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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Education Week News (blog)

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant
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Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education.
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Has this author been in a school library lately?  The suggestions for the future are already in place.  Forward-thinking school librarians have been guiding students through research in multi-media methods using real-time resources, contacting experts and sharing results globally for some time.  Look up Joyce Valenza for a timely description of school library services!!!!

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Learning Through Fantasy Play | Philly Free School

Learning Through Fantasy Play | Philly Free School | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learning Through Fantasy Play. Posted by Nancy on Dec 21, 2011 in BLOG | 0 comments. My last blog post offered a list of some of the activities our students are engaged in since the Philly Free School opened its doors for the first time on ...

Via Sherry Newman Disney, Maria J. Skiffington, IncitED
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What a great description and comparison of the learning that occurs during play.  Definitely creating a guide for continued discovery!

 

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IncitED's curator insight, July 9, 2013 1:19 PM

Anyone remember playing school, playing doctor, having a lemonade stand? I learned so much from doing these things as a child; we sometimes take for granted just how much these things stick with us in life. They do stick, and with schools like this, where guided play is the learning, these kids might just remember! Cheers, Philly Free School!

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Beat the Summer Slide - Pilot Tribune

Beat the Summer Slide - Pilot Tribune | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Beat the Summer Slide
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Believe it or not, summer vacation has an enormous impact on everything from mathematics to reading development for young learners. Just a couple ...
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Nice article - a little late in the season - good for reference, though and a reprint in June.

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Maryland State Police to Collect Books for Fourth-Grader's Effort to Assist ... - The Dagger

Maryland State Police to Collect Books for Fourth-Grader's Effort to Assist ... - The Dagger | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Maryland State Police to Collect Books for Fourth-Grader's Effort to Assist ...
The Dagger
Volunteers will be at the State Police barrack this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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Another example of one small person making a BIG difference!  Great ideas to share with other young readers or to spur connections with public partnerships.

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Young reader blogs to help Spring Grove libraries

Young reader blogs to help Spring Grove libraries | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Spring Grove student Isadora Dukehart created a book-review blog after the school district decreased its book budget for the coming school year.
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How one child can make a difference!  Public support can come from anywhere.  It is so important and so amazing when it materializes from our youngest readers!

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The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills

The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn't as easy as it sounds. The science behind how we learn is the foundation for teaching yourself new skills.

Via Jenny Pesina, R Kay Richardson, Georgina Gabor
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knowing how learning happens helps us plan the integration of new concepts.

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Audrey's comment, September 9, 2013 5:53 AM
This science of knowledge begins very early. Pre-schoolers should be home-schooled in order to extend the brain.
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Cognitive and Emotional Development Through Play | SharpBrains

Cognitive and Emotional Development Through Play | SharpBrains | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Play is a powerful method of cognitive and emotional development, for children and adults. Here are some idea on how to develop cognitive skills in playful manner.
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A call to remember time for unstructured play. It is an important part of development.

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Shouldn't Personalized Learning Be Personal?

Shouldn't Personalized Learning Be Personal? | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Shouldn't Personalized Learning Be Personal?
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Food for thought - are we working in this direction?  Small steps...

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Modern Lessons

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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great ideas in formats that are ready to share.

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Kelly Krause's curator insight, July 18, 2013 7:23 PM

Great website of free online courses on everything from how to use Pinterest to STEM tools.

Judy Gibbons's curator insight, July 19, 2013 10:08 AM

I look forward to learning lots!

 

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, August 6, 2013 11:57 AM

free online courses...go back to school with ew skills!

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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
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Here is an opportunity for libraries to show effective research skill development - helping a student to locate the best resources for a project driven by their own passion!  Application of real-world , real-time results at its best!

