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Breaking Down Academic Vocabulary

Breaking Down Academic Vocabulary | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our Social Studies PLC has been talking a lot lately about academic vocabulary. For me, the research guru on this one is a no brainer: I follow what Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock say in Classroo...
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3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core

3 Sports Metaphors that Fuel Excellence in My English Classroom | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I’ve found that sports-related metaphors can be a key for moving my students to work harder and smarter on challenging Common Core literacy tasks.
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10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class - A.J. Juliani

10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class - A.J. Juliani | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As I work with students and teachers there is one common thread that the “stand-out” classrooms share: They take risks. Not only do these students and teachers take learning risks, but they also take them together. They are partners in the learning process, where the teacher is the “lead learner”. My job as a staff …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 19, 12:57 AM

There are some excellent ideas. The teacher becomes first amongst equals and shares leadership in the process. It it not given. It is assumed at the right moments.

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Educational Jargon Generator

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Argumentative Writing in Mathematics

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Math teachers will use argumentative writing to incorporate CCSS college and career readinesswriting standard into their lessons.

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Stevi Quate's curator insight, February 9, 10:01 AM

This site presents general information, not particularly unique to math unfortunately, but it's a starting place.

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44 Reading Passages on Historical Subjects - ReadWorks

44 Reading Passages on Historical Subjects - ReadWorks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Teachers are Learning Designers

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Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are "learning designers" who seek to create a space
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 17, 8:00 PM

I agree are role is to create an inviting space. Despite this, there is no guarantee that children will learn. They will learn something, but not what is prescribed. The space, in that sense, needs to be hospitable and inviting, a space where children feel they want to learn.

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Create Whiteboard Recordings on the Updated eduClipper iPad App

Create Whiteboard Recordings on the Updated eduClipper iPad App | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from my other blog, Free Technology for Teachers. The popular digital portfolio and bookmarking service eduClipper has released an updated iPad appthat offers four awesome new features...
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A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans - Edudemic

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A Look At Google’s Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans

Topics: google apps, guide, help, lesson plans, lessons, tools, web


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20 video project ideas to engage students

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Videos are engaging. They can be a powerful tool to draw students in and connect them to content in innovative ways. Here are 20 ways to do it.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 12:57 PM

Integrating video projects into the classroom can be as simple or complex as you want. Just grab a phone, digital camera or tablet and your students are on their way.

Here are some video project ideas, divided into ideas for any classroom and ideas for specific subject areas:

Betty Skeet's curator insight, April 10, 8:57 AM

Video project ideas!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 9:12 AM

These look like great ideas to encourage media literacy as well. You have to understand media from the inside to create media. Nothing makes you more media literate then learning to create it.

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AWESOME Resources from the Tulare County Office of Education - Common Core State Standards

AWESOME Resources from the Tulare County Office of Education - Common Core State Standards | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Love, love, LOVE the ELA question stems provided.  Thank you!

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3 Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test - TeachThought

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3 Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test
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How in questions

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The word

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Ana Parres's curator insight, March 17, 7:15 AM

Un recurso gráfico para enseñarnos como utilizar How cuando preguntamos.

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One word that holds the secret to passionate teaching -

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Last year at the ASCD conference, there was a tremendous amount of buzz around the term the whole teacher: just as teachers are tasked with developing the whole child, principals are increasingly being tasked with developing and supporting the whole...
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6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

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"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 18, 10:13 PM

What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom.

What are some of the targets?

Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning

What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson.

Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment

What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom?

Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).

Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 19, 12:57 AM

Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 12:48 PM
strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
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Consolidating narrative tenses: a storytelling lesson/lesson series idea

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Level: Pre-intermediate but adaptable to higher levels by increasing the demands imposed in the collaborative writing stage. Time: +/- 45mins (but time increases with class-size) Materials: A story...

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Teach with Picture Books: Fightin' Words: Using Picture Books to Teach Argumentative Writing

Teach with Picture Books: Fightin' Words: Using Picture Books to Teach Argumentative Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

So what's the difference between persuasive writing and argumentative writing? 

In persuasive writing, students passionately defend their point of view, relying upon opinion, personal experience, anecdotes, data, and examples. Argumentative writing, however, seeks to offer a more balanced approach, as it acknowledges points from the opposing view.


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25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout - InformED

25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout - InformED | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"There’s a reason why teachers receive a sad, knowing nod from others at a dinner party or when meeting new people. The profession kicks us around and often kicks hardest when we’re down."


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 18, 12:52 PM

Some useful, if familiar, tips for avoiding burnout. 

WEAC's curator insight, March 18, 3:08 PM

This is a pretty good list from informED, but it's missing the most important way to avoid teacher burnout: Find support, and fight for improvement by being active in your union.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 18, 7:37 PM

Thx Beth!

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Excellent Tools for Formative Assessment to Try With Your Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Excellent Tools for Formative Assessment to Try With Your Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Great techie tools for formative assessment
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Love these tools. I've actually seen a teacher use Socrative, and it was neat!
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National School Reform Faculty - Protocols for PLCs

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The National School Reform Faculty promotes the use of Critical Friends Groups, as a specific type of professional learning community, to empower educators and have a direct positive impact on students, classrooms and student performance.
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Great source for strategies and protocols.

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22-Minute Meetings

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Are your meetings 30 minutes or an hour? Are your PD sessions one or two hours?

Chances are, nearly all of your meetings are in half- or full-hour increments. But do they need to be?"

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A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to #Twitter

A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to #Twitter | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we thought we'd incorporate some of his style into an infographic offering tips for Twitter.

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Cute!

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11 Things Coaches Should Look For in Classroom Observations.

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11 Things Coaches Should Look For in Classroom Observations | See more about coaches, teachers and students.


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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

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With National Poetry Month just a few weeks away, you may have already started planning. Exposing our students to the powerful words and images of Maya Angelou's poetry builds their skills in readin
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Do you teach... A) the book B) the exam C) English D) your students?

Do you teach... A) the book B) the exam C) English D) your students? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
(This post is a bit of a break from the norm - it's some thoughts, ideas and questions aiming towards a resource for planning, rather than an activity.) It's exam time at my school (Academia Britan...

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Vannessa MissoVeness's comment, March 12, 8:55 AM
I think many of us would like to teach our students or think we do, but we are governed by exams, syllabus and grades!