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What Makes a Great School Leader?

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar highlights the three qualities she thinks most indicative of a great school leader: visionary leadership, community builder, and emotional intelligence.
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Elena Aguilar is one of my new favorites. I love her book, The Art of Coaching, too.
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The Difference One Sentence Makes to a Student - Teaching for the Whole Story - Education Week Teacher

The Difference One Sentence Makes to a Student - Teaching for the Whole Story - Education Week Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I share these two stories for the chance they offer to think about the power of our words to students. What sentence will you say to a student--intentionally or not--that will stay with them for the rest of their lives? That might, for better or worse, reframe how they see themselves? How do we show students we see them?
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Statistics About Struggling Readers and Reading Growth

Statistics About Struggling Readers and Reading Growth | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Did you know these 10 surprising statistics about struggling readers and reading growth? They show how even a small increase in daily reading practice could make a huge difference for all students.
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Four Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a Student Teacher

This past Tuesday, I gave a keynote to a group of 400 student teachers from around West Michigan. It was only twenty minutes long, so I had to be quick as I went through four things I wish people had told me when I was starting out. Before I get to the four things, you …
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7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span

7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Children often struggle to pay attention, but when they are given a task they view as challenging or hard, they are even more likely to give up before truly trying. If you notice a child that is regularly losing focus during challenging tasks, here are some strategies that might help increase that attention span and improve the overall outcome of tasks.
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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

Avoiding "Learned Helplessness" | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Take responsibility for empowering students, and avoid the schooling habits that train them to seek a single right answer instead of exploring the learning process.
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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields. No student comes to school adept in academic discourse -- thus, thoughtful instruction is required.
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LiveSlides - Embed any website in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation

LiveSlides - Embed any website in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
LiveSlides is a PowerPoint add-in that embeds any web content like YouTube, Vimeo & Twitter Feeds in your presentation. Download our Add-in to embed your content today.

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Mark Arthur's curator insight, February 21, 8:16 AM
(Another) Presentation tool with Kahoot-style interactive functions.This space is getting competitive what with Slidio, Hypersay and now this.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 21, 1:17 PM
I wanted to try this, but it wants me to uninstall PollEverywhere. Since I have no admin privileges on my work computer, I'm hesitant to ask IT to uninstall something and then if this doesn't work well, I will have to go back and get PollEverywhere reinstalled. Anyone have this issue? 
 
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12 Of The Most Popular Trends In Education For 2018 via TeachThought

12 Of The Most Popular Trends In Education For 2018 via TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Checkout 12 Most Popular Trends In Education For 2018 by TeachThought Staff. What are the popular trends in education in 2018? Well, that’s a tricky ques.

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DesignCap - Online Poster Maker - Free, Simple, No Account Required

DesignCap - Online Poster Maker - Free, Simple, No Account Required | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Designing digital posters can provide a quick, creative, and engaging way for students to show what they know. DesignCap is free and easy to use.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word

Free Technology for Teachers: Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for suggestions on tools that his students can use to collaborativel
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The Redesigned OneNote Is A Powerful Note Taking Tool for Teachers and Students

The Redesigned  OneNote Is A Powerful Note Taking Tool for Teachers and Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover?

What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Roughly 16 percent of teachers in the U.S. change jobs or leave the profession annually. Here are three ideas for reducing that number.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 5, 2017 1:29 PM
This is a critical issue. The conclusion is retaining teachers is more important than recruiting them. This requires teachers learning from each others. Mentors are OK, but my experience was it was someone not associated with my school from central office. Leaders have to be more than managers, which is often what administrators are.

I think treating teachers as responsible people is also essential to retaining teachers.
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6 Great Websites to Access Digital Texbooks

6 Great Websites to Access Digital Texbooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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How to deliver effective classroom consequences –

There was a time in my teaching where I felt burnt out all the time. I felt controlled by the students. There was one class where I became so angry at the students, that I told them “I need silence…
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Zanifesto - A free infographics creator

Zanifesto - A free infographics creator | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Create custom infographics with our affordable and free graphics builder.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, March 18, 4:18 PM
This might be interesting to try. Anything that helps develop infographics in a quick manner is useful.
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Because infographics is also a way to display your mindmap
Tina Jameson's curator insight, March 22, 10:19 PM
Web based Infographic builder that seems well set up, and at the moment is free to use.  
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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.
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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
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Six Tips For Creating A Positive Learning Environment In Your Classroom

Six Tips For Creating A Positive Learning Environment In Your Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are some tips to help you in creating that positive learning environment for all students.
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19 Educational Websites to Enhance Students Reading Skills

19 Educational Websites to Enhance Students Reading Skills | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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High Quality Free Presentation Templates

High Quality Free Presentation Templates | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
High quality powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for presentations. Download our free slide designs and impress your audience.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 20, 2:24 AM

A useful collection of presentation templates.

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Independence in Writing Workshop

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What's the difference between a sense of calm purpose in writing workshops and an atmosphere fraught with tension? Tara Smith finds in her sixth-grade classroom it's the structures in place (or missing) for student independence.
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Minilessons: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

Minilessons: Writing Workshop Fundamentals | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Everything students are asked to do in writing workshop builds on effective teaching during the minilesson. It's important to understand the basics of writing minilessons so we can write them quickly and teach our students to become stronger writers every time we bring them to the meeting area to teach them something new.
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Close Reading and Multiple Layers in Middle School - Choice Literacy

Close Reading and Multiple Layers in Middle School - Choice Literacy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
... My intentional hunt for layered text is one reason I gravitate toward picture books as a middle school language arts teacher. Reading plain text is a different experience from reading text accompanied by images. Whereas a less experienced reader might read images to support his comprehension of the text, a more experienced reader analyzes images to seek connections between images and text to extend his understanding of a text beyond the meaning of the words alone. The simple act of rereading a text, adding the layer of images on top of words, can have a profound effect on a reader’s interpretation of its meaning.
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Five Key Beliefs: The Source of Abbe's Superpowers - ALL Teachers Should Read This! @davestuartjr

Abbe personifies a lot of the habits and traits I want my students to cultivate: working hard each day, maintaining a great attitude, treating others with kindness, keeping track of her work and completing it with care, asking questions when she has them, appreciating a challenge, and on and on. If my classes were filled …
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ALL teachers should read this! Love these five key beliefs that students need.... I believe they will make a difference.
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