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Two Reflective Teachers: A Peek into our Nonfiction Research and Research Based Argument Essay Unit

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WeAreTeachers: Nonfiction Shouldn't Be Boring! 8 Ways to Boost the Joy

Don't lose the love of informational text in your class! Use these eight ideas to inspire a love of nonfiction.
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How Much Sleep You Really Need -- According To Science

How Much Sleep You Really Need -- According To Science | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Some of us feel well-rested after a solid eight hours of sleep. For others, closer to nine feels best. For others still, a little less will do.
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Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core

Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
To break down the isolation that many teachers experience in their classrooms, California schools are using instructional coaches as a key tool to help teachers adapt their instruction to implement the Common Core standards in math and English language arts.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 5, 10:00 PM

I don't see coaching, the external expert and one more layer of bureaucracy as critical. I see teachers working together as essential.

 

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The easiest, simplest way I’ve found to differentiate instruction

The easiest, simplest way I’ve found to differentiate instruction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There's a little secret that most of we as educators are keeping about differentiating instruction. We believe it's a good idea in theory, we try to do it when we can...but we really don't have any workable system for differentiating.
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Reading to your child begins at birth, or even before - Kidspot

Reading to your child begins at birth, or even before - Kidspot | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

When should you begin reading to your child? This mother and teacher librarian believes reading begins before the child is even born.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 4, 8:00 PM

We should read to children. It is not just the reading that is important. It is the relational aspect of what we do with them during those moments.

 

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

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Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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The Reading & Writing Project - Student Writing

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The TCRWP is happy to share examples of student work related to opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing across grades K-8. Many teachers find it helpful to use these pieces of student writing as mentor texts within their classrooms. Often teachers report that their students are inspired and motivated by reading and studying other students’ work.

 

Below are student writing samples for various units of study. Please feel free to download them and use them in your work. Used by kind permission of the wonderful young writers with whom we are privileged to work.


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Download examples for mini-lessons.

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 2, 12:42 PM

Click here to download student writing samples from each of the units.  Use them in your mini-lessons or for conferring!

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Elevating Teacher Expertise: Key to Literacy for All Children

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by Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University Over the decades, we have witnessed a variety of perspectives on the essenti...

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 2, 1:03 PM

Things for you to consider as you reflect on your teaching and learning opportunities in the area of literacy.

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6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reflects on the fluid nature of student learning and how assessment needs to reflect that, and then suggests six strategies for enhancing depth of understanding.
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WeAreTeachers: Learning with Candy Conversation Hearts: 15 Awesome Ideas

WeAreTeachers: Learning with Candy Conversation Hearts: 15 Awesome Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Invite students to explore different content areas with candy conversation hearts!
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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
"Playing music is the brain's equivalent of a full-body workout." "Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with
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5 facts about charter schools you won’t hear in the ‘National School Choice Week’ propaganda

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WeAreTeachers: Top 10 Things Middle-School Students Wish You Knew

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Top 1o Things Middle Schoolers Wish Teachers Knew by YA Author Rachel Vail.
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Inclusion Classes: 4 Keys to Ensure Active Learning for All

Inclusion Classes: 4 Keys to Ensure Active Learning for All | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Stein highlights resources and discusses four keys to build an active learning environment where all students can take charge of their own learning.
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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

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What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.
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301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
For our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest, in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 301 writing prompts that may help — an update to last year’s popular list of 200.
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Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms -- Spotting the holes in your teaching. 


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 4, 4:04 PM

A nice set of ideas that may help as you assess classroom effectiveness. 

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Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

Formative Assessment Is Transformational! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
More than just numbers in a grade book, formative assessment practices can change how you teach, how your students learn, and how your classroom functions.
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Teaching the Essential Skills of the Mobile Classroom - the 4 Cs

Teaching the Essential Skills of the Mobile Classroom - the 4 Cs | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland examines how we can effectively teach four essential skills -- communication, collaboration, connection and creation -- in a classroom where mobile devices are increasingly reflecting how students think and learn.

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ReadWorks.org | New K-12 Poems and Question Sets

ReadWorks.org | New K-12 Poems and Question Sets | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 2, 12:44 PM

Looking for more resources to help your students understand poetry?  Click here to find poems and CCSS aligned questions for your grade level!

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Life of an Educator: 10 questions every educator should always be thinking about...

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10 questions every educator should always be thinking about...
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The Top 10 iPad Features That Schools Forget

The Top 10 iPad Features That Schools Forget | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
With iPads, it's all about the apps, and rightly so sometimes, but not everyone takes full advantage of the native features that Apple builds in to the iPad software for everyone to use. So, for th...
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How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A recent Gallup poll indicates that students' emotional engagement and well-being at school is powerfully tied to academic achievement.
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Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads | MiddleWeb

Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Super Bowl commercials occupy the top slot on the TV advertising power chain. Media literacy consultant Frank Baker explains how to use them in the classroom.
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