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Confusing Words: 3,000 of the most commonly confused and misspelled words

Confusing Words: 3,000 of the most commonly confused and misspelled words | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

A great teaching tool with a massive list of words frequently confused in terms of meaning, spelling or understanding. Examples include: affect and efffect; their there, and they're, and capital and capitol....over 3,000 in the data base.


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Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? And What Cities LOVE to celebrate.. - CNN.com

Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? And What Cities LOVE to celebrate.. - CNN.com | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Cinco de Mayo is about guacamole, Mexican flags, margaritas and beer. Right? But what's really behind this holiday?
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated

The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
When I was a freshman at the University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries of Hyde Park. Do not go north of 47th Street. Do not go south of 61st...
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Check out Cleveland, Chicago & Scottsdale AZ. 

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Dear Future Generations: We Can't Eat Money

Dear Future Generations,

Sorry.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 21, 11:10 PM

Great video in celebration of Earth Day.  We really should be sorry.  

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Scale taught in Comics

Scale taught in Comics | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Such as a simple, powerful comic strip to teach the importance of scale.   If you prefer an image with a 'paper' look to it, try this image of the April 19, 2015 post of Mutts. 

 

Tags: scale, K12, location, fun.


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isitfinishedyet's curator insight, April 21, 8:00 AM

Great lesson in backgrounds

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, April 22, 7:16 PM

Scales...

Coco Angus's curator insight, April 28, 5:56 PM

April 19 2015 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Try Vialogues to Build Discussions Around Videos http://t.co/0x9CW7c1RZ

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 17, 11:05 PM

There are useful skill groups built into flogging, not least of which is the the presentation skill group.

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Should Schools Strive for Racial Diversity Among Teachers?

Should Schools Strive for Racial Diversity Among Teachers? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
How important is it to have racial diversity among teachers at a school?
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Education on Air

Education on Air | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Join us for a free online conference. You have the best seat in the house (your own!) to learn with other educators. Sign up today to stay informed.
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Everyone seems to be registering for this online conference....

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At Success Academy Charter Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results

At Success Academy Charter Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Students at the charter schools, led by Eva S. Moskowitz, outperform their public school peers, but the schools’ methods and culture are not for everyone.
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We need longitudinal data on Success Academy Charter School students after they leave these campuses.  Can they advocate for themselves? Do these students possess the creativity and thinking skills important to future, 21 Century, employment?  Are they resilient?  Do they enroll and successfully complete college?  What happens to the teachers that leave this system?  What is the cost of needing to hire young teachers and the eventual burnout they experience?  There are certainly some positive aspects and Success Academy may currently be the best alternative available these families. And, in the end, why should only wealthy parents have options?  

 

We need to identify and grow best practices as we navigate this world of American school experimentation. 

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Massive study on MOOCs

Massive study on MOOCs | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A Harvard and MIT study’s findings suggest that teachers often constitute a significant portion of the participants in MOOCs; that learner intentions matter; and that those with financial stakes have higher completion rates.
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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for e...
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Finland sits at the top, but is not content to rest on its laurels as the world is still changing...

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Mobile Uploads - Ruth King Kollman | Facebook

Mobile Uploads - Ruth King Kollman | Facebook | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A reminder. In case we forget.
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History lesson---so we never forget. 

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10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools

10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
orThe Dirty Little Secrets of Independent Education We Must AddressI think I might be a living stereotype. From a distance, I am sort of a “classic” prep school educator: a white male raised in the Episcopalian tradition from suburban Philadelphia; a lover of history; an owner of Norton’s anthology; a high school hockey player, a lacrosse coach (former collegiate player) with a penchant for outdoorsy activities like hiking and paddling. As well, I am the owner of more than a few pastel ties and blue blazers, and consider myself a Dead Poets’ Society fan who can quote m
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 27, 6:31 PM

Brian Hart is someone I've known for many years.  He is an excellent teacher. Stay tuned for more.... 

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10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom

10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 20, 7:33 PM

Glad to see that most of these approaches are present in my classes.

Leon Marsden's curator insight, March 22, 2:45 AM

Excellent checklist. The best thing is - I need to work on a couple, especially transparent assessment. 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 25, 6:04 PM

A good pathway to achieving this.

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Shifts in Political and Cultural Norms

Shifts in Political and Cultural Norms | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court on April 28 will hear arguments about whether to extend that right nationwide. The case comes amid a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states since 2013, and 36 overall. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn't a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

We looked at six big issues—interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana — to show how this has happened in the past, and may again in the very near future.


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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Creativity can seem like an abstract concept, but having a definition can give a learner the power to practice it on a regular basis.

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Sir Ken....more on creativity. 

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Anthony Doerr Wins Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr Wins Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Anthony Doerr won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction today for his best-selling historical novel All the Light We Cannot See. The novel, which was the break-away literary fiction novel of last year, was...
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A few books to place on the must-read list!  BTW: Anthony Doerr is a Clevelander.  

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'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew says the assignment had been a revelation for her.
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The heart-breaking reality of too many students. #WishMyTeacher Knew that "my family can't afford pencils" or that the child secretly misses her father who has been deported to another country.  It's a sad state of affairs that teachers deal with everyday in classrooms. Students need far more emotional support than politicians and all the media pundits realize .  

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.
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Ohio State University Study (not the first, but confirms the same results from a previous study)

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Why We're Teaching Grit Through Stories of Resilience – (Book List)

Why We're Teaching Grit Through Stories of Resilience – (Book List) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Baseball’s decline in America

Baseball’s decline in America | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Baseball’s audience is predominantly white, older and higher-earning. The average age of baseball viewers has been rising.
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This story showcases more than just the decline of interest in baseball. It also highlights the rise of sports like lacrosse and rugby and how quickly kids leave certain sports. 

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In California, some districts face minimal opposition to Common Core

In California, some districts face minimal opposition to Common Core | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
District officials say communication, parent outreach has built support.
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Education is key....yes, I said that. 

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Educational Consultants help for parents of troubled teens.

Educational Consultants help for parents of troubled teens. | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The original Internet resource of trained and experienced educational consultants providing balanced news, information and professional help for parents of struggling and troubled teens find programs and schools for teens and at risk youth.
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Lon Woodbury's comprehensive site for struggling teens offers programs and schools for at-risk youth.  

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Why do students cheat at Stanford?

Why do students cheat at Stanford? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
What factors contribute to cheating at top schools? This past Tuesday, Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy sent a letter to university faculty and teaching staff regarding an “unusually high number of troubling allegations of academic dishonesty” in courses this past quarter. While the university churns through these cases with its confidential judicial process, it is worth taking the opportunity to consider how recent reports of widespread cheating at high-profile American universities figure into over-arching trends in higher education. In particular, how does cheating r
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Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken?

Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
This is the second post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools“We have been doing this right for over one hundred years. Why would we change a winning formula? We have always believed in tradition and rigor.” This was the clear message given to me by a department chair in my first few years as a private school history teacher. The assumption here is much more pervasive than you might expect, especially amongst “old guard” private educators (which many of our administrators, department chairs, and storied faculty are): if our graduates continue to g
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 28, 11:54 AM

The second posting by Brian Hart, but the first deeper-dive into the 10 reasons in the series, "Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools."  

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Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success

Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stim
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 27, 3:15 PM

So true on so many levels.  But, we seem to have the view that when a person fails, there is something lacking in them. :( -Lon