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Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says… via @coolcatteacher

Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says… via @coolcatteacher | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Physical movement can help learning, reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD and help kids lead healthier lives. Dr. Brad Johnson explains the research.

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This may prove especially true in a middle school classroom, where our students are in the same class for 90 minutes.
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Dr. Caroline B. Laurens's curator insight, November 13, 6:06 AM
So true with gifted children (personal experience based), who often need to move when their brain is active.
D'autant plus vrai avec les enfants à haut potentiel (remarque basée sur mon experience personnelle), qui ont souvent besoin de bouger quand leur cerveau travaille.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, November 14, 10:33 AM
More and more research is showing that children need to move throughout the day. Finland has children moving 15 minutes out of every hour. 
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Choose a file’s folder location when you make a copy in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Choose a file’s folder location when you make a copy in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it

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Citation Machine: Format & Generate Citations – APA, MLA, & Chicago

Citation Machine: Format & Generate Citations – APA, MLA, & Chicago | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Citation Machine helps students and professionals properly credit the information that they use. Cite sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian for free.

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Very useful for our research writing!

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, March 9, 2015 6:47 PM

This could save some time.....

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Very easy to use...

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it

An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 2015 4:08 PM

"According to Jackie Gerstein, teachers, like the students they teach, can learn to develop a growth mindset, but this requires careful planning by school management."

 

Are we including teachers in this work or is it just something being downloaded by School managers?

 

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Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills

Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, it has been announced.

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Many young adults struggle to put their signature on things--will this be scrapped, as well? 

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DailyEnglish's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:33 PM

quel est votre avis ? est ce que l’éducation français doit se concentrer sur l'utilisation d'un clavier plutôt que l'ecriture ?

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A débattre !

EdTech@FAIS's curator insight, February 4, 2015 6:38 PM

Is there a brain-memory connection to learning cursive that can't be learned with typing skills? What do you think?

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, February 5, 2015 5:42 AM

So sensible to teach typing, but I find children who can write cursive can read it.  It will be a pity to loose the ability to read old text, e.g. a letter from Granny!

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daretodifferentiate - Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design

daretodifferentiate - Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
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Useful information and ideas for planning

 

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Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty

Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Growing up poor can influence people's sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research.
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SES influences our lives from childhood through adulthood. How can we, as educators, help to break this cycle?

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53 Ways to Check for Understanding - from Edutopia


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Parents could do some of these at home, too.
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Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is? | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about....
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Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be. Politicians who have worked themselves into a lather about the Common Core are fostering the myth that good standards are by definition nothing like Common Core. This myth is breeding a host of rash and ill-informed actions whose consequences could reach well beyond the standards themselves. When politicians use schools to advance their ideological or political ends, children suffer.
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Nothing is perfect, but some lengths that legislators go to are ridiculous.
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Close reading: A revolution delayed

Close reading: A revolution delayed | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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This blog/article is an explanation as to why a student might excell in the reading classroom, yet fail to show similar proficiency on a test.
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PTA Releases Fourteen Videos To Explain Common Core To Parents | Engaging Parents In School…

PTA Releases Fourteen Videos To Explain Common Core To Parents | Engaging Parents In School… | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
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Lesson Planning Survival Tips! 40+ Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp

Lesson Planning Survival Tips! 40+ Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it

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4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work

4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
» 4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work |

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Working towards paper-less instruction, this is important! When you save your work as a PDF, it is very difficult for others to alter it.

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A handy infographic, this one!

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Common Core State Standards: 10 Things to Know

Common Core State Standards: 10 Things to Know | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
The Common Core curriculum is changing the way math, English language arts, and science will be taught in schools across the nation. Learn some basic facts about the Common Core standards.

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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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Great ideas, but would require additional bandwith!

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Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:49 PM

Google tips, tricks and tutorials that I definitely did not know about it.

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, August 26, 2015 8:28 PM

Ok. I admit I didn't know Google could do half those things!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, November 19, 2015 5:31 PM

#Google #Education #Apps

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We need more stories our children can identify with - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

We need more stories our children can identify with - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Cape Town - The first stories told to me were those around a dining room table. Stories of family luck and misfortune; sickness and death and “spook stories”. I sat wide-eyed, taking it all in. What was left out (not for children’s ears!) I filled in with my imagination.

