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Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year: A Follow Up

My August blog -- which included responses from experienced teachers about what they wish they’d known as beginners -- focused on students' emotions and classroom community. Now that we are several m
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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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Plagiarism Checker - 100% Free Plagiarism Checker Tool | Solid SEO Tools

Plagiarism Checker - 100% Free Plagiarism Checker Tool | Solid SEO Tools | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Plagiarism Checker can detect plagiarized contents for everyone. It's a free plagiarism checker tool with no limitations. So don't be plagiarized anymore

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7 vital browser plugins for newsgathering and verification - First Draft News

7 vital browser plugins for newsgathering and verification - First Draft News | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When breaking news can travel the world in seconds, it is important for journalists to have the tools at their disposal to get to work fast. When searching the web, what quicker way is there to have those tools available than directly in the browser window? Most browsers have a catalogue of programs and software to make your browsing experience more powerful, like a smartphone app store. At First Draft we find Google’s Chrome browser is the most effective but there are obviously other options available. Here are five of the most useful browser extensions for finding and checking newsworthy material online. https://firstdraftnews.com/5-vital-browser-plugins-for-newsgathering-and-verification-journalism-social-media/?utm_content=buffer033fc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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These resources in addition to Tweetdeck can put your Current Events class at a higher level. I imagine there are other classes like Health, Global History, Law, and Civics might also gain from using newsgathering and verification whether it is for research assignments or for the teacher's lesson resources. 

If anyone is teaching a research class, this might also come in handy.
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Slice, Dice, Chop Or Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor?

Slice, Dice, Chop Or Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When it comes to produce, the answer is yes, experts tell us. But the reasons are complicated — and sometimes mysterious even to restaurant critics, chefs and food scientists.
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surface area and chemical reactions can be valuable to chemistry teachers and to teachers of basic science. 
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Who has the greatest impact of them all? Here are tips and inspiration on how YOU can change your work and your life.
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Ending Endless War

The United States used to refrain from aggressive military action, but since the Cold War ended, Washington’s desire to shape the global security environment has led to permanent war. The next administration needs a new, limited, doctrine whose ultimate aims are defense and deterrence.
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Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues

Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Four examples of how news organizations might use games to help people understand — and act on — serious issues.
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For those teachers and administrators curious about some new ways to engage students with learning, explore these four games. You might also explore the topics "serious games" and "journalism games". At some point, you might assign the playing of one of these games after assigning a "what do I know (or think I know) about the given topic without looking it up". Then, the students can write a one-page essay about what they learned from playing the game--either about the topic itself or about themselves. You might also facilitate a class discussion as gaming critiques: what did they like or dislike about the game? You can broaden or deepen understanding using a research project of some type resulting in a slide presentation or as a written essay. The course can be civics or economics.
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Connect, Then Lead

Connect, Then Lead | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
To exert influence, you must balance competence with warmth.
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Educators are leaders whether they are teachers, leading the learning in their classrooms, or if they are administrators leading school buildings and districts. 
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Can You “Bootstrap” Your Way Out of Poverty? | The Frugal Farmer

Can You “Bootstrap” Your Way Out of Poverty? | The Frugal Farmer | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A Yahoo Finance article says "no", citing reasons such as the inability to find affordable housing, transportation to a job, and a decent grocery store. I
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Another article to explore poverty in the USA. 
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
John Hersey's 1946 piece exploring how six survivors experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and its aftermath.
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Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).
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(Excerpt) "You can probably imagine all the ways you could redesign the defaults around you to steer your own behavior. Rearrange the pantry to make junk food harder to reach. Put your running shoes by the bed so you see them first thing in the morning. Bury the Facebook app on your phone. Set up automatic deposits from your paycheck to a savings account so you don’t have to remember to transfer money every month. Change the default font to anything but Times New Roman. So what are you waiting for? Go on and change some defaults."
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Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'

Cosmonaut Crashed Into  Earth 'Crying In Rage' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Everyone knew the mission would fail — the technicians, the pilot and the friend who would replace him if he deserted the mission.
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“I’m just saying” — Pain in the English

“I’m just saying” — Pain in the English | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I’m interested in the origins of “I’m just saying” used postpositively. (Also its variant: “I’m not saying, I’m just saying.”) An example: “Have you ever noticed how many people end statements with qualifiers?
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the responses at the bottom are valuable as discussion material. one of the top is students can explore are expressions that really don't make sense. they are idiomatic expressions that are not figurative or metphorical.
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EarthCam - Webcam Network worldwide

EarthCam - Webcam Network worldwide | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Webcam Network | EarthCam. EarthCam is the leading network of live webcams and offers the most comprehensive search engine of internet cameras from around the world. EarthCam also creates and produces live webcasts in addition to providing complete infrastructure services to manage, host and maintain live streaming video camera systems for its consumers and corporate clients.