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On K. Joo's comment, July 18, 2013 2:36 PM
I totally agree with you!
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Thank you - our best moments - helping someone finding just the right info at the right time!
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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom
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A great variety in one spot - sure to find a few that will work for you 

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How All Students Are Gifted (And 5 Multiple Intelligences Resources For Teachers) -

How All Students Are Gifted (And 5 Multiple Intelligences Resources For Teachers) - | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
How All Students Are Gifted by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind: Theory of Multiple Intelligences revolutionized the way we think about education.
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I love the examples of re-teaching for better results included in this article.

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GrowingYoungMinds.pdf

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The Report that ties library and museum visits to early learning advantages.

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Brainwork before homework - Newsmagazinenetwork

Brainwork before homework Newsmagazinenetwork Whether they will be heading off to preschool, kindergarten, elementary or middle school, children will have an easier time with the transition if they start focusing on some educational activities...
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I am so happy to pass these on as a reminder of great sites to share!!!!

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Education Department Picks New Leader for Early-Learning Office ...

Education Department Picks New Leader for Early-Learning Office ... | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Libby Doggett, formerly the director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Home Visiting Campaign, will oversee the Early Learning Challenge grants and help promote preschool expansion.
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In case you need a 'heads-up', here is an update of who,what and when for  early childhood grants.

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free unlimted access to online ebook program for young children

free unlimted access to online ebook program for young children | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania libraries are uniquely positioned to help our youth by providing high-quality early learning opportunities. For more information on how libraries impact Pennsylvania, visit www.paforward.org.
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YAY!  Pennsylvania in the spotlight with great ideas for programs and projects!!!!

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What you do in the first week matters

What you do in the first week matters | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
When my mother got married, my grandmother told her, "whatever you do in the first week of your marriage will set the tone of the rest of your life." The first week my mom got her hair washed and s...
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A timely reminder and some great ideas!

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National Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Public Investments in Early Learning

National Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Public Investments in Early Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Jeffersontown, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates joins the First Five Years Fund today in releasing the results of a national survey of voters which finds that a significant majority of Democrats, Repu...
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Additional support from voters to move forward with quality programs for preschool.  This article also includes a link to the infographic of this report.

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Clarifying The Difference Between Students And Learners

Clarifying The Difference Between Students And Learners | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Clarifying The Difference Between Students And Learners
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Moving from teacher to guide - these characteristics are helpful.

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10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn | SharpBrains

10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn | SharpBrains | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Here at 10 more brain tips to teach and learn
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Help to re-adjust to the beginning of the year....

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40 Sources for Curated Educational Videos

40 Sources for Curated Educational Videos | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Fortunately, there are some great websites and services that take the guesswork out of finding and sorting educational video content. Here is the most updated list of some of the curated video site...
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Looking for video enhancements?  You could start here..

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Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)

Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series) | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Fifth-grade teacher Nicole Dalesio keeps her class motivated to learn by encouraging them to create multimedia presentations and projects using technology tools on the Web.
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video evidence of a successful merger of tech and imbedded learnng.  Thank you Nicole!

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The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning

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The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning
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Food for thought!

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How to Create a Successful Reading Experience for Your Child

How to Create a Successful Reading Experience for Your Child | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Your own enthusiasm for reading is one of the most effective and accessible tools in your parenting toolbox to help reduce stress and encourage your child to engage in summer reading.
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Great article for explaining the role of parents in encouraging reading without stress.  This would be so helpful as a reference or handout for parent newsletters....

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Drawing Development in Children

Drawing Development in Children | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Timeline of drawing development in children from ages 2 through 16.

Via Tanya Alvarez
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A nice addition to developmental characteristics.  Anything that gives us an understanding of the learning process helps us to become better teachers.

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Kari Smith's curator insight, May 28, 2013 9:31 AM

A great insight to stages of drawing ....but makes me wonder about those of us who are challengearea this area.

Diane Kashin's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:45 PM

Excellent chart!

Merry Hosner's curator insight, September 4, 2013 12:55 PM

Great perspective on the range of development in drawing!