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8 high school habits that will fail you in college | USA TODAY College

8 high school habits that will fail you in college | USA TODAY College | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If this advice doesn't make you a little scared or depressed, you might not have read carefully enough.
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Make any video your lesson

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In the world of technology, we are being introduced to new terms every now and then. Gone are the days when the students were taught with traditional techniques. Now, teachers have the opportunity to bring something new and exciting into their classrooms. A recent trend that has taken control of classrooms and has become the new favorite of the teachers is to flip their classrooms and expand their teaching lessons beyond. If you are a teacher and looking at ways to take your class on to next level, flipping is the trend you might end up liking.

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Learning Through Reflection

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Teachers who promote reflective classrooms ensure that students are fully engaged in the process of making meaning. They organize instruction so that students are the producers, not just the consumers, of knowledge. To best guide children in the habits of reflection, these teachers approach their role as that of "facilitator of meaning making."

In the role of facilitator, the teacher acts as an intermediary between the learner and the learning, guiding each student to approach the learning activity in a strategic way. The teacher helps each student monitor individual progress, construct meaning from the content learned and from the process of learning it, and apply the learnings to other contexts and settings. Learning becomes a continual process of engaging the mind that transforms the mind.


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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing | Edutopia

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing | Edutopia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One chemistry teacher describes how, through incremental learning goals, formative assessments, and differentiation, she inspires her students to work harder and recognize their potential.
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Stay Positive: 7 Ways to Cancel the Noise of Negativity @coolcatteacher

Stay Positive: 7 Ways to Cancel the Noise of Negativity @coolcatteacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
She sounded like a banshee with a stubbed toe. The wail from the cubicle across from mine, as I sat down to try to write this blog post on a layover in Minneapolis, is worse than any caterwauling I’ve ever heard before. I can’t tell if she’s speaking in tongues or lost hers. Right now is not a time for the battery in my noise cancelling headphones to go out but it did! Eeech!
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Why Americans can’t write - The Washington Post

Why Americans can’t write - The Washington Post | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of e-mail, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent.
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The best Apps to teach kids Coding [@CoderFactory Blog]

The best Apps to teach kids Coding [@CoderFactory Blog] | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Coding is an international language and skill that is all around us. It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Kids these days are growing up in an evolution of technology that is only going to keep on growing and evolving.

The following sites and applications can help anyone (particularly those little ones!) grasp the basics of thinking and planning in order to make things happen, i.e. Code! Most of these tools are free and require no coding background or expertise!"


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Class Tech Integrate : iPads in the Primary Classroom: A few apps to get you started

Class Tech Integrate : iPads in the Primary Classroom: A few apps to get you started | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As we continue to go 1:1 in our district in Springdale, AR, one of our biggest challenges is finding great apps for our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade classrooms to use.

Here is a short list of just a few FREE apps to get you started:

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Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions | Edutopia

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions | Edutopia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
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Art Enhances Brain Function and Well-Being - The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

Art Enhances Brain Function and Well-Being - The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.
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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | MindShift | KQED News

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | MindShift | KQED News | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.
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The Brown-Bag Teacher: Classroom Organization: Tips and Tricks

The Brown-Bag Teacher: Classroom Organization: Tips and Tricks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
My name is Catherine, and I am an organization addict. It's true friends. I love procedures and order and know my classroom runs smoothly because of these things. Today I'm sharing with you how organization helps maximize learning in our classroom and how I maximize my time as a teacher. Now, my room is definitely not 1st-grade ready, but the key organization pieces are up and running from last year or have been added this summer. Since I'm not ready to show the big-picture, this post may jump around a bit. Still, I hope you enjoying seeing how my classroom runs! :)
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Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers

Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: We asked San Jose high school sophomore Audrey Mullen to share how she and her peers actually use various edtech tools and how they really feel about their teachers’ blended learning approaches. The result is a straight-from-the-source playbook that no blend ed teacher--or entrepreneu

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I don't like the snide tone of this article, but the advice is dead on! 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 7, 2015 6:57 AM

Extremely realistic, and honestly useful for us teachers!!!!

