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Why A Miami Middle School Is Teaching Debate To Conquer Common Core

Why A Miami Middle School Is Teaching Debate To Conquer Common Core | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Bridget McKinney, principal at Miami's Allapattah Middle School, says her students struggle to pass the state's reading and writing tests. So when


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"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online

"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
“ My Storybook lets students easily create simple virtual books with text and images/characters you can insert with a click. You can also draw your own. I'm adding it to The Best Places Where Student...”
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How to start a TED-Ed Club

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“ A step-by-step guide for starting a TED-Ed Club at your local school or community organization. Step 1 Watch this short video about starting a TED-Ed Club. If you're interested, share it with frien...”
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Tweet from @MargaretE211

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“Great resource for teaching the common core reading standards! @AbbyRobles13 @anasmithteach @evie_leano http://t.co/V0I79Fryi1”
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Essay Map-A Handy Interactive Graphic Organizer to Help Students with Essay Writing

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
“Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.”
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:38 AM

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

Sharrock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 10:39 AM
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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles

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“Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles by Abi Frost and Kathleen Stern Why Discussion Skills? Discussion skills are easy to neglect, especially when there are so many reading and writi...”
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Allie Spickermann's curator insight, June 22, 2016 10:05 PM
There are a lot of aspects of lit circles that can transfer into other aspects of the curriculum, but discussion skills can also transfer into the "real world." This article is also an example of a specific skill that teachers can use lit circles to focus on in their classroom.
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Visuals and Reading

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“ Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact that my twin sister is a talented artist...”
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:32 AM

My comment on the blog: Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the work you are doing to tie the process of reading alphabetic words to images representing the connection among those words and your sharing the images of student work. You are so right about all you say…our brain sees in images not in words…well, at least most brains. Your activities help students to become metacognitive and this type of reflection builds thinking skills. Another use of image-making is to ask students to draw what they intend to write before actually writing…for many students, this helps clarify and organize thoughts rambling around in their head, especially the struggling writer challenged to generate words. Just another though.

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What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction

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“What’s In a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction by Kathleen Stern As a middle school reading teacher, I constantly find myself thinking, “If my students knew the meaning of more words, they would be be...”
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In Defense of Teaching Poetry

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“If children tell you that they do not like poetry, the first question you should ask is whether they have ever been taught how to read it....”
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PARCC System Check Tool-verify your browser, device, and settings are compatible

The PARCC System Check Tool verifies that your browser, device, and settings are compatible so that you can do the PARCC sample items. http://wiu.edu/users/mfjro1/wiu/index.htm http://wiu.edu/users...
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Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles

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“Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles by Abi Frost and Kathleen Stern Why Discussion Skills? Discussion skills are easy to neglect, especially when there are so many reading and writi...”
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Allie Spickermann's curator insight, June 22, 2016 10:05 PM
There are a lot of aspects of lit circles that can transfer into other aspects of the curriculum, but discussion skills can also transfer into the "real world." This article is also an example of a specific skill that teachers can use lit circles to focus on in their classroom.
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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
"Being good at asking questions is the art of identifying those gaps, sorting them, and figuring out how to fill them. Considered that way, it is a strange skill: “the ability to organize your thinking around something you know nothing about,” said Rothstein."
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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:00 PM

So true... I cringe when I am in classrooms with the packaged program "essential question" of the week on the board...and very often those "essential questions" lack cognitive clarity for the students

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:33 PM

A great summary of why questioning still matters.  We've been talking about metacognition a lot this year in the library.  Learning how to develop questions is a large part of learning how you learn and think.

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

This quote is so true.  Learning how to ask essential questions is a skill that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives and facilitates a lifetime of learning. 

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Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles

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Cultivating Discussion Skills in Literature Circles by Abi Frost and Kathleen Stern Why Discussion Skills? Discussion skills are easy to neglect, especially when there are so many reading and writi...

