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Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:

‘What is your evidence?''How did you figure that out?’

 

The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”


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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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Just Like Burnout at Work, It’s Possible to Burn Out on Parenting

Just Like Burnout at Work, It’s Possible to Burn Out on Parenting | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
here in the United States, researchers are seeing a lot of the same patterns play out. Parents now work longer hours than previous generations, with less pay, in an environment that is notoriously incompatible with family life: In a 2013 analysis of world labor policies, researchers noted that the United States is one of only eight countries worldwide that doesn’t mandate paid leave to parents of newborns.
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Teachers who are also parents may also know this, but may need to know this when concerned about engaging parents in their children's educations. You may regularly hear the complaint about parent engagement, but this may be more of a class issue than previously thought. And for different reasons than the more judgmental reasons we usually assume. 
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Cryptomnesia - Wikipedia

Cryptomnesia - Wikipedia

Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an idea, a song, or a joke, not deliberately engaging in plagiarism but rather experiencing a memory as if it were a new inspiration.

Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an idea, a song, or a joke,[1] not deliberately engaging in plagiarism but rather experiencing a memory as if it were a new inspiration.

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Disorder in the Court

Disorder in the Court | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There was a time when Supreme Court justices were drawn routinely from the ranks of our most accomplished public figures. Not every justice, of course. But we could count on the court being comprised of people who had been in the thick of our civic life, with personal responsibility for important governing decisions: former governors, senators, party leaders, cabinet officials, even a former president. What’s wrong with our justice system isn’t the courts’ decisions: It’s the high court’s composition.
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Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant

Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Debating those who reject scientific facts has been a hobby of mine for several years now. It’s not a very rewarding hobby, and it comes with high stress levels and periodic fits of rage, so I don’t particularly recommend it. However, it has exposed me to countless pseudoscientific arguments on pretty much every topic you…
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Mathematical Discourse: A Matter of Sharing and Questioning

Mathematical Discourse: A Matter of Sharing and Questioning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With a careful and deliberate approach, teachers have the opportunity to enhance students’ math development through appropriate, next-level questioning.
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8 Ways To Encourage Online Learner Reflection In eLearning - eLearning Industry

8 Ways To Encourage Online Learner Reflection In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reflection helps online learners absorb and assimilate the information more effectively. It also allows them to put their newfound knowledge into a real-world context. In this article, I'll explore 8 ways to encourage online learner reflection through your eLearning course design.

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UW-Stout Certificate Programs encourage reflection via weekly writing and e-portfolio development.  

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White House Wants Authority To Fire Consumer Protection Chief

White House Wants Authority To Fire Consumer Protection Chief | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Unlike most — but not all — agencies with a single Director, the CFPB’s head can’t be removed at the President’s whim. Last year, as part of a lawsuit brought by mortgage company PHH Corp., a three-judge panel at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that this structure is unconstitutional.
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This could be of interest to teachers of Participation in Government classes where students are encouraged to understand how US departments, agencies, and bureaus developed over the nation's history. 
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Cato Institute - SourceWatch

Cato Institute - SourceWatch | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute states that it favors policies "that are consistent with the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, and peace."[1] Cato scholars conduct policy research on a broad range of public policy issues and produce books, studies, op-eds, and blog posts. They are also frequent guests in the media.
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Regulations Can Be Costly And Inefficient, But That Doesn't Mean We Should Scrap Them

Regulations Can Be Costly And Inefficient, But That Doesn't Mean We Should Scrap Them | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Free-market advocates call for broad-based deregulation. But such deregulation would harm the public, making it not free enterprise. It's important to identify distortionary regulations, like fuel-economy standards, to motivate the search for less distortionary approaches, like a gas tax.
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7 Signs of a Nervous Breakdown

7 Signs of a Nervous Breakdown | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
That stressor for a nervous breakdown can be anything from a break-up or money issues to grief or psychological burnout.
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Is the U.S. Getting Older and Whiter, or Younger and More Diverse? Yes.

Is the U.S. Getting Older and Whiter, or Younger and More Diverse? Yes. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For the last few years, demographers and political analysts have predicted that the United States is moving inevitably toward a "majority-minority" future, where whites account for no more than half of the population. Analysis from the Brookings Institution explains why they're so sure about it. For the first time ever, half the children under the age of one are not white. Minorities accounted for 92 percent of population growth in the 2000s.

