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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
"Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view . . . we are forced to
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How pattern recognition underlies so many of life's experiences. 

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Excellent Infographic On The UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Excellent Infographic On The UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:43 PM

UN Human Rights Declaration Infographic

 

 

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Approaching Social Learning

Approaching Social Learning | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The problem with formal learning is that it's inherently abstract: no matter how engaging and dynamic it is, it's always one step away from our everyday reality. When people leave the event and go ...

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 8, 2013 3:28 PM

Interesting

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:13 PM

Yes!  The social piece helps us integrate new learning into our own ecology.

Aldo de A. Barreto's curator insight, October 9, 2013 9:04 AM

Formal education is changing

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Do You Know How to Tell a Great Story?

Do You Know How to Tell a Great Story? | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, American authorIn 1906, Congress passed the Meat
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Build your PLN: Connect

Build your PLN: Connect | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Want to learn how to build your professional learning network? We've compiled some great resources to help you expand your outreach and become a connected educator. :)

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robinwb's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:27 PM

Participated in CEM last year with great success!

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In Fast-Growing ELL States, What Does Spending Look Like?

In Fast-Growing ELL States, What Does Spending Look Like? | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
In an article exploring states where the number of English-learners has grown dramatically, levels of state aid to support such students vary widely.
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The perennial question...how do we know when/ if more money equates to better learning?

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be
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A great post. Very useful, great reminders/ reference.

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Ms Wendi's World Wonders: A Gem of a Learning Cycle

Ms Wendi's World Wonders: A Gem of a Learning Cycle | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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Because this is what we hope for every day!

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Smarter Balanced Approves Testing Supports for English-Learners

Smarter Balanced Approves Testing Supports for English-Learners | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The tools include native language translations of test directions and test items in mathematics for students who are not yet proficient in English.
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Now to see how NC interprets these approvals...

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ASCD Express 8.25 - As Above, So Below

ASCD Express 8.25 - As Above, So Below | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Modeling our expectations is so important and valuable.

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The News & Observer : People believe their eyes over their ears, Duke research finds

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10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon

10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide to publishing your work worldwide on Amazon.

Via Luciana Viter
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Someday?.....

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You’re Not as Good of a Manager as You Think

You’re Not as Good of a Manager as You Think | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Ask any leader if they think they’re good at managing people. Most will respond “yes” or “I try to be” or “I think so.” No one ever flat-out says no. It could be we’re too afraid to admit what we don’t know.
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Goals based on the what or the how?

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The Seven Verbs of Teacher Leadership

The Seven Verbs of Teacher Leadership | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Wendi Pillars discusses what it means to be a teacher leader through the action words that define the role to her.
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A reminder of the human element behind leadership, as well as a call to action. How are you leading, even without an official title?

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Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com

Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
In Professor Idan Segev’s outstanding neuroscience MOOC , Synapses, Neurons and Brains on Coursera, students learn how electrical activity in a single nerve cell link to more sophisticated brain functions.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Anyone tried this one?

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 4, 2013 1:32 PM

I have taken the course myself and can vouch for Idan's passion and excellence!

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Response: Writing Instruction & the Common Core - Part Three

Response: Writing Instruction & the Common Core - Part Three | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
(This is the final post in a series on this topic. You can see Part One here and Part Two here) Anjilla Young and Lori DiGisi both asked a similar question: What can we do to prepare for the Common Core writing skills in our classrooms?
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Read, read, read...then write. For all types of reasons. Yes!

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Teaching Profession Missing Key Structures, Expert Teachers Say

Teaching Profession Missing Key Structures, Expert Teachers Say | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The teaching profession is missing some key structures that would help better support educators in their careers and prevent them from leaving their jobs, argue some of the nation's top teachers in a paper released today.
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Even if some of these solutions are far away, at least the conversations about them exist...

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Educator Resources: Global Food Insecurity | Pulitzer Center

Educator Resources: Global Food Insecurity | Pulitzer Center | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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Interesting, and thorough resource. So globally relevant.

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How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps

How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Kindness costs us nothing and pays exponential dividends. I can't save the whole world. I can't bring peace to Syria. I can't fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner.
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Going All In...

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WIDA Forges Ahead With New English-Language Proficiency Test

WIDA Forges Ahead With New English-Language Proficiency Test | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Work is under way
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Coming soon, to a language proficiency testing arena near you, WIDA folks...

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Awesome Visual Explanation of Blended Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual Explanation of Blended Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, September 19, 2013 6:03 PM

This is about designing new learning environments.  

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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently - InformED | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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Love this list. 

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ASCD Express 8.25 - Three Pillars for Supporting Resilience

ASCD Express 8.25 - Three Pillars for Supporting Resilience | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Nice read on resilience, with a mindful checklist. 

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Ed. Department Focus on English-Learners Seen Waning

Ed. Department Focus on English-Learners Seen Waning | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
English-language-learner educators say the uncertain role of their clearinghouse is symptomatic of diminishing federal attention.
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Five Projects to Juice Up Geography | Scholastic.com

Five Projects to Juice Up Geography | Scholastic.com | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Geography doesn’t have to be boring or banished. Here are five fun, hands-on projects that will have your students begging for more geography.
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Appreciate the links, the ideas, and the pics for further ideas...really love the Chinese paper lantern globes! 

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