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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

Imagine the intentional focus you would bring to crossing a rushing creek. Each stepping-stone is different in shape, each distance uneven and unpredictable, requiring you to tread with all senses in
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The strategies presented here help students get to the heart of College and Career Readiness.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day. (@irishteach @Newsela great option for current events!
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Students can click to change the reading level to match their lexiles, meaning an entire class can read and discuss the same article. A great opportunity for ESS tutorials!

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Set the bar high with a lot of cushions under it

Set the bar high with a lot of cushions under it | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
The recent success of the Boston Red Sox has much to teach us about how to educate students. Their success emerged out of an environment/culture designed f
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If you can't read the entire article, read the last three paragraphs.

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Flip Book - ReadWriteThink

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The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets. Students can choose from nine different layouts for the pages of their books (shown left). A blank flip book is available for demonstration and planning.


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Teaching with Historical Film Clips | Teachinghistory.org

Teaching with Historical Film Clips | Teachinghistory.org | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

This guide explains an approach for teaching with historical film clips that meets two purposes: teaching students that film needs to be questioned just like other historical accounts, and deepening students' historical understanding of particular topics.


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Quipio · Your words shared beautifully

Quipio · Your words shared beautifully | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Infographic posters for your classroom in minutes...


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One more kind of writing!

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 2, 2013 5:58 AM
Be a curator of content, not just a consumer of content!
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Step B… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizens

Step B… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizens | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Welcome to a this second in a summer series that is must read for any educator wanting to facilitate web page evaluation by students. It includes a new step in web evaluation information along wi...


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Common Core Writing Standard 8 specifies that students should be able to gather information from multiple sources, using advanced searches effectively and assessing the strenghths and limitations of each source. Here's help in teaching students to do that.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, September 1, 2013 12:31 AM
B for Bias...a must-read for all teachers and students using online sources...isn't that everyone??
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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

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What is "Close" Reading?

What is "Close" Reading? | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
Close reading is the idea that students will re-read certain texts in order 

Close reading is purposefully reading a text while paying attention to the author’s word choice, sentence structure, and devices used to embed layers of meaning within. It involves reading the same text multiple times, each time studying a different aspect to encourage the reader to analyze what and why the author did what he did to communicate the point.


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The questions to ask when doing a second reading are especially helpful.

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Claire Williams's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:43 PM

Close reading is when someone mostly students reread text to better understand it. Although this is a very straight forward topic tis article suggests that each time oyu read the text oyu search for differnt things so you can better understand what the autor is trying to say.

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Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress

Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis presents evidence that boredom can actually be bad for our students' brain development.

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Good insights into what our students need...

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

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Teaching Rigorous Text to Reluctant Readers Can be Difficult. Try This. - Resources - Share My Lesson

Teaching Rigorous Text to Reluctant Readers Can be Difficult. Try This. - Resources - Share My Lesson | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
The critical thinking and close reading required in the new Common Core State Standards can take twice as long for students with dyslexia, reading disabilities, speech and language issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)....
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Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Character is at least as important as intellect. Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent.


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Helping students to be persistent...

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:57 AM

The ever so brilliant Angela Duckworth: 


"Learning is hard. True, learning is fun, exhilarating and gratifying — but it is also often daunting, exhausting and sometimes discouraging. . . . To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students, educators and parents must first recognize that character is at least as important as intellect."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 28, 2013 1:29 PM

Bildung is a German concept about developing character and the attitudes that undergird it. Content is relevant in learning, but without character and strong pedagogy we drift.

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Educational Leadership:Tackling Informational Text:What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough

Educational Leadership:Tackling Informational Text:What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough | Teaching to the Core | 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.
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The Inquiry Process, Step By Step

The Inquiry Process, Step By Step | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.

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Gary Pascoe's curator insight, November 2, 2013 3:43 AM

I like the simplicity. I am a big fan of Mind/Shift

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Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.


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Mystery Cube - ReadWriteThink

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Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. The interactive Cube Creator offers four options:Bio cube. Mystery cube, Story cube and create-your-own-cube.


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Summarizing--in a new way.

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EDSITEment | The Best of the Humanities on the Web

EDSITEment | The Best of the Humanities on the Web | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Lesson plans and student resources for Art & Culture, Foreign Language, History & Social Studies, Literature & Language Arts


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Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:52 AM

Fabulous tools and ideas to promote critical and creative thinking...

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Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

Pics4Learning | Free photos for education | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it

Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:27 AM
Great little site for students and teachers to assist 'curation' activities...
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Getting boys to read can take time

Getting boys to read can take time | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
If you were asked to imagine what a typical teenage boy does with his downtime, you'd likely envision him playing video games or using some type of electronic device. Few would picture him with his nose in a book.
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Even if you can't have an all-guy class, you could set up discussion groups by gender.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.

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Do Your Students Know How To Search?

Do Your Students Know How To Search? | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 17, 2013 1:00 PM

Only 15% of students are considered power users who can transfer their tech skills from place to place. The divide is not on the horizon. It is with us.

rwestby's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:26 PM

Searching is not just for kids - Internet search skills are something needed even for adults.

Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:22 PM

Excellent, truly current information about teaching students to search and curate well. Use this for independent study!

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109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category | Teaching to the Core | Scoop.it
109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category
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