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Shaking up the classroom with 'competency-based learning.'

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Under an increasingly popular system called competency-based learning, students are promoted after they master material—not just because they have spent a year in a class.
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4 Simple Questions About Data for Powerful Results!

4 Simple Questions About Data for Powerful Results! | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Education leaders with the Nebraska Department of Education recognized that teachers and leaders are often overwhelmed by data, so they developed four simple questions for working with data that have the power to yield significant results.
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Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms | MiddleWeb

Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms | MiddleWeb | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's growth mindset research can lead to greater collaboration among co-teachers and help all students in inclusion classrooms master the Common Core.
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Transparent teaching and learning: Capturing the why - @megormi

Transparent teaching and learning: Capturing the why - @megormi | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Tyler Hart caught my attention one day on Twitter by posting student-created math videos on his classroom Vimeo channel. I clicked the link and watched a f
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Educational Leadership:Tackling Informational Text:The Reading Skills Digital Brains Need

Educational Leadership:Tackling Informational Text:The Reading Skills Digital Brains Need | Robinson Staff Resources | 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. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Great reminders about how difficult it really can be to read digital media. So many distractions!

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Bellingham students working up a sweat before class

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BELLINGHAM — South Elementary School teachers have gotten used to children arriving to class in the morning a little sweaty.Because as soon as students exit their buses, they trot to the gym for an hour of activity, with calisthenics, including squat thrusts known as burpees, and concluding with rousing playground games like
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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

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Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2
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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?
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3 Ideas for Incorporating Music Into Core High School Classes - US News

3 Ideas for Incorporating Music Into Core High School Classes - US News | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Integrating music into academic subjects such as English can help students think more critically and creatively, educators say.
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Shaking up the classroom with 'competency-based learning.'

Shaking up the classroom with 'competency-based learning.' | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Under an increasingly popular system called competency-based learning, students are promoted after they master material—not just because they have spent a year in a class.
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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

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Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere...
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The Flipped Classroom: Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head

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Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. Find out what it is and why everyone's talking about it.

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
In the mid-1950s, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow created a theory of basic, psychological and self-fulfillment needs that motivate individuals to move consciously or subconsciously through le
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Instruction in motion brings PE into classroom

Instruction in motion brings PE into classroom | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Each afternoon between social studies and math, Marilynn Szarka’s third-grade students start to get droopy. Szarka instructs everyone to stand up and spread out while she dims the lights, closes the d
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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom
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"The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency."

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County Council members want Montgomery students to get unlimited fruits, vegetables -- Gazette.Net

Rice, Leventhal call for healthier school food program
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How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

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Teaching standards doesn't necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.
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Wow, really like this article on how standards and relevance CAN co-exist. 

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Educational Leadership:Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Right Questions, The Right Way

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School Spotlight: Whitehorse students study the science of giving : Wsj

School Spotlight: Whitehorse students study the science of giving : Wsj | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
Eighth-graders at Whitehorse Middle School took their service learning project a step further by learning the science behind the value of helping others.
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Reach ELLs: Nine Best Practices that Really Work

Reach ELLs: Nine Best Practices that Really Work | Robinson Staff Resources | Scoop.it
With the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) steadily increasing in schools each year, do you worry about how to reach them? Here’s a little good news: a specialized degree is not required. While educators commonly believe there’s a magic strategy or secret instructional practice for ELLs, reaching diverse student populations (including regular learners) can be accomplished with a strong foundation of best practices. It’s easier than you think. No matter where learners come from, they’re still students. And all students respond to and learn with best practices. The following are three best practice categories and three smaller strategies you can start using today to not only engage ELLs, but also to motivate all students. Establish Routines Establishing a routine is a best practice because having a familiar, set pattern of behavioral expectations eliminates the need for the brain to worry about what to do next and allows it to focus on learning content. Classroom routines: Establishing and practicing a routine from the moment students enter a classroom lowers uncertainty and immerses them in the learning experience. Teaching, homework collection, and everything in between should be practiced until it becomes second nature. Graphic organizers: Graphic organizers are a form of informational routine. It’s a good idea to limit the variety of organizers and focus on a few specific types until students become comfortable with their usage. Oral routines: Encourage students to repeat your directions in their own words for clarification. Model, Model, Model Teachers sometimes assume that all students know how to complete a task or finish an assignment, but gaps in learning experiences make the need for modeling or explicit teaching a prerequisite in some cases. Model actions: For complex tasks, or even for simple ones where a new, ongoing behavior is expected, walking students through the process by modeling (a science lab, for example) requires little language but boosts student confidence prior to the task. Model thoughts: I used to think this was only for elementary reading teachers, but some students have had such limited experience in building their thought processes that explicitly guiding their thoughts is necessary for success. Make the abstract concrete: Especially in the case of vocabulary and concepts, using visuals, manipulatives, models, graphics, maps, objects, or charts can cement a student’s comprehension in less than five seconds. Give It Time Processing in two languages—or even one—takes time if we want genuine comprehension to take place. Do you want to ensure true understanding, or simply fit learning into a convenient time frame? Wait time: Allowing students more than three minutes of processing time before answering or beginning an assignment decreases fear and increases engagement. Extra work time: Giving students extra time to complete assignments and/or tests isn’t a cop-out; it’s what many of them need in order to access their first-language knowledge and express themselves fully. Scaffolding time: The more complex the content, the more scaffolding time is needed to fill foundational knowledge gaps. Build extra time into lessons to make sure all students have the prerequisite comprehension for completing tasks to achieve maximum learning. At the core of every child is a student, and every student is a learner. A solid repertoire of best practices will help all students learn, regardless of their background. Beth Morrow teaches middle school ESL for Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio. She also blogs on educational and classroom issues at www.canwejustread.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @BethFMorrow
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The Common Core's Unsung Benefit: It Teaches Kids to Be Good Citizens

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The standards identify only three texts that every American student must read: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 6, 11:55 AM

Not much to add here...although I would suggest all educators familiarize themselves with page 7 of the Common Core State Standards which further develop this idea of citizenship:

1. They demonstrate independence.

2. They build strong content knowledge.

3. They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.

4. They comprehend as well as critique.

5. They value evidence.

6. They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.

7. They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

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The opportunity is now for English language learners

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English language learners comprise the most rapidly growing segment of students in K-12. More than 10% of students are now identified as foreign language l
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