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Learning to learn: 5 ways to optimize your to-do list

Learning to learn: 5 ways to optimize your to-do list | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
The age old to-do list -- a common tool to help get $#&T done. In my years to to-do listing, I've discovered that it is often this common productivity trick that actually prevents me from being optimally productive.

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Just what we all might need to get yourself tuned up for the next school year.

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Building Digital Texts on the iPad

Building Digital Texts on the iPad | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Below I've embedded my slide deck for my six-hour workshop I'm presenting tomorrow at the MTA Summer Conference on Building Digital Texts on the iPad. Six hours. Solo. Yikes.
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Writers as Architects: Craft of writing

Writers as Architects:  Craft of writing | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same.
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NGSS - Next Generation Science Standards

Paul Andersen introduces his video series on the Next Generation Science Standards. This video series will eventually contain: - 8 Science and Engineering Pr...
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These videos are amazing and incredibly helpful in thinking about NGSS.

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Tool Clubs for Tinkerers

Tool Clubs for Tinkerers | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
These membership-based workshops let entrepreneurs create physical products at speeds and costs that were once unthinkable

Via Sylvia Martinez
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If you haven't heard of the Maker or Tinkerer movement...you need to stop and read up.

 

Already this culture is engaging thousands of students, parents and families in learning in non-traditional spaces.  They are filling a huge gap that schools provided and that used to be the norm at home.

 

But we can and should have these kinds of learning experiences in school too.  Why?  Because it's fun and kids learn all amazing content and disposition skills.

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Build 21st Century Skills with Design Thinking

Build 21st Century Skills with Design Thinking | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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It's all the rage...design thinking...but how would you incorporate it into your classroom.  Really it can invade every aspect of what you do....are we ready to let it beoome more than a project we do at the end of each unit?

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Should Schools Be Responsible for Childhood Obesity Prevention?

Should Schools Be Responsible for Childhood Obesity Prevention? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
How educators are struggling to keep junk food out of classrooms, and why it matters if schools become the frontline in the fight against childhood obesity
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Interesting questions......there are never simple answers.  One school where I know they've tackled this in a meaningful way....is a magnet agriculture school.  They raise lots of the veggies that are consumed in the school kitchen and have partnerships with local farmers who raise much of the meat that is then butchered and delivered to the school.  It becomes a community project to provide high quality food to students.

 

You don't have to have an agriculture magnet school, though, to offer high quality options for kids.  Or to prepare foods in an attractive, tasty way that lures people into eating good food.

 

Is this on the radar of your union?  or your PTOs?

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Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
If you’re 20 or older, you know what it’s like growing without a smartphone. You also know what it’s like growing without Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the rest of them.
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All these are terrific ideas....but are you still worried about the non-academic use of Instagram if you assign something that uses it?How can we appropriately incorporate tools (and these ideas could be usefuland well integrated).....

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Locating Appropriate Reading Materials: 'refining searches according to reading level'

Locating Appropriate Reading Materials: 'refining searches according to reading level' | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

On Google's advanced search page there is a tool for refining searches according to reading level. This tool on its own can be very helpful in helping students locate materials that are appropriate for their reading abilities. It can also be helpful to combine use of the reading level refinement tool with a domain level refinement. For example, if my students are studying the American Civil War they might search for materials hosted on a ".k12.me.us" domain and refine that search according to reading level


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Be Brave: The Only Rule In My Kindergarten Class

Be Brave: The Only Rule In My Kindergarten Class | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
This year will be my third year with a one rule classroom. Be brave! That is our only "rule." I wish I could put into words how powerful this rule has been in my class but really there is no way to...
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Who is brave enough to have just one rule?

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Words are hooks, words are levers

Words are hooks, words are levers | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
There's a debate raging in my town over whether or not to replace the existing planted-grass school football field with what used to be known as Astroturf. One side has already won a crucial victory: the local paper calls the...
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Come on folks....words are our business...and we should be good at finding ways to transform our conversations so that we can call Astroturf anything we want to call it.  

What are the words we need to target controlling in the great conversations of education that are happening right now?

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Begin As You Mean to Go On

Begin As You Mean to Go On | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
"If we want professionals to be confident, contributing leaders in society, we should take every care in making sure that the educational system encourages confidence (not defensiveness), empathy (...
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Angela has found a wonderful video that could be a part of our start of school meetings....helping us stay centered on being good colleagues and forming partnerships....just slowing down enough to enjoy life.

