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wholechildindicators-all.pdf

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Here is a framework to help build a whole child approach, or to verify the elements already in place.

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12 Resources & 13 Ideas To Slow Summer Reading Loss

12 Resources & 13 Ideas To Slow Summer Reading Loss | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
by Dr. Kimberly Tyson, learningunlimitedllc Summer break is almost here. Your child probably has a countdown posted on the refrigerator or hidden in their notebook. During the past school year, your child’s school has supported...
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reminders - helping to keep students thinking and learning.

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We're Getting Beat on Preschool

We're Getting Beat on Preschool | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Depressing news about the United States' attempt to nurture the future leaders of our country: we're behind in almost every category.

Via poulingail, Diane Kashin
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In case you didn't have know - here is a global perspective.

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all...
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includes a model for developing a class approach - additional resources listed --a great beginning for planning your project.

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Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Inside Higher Ed

Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Inside Higher Ed | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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re-thinking how a student sees research - good points to consider

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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Do young children already have access to technology? Yes - so many earlylearning toys have interactive features that work with the push of a button.  But these should NOT be the only types of toys they have.  Guidelines are here:

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10 Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide" - MetroFamily Magazine - April 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK

10 Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide" - MetroFamily Magazine - April 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Often referred to as “summer slide,” there is a real danger in the loss of educational ground your children might experience during the summer months. Here are 10 helpful—and fun—ways to help prevent the summer slide.
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General ideas - easy to pass on in print - share with your learning community!

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How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius

How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
In many schools, students are asked to shut down what makes them special in order to conform. But standing out is critical in this world. Here are some ways to help kids understand and embody...
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Here are some great suggestions to help kids understand their best attributes and identify traits that will help them grow in many positive ways.

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Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents

Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Parent-engagement efforts, part of many preschool programs, can build confidence and involvement.
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Helping parents to partner in a better education for their children, and when possible, for themselves.  Here is a program that helps make connections with parents who are working for a brighter future for their families.

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8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World

8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Human beings are storytellers by nature. Children especially love to hear stories, but aren’t always so keen on telling their own. Partly because they’re kids. Telling stories is more about the imagination and the curiosity...
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A good outline for plannng a project. Several sites are listed for sampling and ideas to begin a plan. 

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27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning

27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning
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A great listing of ways to scaffold an assignment for research!  These ideas encourage students to drive their research through a focused perspective. That is one of the most difficult parts of setting a project into motion.

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To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
It can be amazing and illuminating, once this door is opened, to see and hear the myriad ways that students understand learning and engagement.
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Fiinding and taking advantage of a teachable moment extends to the use of apps.  Having a student share something through a new venue renews the energy of learning and sharing of new knowledge.

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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:39 AM

Great interactive tool to teach your students (and yourself) about 'how to do research'

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Our "A" list - sure to be helpful!

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School libraries – how important are they? | Making Them Readers

It is certainly true that in the school my children attend, that the library space often has to be used for teaching, as do other areas in the school. With phonics becoming an increasing priority in literacy, thanks to the DoE's ...
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more support - libraries are not just for reading - these spaces are where ideas are born!

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Part 1: A portrait of younger Americans’ reading habits and technology use

Part 1: A portrait of younger Americans’ reading habits and technology use | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
75% of those ages 16-29 have read a print book in the past year, compared w/ 64% of older adults http://t.co/hzRVr4q12O
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Hard evidence that print is still relevant!

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The President's Early Learning Proposal

Early learning programs help kids start healthy, productive lives. Learn how the President's early childhood plan would benefit children from birth to age 5....
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quick and simple visual for advocacy.

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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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At the Preschool and Kindergarten learning level, technology is best used as an additional outlet for creativity and expanding or applying new knowledge - Guidelines are here:

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26 Learning Apps For Reading And Writing From edshelf

26 Learning Apps For Reading And Writing From edshelf | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Knowing how to read and write are fundamental skills. Technology coach Elizabeth Espinoza shares her list of recommended apps for reading and writing.
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Here is a good grouping of tools for technology.  It is good to have professional recommendations from real-time use in varying applications. Thank you Elizabeth, for sharing.

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Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit - The Courier-Journal

Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit - The Courier-Journal | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit The Courier-Journal The three generals said congress and the Obama administration should work together to fund a program for states to offer quality early learning programs, starting with...
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Another perspective for early childhood learning support.  Ideas from other areas of the community help to expand our base for advocady!

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No Learning Without Feeling

No Learning Without Feeling | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Agreement on how American schoolchildren should read and write is much easier to arrive at than agreement on what they should read and write.
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This is our wish for every child - that the learning include the beauty of literature, there are so many nuances that do not appear in prescriptive readers.  Why not include both????

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Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan

Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ...
Bridge Michigan
Across our nation there is a growing debate. How much should we spend to support early childhood programs? How should we spend it?
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"Our nation’s ability to provide the experience of early learning success to all our children will largely determine the quality of our social and economic future. Let’s get it right."  Reasons to advocate....

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State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
State can't scrimp on early learning
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
The Washington state Legislature engages in a delusional false economy when it scrimps on money for early-learning programs.
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Logic on the page that supports early learning programs.  Some details to help with advocy discussions....

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Where Essential Questions Come From

Where Essential Questions Come From | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Where do essential questions come from? Grant Wiggins explains.
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It's not so much that they can't, but a reminder of how to think.....in a different way, with permission to expand on their own.....

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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

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A step-by-step visual that makes underestanding and application easy for elementary and middle grades.  Thank you for sharing!

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