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An A to Z List of Countries That No Longer Exist

An A to Z List of Countries That No Longer Exist | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Listing of countries that no longer exist. Learn what happened to missing countries like Tibet, Rhodesia, Siam, and others.
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Holocaust Remembrance Week: 40 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Week: 40 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the Holocaust for children and teens in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week.
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How We Learn to Exclude People

How We Learn to Exclude People | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

As the level of their interaction grows, they’re careful to keep things at a level they can handle — which sometimes means turning away potential playmates. “Two preschoolers who are playing together will often reject a third kid who’s coming over — not because they’re trying to be mean, but because they’re working at the edge of their cognitive limits to coordinate their play,” says psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore, co-author of the forthcoming book Growing Friendships: A Kid’s Guide to Making and Keeping Friends. When it’s already mentally taxing to be part of a functioning duo, turning it into a trio can make for information overload. As kids get older and their brains can handle more people at once, their play situations can become more elaborate and, by extension, include more people.

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This is a useful perspective for parents and teachers. Two is company but three is a crowd because of the cognitive load of each additional playmate. The same might be said about early collaborative efforts where teachers may create groups for learning activities. Why aren't all of the students participating and contributing? Because they are overloaded with too many different variables and needs and personalities, not because they are lazy. For students with sensory issues, noisy settings are bad. But maybe, sensory processing challenges isn't always the issue either. Unless, maybe that is what the article is describing when talking about cognitive taxing. Maybe, like so many educators, there is a promotion of a  false dichotomy between cognitive and non-cognitive processes. 
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World Science U

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Whether you are a high school student, science major in college or a lifelong learner, World Science U is where you can explore the wonders of science guided by leading researchers and educators.
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The Rules of Logic Part 6: Appealing to Authority vs. Deferring to Experts

The Rules of Logic Part 6: Appealing to Authority vs. Deferring to Experts | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The appeal to authority fallacy (a.k.a. argument from authority) is easily one of the most common logical fallacies. This is the fallacy that occurs when you base your claim on the people who agree with you rather than on the actual facts of the argument. This may seem fairly straightforward, but it can actually be…
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Useful for secondary English classes regarding writing from research, but is also useful for science and social studies writing. 
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What are retronyms, and why do they exist? | OxfordWords blog

What are retronyms, and why do they exist? | OxfordWords blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Words invented for existing concepts to distinguish them from something new are known as retronyms.
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Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
ISP now stands for "invading subscriber privacy," Democratic senator says. President Trump could also preserve the privacy rules by issuing a veto. If the House and Trump agree with the Senate's action, ISPs won't have to seek customer approval before sharing their browsing histories and other private information with advertisers.
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The Narrative Fallacy

The Narrative Fallacy | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Consider your own “side” — political, religious, cultural, whatever. The people and/or the cause with which you most identify. What are the components of the Narrative Fallacy to which you and your side are most susceptible to? That is, which elements of the Story You Use To Explain The World are most likely to mislead you into thinking you understand the world, when in fact they are precisely the elements that keep you from understanding the world as it really is?

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Math attitude influences math achievement

Math attitude influences math achievement | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Bad feelings about math beget bad grades, a new study shows. The good news? Positive feelings are associated with good grades, too.
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The Industrial Revolution: Working Class Poverty or Prosperity? | John Majewski

The Industrial Revolution: Working Class Poverty or Prosperity? | John Majewski | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Any sociological costs endured during the industrial revolution must he counterbalanced against the many sociological benefits. For the first time, there was a sense of hope and optimism. The industrial revolution spawned the attitude that progress could be made and problems could be solved. Perhaps it is worth quoting Hartwell at length on this point:

"The new attitude to social problems that emerged with the industrial revolution was that ills should be identified, examined, analyzed, publicized, and remedied, either by voluntary or legislative action. Thus evils that had long existed—child labor, for instance—and had long been accepted as inevitable, were re garded as new ills to be remedied rather than old ills to be endured (Hartwell, 1971, p. 343)."

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Teacher Depression & Anxiety Are SO Common. Here's How to Cope. - WeAreTeachers

If you're a teacher with depression or anxiety, you're not alone. Read how other teachers manage these conditions.
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The Surprising Way African-American Soldiers Were Recruited for World War I

The Surprising Way African-American Soldiers Were Recruited for World War I | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
As the U.S. prepared to join in on a conflict that had previously been confined largely to the other side of the world, leaders within the African-American community in Harlem petitioned for the U.S. military to start a new regiment within the segregated armed forces so that black Americans could prove their strength and love of country just like their white fellow citizens could. The result was the African-American 15th National Guard — with the caveat that the unit had to raise its own money for equipment and serve under the command of a white officer.
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 Make#@Animated #Videos on Cloud for free

 Make#@Animated #Videos on Cloud for free | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. Animated Videos, Done Right!

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