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Reading Gains Lag Improvements in Math

Reading Gains Lag Improvements in Math | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Schools that work with low-income students are consistently finding that problems with math are more easily addressed than problems with reading.
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Mural brings literacy to life

Mural brings literacy to life | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
The final design the students came up with depicts a sun shining through a tree and within each of the lengthening sunbeams there is a different graphic representing what the students saw as the significance of literacy to their lives.
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Autism: Sensory-motor or environmental enrichment may be promising approach

Autism: Sensory-motor or environmental enrichment may be promising approach | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
In the first successful experiment with humans using a treatment known as sensory-motor or environmental enrichment, researchers documented marked improvement in young autistic boys when compared to boys treated with traditional behavioral therapies,...
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RUST: TEACHING POETRY, PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC NOVELS TO MEET COMMON CORE STATE STANDARD

RUST: TEACHING POETRY, PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC NOVELS TO MEET COMMON CORE STATE STANDARD | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

RUST: TEACHING POETRY, PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC NOVELS TO MEET COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

 

This post has a review of Rust by Royden Lepp - a graphic novel that have been rated appropriate reading for all ages - although I would say they will be enjoyed by readers Grade 4 through adult. While younger readers will easily focus on Roman and Oswald his younger brother along with their responsibilities to their farm and family, and their relationship with Jet Jones,  older readers will comprehend the larger issues of artificial intelligence, and drone warfare.

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One Response to MOOCs: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department

One Response to MOOCs: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

San Jose State University's Department of Philosophy wrote an open letter to Professor Michael Sandel (Harvard University) on their response to MOOCs.

 

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What are Perceptual Motor Skills? Part II - Fine, Gross, and Graphomotor Skills

What are Perceptual Motor Skills? Part II - Fine, Gross, and Graphomotor Skills | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

How to help kids develop perceptual motor skills: Different activities engage different types of muscle groups and as a result different muscles and brain centers are responsible for coordinating eye-brain-hand/foot/mouth/body responses.  

ALL percpetual motor skills develop at slightly different paces although experts have set 'normal' developmental milestone limits, and ALL development involves practice in use and recognizing and understanding motor feedback (how effective different movements are at achieving a target goal).

This post explains fine, gross and graphomotor skills, provides outstanding links to learn more, and provides suggestions on how to help kids develop strong perceptual motor skills.

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The Names Behind The States | Visual.ly

The Names Behind The States | Visual.ly | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

"An infographic of the etymology and cultural origins of the names that made the United States of America."


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Check out this infographic that provides a history of the names of the United States. Learn if the origin of the name is from Native Americans, the English, the Spanish or the French. If you are teaching the states this may become a great resource for your classroom.

To access please use this link: http://fonx.org/blog/?p=2830. The other one no longer works.

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Chapter 6:Language

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Guest Post | Primary Sources Meet Free Web 2.0 Tools for Common Core Learning

Guest Post | Primary Sources Meet Free Web 2.0 Tools for Common Core Learning | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Primary Source suggests three tech tools matched to three current events topics that, together, can help you teach both Common Core skills and digital literacy.
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How To Talk With Children About Boston Marathon Bombs

How To Talk With Children About Boston Marathon Bombs | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Advice for parents on how to talk with children about the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Neuromania, Neuromyths and Neuroscience

Neuromania, Neuromyths and Neuroscience | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Part of the problem with neuroscience, according to Gary Marcus in a New Yorker online article Neuroscience Fiction (December 2, 2012) is that,

"...a lot of those reports are based on a false premise: that neural tissue that lights up most in the brain is the only tissue involved in some cognitive function...Most of the intersting things that the brain does involve many different pieces of tissue working together...we may need new methods, like optogenetics or automated, robotically guided tools for studying individual neurons...The real problem with neuroscience today isn’t with the science—though plenty of methodological challenges still remain—it’s with the expectations. The brain is an incredibly complex ensemble, with billions of neurons coming into—and out of—play at any given moment. 

In an engaging post by Sharpbrains, Do You Believe these Neuromyths, 32 "brain-related" statements are posted based on a study by Sanne Dekker, Nikki Lee, Paul Howard-Jones and Jelle Jolle Neu­romyths in edu­ca­tion: Preva­lence and pre­dic­tors of mis­con­cep­tions among teach­ers (Frontiers in Educational Psychology, 18, October 2012) along with how well educators distinguished myth from fact.

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6 Interactive Storytelling Apps For Younger Students - Edudemic

6 Interactive Storytelling Apps For Younger Students - Edudemic | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

By Kati Lapi

 

"Getting younger students to tell stories can promote a variety of different language arts skills in a way that is a lot more fun than doing grammar drills. From learning the parts of speech and sentence and paragraph structure  to vocabulary, there is a lot of hidden teaching material in storytelling, which interactive storytelling apps can enhance.

Since we all know that kids LOVE to tell stories (check out this blog post by a teacher who had to limit how many stories each student could tell per day), there is a lot of potential in this activity. Bringing in digital tools can make the process even more robust. Check out the web tools and apps that we’ve explored below for a few options that might be useful in your classroom."


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And this holds true for struggling readers below grade level...

