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Heinemann Sample Videos

Heinemann Sample Videos | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Heinemann is a publisher of professional resources and a provider of educational services for teachers, kindergarten through college.
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In this video, Nancie Atwell busts some myths about student choice in reading.  She's brilliant. 

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Schools demanding news literacy lessons to teach students how to find fact amid fiction

Schools demanding news literacy lessons to teach students how to find fact amid fiction | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Such efforts are on the rise as education standards push critical thinking and nonfiction reading.
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Teaching Secrets: 5 Ways to Make Co-teaching Work

Teaching Secrets: 5 Ways to Make Co-teaching Work | leading and learning | Scoop.it
After trying out a co-teaching model with her school's reading specialist, a language arts teacher offers some lessons learned from the collaboration.
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5 Keys to Co-teaching - a must read if you share teaching responsibility with another educator in the room. 

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tweenteacher.com » Honors Classes: The Need for More Diversity – Part II

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Interesting ideas about how middle schools "feed" Honors classes and her school's experiences. 

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Blow the Doors Off Your Classroom

Video can be a powerful tool for teachers to reflect on their practice with peers. CTQ teacherpreneur Ryan Kinser created a short how-to video on VLCs—video ...
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Have You Ever Taught A Class That Got “Out Of Control”? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Have You Ever Taught A Class That Got “Out Of Control”? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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Awesome blog post, Larry, on the tension between the world we want in our classrooms and the reality of it all. 

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Stenhouse Publishers: Video Podcast: The Sisters

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The CAFE sisters discuss how CAFE helps support assessment driven decisions for literacy instruction.

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What's the BIG Idea? Podcast - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

What's the BIG Idea? Podcast - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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In on a secret? That’s dramatic irony - Christopher Warner

In on a secret? That’s dramatic irony - Christopher Warner | leading and learning | Scoop.it
You’re in a movie theater, watching the new horror flick. The audience knows something that the main character does not.  The audience sees the character's actions are not in his best interest.
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Going Back to Classics To See How Words Work - New York Times

Ted Nellen is an iconoclast when it comes to Latin and Greek. That's "iconoclast," from the Greek "eikon," a figure or image, and "klaein," to break. As Webster's New World Dictionary defines it,
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Another ally in the study of roots to increase vocabulary

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Developing Academic Language in Secondary English Language Learners: What the Research Says (and Doesn’t Say) | Education Northwest

Recently the Ask a REL Reference Desk at Education Northwest received a request for research-based resources on how teachers can develop the academic...
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When students lack the ability to comprehend and analyze texts and are not able to write and express themselves effectively, they will not master the content necessary to succeed in academic subjects.

Below we list a few of the publicly available, practitioner-oriented resources that focus on developing academic language in ELL students."

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Common Assessment Resources - Secondary Language Arts

Common Assessment Resources - Secondary Language Arts | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Jordan School District Curriculum
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resources for creating common assessments are listed under the Jordan School District subheading

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Does the Common Core Address Voice?

Does the Common Core Address Voice? | leading and learning | Scoop.it
How much does voice matter? It’s no secret that voice is my favorite among the six traits. It is, after all, the primary reason for writing, and one of two main reasons for reading—the other being ...
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What 7th Graders Say about High Expectations | MiddleWeb

What 7th Graders Say about High Expectations | MiddleWeb | leading and learning | Scoop.it
In her 2nd post about the power of high expectations for all students, special educator Elizabeth Stein shares the views of 7th graders from across the spectrum.
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It never hurts to ask students what they think.  Interesting idea about going "all in" later in the article - watch the YouTube video. 

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tweenteacher.com » A 1st Grader’s iPad Contract: An Acceptable Use Policy for the Home (Updated)

tweenteacher.com » A 1st Grader’s iPad Contract: An Acceptable Use Policy for the Home (Updated) | leading and learning | Scoop.it
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Awesome idea for parents to hold their own children accountable with an acceptable use contract at home.  This one was written for her son, modeled after one for a 13-year-old (link embedded in her blog post).

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60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | leading and learning | Scoop.it
  via Online Universities Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and...
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Stop banning twitter and embrace the world we live in already...

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Rethinking Accommodations and Modifications | MiddleWeb

Rethinking Accommodations and Modifications | MiddleWeb | leading and learning | Scoop.it
All of our students on IEPs have some type of accommodations; many also have modifications. How do we implement these in our inclusive, co-taught classrooms?
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Great advice across the curriculum...

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Befriending the Lost

Cameron Brooks reviews Shaun Tan's film, iThe Lost Thing/i
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First rule about Film Club...there is not film club.

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Data-Informed Versus Data-Driven PLC Teams | AllThingsPLC

Data-Informed Versus Data-Driven PLC Teams | AllThingsPLC | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Find the latest research, articles, tools and other education resources for building a PLC � professional learning community. Collaborate with teachers and administrators on our frequently updated blog, written by PLC and education professionals.
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"In schools that are data informed, test results are just one more piece of information that can be helpful in determining future directions."

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When is More Less? | Burkins & Yaris

When is More Less? | Burkins & Yaris | leading and learning | Scoop.it
In this post we look back across our months of posting and begin a series of posts which offer thematic digests of our blogs. We initiatie the series by thinking about BALANCE.
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Rethinking thinking - Trevor Maber

Rethinking thinking - Trevor Maber | leading and learning | Scoop.it
Every day, we meet people and process our interactions--making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us.
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A ladder of thought - take that, Bloom!

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Latin Returns From Dead in School Language Curriculums - NYTimes.com

Latin Returns From Dead in School Language Curriculums - NYTimes.com | leading and learning | Scoop.it
The resurgence of a language once rejected as outdated and irrelevant is reflected across the country as Latin is embraced by a new generation of students.
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...and another one down and another one down.  Another one revises that which bit the dust...

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10 Ways Expository Writing Skills

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Finally..."Ditch the 5 paragraph essay".  Expression should not be constrained by "how long does it have to be?"  Say what you need to say, back it up and let the reader do the rest of the work. 

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How to mark a book

How to mark a book | leading and learning | Scoop.it
We pressed a thought into the wayside, planted an impression along the verge. - from "Marginalia" by Billy Collins From the looks of a lot of home libraries
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Books should be written in, not merely read. 

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