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Allie Spickermann's curator insight, June 22, 2016 10:05 PM
There are a lot of aspects of lit circles that can transfer into other aspects of the curriculum, but discussion skills can also transfer into the "real world." This article is also an example of a specific skill that teachers can use lit circles to focus on in their classroom.
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ChatterPix - Add voice to images

ChatterPix -  Add voice to images | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
“ Get ChatterPix - by Duck Duck Moose on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.”
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Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, May 24, 2014 8:04 AM

Looks great for getting kids to present reviews of work

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 2014 9:16 AM

I just know there are people out there who will take this idea and run with it....the digital world continues to underscore our playful and creative selves. Have fun!

Dale Borgeson's curator insight, November 16, 2014 10:26 PM

I know a teacher at NVES who has used this tool with her kids on numerous projects. 

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LearnZillion updates new #commoncore lesson plans for #back2school

LearnZillion updates new #commoncore lesson plans for #back2school | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core standards - The Denver Post (blog)

One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core standards - The Denver Post (blog) | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
“The Denver Post (blog) One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core standards The Denver Post (blog) The 22-year-old teacher – a product of Aurora public schools in his second year of a Teach for America stint – leads what is called a “Socratic...”
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Grammar Films - YouTube

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“ Grammar films discussing all the typical issues English language learners deal with.”
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Annotated 3-8 ELA and Mathematics State Test Questions | EngageNY

Annotated 3-8 ELA and Mathematics State Test Questions | EngageNY | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 13, 2014 10:06 PM

These assessment samples were released recently and as they presented, do not offer themselves as mini-tests but as examples for how New York is currently progressing in this Common Core journey. If your school is working on Common Core aligned assessment pieces, either as pre, interim or post assessments, these are good samples to look at, evaluate, and consider.

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Written Conversations about Reading

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“Written Conversations about Reading: Reader Response Journals by Abi Frost I am sure all teachers can agree that one of the best parts about teaching is seeing how students use what we teach when t...”
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Make Your Students “Poetry Geniuses”!

Make Your Students “Poetry Geniuses”! | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
“ Make Your Students “Poetry Geniuses”! by Abi Frost I recently discovered a web resource called “rap genius”. This Brooklyn-based startup allows users to explore and understand the meaning behind...”
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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's comment, December 19, 2013 10:21 AM
Before you use this tool with students, learn to use it. Many of the rap lyrics are not appropriate for MS (at least not to read in print...). Many of the annotations are crude - are these good models? Also, strongly consider citations for images and poem texts - without these, we are teaching annotation, yes, but also how poor digital citizenship. And where is the conversation? It might cost more, but that would make the tool more useful. VoiceThread does the same thing, by the way, in a cleaner environment.
KB...Konnected's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:53 PM

Looks interesting. Further investigation required.

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A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
"I have always believed that teachers (and people in general) MUST have an open midset; one that tolerates and celebrates mistakes and errors; one that looks at failure as an opportunity for a better beginning. It is through falling down that we stand up robust and it is through misfortunes that we gather our strength to live the life we want and pursue our dreams. If we want to raise up socially and emotionally strong students who can face up and overcome the hardships of life, an important key in this is to teach (and model) them about failure. We need to show them that failure is a healthy sign and a good omen for a healthy life experience. They need to view failure as an attempt for deep reflection and meditation about what work or did not work. They also need to be reminded that failure has been a common denominator behind most of the historical achievements and invention in the history of humankind."
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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:12 AM

Can you learn from failure? 

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:09 AM

It is important to let our children fail, and become stronger as a result of failure...

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TouchCast Releases Teacher-Created #CCSS Lesson Plans

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Sue Thuma's curator insight, July 12, 2014 2:25 PM

Something to investigate.

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What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction

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“What’s In a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction by Kathleen Stern As a middle school reading teacher, I constantly find myself thinking, “If my students knew the meaning of more words, they would be be...”
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ela-teach-strat-read-text-k-5.pdf


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Rebecca Zullo, M.Ed's curator insight, May 23, 2013 11:23 AM

This pdf download is well-developed and includes both instructional strategies and formative assessment techniques. It is aligned well with Common Core ELA-Literacy Standards K-5. The appendix has blackline masters to assist in instructional delivery and learning activities.