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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
In my last post, I began a celebration of brains and made the argument as to why teachers need to brush up on their knowledge of brains in order to reach that all-too-allusive 'tween noggin.


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While We All Hid Indoors, This Boy And His Mom Tried A Crazy Experiment In The Freezing Cold Weather

While We All Hid Indoors, This Boy And His Mom Tried A Crazy Experiment In The Freezing Cold Weather | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Everyone needs to get out on a cold day and try recreating this wild phenomenon.
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Innovation at its finest!

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Visual Mapping: WikiBrains: a Visual tool for Knowledge Discovery

Visual Mapping: WikiBrains: a Visual tool for Knowledge Discovery | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Wikibrains is a tool for exploring visually how words, names, ideas and concepts are connected. This online tool is giving us access to a collective brain based on a growing database of semantically linked information and knowledge.
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Why Writing Can be a Challenge and Making Editing Work

Why Writing Can be a Challenge and Making Editing Work | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

First, let's take a look at writing.  It is probably one of the most challenging skills our kids have to face because it involves simultaneously coordinating a number of skill sets. 

When we write, we have to constantly monitor WHAT we are writing, consider the ORDER in we're writing it (making sure it makes sense to others), weighing what WORDS BEST express our thoughts, while making sure we're , entering and/or printing the correct letters using correct spelling and grammar.   More specifically, writing's challenging is the simultaneous coordination and feedback between:

higher order cognitive systems -  brainstorming, synthesizing  and/or creating content ideas;sequencing systems - organizing what to say in a way that makes most sense to most readers;memory - remembering what they are supposed to be writing about while remembering the words we want to use, along with proper tense, spelling and grammar WHILE keeping track of the order in which we want to relay it;attention - continuous monitoring making sure we are staying on topic; making sure we're making sense; making sure we're using correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation;graphomotor coordination -coordinating muscle memory while entering the correct letters/words; andlanguage - recalling vocabulary and rules of grammar and syntax.
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AWESOME FREE WEBINAR: Hitting a Home Run Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS

Bridging traditional language-arts education and 21st-century technology with Common Core Standards, Meryl Jaffe, PhD demonstrates: (1) how non-fiction graphic novels can be paired with classic and prose texts and media links to meet learning and curricular demands, promoting visual and verbal literacies; and (2) how these types of lessons not only meet CCSS, but help address different student learning styles and learning skills.

 

Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS.”  You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/81551403

 

If you have questions after viewing the webinar, please feel free to contact Dr. Meryl Jaffe via email at jojojjaffe@gmail.com. Dr. Jaffe posts teaching suggestions weekly on her website Departing the Text welcoming reader comments and questions (http://departingthetext.blogspot.com). Finally, for those wanting more great ways to incorporate graphic novels in classrooms and with or without prose text and/or media pairings, please see her monthly columns for The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, "Using Graphic Novels in Education" and download her web version of "Raising a Reader!" as well.

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Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts

Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.

 

Useful. 8/10

 

Check them all out: http://www.infographicsarchive.com/create-infographics-and-data-visualization/ ;

 

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Mary A. Axford's curator insight, April 1, 5:27 AM

Nice collection of infographic tools from an expert in digital curation.

 

David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 8:47 AM

I am adding this to my seminar resources. Having another set of tools for my teachers to create their PIE Infographics is important.  Creating visual representations of learning is such a powerful learning for teachers and is a skill they can transfer to their classroom and for students to create in the classroom.

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Good tools to make Infographics

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Using Graphic Novels in Education and CCSS: Teaching Both Sides of Conflict with Boxers & Saints

Using Graphic Novels in Education and CCSS: Teaching Both Sides of Conflict with Boxers & Saints | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to h...
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On the short list for the National Book Awards: Young Adult readers, Gene Yang teaches ALL READERS about the power of pop culture, and the importance of looking at conflict from both sides.

 

This post provides a synopsis of this two-book set, loads of lesson ideas, wonderful ficiton and non-fiction pairings for additional reading and  COMMON CORE STANDARDS.

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The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic

The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
How educational policy and the D.S.M. helped to make a disorder go viral.
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"Today many sociologists and neuroscientists believe that regardless of A.D.H.D.’s biological basis, the explosion in rates of diagnosis is caused by sociological factors — especially ones related to education and the changing expectations we have for kids. During the same 30 years when A.D.H.D. diagnoses increased, American childhood drastically changed. Even at the grade-school level, kids now have more homework, less recess and a lot less unstructured free time to relax and play. It’s easy to look at that situation and speculate how “A.D.H.D.” might have become a convenient societal catchall for what happens when kids are expected to be miniature adults. ..."