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Mastering Google Search to find eyewitness media - First Draft News

Mastering Google Search to find eyewitness media - First Draft News | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some advanced search functions for Google can help narrow down the search for newsworthy material
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How Your Brain Keeps You Believing Crap That Isn't True

How Your Brain Keeps You Believing Crap That Isn't True | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
we’re tricked by false truths—things we think are true but aren’t. Drinking eight glasses of water a day seems like a good idea, but it doesn’t do a bit of good for your health. Many people believe that Napoleon was short, but there’s good reason to believe he was actually a bit taller than the average Frenchman of his day. Reducing salt intake has never been shown to prevent heart attacks or strokes, and there’s no such thing as an allergy to MSG.
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Verbal Intervention Training for Managing Classroom Behavior

Verbal Intervention Training for Managing Classroom Behavior | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This research study measures how confident teachers feel with managing challenging classroom behavior after being trained in CPI verbal intervention techniques.
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How do Dollar Stores Stay in Business? (with pictures)

How do Dollar Stores Stay in Business? (with pictures) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
loss leaders
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This article, and other articles like this, might inform students for learning experiences in a business and economics course. People may not ask how dollar stores stay in business, but once the question is asked in public, you may find a sudden and intense interest in answering this question. This article may help reinforce some vocabulary terms like "loss leaders", as well as help a student understand of various profit models. 
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New York before the invention of air conditioning | 6sqft

Looking back at what life in NYC was like before the invention of air conditioning.
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The Macaroni in 'Yankee Doodle' is Not What You Think

The Macaroni in 'Yankee Doodle' is Not What You Think | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Meet the stylish gender-role rebels of 1770s England.
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Seth's Blog » Blog Archive » What’s Appreciative Thinking?

Seth's Blog » Blog Archive » What’s Appreciative Thinking? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When it comes to scientific papers, to teach appreciative thinking means to help students see such aspects of a paper as: What can we learn from it? What new ideas does it suggest? What already-existing plausible ideas does it make more plausible or less plausible? How is it an improvement over previous work? Does it use new methods? Does it use old methods in a new way? Does it show a better way to do something? Did the authors show good taste in their choice of problem? Is this a problem both important and possibly solvable? Are details done well? Is it well-written? Is the context of the work made clear? Are the data well-analyzed? Does it make good use of graphs? Is the discussion imaginative rather than formulaic? What’s interesting or enjoyable about it? That sort of thing. In my experience few papers are worthless. But I’ve heard lots of papers called worthless.
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Writers workshops in schools and in clubs have insisted on this kind of "critique" for years. they were called positive comments. in the book The Power of Protocols, they are called "warm comments". Even so, I think Seth G is right about too much critical thinking and not enough promotion of other kinds of thinking.
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8 Things to Remember about Child Development

8 Things to Remember about Child Development | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Resilience requires relationships, not rugged individualism.

The capacity to adapt and thrive despite adversity develops through the interaction of supportive relationships, biological systems, and gene expression. Despite the widespread yet erroneous belief that people need only draw upon some heroic strength of character, science now tells us that it is the reliable presence of at least one supportive relationship and multiple opportunities for developing effective coping skills that are the essential building blocks for strengthening the capacity to do well in the face of significant adversity.

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What smart reporters still don’t know about the presidential campaign

What smart reporters still don’t know about the presidential campaign | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The conventions, a curiously low-news, high-exhaustion experience, are over. The polls in the next several weeks, say some political scientists, should be pretty predictive of happens on Nov. 8. The majority of Americans who don't get a paper or watch cable news will start paying attention.

So it's also worth checking in with some of the smartest reporters and editors about what they still don't know. They've closely followed a stupefying political year. But what would they still love to know about the campaign ahead?
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How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment | Innovation Management

How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment | Innovation Management | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Authenticity and innovation are two of today’s biggest corporate buzzwords. They are often considered as separate values, but in reality they have much in
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Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought

We have broken the global concept of critical thinking down into 35 aspects or instructional strategies. These strategies are linked to the following remodeled lessons plans:

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