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A Simple Education App is helping principals and teachers communicate

A Simple Education App is helping principals and teachers communicate | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
A Simple Education App May Reach The Top Of The App Store Charts BuzzFeed Remind, an education app that allows teachers to communicate securely with their students via text, surged yesterday to number three on the charts among free apps in the...
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Remind has already been discovered by many  principals and teachers. Now it is adding more features and is on its way to being a top app,. Maybe it's time you tried this free app

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After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn."

After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn." | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

"Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”



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Another take on Common Core. 

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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
A teacher shows how to overcome technological anxiety by connecting with a device personally.

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, August 15, 2014 9:26 AM

"Fluency" in classroom technology -- personal connection important

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:36 PM

Cómo puede un docente dominar la tecnología educativa

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:04 PM

Becoming fluent in all the different technologies might not be possible but being able to ask for help and learn to do things in different ways is always possible. Through learning, one can see possibilities of what might be which is one of the foundational cores for creativity and learning. 

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26 Questions to Ask Students in The First Week of School

26 Questions to Ask Students in The First Week of School | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
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A good base to start off on a good foot. Get to know your students. 

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Progress Monitoring Tools | National Center on Response to Intervention

Progress Monitoring Tools | National Center on Response to Intervention | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
View the Progress Monitoring Mastery Measures Tools Chart

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 7, 2013 5:11 PM

Holy Cow!  LOTS of resources for those implementing behavioral RTI!  

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Response to Intervention: An RTI Solution

Response to Intervention: An RTI Solution | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

The combination of the A+nyWhere Learning System (A+LS) and A+ LearningLink (A+LL) gives educators the ability to place students at the appropriate level of intervention, predict how well students will perform on state tests, prescribe appropriate instructional material, and track progress to determine if the interventions are truly working.


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The Beginner's Guide To Response to Intervention (RTI)

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Response to Intervention or RTI is an essential approach that brings science and the art of teaching together. Response to Intervention practice promotes education through innovation and creativity. The foundation of the entire approach is firmly grounded on taking decisions based on data analysis of student’s learning capability. RTI perceives: Sophisticated dedication and improved collaboration …

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Common Core Implementation wResponse to Instruction and Intervention

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"Tennessee has a different plan. Anticipating a drop in scores under Common Core, our state is rolling out another initiative, Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²), at the same time to ensure that all kids have the supports they need to successfully transition to Common Core."


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Remind Updates Classroom Communication App -- THE Journal

Remind Updates Classroom Communication App -- THE Journal | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Remind has updated its free eponymous communication app to allow teachers to connect it with their mobile address book and students and parents to store all their messages in one location.
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Updates to an already important, and free, app that helps you communicate  with your nuclear and extended communities. 

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The Educator and the Growth Mindset

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I am facilitating an in-service on Growth Mindsets for Educators.  I created an infographic, Thinglink, and Slide Presentation of resources that I am sharing below: Thinglink that contains links to...

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Another nice infographic on mindset

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 26, 2014 11:08 PM

Do you teach your students about growth mindset? Is this a topic of discussion with other staff in your school? Jackie Gerstein has shared three excellent resources in this post that focuses on growth mindset.

She has created an infographic (image above) that looks at fixed mindset and growth mindset, showing how a student may identify based on their mindset.

The next step was putting the infographic into ThingLink and creating links to over 15 resources. Here is the link: ThingLink version of the infographic.

There is also a slideshow that provides additional resources (although some may be repeated in the ThingLink). The slideshow is split into four sections:

* Mindsets

* Historical Background

* The Educator with a Growth Mindset

* Teaching the Growth Mindset to your Learners

Since this post is based on a workshop she provided it is a great resource to share with teachers at your school (or other teachers whom you know). Make sure to check out the resources for students. You may find yourself creating a poster to help your students learn more about growth mindset.

David Baker's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:32 PM

This will be a valuable tool to share in seminar with my new teachers as we look at their students and how the teacher views their classroom.

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Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset Chart

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A very nice interpretation of the Growth Mindset.

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EdCamp 101 - YouTube

EdCamp 101: Brief introduction to what EdCamp looks like; also to help educators to facilitate the EdCamp sessions Follow me on twitter @SuhunLee Teaching Po...

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Professional Development for Educators needs to change

Professional Development for Educators needs to change


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What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy

What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

On a recent school visit, I was discussing student engagement with a group of school leaders when a member of the group offered the following observation: "I think teachers are reluctant to turn the class over to a guided activity because they are concerned about classroom management."


My Response


Teachers cannot teach if they cannot manage classroom behavior. They know that and we know that. Unless we build teacher capacity to engage students in guided group activities, they will be reluctant to "stop talking" because they are afraid they will lose control. In other words, teachers must be taught what to do when they stop talking and students are working.


Remember, the brain that does the work does the learning. If we expect to dramatically increase the amount of student work and simultaneously decrease the amount of teacher talk, we must build the capacity of teachers to check for understanding and facilitate group processes while keeping all the students on-task.