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App Overload: It's Time to Clean House

App Overload: It's Time to Clean House | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Take a look at your phone. Too many apps on it? I feel your pain. Let's clean house together.

Via John Pearce
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John has found an article that many of us can use....downloaded something you thought was going to be awesome.   Then you never use it. Let's clean up those apps before school starts.

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John Pearce's curator insight, July 26, 2013 10:09 PM

Hmm, I've already begun the process of cleaning out apps, images, books and other "stuff" from each of my devices, (must get the 128Gb version next time :). 800+ apps are really probably 750 too many :).

Emilia Almazan's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:08 PM

App hoarders!

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Redefining Digital Learning in Mathematics |

Redefining Digital Learning in Mathematics | | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Redefining Digital Learning in my 1:1 iPad Paperless Mathematics Classroom Through Individual Student Blogs in a Collaborative Mathematics Community.
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Amazing story of transformation.....and how this teacher embraces different kinds of technology.  Eventually this takes students to writing their own blogs and collecting their own set of artifacs.

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About Do Now

About Do Now | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Participate in this activity for students to explore current issues using social media. Do Now is a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to cur
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Good idea and seems like it would make connecting to current events much easier.  But is this something that would work for your classroom?

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Experimenting with Badges for Learning: Good Idea? In what contexts?

Experimenting with Badges for Learning:  Good Idea?  In what contexts? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Have you heard about badges?  No one knows if "earning" a badget that documents your learning is a good idea or not.  Certainly it will be appealing to some.  Is this an idea that could catch on fire and be a widespread innovation?

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Imagination Foundation

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The Imagination Foundation is a non-profit launched from Caine's Arcade to foster creativity in kids everywhere. Imagine the world we can build.
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Looking for something to pump up the creativity of students.....why not accept the Global Cardboard Challenge?  It can be as involved or as simple as YOU want to make it.

 

Have fun!  Use some imagination.....be sure to read how the National Writing progect paired writing and creating.

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Simple Machines: Science & Art Integration

Simple Machines: Science & Art Integration | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Great ideas for teaching simple machines to elementary school students. By using movement, visual arts and technology, teaching students about simple machines can be fun and educational.
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You've heard everyone talk about turning STEM into STEAM...here's a good example.  And one that actually makes sense and doesn't just cram art into a project so you can say it has art.

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What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need?

What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Digital literacy has become one of the major issues facing educators in this early part of the 21st century. The need to develop students and teachers digital literacies has become increasingly accepted as fact and yet most teachers' and students' understanding of what exactly constitutes a digital literacy still seems to remain quite vague. Even more vague seems to be teachers' understanding of how precisely we go about developing those literacies.


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 9, 2013 1:04 PM
That's my impression too. Thanks.
David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 2014 10:35 PM

The exposure to this 'social quizzing' app was alone worth the read.  You won't be surprised to find out what is the #1 response, and the final response is unintentionally funny to me - it received 0 votes.  

Aurora María's curator insight, April 26, 2015 4:33 PM

añada su visión ...

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Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure

Text Complexity: 5 Technology Tools to Measure | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:08 PM

Common Core resources.

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Teaching Disruptively

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Teaching Disruptively
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I really love this article and think it's worth a thorough read....why it's so great is that it frees all of us to be ripple-starters.  You don't have to be a notable guerilla warrior to make a difference.  Simply starting a ripple, over time, will have a huge effect.

Be inspired to teach disruptively with ripples

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Next generation work and learning spaces

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How well are you setting up your classroom to be a self-organizing workspace for students....where students have mobility applied to themselves as well as technology.  Fluid and agile space....is that how you'd describe your classroom and school.  Can we utilize our hallways space to collaborate?  What has to change?

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A First-Generation Student Striving to Inspire Black Youth

A First-Generation Student Striving to Inspire Black Youth | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A first-generation student worries that he’s done the one thing he feared most: let his family down.
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A brilliant account of what one student's journey was like and, more importantly, how it felt.  Mr. Porter shares ups and downs...and valuable tips for the net first-generation student that goes to college.

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The Think-Aloud Strategy: An Oldie But Goodie

The Think-Aloud Strategy: An Oldie But Goodie | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Sometimes you need to be really far away to get perspective and be reminded of what you already know. As I write this, the eight thousand miles between myself and the schools I work in are illumin
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