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Tear Down the Swing Sets. Here’s How to Put the Play Back in Playgrounds.

Tear Down the Swing Sets. Here’s How to Put the Play Back in Playgrounds. | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
In 1888, the psychologist Stanley Hall published a story about a sand pile. A minor classic, it describes how a group of children created a world out of a single load of sand.
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I want to play there!

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Voki Scene pickup

Voki Scene pickup | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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This looks very engaging for students and offers lesson plans for teachers.

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Ending Bullying in Schools

Ending Bullying in Schools | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Articles supporting anti-bullying schools

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Working Together – Collaborate on Whiteboards

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  Whiteboard Lite is an app that has changed the way students work in my classroom.  With a simple tap of a button, two iPads on the same wireless network can turn their screens into one.  I h...
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This looks awesome!

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Great Internet Safety Posters Teachers should not Miss ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Internet Safety Posters Teachers should not Miss ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Internet safety is one of the topics we blog about very often here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning . No wonder we are advocating technology integration in education and online safety...
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Remind students to be safe online.

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Technology Embedded Pedagogy

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This post was originally posted on  Figuring It Out  by
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We need to change how we teach rather than teaching the same way with a more expensive overhead.

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letsgetengaged - Empowering Students Through Reflection and Feedback

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Teachers are talent scouts

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Teachers are talent scouts | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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All students are unique.  Take the time to truly see your students as people a rather than part of your job.

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I used to think…

I used to think… | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
I used to think that giving homework the first day of school set the “tone” for our classroom, that this was an academic class that had rigor and demanded their best. Now I realize that I was tryin...
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Good to Great Administrators

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Growing older certainly contributes to one’s desire to think philosophically. The older I get, the more I realize it’s not good enough to simply contribute – one must push hard enough t...
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Indentifying_Barriers_and_Facilitators_in_Implementing_Schoolwide_PBS.pdf

Indentifying_Barriers_and_Facilitators_in_Implementing_Schoolwide_PBS.pdf | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it

Barriers to Implementation of PBIS:  Great executive summary with very specific recommendations about what DOES work and what doe NOT work.  We will be using this to guide how  we support schools and districts with PBIS implementation


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Mastery Learning and Formative Assessment for Engagement

Mastery Learning and Formative Assessment for Engagement | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it

With this strategy, teachers first organize the concepts and skills they want students to learn into learning units that typically involve about a week or two of instructional time. Following initial instruction on the unit, teachers administer a brief quiz or assessment based on the unit's learning goals. Instead of signifying the end of the unit, however, this assessment's purpose is to give students information, or “feedback,” on their learning. To emphasize this new purpose Bloom suggested calling it a formative assessment, meaning “to inform or provide information” (see Scriven, 1967). A formative assessment identifies for students precisely what they have learned well to that point, and what they need to learn better (Bloom, Hastings, & Madaus, 1971).

 

Remember Daniel Pink:  Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose?  This would be the MASTERY piece.  When we teach and move along, pressured by the need to cover, we sabbotage engagement .  For some kids, it feels disrespectful.  Teaching for mastery is a must if learning is our goal.  

 

 


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Failure Is Mandatory: Creating A Culture Of Innovation – From Tom & Justin on Edudemic | Leading Change in Changing Times

Failure Is Mandatory: Creating A Culture Of Innovation – From Tom & Justin on Edudemic | Leading Change in Changing Times | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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We need to allow teachers the opportunity to grow and the confidence admin will support those who take risks.

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How The Nearpod iPad App Changed An Entire School - Edudemic

How The Nearpod iPad App Changed An Entire School - Edudemic | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
If you aren't familiar with this groundbreaking Nearpod iPad app, I want to take a minute to share it with you and explain how it changed our school.
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This article talks about using the IPad differently for presentations.  It also talks about using it with classroom sets of IPads.

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How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Early in the school year, Mr. Spriggs asked me to sit in on a conference with his most challenging student. Jon rarely participated appropriately in class, instead drawing attention to himself by "ac
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This gives teaches another suggestion on how to reach tough students.

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Why Aren’t We Talking More About iTunes U?

Why Aren’t We Talking More About iTunes U? | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
With so many schools adopting the use of iPads I find it strange that we aren’t hearing more about the incredible opportunities available in iTunes U.  Well I suppose it isn’t that strange given...
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I can't wait to play around with this.

 

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The 10 Most Popular 'Classroom Q & A Posts' of 2012

The 10 Most Popular 'Classroom Q & A Posts' of 2012 | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
RT @eshileman: Linked: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | http://t.co/bXIdeD4H
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Good list of habits.

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8 Great YouTube Channels for Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Great YouTube Channels for Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
RT @marlenemharris: 8 Great YouTube Channels for Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/4G0nKi6X #mathchat #gaed #edchat
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Great set of videos to help our students

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Who’s Teaching Who?

Who’s Teaching Who? | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
I’ve been noticing some interesting happenings around my school this year. The long-standing relationship between teachers and students is starting to change. In a slow way and in small amoun...
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Don't be afraid to get out of the way.

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One comment on this was "don't be afraid to get out of the way." We are often reluctant to and often say we do when we don't.

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5 Great Sites for Student Collaboration

5 Great Sites for Student Collaboration | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Get students collaborating successfully and productively with one another with these great tools for electronic student collaboration (RT@rmit_csit 5 GreatSites for Student Collaboration http://t.co/IXZD5Avo...
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The 5 C’s of Passion Driven Leadership | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

The 5 C’s of Passion Driven Leadership | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
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Top Ten Tips for Teaching & Learning

Top Ten Tips for Teaching & Learning | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
The Ultimate Low Cost, High Impact Teaching Tool? The humble post it note – sometimes you don’t need to invest in a fleet of iPads, interactive whiteboards or Visualisers to make the le...

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Grouping Students in Positive, Productive Ways : Venspired} | School Psychology Tech

Grouping Students  in Positive, Productive Ways :   Venspired} | School Psychology Tech | Power Upper Elementary | Scoop.it
Krissy has great ideas on who to build community AND get the work of thinking and learning done.  Nice tips, Krissy!
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