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The importance of learning good storytelling--whether in digital form or otherwise--is a building block to all people. Love that this urges starting young.

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A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Conducting an extensive data mining for writing a scholarly academic paper does definitely require using online digital resources. Admittedly, a lot of the resources you want to cite in your paper can be found online and most of them through social media


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Expanding our digital literacy skills all the time.

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New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
A system developed by a joint venture between Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to assess student papers and short written answers, freeing instructors for other tasks.
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My problem is HOW can software identify creative insights that by definition can't be programed into an artificial intelligence rubric but is, in my opinion the gist of what teaching should be about: critical, analytic thinking and the incorporation of new with existing informaiton.  What is your take?

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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In line with another post "Truth be Told"  http://departingthetext.blogspot.com/2013/05/truth-be-told.html these are CLASSROOM ESSENTIALS

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Great Resources for Inspiring Teaching and Learning about Space

Great Resources for Inspiring Teaching and Learning about Space | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

 

 Col. Chris Hadfield commanded the International Space Station (ISS) for six months and along with his colleagues oversaw hundreds of biological and physical experiments that will pave the way for future space exploration. Hadfield has done extensive tweeting, and posted hundreds of original photographs and numerous videos.  This post presents ideas for teaching, learning, and inspiring students of all ages about the oddities and sensational aspects of space.

 

Aside from lesson suggestion, this post inlcudes inspiritng photos and AWESOME space links!

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6 Brilliant Videos for Science Teachers

6 Brilliant Videos for Science Teachers | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Six fantastic videos for science teachers explaining complex scientific concepts in fun, accessible ways. Perfect for the classroom.

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The folks at Fractus Learning have taken a look at videos available at Open Culture and selected six to share (although many more are available). The choices here include:

* The Rap Guide to Evolution

* The Periodic Table of Chemistry

* A Universe from Nothing

Videos are a great tool to use with students. Although this post specifically deals with science videos across the disciplines are available at Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/).

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For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up

For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.
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The Quest for Quality Education: An Open Dialogue

The Quest for Quality Education: An Open Dialogue | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

The practical wisdom of good teaching is more than being creative or spontaneous. It is knowing when and how to use best practices. It includes how to prepare and use great questions, and knowing when to veer to places students take us. It includes when and how to use the science of teaching as well as the art. Practical wisdom is not following a script prepared by others who do not know your students and how they work.  Teaching is both an art and a science...a great teacher inspires.

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Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist | MindShift

Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist | MindShift | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Poetry isn’t always easy for students. But with hands-on engagement, they gain new understanding. Take Robert Frost’s “Pasture.” Instead of just reading and discussing the work in a typical classroom setting, students made 21st-century dioramas with robotic tool kits containing sensors, motors, LEDs, and a controller. One student made a blue plastic wrap lake in an old cardboard photocopy-paper box that vibrated, thanks to the motor, and, lit up, thanks to the LED. When the student said the word “water”—students record themselves reading the poems aloud in the audio-editing program Audacity—the LED turned the plastic wrap a deeper shade of blue. When he got to the bit about the “tottering” calf, the motor made the toy calf vibrate.

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Departing the Text: Poseidon - Earth Shaker

Departing the Text: Poseidon - Earth Shaker | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

 

Poseidon, brother of Zeus, son of Kronos and Rhea, ruler of the seas and creator of storms, tempests, and tsunamis that shake the earth, is back in live action and color thanks to George O'Connor and First Second Books. This book has breath-taking art, great story-telling, a detailed Greek god family tree to help us mere mortals follow their royal lineage, Greek Geek notes, discussion points, and links for extra reading. Aside from O'Connor's continuing to bring the Greek Gods to life rivaling  D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myth's mantle, this book belongs in home and school libraries.  Let's take a closer look why:

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Departing the Text: Optical Illusions and their role in Education, Brain Training, and Visual Literacy

Departing the Text: Optical Illusions and their role in Education, Brain Training, and Visual Literacy | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

Aside from being fun, optical illusions actually play a role in education and in visual literacy.  They help illustrate that we see by learning to see.  While our brains relay information taken in through our eyes, we learn to interpret what we see by recognizing and storing patterns we learn as we continuously interact with the world around us.  These patterns enable us to identify faces, dangers, friends, directions, routes, and opportunities around us.

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Are Teachers Ready for Common Core?

Are Teachers Ready for Common Core? | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
Sarah Brown Wessling looks at the Common Core data from MetLife's new survey of educators. How does it compare with her colleagues and her own experiences?
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Math Anxiety: What it is and how to help students relieve it

Math Anxiety: What it is and how to help students relieve it | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it

"Research shows that the greatest anxiety is experienced anticipating math and not actually doing it. Experts also find that "reframing" the anxiety (much more below) will help."

 

This article explains neurological aspects of math anxiety along with ways to relieve it including:

1. Minimizing rote memorization by making math more meaningful

2.Teaching kids how to reframe their math anxiety

3. Provide multi-modal teaching suggestions

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Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions

Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
What does it take to translate a literary work into a play or musical?
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10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education

10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing > Eye On Education | Literacy, Education and Common Core Standards in School and at Home | Scoop.it
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren ...
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