Yet, my family was not a family who read books. Instead, they read from newspapers, some sent as bound editions all the way from England. These were copies of the Daily Mail, in which cartoons such as Garth, Jane, Pip Squeak and Wilfred and others appeared.

Through these, I journeyed into the land of cartoons with the greatest of ease. Then, occasionally, children’s books drifted into our home, and it was a treat to hear my older sister read from Enid Blyton’s Five-Minute Tales collection.

These came with black and white illustrations that showed “bobbies”, postmen, middle-class children and scenes from that faraway place overseas, England.

And, while my sister read, I would be there, running down some country lane following a naughty goblin or climbing over pasture gates on the way to Milly-Molly-Mandy’s cottage.

So, through story, I became a traveller.

Noddy’s Toyland; Alice’s Wonderland; the sea, the lakes and shore where the Famous Five had their adventures – these all became as real to me as my own small suburban street. And herein lies the power of stories: they transport, they provide landscapes that exist in the imagination, inner landscapes you might say.

In those days, most storybooks took South African children out of Africa, to faraway places in Europe or the US.

But, as much as it enriches a reader to share and learn of “others”, it is just as important to have home-grown stories; stories that validate who we are, our own culture and allow us to see ourselves in the books we read – stories with which we can closely identify and give us a place in literature.

It is both comforting and strengthening to recognise the “voice” in a story as belonging to us, especially when it’s a story that can be strongly associated with a personal situation, whatever that may be.

These days, there is still a shortage of South African children’s stories, but organisations such as Praesa (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), which is driving the national Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, are ensuring that South African children’s stories in a variety of mother tongue languages are making their way into the homes and lives of our families through its digital and print platforms.

And, the function of a story, particularly when it is written or told to you in your own language, to change how you feel about the world and yourself, is phenomenal.

This is underlined by the phrase: “That book changed my life.” Further, I am happy to say that there is no one function or purpose for a book. There are books that cover all needs: the need to laugh, to fantasise, to be entertained, to cry, to mourn, to hope, to aspire towards a dream, to understand others and to help us to become the people we wish to become. So powerful!

The physical closeness and mental bond between parent and child through shared reading can form a strong bond that lasts a lifetime. And, further, reading to children is the most pleasurable and effective way of training little minds to focus while stimulating the imagination, both vital facilities in preparing children for school.

I have a chant that I do with children when I visit schools. It goes like this: “The more you read, the smarter you get! The smarter you get, the more you read!” Try it!

Take your children on a reading adventure these holidays. To access children’s stories in a range of South African languages, tips on reading and writing with children or for more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, visit www.nalibali.org or www.nalibali.mobi.

l Niki Daly is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator.

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10 Tips To Use Google Classroom Effectively Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Tips To Use Google Classroom Effectively Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
Google Classroom Infographic: 10 Tips To Use Google Classroom Effectively Infographic. Google Classroom was designed with Google Apps to help teachers.

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Confirms some ideas as to why we are trying to integrate Google Apps for Education into all classrooms.

 

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, August 29, 2014 11:39 AM

I am looking forward to see this platform continue to expand its usefulness and hope it stays free for use.

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How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World

How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
“ I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year.”
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Cost aside, this might be a great tool!
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50 Awesome Quotes about Education and Technology

50 Awesome Quotes about Education and Technology | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
“Visit the post for more.”
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How Common Core came from the states - a history lesson

How Common Core came from the states - a history lesson | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
If you are reading this now, the chances are pretty high that you already have read something alleging that the Common Core State Standards are the result of a conspiracy led by (1) Bill Gates (2) President Barack Obama (3) Corporate America (4)...
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Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
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Morgan State alum brings 'Pens of Power' - WBAL Baltimore

Morgan State alum brings 'Pens of Power' - WBAL Baltimore | Literacy in Young Adolescents | Scoop.it
WBAL Baltimore Morgan State alum brings 'Pens of Power' WBAL Baltimore Enter Pens of Power -- a literary program Spencer created to help inner city youth flex their creative talents through writing and performance arts.
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