiography’s Inspiration” is especially useful for literacy coaches to read aloud with a group of teachers, or with teacher-research support groups, followed by time to write for 5 to 7 minutes on “what’s coming apart so it can come back together.”
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Unite for Literacy

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Unite for Literacy is a social enterprise that provides digital access to picture books, narrated in immigrant and indigenous languages. They are for everyone, for free, forever. We know that literacy is at the core of a healthy community, and so we UNITE with partners to create Picture Book Abundance and enable all families to read with their young children.

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Understanding Servant Leadership - Ken Blanchard 

Understanding Servant Leadership - Ken Blanchard  | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I’m spending a lot of time lately thinking and writing about servant leadership. Although much has been said and written about the topic, I still run into people who don’t quite understand the concept. They tend to think it is about the inmates running the prison, or a leader who tries to please everyone, or…

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Truly college ready | SmartBlogs

Truly college ready | SmartBlogs | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
SmartBlog on Education this month is covering college and career readiness. Join us for original content in which experts explore the trends and highligh
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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge

Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Greetings and welcome to “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week features an ex…

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 28, 9:12 AM
Wonderful ways to engage students to show what they know. My students love many of these tools and we look forward to exploring more.
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"With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student work, here’s an awesome visual collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!"

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The Key to Content-Area Writing: Short, Frequent, and Shared - Heinemann

The Key to Content-Area Writing: Short, Frequent, and Shared - Heinemann | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By Nancy Steineke While we must commend the Common Core Standards for recognizing the importance of literacy in all content-areas, a literacy long overlooked, the Core’s narrow vision of writing concerns us.
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