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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Understanding what a child's brain needs is central to instruction.
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WeAreTeachers: 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

WeAreTeachers: 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle. Here are expert tips for understanding kids who have been through trauma, plus strategies for helping them.
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Don't just listen to, listen through | @SteveMcKee

Don't just listen to, listen through | @SteveMcKee | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Effective leadership requires a high level of emotional intelligence that enables us to understand how the things we say and do come across to others.
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Mastering Test Anxiety: Student & Teacher Tips

Mastering Test Anxiety: Student & Teacher Tips | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Curtis Chandler shares research and wisdom from fellow educators to help deal with the annual high-stakes testing anxiety experienced by students and teachers.
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Reader Idea | An Argument-Writing Unit: Crafting Student Editorials - NYTimes.com

Participating in a student editorial writing contest helped a New York middle-school English teacher reinvigorate a weeklong argument-writing unit. In this blog post, Kayleen Everitt shares her lesson -- including online resources and links to her student worksheet guides -- that has students incorporate Aristotle's rhetorical triangle into the structure of their work.
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The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program by Alexandra Ito

The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program by Alexandra Ito | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Google Sheets Released A New Interesting Feature to Convert Text to Columns ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning


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What we’re getting right – and wrong - about mindfulness researchLearning and the Brain blog

What we’re getting right – and wrong - about mindfulness researchLearning and the Brain blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There's a lot of hype around mindfulness these days - and also a lot of skepticism. Our in-house expert dives into evidence for, and against, common claims.
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Mindfulness is helpful for everyone, regardless of age and background.
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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool to Create Flip Books in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is An Excellent Web Tool to Create Flip Books in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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52 Pre-K Activities and Why You Need Them | Abrams Learning Trends

52 Pre-K Activities and Why You Need Them | Abrams Learning Trends | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As former teachers and parents of our own little learners, we understand the importance of providing developmentally and academically appropriate activities to Pre-K children. Although simple, building foundational concepts during the Pre-K years plays an exceptionally powerful role in their transition to kindergarten and beyond.
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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Padlet is a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. This classroom how-to guide for Padlet will get you started creating pages and using it with students.

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On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 29, 7:27 AM

On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

Jamie Forshey's curator insight, March 1, 9:07 AM

On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

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A great tool for online learning.  This allows students to interact and learn from each other.  Students can attach video as well. 
 
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11 Apps to Help You Find Your Focus — Medium

11 Apps to Help You Find Your Focus — Medium | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it feels impossible to focus with (seemingly) hundreds of things pulling at our attention at any given point in time. You know what we’re talking about: the “ding!” on your phone whenever you get a new text message, that annoying little red button reminding you how many new emails you’re getting, and the endless supply of content readily available for consumption on a daily basis—just to name a few.
If you’re having one of those days where you can’t seem to find your focus, these 11 apps will help you reclaim your brain and get busy working on the things that matter most (even if sometimes, that means actually getting some sleep!)

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Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts - ReadWriteThink

Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts - ReadWriteThink | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.
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The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
To help young people cope with stress and a rapidly developing brain, educate them about the "natural highs" of beneficial brain chemistry triggered by exercise and passion.
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Students of Color Are Much More Likely to Attend Schools Where Most of Their Peers Are Poor

Students of Color Are Much More Likely to Attend Schools Where Most of Their Peers Are Poor | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
An exclusive analysis uncovers that students of color in the largest 100 cities in the United States are much more likely to attend schools where most of their peers are poor or low-income.
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Engage Students with Active Learning Ideas

Engage Students with Active Learning Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Stein shares teacher moves to build engagement: movement, inviting environment, student voice, choice, note taking invigoration, and lots more.
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3 things connected educators do differently

3 things connected educators do differently | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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A Video Guide to Conversation Challenge, an Efficient, Small-Group Discussion Strategy - Dave Stuart Jr.

A Video Guide to Conversation Challenge, an Efficient, Small-Group Discussion Strategy - Dave Stuart Jr. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I use Conversation Challenge to efficiently scaffold small-group discussions. Here's how it works.
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5 Essential iPad Apps for Creating Digital Scrapbooks in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Essential iPad Apps for Creating Digital Scrapbooks in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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8 things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss

8 things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Surprising facts about the man who wrote some of the country's most beloved children's books, whose posthumous book "What Pet Should I Get?" comes out next week.
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Get Your Free 2016 Singapore Math Monthly Calendar

Get Your Free 2016 Singapore Math Monthly Calendar | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free monthly math calendar for elementary grades using Singapore Math problems. The problems for grades 1 to 5 are arranged by day of the week.
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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

Questioning That Deepens Comprehension | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.
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Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking by Mitch Center

Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking by Mitch Center | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
“Principals could use casual interactions with the school population to promote literacy, emphasize that student and staff ideas matter, and actually invite those ideas.”
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Conversations, as opposed to discussions, are important in schools.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 1, 9:28 AM
Conversations, as opposed to discussions, are important in schools.
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Conversations, as opposed to discussions, are important in schools.
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13 States Join Federal Open Resource Initiative

13 States Join Federal Open Resource Initiative | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Thirteen states and 40 districts are launching #GoOpen initiatives, focused on open resources and promoted by the federal education department.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 2, 8:29 AM

I continue to be surprised at the number of educators that as what is OER? There is a wealth of easily accessed and free materials that are going underused!