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:49 PM

This insightful student says a lot about facilitating a blended class.

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Sketchnoting Resources

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Sketchnoting is used in the classroom and for notetaking. These sketchnoting resources will help you learn more about sketchnoting and how to use them.

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15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year

15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Now that you’ve had a chance to settle back into another year, it might be time for you to take the (unofficial) tech challenge. Yep, just check out the infographic shown below to read about a few really swell ways you and your colleagues can shake things up in your classroom(s) for the remainder of the school year. No matter how big or small your students may be, here are some excellent edtech ideas that can promote 21st Century change in any learning environment.


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Wonderful Free Templates to Create Newspapers for your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Wonderful Free Templates to Create Newspapers for your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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When Does "Level" Matter? Choice Literacy

When Does "Level" Matter? Choice Literacy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I find my flexibility as a teacher is both challenged and validated when I group students for instruction. When I think about the wide range of needs in my classroom and then about the wide range of levels, it feels nearly impossible to do all the teaching that needs to be done. When I group students by level, within each leveled group are many different needs. Just because students' reading levels are the same, their needs aren't necessarily aligned. Students may read independently at the same level -- yet some may need support at predicting, while others need support with determining the meaning of unknown words. Still others may struggle with engagement.
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The science of learning

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Here’s a really clear, short and applicable summary of the key areas of cognitive science which can be applied to the classroom:

The Science of Learning

The summary looks at six questions about learning, giving a quick summary of the science and some ideas about how they might apply in schools and classrooms. It effectively summarises a great deal of things I’ve written about over the last couple of years in six pages! Here are some links for further reading for some of the key points of the summary:

1. How do students understand new ideas?
The importance of prior knowledge and the bottle-neck of working memory

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, October 3, 2015 3:32 PM

Excellent summary of the science of learning. At Kauffman Leadership Academy, we connect the science and the art of learning to provide powerful learning experiences. This is a great start!

Mark William's curator insight, October 7, 2015 7:08 AM

Here is a short, clear and applicable summary of the main areas of cognitive science which may be applied to the classroom. 

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15 Challenge, SDI, and Enrichment Activities to Keep Challenge Groups Engaged in the Mixed-ability Classroom - Part 1

15 Challenge, SDI, and Enrichment Activities to Keep Challenge Groups Engaged in the Mixed-ability Classroom - Part 1 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges teachers face in multi-ability classes is how to reach all students, especially those who need enrichment activities.
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MathStudio App Is Now Free Grab It ~ EdTech and Mobile Learning

MathStudio App Is Now Free Grab It ~ EdTech and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The popular graphing calculator MathStudio Express is free today and only for a limited period of time (its regular price is $4,99). This powerful calculator offers more than 200 functions from basic calculations to advanced calculus and is powered with a quick CAS (computer scientific calculator) that beautifully typesets your answers and helps you with solving limits, derivatives, integrals, differential equations and many more.

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Rube Goldberg Machines and the Engineering Design Process - Tchers' Voice

Rube Goldberg Machines and the Engineering Design Process - Tchers' Voice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Rube Goldberg – a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. ~ Webster’s New World Dictionary

When Rube Goldberg walked away from his engineering career in 1904, it’s unlikely he realized the impact that he would have on 21st century education. I find it ironic that many educators at the forefront of STEM education find inspiration from his cartoons, like The Simple Alarm Clock, that were published in newspapers across the United States over 100 years ago.

When I initially share the Engineering Design Process with my middle school students (see below), I like to have them collaboratively plan, construct and then use the iterative process to continuously refine a Rube Goldberg Machine.

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Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students | MindShift | KQED News

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students | MindShift | KQED News | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not
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Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids | MindShift | KQED News

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids | MindShift | KQED News | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Reading is a skill humans aren't born with, but schools are designed to reward those whose brains are well-wired to read, which can complicate the learning
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Educational Leadership:Emotionally Healthy Kids:The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers

Educational Leadership:Emotionally Healthy Kids:The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Want to make your school a better place for everyone? Make emotional health a habit.
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Not a typo... Time to pay attention to affect!
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