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100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered

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Find resources for FREE LEGO Learning Printables in this 100 Things Post.

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lalita pradeep's curator insight, July 22, 2015 10:37 PM

I really dunno anything about its high order potential, but my sister prefers lego for her two small children.....And she is a committed teacher by passion.

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 23, 2015 11:09 AM

I hope my new classroom has plenty of Legos!

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 2015 11:18 AM

Some of the links in the list no longer work, but there are still plenty available. 

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Education Update:Approaching Race from the Inside Out:Why Glorify Failure to Enhance Success?

Education Update:Approaching Race from the Inside Out:Why Glorify Failure to Enhance Success? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Recent social media posts by standards-based advocates extol the virtues of failure: "Failure is success in progress." "Failure is an initial attempt at learning." "Failure is the best way to learn."
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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 21, 2015 8:10 AM

This interesting and research-based blog post by Vicki Davis is more than a year-old, but as grit and rigor continue to trend as educational hot-topics. Learning more about what grit and rigor mean and how the essential characteristics of both can become evident in your classroom is an increasing matter of debate and pedagogy. A cutting-edge teacher and blogger, Vicki Davis is often ahead of the curve. Take a few minutes to read her blog and reflect on how your fall 2015 classroom could benefit from teaching and practicing grit and rigor!

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10 Dos and Don'ts For Group Work & Student Grouping - TeachThought

10 Dos and Don'ts For Group Work & Student Grouping - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments.

However, the challenge facing many educators is not in wanting their students to work together, but in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective ways. We do not want to create groups that hinder the progress of any of our students!

This simple guide can help you the next time you are creating groups for an assignment or task in your classroom!

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First Day of Class Activity: The Interest Inventory

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When creating your interest inventory, you need to consider what you need to know about your students in order to effectively teach them.

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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

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If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.
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Fact, Feeling, and Argument: Helping Students Tell the Difference

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In the United States, you have to be living under a rock not to have seen the historic ruling about what we now call marriage. In Obergefell v. Rodgers, a 5-4 Supreme Court stated that under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment, states are required to allow persons of the same sex to marry. Social media exploded with rainbows, pride, marriage pictures and even some condemnation....

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Community Post: 31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School

Community Post: 31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Looking to refresh your classroom for back to school? Take your pick from 31 flavors of bulletin board.
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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.
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25 Bellringer, “Do Now,” or Early Finisher Ideas to Start Your Year off Right! | Simply Novel Teaching Ideas

25 Bellringer, “Do Now,” or Early Finisher Ideas to Start Your Year off Right! | Simply Novel Teaching Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Looking for a few new ideas to get next year started off right?  Need some ideas that are not just Daily Oral Language?

There is much debate on whether a warm-up activity should be related only to previous lessons or to help introduce the day’s material, or whether a warm-up can be totally unrelated to the students’ curriculum.  I am of the mind that if you don’t have your students engaged and ready to learn, you can’t teach the curriculum anyway, so I always liked to do warm ups I thought my kids would like.  The choice is yours.  Either way, the idea is not to take up too much of the class time, but to get students’ brains moving, focused, and ready to learn!

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Science Thinking Maps

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Thinking Maps® are visual representations for different thought processes. We can use Thinking Maps in science.
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Community Post: 21 Awesomely Creative Reading Spaces For The Classroom

Community Post: 21 Awesomely Creative Reading Spaces For The Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Because we all like getting comfy when we read. Check out these amazing {and surprisingly easy!} setups.
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"100+ experiments in chemistry"

"100+ experiments in chemistry" | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Chemistry videos for education and just for fun

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:10 AM

Oh my, my Science Teachers' Christmas just came early.

Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:45 PM

Check these out, if you do not have the time or equipment to do these in class.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, August 31, 2015 9:18 AM

Some fun videos, even though some of the slides are a bit wordy.

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Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy

Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Picture books are more likely than speech to include uncommon words.
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Teachers Using Twitter: The New “Professional Learning Network” - Keep Learning

Teachers Using Twitter: The New “Professional Learning Network” - Keep Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post was originally published on the author’s blog on July 13, 2015. A few months ago, I decided to join Twitter, not in the hopes of hearing the latest thoughts from my favorite celebrities, but for building my professional knowledge by following educators and those concerned with the plight of education. I wanted to see teachers using Twitter. I was, at first, pessimistic as I ...

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How Freshman Seminars Can Help Students Starting the Ninth Grade

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Freshman Seminars for the transition from middle to high school are helping students learn valuable skills for succeeding in high school.

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Developing Relationships with Difficult Students

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As Mary watched Ashleigh get off the bus, she knew it was going to be “that kind” of day. Ashleigh was mad and yelling in the faces of the other children. Mary watched her push her way through the hallway, mumbling loudly about how unfair and wrong the principal was. And this was only the first week of school.
Ashleigh was a little large for a typical fifth grader, with an attitude that matched the size of a sumo wrestler. Mary had encountered many students like Ashleigh in her...
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Primary Chalkboard: Getting the Most Out of Professional Development

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Educational Leadership:Interventions: What's Working:Thinking About Careers in Middle School

Educational Leadership:Interventions: What's Working:Thinking About Careers in Middle School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Whether students attend college or head right into the workforce after high school, the education they receive in middle school can play a powerful role in their future. With that belief in mind, Whittier Middle School recently partnered with our feeder high school and the larger community.
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Intro College Science Classes that Support Students Instead of Weeding Them Out

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Colleges are beginning to experiment with the traditional lecture to rethink how science is taught, and retain overlooked students in the process.
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9 of the Best Free Social Media Analytics Tools

9 of the Best Free Social Media Analytics Tools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Want to know what's working on social media? These 9 free analytics tools can help!

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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Practicing scales changed your life.
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Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Researchers in the fairly new field of music neuroscience are finding that kids who learn to play a musical instrument also develop important skills related to literacy, math and mental focus.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 18, 2015 7:53 PM

One implication from music neuroscience research is that educators seem to have lost the focus on the goals of education when the first thing that cash-strapped schools cut is the music and arts curriculum.  Traditionally, music was an important part of a school's curriculum so it looks like modern science is finding that previous generations of educators and parents were on to something. -Lon

Penrith Farms's curator insight, July 19, 2015 10:36 AM

Lon Woodbury over at Struggling Teens brought up a good point about this article.  Music and Arts are what we cut at schools first these days.