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Six Habits of Falling Readers

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The following is a guest blog post from Dr. Connie Hebert.  Click here to watch Literacy Webinars presented by Dr.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Google Drive Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Videos

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Google Drive Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Videos | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Google Drive Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Videos" http://t.co/OwcKGwUrg7
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What a great way to take and store your notes from a video!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms - Story: http://t.co/bulaRxhgL1
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infographic comparing many blogging platforms.  Which one will work for you and your project.

 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Twitter tools

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Twitter tools | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Lots of interesting articles

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective.
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This is an excellent article from the perspective of a student.  This is also a great reminder for teachers.  Sometimes we need to get out of our own way

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:12 AM

This is an article written from the perspective of a student.  It is a good reminder for teachers that sometimes we need to get out of our own way.

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SmartBrief - Industry E-mail Newsletters for Professionals

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What kind of principal are you?  Trying to please everyone and solve all the problems in the building actually robs your staff the learning they neelearn solve their own issues.

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Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh- and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices. Her students love bein
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Sometimes we think our children are to old to be read to.  We don't want them themselves the can't read.  If you start reading aloud at a very young age,don't stop.  This will help in communication with your child easier.

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Education Is My Life | Effective Leadership: Are You Committed?

Education Is My Life | Effective Leadership: Are You Committed? | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
I walked away from that twenty minute conversation reflecting on my impact as a school leader. What I realized is that regardless of how much I believe I have learned over the course of my career as a school administrator, it is ...
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This article helped me step back and reflect on how I am supporting the staff, students, as well as, myself.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 19, 2013 4:32 PM

This is a good article. The line that stood out was the one about "the school does not belong to me." Despite this, many administrators I deal with talk like it does and the teachers are their personal lackeys.

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20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators - Edudemic

20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators - Edudemic | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Some of the best websites for elementary educators are ones that save time, make you think, and inspire. Here's just a handful!
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A lot of resources all in one place.  Great

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
As we look at ways to create environments that allow teaching and learning to thrive, it's time to take a long, hard look at the critical role of recess in our schools. Recess has the potential to tr
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Great ideas on how to make recess more fun and conflict free

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Educational Leadership:Improving Professional Practice:Improving Relationships Within the Schoolhouse

Educational Leadership:Improving Professional Practice:Improving Relationships Within the Schoolhouse | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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This article will allow you to see how your school culture effects the culture and student achievement

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:17 AM

This article shares how our culture influences student achievement.

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Education Rethink: Kids Don't Actually Hate That | Building Effective Relationships With Students

Education Rethink: Kids Don't Actually Hate That | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight: Well said! Kids will engage in their learning and thinking if done well: with some level choice, autonomy, relevance and purpose.
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It is important for teachers to know the students.

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Six Fun Ways to Encourage Middle Graders to Read More | MiddleWeb

Six Fun Ways to Encourage Middle Graders to Read More | MiddleWeb | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Maddie Witter, author of Reading Without Limits, shares six kid-friendly strategies that can boost reading engagement in the middle grades.
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Creating a Culture for Learning in Classrooms

Creating a Culture for Learning in Classrooms | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
The purpose of the Tribes process assures healthy development of students so that each has knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a changing world

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Students achieve because they:

feel included and appreciated by peers and teachersare respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreamsare actively involved in their own learninghave positive expectations from others that they will succeed.How It Works

Tribes is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored:

attentive listeningappreciation/no put downsmutual respect, andthe right to pass

 

Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to:

help each other work on tasksset goals and solve problemsmonitor and assess progresscelebrate achievements.
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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom « ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom « ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Tools For Teaching Search Skills In The Primary Classroom: http://t.co/7Yh9NvgOof
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In this you will find a nice list of resources

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Goals for teacher teams

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Good article on what makes successful teacher teams

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But We Will Know

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Tonight, I hope to share a story with you about a lesson I have learned from my career in public education. Prior to serving as your principal, I was an assistant principal. Before that, I was a te...
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The story told in this article truly shows how to go from good to great.  Take pride in your work

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MzTeachuh: Identifying the Problems and Solutions Tweets of the Days 6/26/13

MzTeachuh: Identifying the Problems and Solutions Tweets of the Days 6/26/13 | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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I really like the lists of why students should read

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Melanie Link Taylor: Five Poems to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress

Melanie Link Taylor: Five Poems to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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This article reminds us of the power of words.  Thank you for a great list!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 14, 2013 4:38 PM

This is for those who do not like poetry. It speaks to the heart.

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How to Make Consequences Work

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Dr. Richard Curwin is the director of the Master's program in Behavior Disorder at David Yellin College in Jerusalem and the author of 20 books related to motivation and behavior, including Disc
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I like this article on consequences verses punishment.  It works very well with PBIS.

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:14 AM

I like this article on consequences and works well with PBIS. 

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10 ways to create a culture of thinking…

10 ways to create a culture of thinking… | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Thoughtful suggestions for those considering developing Culture of Thinking in their schools.
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I would love to be in a classroom like this.  I agree students need to do more thinking and less rote memorizing.

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:16 AM

I would love to be in a classroom like this.  Students need to do more thinking and problem solving.

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Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In

Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
A close friend who works in a leadership role in a local school asked me an interesting question this week.  "I just want to build something that teachers can buy-in to that will help kids," she sa...

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This is helped me to remember what new programs/initiatives look like from the teacher's point of view

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Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:44 PM

If you've ever wondered how to gain teacher buy-in you must read this.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:17 PM

The three points, doability, sustainablity, and importance to teachers, make sense. I rarely ever see them implemented. The converse is more often the case.

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25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement
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Lots of great ideas in this article!

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How to confront a performance problem | SmartBlogs

How to confront a performance problem | SmartBlogs | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
In all of the work I’ve done in management development over the last 20-plus years, if I had to pick the one thing that managers at all levels either won’t
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This article is an excellent template to support those difficult conversations.

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I Say Let Them Read

I Say Let Them Read | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
This post is actually a comment I left on Annie Murphy Paul's blog, on her post titled "Teens Are Choosing Books That Are Too Easy For Them". Where I agree with the concerns of this report is that ...
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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:20 AM

We want our students to read and enjoy reading as a lifelong activity.

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friEdTechnology: What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

friEdTechnology: What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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Nice chart, easy to understand

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