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Some Thoughts on the Words Evidence and Claim

Some Thoughts on the Words Evidence and Claim | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
I've thought about writing this post for a while but was finally inspired—and emboldened—by a wonderful article I recently read called "Reading Is About More Than Evidence" by educator Mia Hood. He...
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Why a good book is a secret door

Why a good book is a secret door | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
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Diagramming Sentences and the Art of Misguided Nostalgia

Diagramming Sentences and the Art of Misguided Nostalgia | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Having been a serious competitive and recreational cyclist (not "biker") for all but a handful of years over three decades, I cringe and must bite my tongue every time people refer to their bicycle...
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5 Characteristics of Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap

5 Characteristics of Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it

While, nationally, students of color and low-income students continue to achieve at far lower levels than their more advantaged peers, some schools are breaking that trend.


Student-centered practices emphasize the following:

personalizationhigh expectations; hands-on and group learning experiences; teaching of 21st century skillsperformance-based assessmentsopportunities for educators to reflect on their practice and develop theirshared leadership among teachers, staff, administrators, and parents


These practices are more often found in schools that serve affluent and middle-class students. Schools that incorporate these key features of student-centered practice are more likely to develop students who have transferrable academic skills; feel a sense of purpose and connection to school; as


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Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it

Collections, staff and space dedicated to teens have existed in libraries for years. Now, libraries are shifting those resources to developing learning spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it. Research has shown the widespread positive impacts of afterschool programs on academic achievement and social behavior, especially in low-income communities. The need for spaces that engage teens becomes even greater during summer break, when teens have more free time, said Elyse Adler with the Nashville Public Library.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 3, 2014 3:15 PM
Focus on teens - very exciting!
Freek Kraak's curator insight, June 4, 2014 4:17 AM

Wat kan de bibliotheek betekenen voor jongeren? Hier een voorbeeld uit de VS.

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Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate

Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Mark Engstrom. 8th grade Geography teacher and Assistant Principal at Graded- The American School of São Paulo, has redesigned his entire course. Students move through the modules of this blended l...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 28, 2014 10:48 PM

Thanks, Silvia and Mark for sharing what thoughtful curation could look like in the classroom!

GwynethJones's curator insight, May 29, 2014 6:19 AM

COOL!

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Book Club Confidential: Overcoming Conversation Anxiety by Focusing on Critical Scenes

Book Club Confidential: Overcoming Conversation Anxiety by Focusing on Critical Scenes | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
This is a blog post on fear. Now, I could write about one of my many, many fears, some of which include: Enclosed spaces - elevators, airplanes, subways, all of New York City in summer. Taking a me...
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On Rigor, Grit, Productive Struggle and What Our Word Choice Means

On Rigor, Grit, Productive Struggle and What Our Word Choice Means | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
As happened last year, many of the teachers, administrators and parents who left feedback on last month's English Language Arts test at testingtalk.org pointed to what they felt were questions that...
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A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it

"Storytelling has been around since the start of Mankind. Storytelling was the basic communicational strategy through which culture, traditions, mores, ways of life and early literature was transmitted from one generation to the other. With the advent of internet and web technologies, storytelling has got some new and wider dimensions. The journey of storytelling from its early beginnings to its actual state is the subject of this wonderful graphic below. It documents the major periods and forms  of storytelling that was pervasive during each era. It is really amazing to take a pause and take a look back into history to see how storytelling has evolved to be what it is now. Enjoy"


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Marshall Van Fleet's curator insight, May 14, 2014 8:47 AM

Story-telling is also very useful in the  business and professional arenas as well..Tell your story to your target audience and people are more likely to listen and related to it...

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A Nice Graphic on The Evolution of Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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"Storytelling has been around since the start of Mankind. Storytelling was the basic communicational strategy through which culture, traditions, mores, ways of life and early literature was transmitted from one generation to the other. With the advent of internet and web technologies, storytelling has got some new and wider dimensions. The journey of storytelling from its early beginnings to its actual state is the subject of this wonderful graphic below. It documents the major periods and forms  of storytelling that was pervasive during each era. It is really amazing to take a pause and take a look back into history to see how storytelling has evolved to be what it is now. Enjoy"

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Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Author's Intent (Part II)

Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Author's Intent (Part II) | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Welcome to Part Two of a three-part blog post series on nonfiction reading and the important reading work of determining point of view, exploring author's intent and engaging in critical reading. I...
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Exploring the Instructional Implications of What We Did as Readers

Exploring the Instructional Implications of What We Did as Readers | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
As I did with my first read-along invitational two years ago, I want to try to notice and name some of the great thinking found in the comments left by readers on this year's read-along, "20/20" by...
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Chasing Imperfection.

Chasing Imperfection. | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Hello after a long and joyful break from blogging. Joyful (and long) because our time was spent loving and learning this little guy:As many of you know, becoming a parent is a steep learning curve....
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21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills

21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Close reading is a hot topic that's just getting hotter! Here are 21 anchor charts, bulletin board ideas and other resources that you can bring into your classroom to turn your readers into eve...
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The Third Annual Celebration of Teacher Thinking

The Third Annual Celebration of Teacher Thinking | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
  I know many teachers and students around the country are already back in their classrooms, but for the third year I'd like to mark what here in New York City is the start of the school year ...
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In Balanced Literacy, Johnny's Reading Means More than Decoding

In Balanced Literacy, Johnny's Reading Means More than Decoding | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Throwbacks in education are common. This time, Robert Pondiscio, a Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institution is itching for a fight to reopen old "r...
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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it

May 5, 2014
Creative Commons has recently rolled out its new 4.0 licenses and made it available for adoption worldwide. This is a fruit of two years of hard work to overcome some of the weaknesses that marked the 2011 version CC licenses .Some of the features and improvements included in 4.0 licences which make them easily shared and re-used include : improved readability and organization and common-sense attribution.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:10 AM

Creative Commons nuances copyright to make open educational resources a true avenue for distributing your intellectual and creative insights.  Bread upon the waters! 

Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 17, 2014 9:12 AM

Helpful and timely information as the lines between creation, curation, sharing and re-use become increasingly interwoven,

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Public Domain & Creative Commons Content - Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images - Research Guides at Harvard Library

Public Domain & Creative Commons Content - Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images - Research Guides at Harvard Library | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
This guide will help you find and correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons images for your project or presentation.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:20 PM

Great list of portals from Harvard Law School

Lisa Norris's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:36 PM

Post this on your makerspace walls.

teacher1stop.com's curator insight, June 6, 2014 11:36 AM

Thank you for this TERRIFIC resource!!!

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
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Keeping Creativity Alive in the Classroom: A Grab Bag of Resources & Ideas

Keeping Creativity Alive in the Classroom: A Grab Bag of Resources & Ideas | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
As we head into June, much of my time seems devoted to tying up loose ends and reflecting back on the year. And with loose ends and reflection in my mind, I'd like to share four resources I discove...
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Read, Kids, Read

Read, Kids, Read | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.
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Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction Reading and Critical Reading (Part III)

Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction Reading and Critical Reading (Part III) | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
Welcome to Part Three of a three-part blog post series on nonfiction reading and the important reading work of determining point of view, exploring author’s intent and engaging in critical reading....
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Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Point of View (Part I)

Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Point of View (Part I) | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
I've had 'organize the file cabinet' on my household to-do list for about two years now. And I'm proud to say, I now have the satisfaction of crossing that off the list!  I noticed some trends as I...
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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning - KQED (blog)

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning - KQED (blog) | Middle School English Language Arts | Scoop.it
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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning
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Possession of facts is not learning.
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