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Blogging: Writing in the Real World

Blogging: Writing in the Real World | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If we want students to be prepared for the “real” world, we have to provide opportunities for them to practice for the real world. Blogging is real-world writing for an authentic audience. Here are ideas for blogging in the classroom.
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Working with an instructional coach

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Every day, new research and technology influence what are considered to be best practices in the classroom. Despite limited time, resources, and support, teachers are expected to implement new standards and practices with expertise.
A coach can be a much-needed partner in navigating changes and challenges, helping teachers handle a variety of instructional issues.
In Learning From Coaching, educator and instructional coach Nina Morel addresses the benefits of coaching along with common questions and concerns teachers have about entering into coaching relationships. Readers will discover practical strategies for working with a coach, including how to
Construct and strengthen a coaching relationship.
Make time in the school day for coaching.
Set goals, document and evaluate success.
Troubleshoot potential pitfalls.


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7 Qualities That Promote Teacher Leadership in Schools

7 Qualities That Promote Teacher Leadership in Schools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers are more networked than ever before, providing a unique opportunity to share and spread good teaching practice.

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Google Classroom - Teacher Tech

Google Classroom - Teacher Tech | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The book “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller is available now on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.
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Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School

Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I have been on the hunt as of late for books that I can hand to one of my hardest student groups; my resistant readers.  Not just reluctant readers, not just readers that may have forgotten how much they like reading, no, the students that really do not want to read and would rather fake…
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How To Get Better Recommendation Letters- THE PRINCIPAL CENTER

How To Get Better Recommendation Letters- THE PRINCIPAL CENTER | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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If we want to retain teachers, we need to retain their principals too

If we want to retain teachers, we need to retain their principals too | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"To the editor: I am a former school district trustee, teacher of students and parent of three sons, and Sarah Carr's observations come close to my own on educational improvement. ("Making it easier to fire teachers won't fix American education," Opinion, March 15)"


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» A Routine Engagement: Three Small Moves for SuccessASCD Inservice

» A Routine Engagement: Three Small Moves for SuccessASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I came to education “later” in life and was 30 years old when I began student teaching. I knew the kind of teacher I didn’t want to be: boring, uncool, and
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What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani

What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Whether they call it 20 Time or Genius Hour, more teachers are carving out regular chunks of instructional time to let students pursue their passions.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 19, 11:10 AM
What if we carved out time and knew curriculum well enough that we could do what is suggested all the time? What if we could find ways to overlap curricula i.e. Language Arts and Science? It would mean breaking the mold and really transforming schools into places where we while over the worth of what we learn and teach.
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Tools to Help Writers Explain Good Evidence

Sarah Tantillo shares teacher Jamison Fort's engaging lesson to help student writers sort through multiple claims and identify the best argumentative evidence.
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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Making Sense of Words That Don't | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."
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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, March 18, 1:13 PM
I enjoyed talking to students about the etymology of words. Fact comes from factere which has to do with relationship. Truth comes from troth which is about relationship, as well.
Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, March 18, 2:10 PM
I enjoyed talking to students about the etymology of words. Fact comes from factere which has to do with relationship. Truth comes from troth which is about relationship, as well.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 19, 1:11 AM
I enjoyed talking to students about the etymology of words. Fact comes from factere which has to do with relationship. Truth comes from troth which is about relationship, as well.
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Top 6 Engineering Education Resources | STEM Village

Top 6 Engineering Education Resources | STEM Village | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
At STEM Village, we love finding the best STEM education resources available and sharing them in our Science, Math, Technology, and Discovery units. This week, we celebrated National Engineers Week across North America, so we shared our favourite engineering resources all week on our Twitter and Facebook feeds! Engineering education intersects so many wonderful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics – from physics, to robotics, to biology and chemistry, and even software design! Engineering also teaches students to think deeply, make connections, and become the future problem-solvers we need to develop in our future generations. Here’s a list of the Top 6 Engineering Education Resources we love at STEM Village:

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Teaching Fact vs Opinion for Reading Comprehension

Teaching Fact vs Opinion for Reading Comprehension | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the most important skills that students need to improve their reading comprehension is the ability to distinguish between facts and opinions.
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How to Tweet with Intent

How to Tweet with Intent | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Social media use in the classroom helps us meet students where they are and connect with them in a meaningful way. Social media technology can motivate students while teaching them crucial 21st century skills.
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Printable Poster: Language Creates

Printable Poster: Language Creates | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Help students understand that learning a language creates opportunities, friendships and tolerance—and offers many more benefits—with this colorful poster you can hang in your classroom.
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Talk Moves in Academic Discussions

Talk Moves in Academic Discussions | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are great tips to help students learn the proper way to listen and respond during academic discussions. This is perfect for those who have ELLs or ELDs in their classroom.
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Dyslexia… 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with dyslexic pupils…

Dyslexia… 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with dyslexic pupils… | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Dyslexia... 5 things a teacher needs to know about working with dyslexic pupils...
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Learning for Life:The X Factor in College Success

Learning for Life:The X Factor in College Success | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"... Yet that's not the whole picture. College admissions offices have long been aware of a certain "X factor" when it comes to predicting whether a student will succeed in college. This factor is something not reflected in high school grade point averages or college entrance exam scores—which together predict only 20 to 25 percent of a student's college achievement (Ackerman, Kanfer & Beier, 2013; Zahner, Ramsaran, & Steedle, 2014), with the bulk of that variance predicted by high school grades, not test scores (Hiss & Franks, 2014). Most of a student's success in college (and life, for that matter) seems to lie outside the tidy box of grades and test scores. This prompts the question: What exactly does predict student success?"

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How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students

How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for The Atlantic in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn to speak up in class. In it, she defended her decision to keep class participation as a small but significant portion of her students’ grades. The quieter kids in the class simply needed to learn how to speak up in “a world where most people won’t stop talking,” she wrote.

Two years later, she changed her mind.

Last summer, Lahey wrote about her new, more nuanced take on class participation in a post for Quiet Revolution, a site launched last year by Susan Cain, the author of the 2012 mega best seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. “There are ways to encourage participation other than asking students to speak up in class,” Lahey wrote in that follow-up piece, “and silence is an incredibly important tool for promoting learning and teaching patience.”

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Effective EdTech Practices for Any Modern Educator via GDC team

Effective EdTech Practices for Any Modern Educator via GDC team | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are some great ways that you can perform your best edtech practices, along with some tips and resources to guide you in your quest.

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"Everyone Knows One-and-Done PD Doesn't Work" - Dave Stuart Jr.

"Everyone Knows One-and-Done PD Doesn't Work" - Dave Stuart Jr. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I hear this sometimes: “Everyone knows one and done PD is bad.” Here are three reasons that I think the thinking behind this line could be improved.
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How to Scaffold Skills for Student Discussions

How to Scaffold Skills for Student Discussions | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Expert Jackie Walsh describes a step-by-step scaffolding process to help teachers cultivate the multiple skills students need for deep academic discussions.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is A great Interactive Tool to Teach Students How to Read A Map

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is A great Interactive Tool to Teach Students How to Read A Map | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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