Most teachers make the big mistake of spending too much time with a few individuals and while they are "fixing" those few students, the rest of the class gets off-task. It does not take long for teachers to figure out that this is not working and they revert back to their comfort zone and a teacher-centered style of instruction. 


Furthermore, the natural tendency to "fix" struggling students actually has the unintended consequence of creating "dependent" students, who quickly learn that, if they wait until the teacher stops talking to raise their hand, the teacher will come over and do their work for them. So, not only are were losing control of the class, but we are creating dependent learners who will not even attempt to complete the assignment because they know the teacher will bail them out.


Years of implementing a school wide instructional framework taught me that our teachers had to have a strategy for keeping students on-task and engaged while they circulated through the room. Fred Jones’s Praise, Prompt, and Leave (PPL) strategy is one that we found particularly useful for strengthening student engagement.


Keys to Implementation of PPL


We asked teachers to:

  • Begin the year using groups of two (collaborative pairs), which were easier to manage and easier to keep on-task.
  • Chunk the lesson or task into smaller segments.
  • Keep the outcome in mind. The goal was not to fix students, but rather to ensure that they were on-task and that the students demonstrated understanding of the task at hand.
  • Don't let too many students get to far off course! When needed stop the group activity and re-teach a key point. The only way the teacher knows whether students are off course is to circulate throughout the classroom checking for understanding.
  • Motion creates emotion. An effective teacher moved around the classroom with ease and did not get stuck instructing one or two students.
  • Every 10-12 minutes of group activity refocus the students and point out any key concepts or share your observations.


Follow a simple three step process:

  1. Praise - Point out where the student is and what the student has done so far.
  2. Prompt - Tell the student what to do next and that you will be back to check on them.
  3. Leave - Spend as little time with each student as possible. The goal is to check on the understanding of all students not to re-teach a few students.


For a more detailed explanation of Praise, Prompt, and Leave, follow this link: http://info.marygrove.edu/matblog/a-simple-and-effective-student-engagement-strategy-praise-prompt-and-leave




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Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table

Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table.

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I still love Bloom! This moves the traditional taxonomy into digital mode.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 2014 8:46 AM

This is an interesting graphic.

 

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Does Tech Hold Back Educators?

Does Tech Hold Back Educators? | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
I just read a post by my friend, Tony Sinanis, #EdCamp: What's The Point? Tony had an unconnected colleague attend an Edcamp. The colleague was most impressed with the ever-present passion. Accordi...
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The bottom line to every teaching method must be learning.  But we also need to take a long view on just what learning we are trying to instill. Technology isn't the answer to everything, but neither is doing what we've always done. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 12, 2014 9:05 PM

There is a broad assumption made in the article that a group is made of homogenous individuals and that we can assume one way works best for each student.

 

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How Much Technology in the Classroom Should Be Allowed? Is too Much a Bad Thing? #apoy14 #edadmin

How Much Technology in the Classroom Should Be Allowed? Is too Much a Bad Thing?  #apoy14 #edadmin | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
They also wish that schools would make more effort with tech homework assignments that could include parents, and bring them and kids together in...

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RTI Tools : Popular Response to Intervention Links

RTI Tools : Popular Response to Intervention Links | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
RTI Tools directory: What's Popular page. Top 10 resources in terms of popularity -- response to intervention.

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Interventions That Work:Differentiated Instruction and RTI: A Natural Fit

Interventions That Work:Differentiated Instruction and RTI: A Natural Fit | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it

Differentiated instruction and Response to Intervention share a central goal: to modify instruction until it meets the needs of all learners.


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RtI in a Personalized Learning Environment

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Response to Intervention (RtI) can target each learner's needs when they need it as they need it.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:36 PM

Instead of waiting until a learner fails, you can target each learner's specific learning needs when they need it as they need it. In fact, in a Personalized Learning Environment, learners own and drive their learning by designing their learning goals with their teacher. The teacher uses interventions based on the learning goals right from the beginning of the learning process.

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Tiered Instruction in a Response-to-Intervention Model

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RTINetwork.org guides educators and families in the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) as a means to improve educational outcomes for all students.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Always a favorite topic if mine. This is a nice analysis of classroom assessment for growtj. 

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Tips on running a Tweet-chat

Tips on running a Tweet-chat | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
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Looking for an effective, engaging, but inexpensive way to provide PD for your staff or an informational session for parents? Why not try a TwitterChat? Here are tips about how to proceed. Sit in on a few before you host your own to clarify the ideas. 

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Resources for Organizing an Edcamp

Resources for Organizing an Edcamp | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:

What is Edcamp?
Planning an Edcamp
Sponsors and Finances
Running an Edcamp at Your School
Additional Resources




Need some help getting started?

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Planning an Edcamp: edcampHOME 3.0 Session 2

This is part of a video archive of organizer and participant live feeds from edcampHOME. edcampHOME is the world's first all online Edcamp. Visit http://edcamphome.org for more information,...

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