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Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Joanne Lipman writes that today's educators are too soft. It is time to go back to the discipline of the past.
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Departing the Text: Join my Webinar And Be a Winner....October 1, 2013

Departing the Text: Join my Webinar And Be a Winner....October 1, 2013 | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Spend 30 minutes being WOWED by the AWESOME power pairing graphic novels with traditional prose, texts, and media links. I'll be demonstrating:

the why's and how's of using graphic novels in classrooms how  to use graphic novels to help build learning skills how to use graphic novels for teaching language arts, math, social studies and science

...AND be one of five lucky participants to win a free copy of my book "Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning."
Hope to see you Tuesday afternoon!!!! Here are the details:

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What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State? Check This Chart

What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State? Check This Chart | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

While this may not have much to do with Common Core Standards or even classrooms, this post was too much fun to pass up...and besides....it actually might be a great piece for reluctant readers??!!!  Enjoy.

 

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Visual Literacy in the Common Core » Life Long Learning

Visual Literacy in the Common Core » Life Long Learning | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
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HERE IS TODAY: An Interactive Look at Time

HERE IS TODAY: An Interactive Look at Time | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

An interactive look at time... BRILLIANTLY relayed.

 

It teaches time, time-related vocabulary, and the impact of how image can help teach and reinforce abstract concepts.

 

It takes a matter of seconds - but lasts a life time!!! Check it out.

 

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - A Sheep No More

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - A Sheep No More | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection...
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Top 10 Best Infographics of 2013 - Piktochart Infographics

Top 10 Best Infographics of 2013 - Piktochart Infographics | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
So, this is Piktochart top 10 of the most creative, innovative and just outright awesome infographics created in 2013.
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2013 Year's Best: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Graphic Novels for Kids and Classrooms

2013 Year's Best: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Graphic Novels for Kids and Classrooms | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Reflecting on 2013, I thought I'd share my favorite non-fiction and historical fiction kids' grapic novels with you, hoping you'll find ways of incorporating them in your homes, libraries, and classrooms. For those of you interested in a wider reading list, I have also included links by other librarians, educators, and graphic novel aficionados who have listed their 2013 favorites as well. I've included a few outstanding "honorable mentions" in fiction (I just couldn't resist sharing them with you).

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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Nonfiction Graphic Novels in the Classroom | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Webinar Focuses on the Use of Nonfiction Graphic Novels in the Classroom | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Dr. Meryl Jaffe, the author of CBLDF's Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! pamphlet and our ongoing Using Gr...
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Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?

Who Says Math Has to Be Boring? | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
It’s time to overhaul the way math and science are taught.
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Teaching: How JFK's Assissination Changed Media and the SIXTIE's Generation

Teaching: How JFK's Assissination Changed Media and the SIXTIE's Generation | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

This week marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and while there already exists a plethora of sites dedicated to this American/World tragedy (some of which I will include below).

For our kids and students to fully comprehend the impact of the assassination and how it was reported, they also have to understand life as it was in the early 1960's. I hope this post empowers parents and teachers to do just that.

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Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS

Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Please join me for a free half-hour webinar sponsored by Capstone Professionals (for more information go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/187110122 ):

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Visual Resources To Teach About The U.S. Government Shutdown

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Visual Resources To Teach About The U.S. Government Shutdown | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
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Didn’t Ace SAT? Just Design Microbe Transplant Research - College Admissions Offices thinking Out of the Box - and About Time!!!

Didn’t Ace SAT? Just Design Microbe Transplant Research - College Admissions Offices thinking Out of the Box - and About Time!!! | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Beginning this fall, Bard College will look beyond grades and test scores by offering a new option for applying: writing four, 2,500-word research papers.
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Kennedy's Last Days and the Cuban Missile Crisis and Two Great Resources to Teach Them!

Kennedy's Last Days and the Cuban Missile Crisis and Two Great Resources to Teach Them! | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
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How to Fall in Love With Math

How to Fall in Love With Math | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Contemplate the elegance of infinity. Don’t ask “When will I use this?”
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UK vs US spelling: Separated by a Common Language | Visual.ly

UK vs US spelling: Separated by a Common Language | Visual.ly | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Communicating with friends across the pond is a perpetual problem. American and British spelling differences include simple changes that affect the me
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