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Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

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A blog for literacy educators and administrators PreK-8
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Text Levels– Tool or Trouble?

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by Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

 

 

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40 Things to Do with a Text

40 Things to Do with a Text | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers' Associations journal. Before we get started… Wait ...
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Math for Young Children

Math for Young Children | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
In 2011-2012, researchers from Trent University (led by Cathy Bruce) and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (led by Joan Moss) facilitated a lesson study project in Ontario, Canada.
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The Scarecrow

Watch "The Scarecrow," the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game. Then download the free app at www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for whole...
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Vivian Vasquez

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Critical thinking is not just for highschool. Vivian has some great thoughts and real classroom examples starting in Kindergarten!

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Beginning the School Year: It's About Connections Not Content

Beginning the School Year: It's About Connections Not Content | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teache...
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Twitter / khurdhorst: What guided reading is and ...

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the ro
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8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it

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Kari Smith's curator insight, July 11, 2013 8:01 AM

Great reminder....posting this one in classroom.....

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, one mandated by the Common Core State Standards because of its many rewards: increased perspective-takin
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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...

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Monica Lamelas's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:47 PM

Something to reflect on as we aim to integrate more technology into our course offerings.

Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:27 PM

An important point to remember when we are considering using technology in the classroom. The integration of technology can be a help in the classroom while simply using technology can become a hinderance. So where do we make that distinction? 

James Buchanan's curator insight, June 5, 2013 11:47 PM

This article is about digital technology and how it is used and integrated. Are we truly USING technology when it is not integrated? When we ask for assessment that is presented with powerpoint, for example, we could just as easily ask them to write it in a book or make a poster. Digital technology should be used to facilitate collaboration and build high level thinking skills, that is how learning occurs.

 

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How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve - Edudemic

How To Overcome The iPad Learning Curve - Edudemic | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Technology can make life a lot easier in the classroom. In the past criticism was often aimed at new technology coming into the classroom, recent advances in tech have made drastic changes to the learning environment.

Via Tricia Dwyer-Kuntz, Kari Smith
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Great resources for any educator!

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Kari Smith's curator insight, January 25, 2013 1:34 PM

More tech learning .... a great read for those of us still at the beginning of this learning curve. Buckle down and get started.

Kim Mastromartino's curator insight, February 2, 2013 4:42 PM

great resources for any educator!

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Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop

Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
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Text Levels– Tool or Trouble?

Text Levels– Tool or Trouble? | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
by Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative When my colleague Gay Su Pinnell and I created a gradient of text for teachers to use in selectin...
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A Beginner's Guide to Twitter - Tech Educator Webinar - Instructional Tech Talk

A Beginner's Guide to Twitter - Tech Educator Webinar - Instructional Tech Talk | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
One of the best things I’ve done to further my learning and professional growth was joining Twitter. It is a powerhouse of information for educators and allows educators around the world to connect and collaborate.

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:10 PM

not brand new but great resource for those getting on the twitter bandwagon late in the game and don't want to admit it!

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Special Needs Apps Review

Special Needs Apps Review | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Friendship Circle provides a complete listing of Special Needs Apps.
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Pedagogy Wheel for iPads in Education | Inter-tech Education

Pedagogy Wheel for iPads in Education | Inter-tech Education | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
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Watch the video for an overview , then click on the link for an interactive pdf.

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'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy

'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.

 

"It's one thing to say all students can learn, but making them believe it—and do it—can require a 180-degree shift in students' and teachers' sense of themselves and of one another."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:19 PM

Key points on Mindsets:


  1. Teaching from a "growth mindset" orientation helps us to overcome the "soft bigotry of low expectations"?
  2. "Growth Mindset"—1. seek challenges, 2. learn from mistakes, and 3. keep faith in themselves in the face of failure. 
  3. Students with a growth mindset 1. improve more in academics and other skills, and can even be 2. less aggressive and 3. more socially engaged.
  4. "The thing is, kids don't mind failing," said David Dockterman, Scholastic's chief architect of learning sciences and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "When kids play video games, they fail 80 percent of the time. They look at failure there as an opportunity to learn."
  5. Teachers often confuse "teaching a growth mindset and exhorting kids to try hard," Ms. Dweck said. "You can't just tell a child to try hard without giving them strategies and supporting their efforts."
  6. Minor changes to student feedback—such as providing improvement-related praise vs. general encouragement—improved student persistence and math achievement, they found.
  7. Praising students' strategies, focus, effort, persistence, and improvement "takes the spotlight off fixed ability and puts it on the process of learning," Ms. Dweck said.
  8. It's important for teachers to go into detail when citing a student's correct answer.
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Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to discuss individually each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified...
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Twitter / Search - #irachat

Twitter / Search - #irachat | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
The latest and best tweets on #irachat. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.
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Join twitter chat july 18 -8 pm   Literacy and digital tools

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Should Schools Still Teach Cursive?

Should Schools Still Teach Cursive? | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
The decline in teaching cursive handwriting, the rise of the keyboard, and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards that do not require children to know cursive all question its relevance.
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IOE calls for early intervention in illiteracy issues - Teaching Personnel

IOE calls for early intervention in illiteracy issues - Teaching Personnel | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
IOE research suggests early intervention in illiteracy issues can prevent negative long-term outcomes such as teenage pregnancy and incarceration.
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Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift

Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it

"Pose a research question to students and most of them will immediately turn to the Internet. Sadly, many students think the only option is Google...Here I’ll present some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches."


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Lucy Wareham's comment, April 9, 2013 12:13 AM
I have found that some students are also drawn to inappropriate adverts and links when researching. This search engine would avoid this distraction. Thanks
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:48 AM
Hi Malena, Thanks for sharing this resource. I think it would be useful to remove the distraction that students so easily spend their time viewing. I think it would also comply with legislation when it comes to students use of the internet and appropriate sites.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 15, 2013 11:44 PM
Great find.It is so easy to get distracted or off track when searching on the net and I agree with James re: deeper searches.
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Graffiti - Pfizer commercial

There is more than a medication!
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CSC | Planning for Authentic, Integrated Learning

CSC | Planning for Authentic, Integrated Learning | Critical Literacy | Scoop.it
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This resource follows an integrated learning cycle, co-planned by the classroom and resource teachers for learners in a grade 6 classroom, from its planning stages through to the final assessments. Social Studies, The Arts, and Language curriculum are combined and blended in a cross-discipline inquiry.  Tasks and inquiries of depth that begin in one curriculum area often, by their very nature extend into other areas as students gain a greater understanding of Canadian identity and what it means to them.

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