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Instructional Strategies thAT work : Why I like the new Science Course of Study

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AL's new science course of study received accolades!
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Embracing digital messiness in education

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It’s not just cities, politics and civic life that suffer from an excess of technological determinism and techno-utopian visions. In education, too, ‘digital by default’ thinking tends to dominate ...

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My Favorite Vocabulary Activities

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That vocabulary is a basis for language learning is a given. When people travel abroad, they take dictionaries and phrase books, not grammar guides. Therefore, every course we teach should have a s...

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Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Those who heard stories regularly showed more activity in areas linked to word meanings, imagination
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Leave voice comments in Google Docs with Kaizena - From Jennifer Carey

Leave voice comments in Google Docs with Kaizena - From Jennifer Carey | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Daily Genius. I recently returned from the 2015 annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. It’s always exciting to learn about the new tools and features that are available...

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.
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Phonological Dyslexia - Nessy UK

Phonological Dyslexia - Nessy UK | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Phonological Dyslexia A poor ability with phonological skills is one of the most important identifiers and causes of dyslexia. 75% of dyslexic people show signs of a phonological processing problem.
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21 of MiddleWeb's Best New Teacher Resources

21 of MiddleWeb's Best New Teacher Resources | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
MiddleWeb is filled to the brim with resources and helpful ideas that new teachers will find valuable. We've selected 21 articles that might be especially useful to newbies before they greet their ...
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Lines of Civility In Your Classroom | CTQ

Lines of Civility In Your Classroom | CTQ | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
nline, you know when the line of civility is crossed, but it's tough to define sometimes. You're in a group phone or video conversation and the tone shifts. Someone responds with a brick-headed comment or message is designed to be offensive to another person. We've all been there in the Valley of the Trolls. And there are some solutions out there to help you in the process
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Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care?

Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography.

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This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

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Yolanta Krawiecki's curator insight, August 7, 2015 5:29 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:01 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, August 8, 2015 12:14 AM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.


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Redesigning My Classroom Environment

Mixing up the types of seating in a classroom can engage different learners and allow students to select various positions depending on exhaustion level, needs of an assignment, or their need for simply a new view.
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From mirage to reality: Redesign professional learning to improve classroom teaching

The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About the Quest for Teacher Development, released today, recommends that we re-envision professional learning by asking fundamentally different questions about what better teaching means and how to achieve it. This will demand more closely measuring the impact of professional development and require coordinated action from education stakeholders at all levels, including teachers, administrators, and technical assistance providers.
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Achievethecore.org :: Instructional Practice Guide

Achievethecore.org :: Instructional Practice Guide | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Instructional Practice Guide includes coaching and lesson planning tools to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Key Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Scaffolding: How Not to Learn to Ride a Bike

Scaffolding: How Not to Learn to Ride a Bike | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teacher-consultant Terry Thompson, author of The Construction Zone, defines four elements of good instructional scaffolding and uses the example of teaching a kid to ride a bicycle to demonstrate w...
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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Are your children prepared to think and focus for success in 21st century life?

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WEAC's curator insight, August 7, 2015 9:55 AM

"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."

Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Using the Internet is like jet skiing.  Skimming along the surface of the water at high speed, exposed to a broad vista, surrounded by many distractions, and only able to focus fleetingly on any one thing.

Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2015 5:56 PM

This is true.  They seem to be absorbing ideas faster.

 

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Simple Questions on the First Day of School to Teach Purpose - @DaveStuartjr

Simple Questions on the First Day of School to Teach Purpose - @DaveStuartjr | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This activity aims at developing purpose in students, and it can easily be completed with index cads on the first day of school.
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Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons

Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New to teaching gifted students? Find resources about Sandra Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity and download smaller icons.

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"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

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Katie Frank's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:18 PM

I have incorporated depth and complexity icons and I'd love to do it more.  

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"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

A.Frater's curator insight, August 7, 2015 10:12 AM

"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

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9 Mistakes New Teachers Make

9 Mistakes New Teachers Make | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Middle school teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid.

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A First Day of School Activity that Teaches Argument

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On the first day of school, I use this activity to get to know my students and to teach basic components of argument.
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Pathfinder Career Articles - Three Tips for a Productive Interview

Pathfinder Career Articles - Three Tips for a Productive Interview | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Hiring the best educator for a position is an arduous process. Choosing the right person will be one of the most important decisions you will make because of the impact on your school culture. You want to feel confident about your choice and be satisfied that the chosen candidate will add value to your school community.
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Seeing Struggling Math Learners as ‘Sense Makers,’ Not ‘Mistake Makers’

Seeing Struggling Math Learners as ‘Sense Makers,’ Not ‘Mistake Makers’ | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One teacher is reframing how math is taught by focusing more on how students are thinking instead right or wrong answers.
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How Your Personality Determines How You Learn

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It's virtually impossible to imagine life without learning. We come into the world armed with little more than a bunch of primitive survival instincts, but it’s thanks to our ability to learn that we start adapting to the environment, going from helpless infants into semi-autonomous children before maturing into young adults. Still, when it comes to how we learn, most of us differ considerably at every stage in that process. Now scientists are learning more about that variation and what's behind it.

 

Psychologists have studied learning for over a century, but research in this area has really taken off in the last two decades. Most studies indicate that our personalities largely determine the ways we like to learn. In other words, who we are shapes how we learn. Here's what some of the latest research has uncovered about the most common learning styles and the ways we can learn to our fullest potential.

 


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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Reaching every student by @CherylTeaches

Reaching every student by @CherylTeaches | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This month, SmartBlog on Education is exploring classroom design and management -- just in time for the new school year. In this blog post, educator Ch
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Vocab: How to Rock Greek & Latin Roots

Vocab: How to Rock Greek & Latin Roots | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When you think of Greek and Latin roots, you think high student engagement, right? No? ELA teacher Amber Chandler plans to make all those old roots rock this fall as she introduces the concepts of ...
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