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Three Ways to Create a Digital Classroom Library for Your Students ...

Three Ways to Create a Digital Classroom Library for Your Students ... | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
So choose the option that best fits your needs, and go make your own classroom library. I'd be interested to hear what books you include, so let me know in the comments! Brian Rock is a high school social teacher in New ...
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The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide {Giveaway ...

But Doug's advice in The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide is the perfect balance: it's relatable and comes across as totally do-able. He's in touch with what's happening in actual classrooms and doesn't labor ...
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Class teaches basic outdoors survival skills - Springfield News-Leader

Class teaches basic outdoors survival skills - Springfield News-Leader | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Class teaches basic outdoors survival skills Springfield News-Leader Building a shelter is one way to escape the elements, but Nash said lost hikers could also take advantage of caves or rock overhangs, piling leaves inside to make a dry,...
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You might be a science teacher if… » Stretching Forward

You might be a science teacher if… » Stretching Forward | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
If you can simulate the rock cycle using gum drops, air heads, and crayons, you might be a science teacher. If your classroom is filled with beakers, hot plates, pipettes, graduated cylinders, triple balances, and other science ...
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Wonderopolis » Blog Archive » Do You Like To Play Bingo?

Wonderopolis » Blog Archive » Do You Like To Play Bingo? | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Do you play BINGO in your classroom to learn math or other cool stuff? We really like your ideas for tomorrow's Wonder…they ROCK! :-). mr levy's class. 15. Feb, 2013 at 10:58 am. Hey, my class played bingo in French class ...
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Can the Chicago River be saved? - Salon

Can the Chicago River be saved? - Salon | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
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Can the Chicago River be saved?
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... trading, connecting: a symbol of American history's inexorable flow toward progress.
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"I'm Done!" - Challenging Students Who Finish Early

"I'm Done!" - Challenging Students Who Finish Early | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
I have a book in my car (you have to do something while waiting to pick up athletes and dancers), a book in the bedroom, and now with e-readers a book that goes everywhere with me on my phone.
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Rock the AIMS: Teachers make video to help students with test - KSAZ 10 - MyFox Phoenix

Rock the AIMS: Teachers make video to help students with test - KSAZ 10 - MyFox Phoenix | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Rock the AIMS: Teachers make video to help students with test - KSAZ 10
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Rock the AIMS: Teachers make video to help students with test. Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:57 PM ... charges against state Sen.
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Announcing The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher! | Rosie Molinary

Announcing The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher! | Rosie Molinary | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
... virtual workshop experience to crush the things that hold you back, learn what will move you forward, and create an action plan that will make you healthy, happy, and sane while upping the magic you already deliver in the classroom.
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The Matthew Effect: What Is It and How Can You Avoid It In Your Classroom?

The Matthew Effect: What Is It and How Can You Avoid It In Your Classroom? | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it

"The only reason not to reward the best and brightest for their achievements is to avoid punishing the rest for their shortcomings...

Programs for the gifted and acts like NCLB are classic catalysts of what social scientists call the Matthew Effect. Coined by sociologist Robert Merton, the Matthew Effect derives its name from a verse in the New Testament (Matthew 25:29)...and roughly translates to, “Those who are successful are most likely to be given the special opportunities that lead to further success, and those who aren’t successful are most likely to be deprived of them."


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This post explores the Matthew Effect in detail, providing the background to be able to understand how this impacts our classrooms today. After the introduction the post is split into three sections:

* How The Labels You Place On Your Students Affects Their Performance

* How Early Experiences Determine A Student's Academic Career

* The Matthew Effect In The System
This final section raises the question of the value of holding students back. The author states "The ideal solution, she proposes, is not holding kids back but collaborating with parents on the creation of an individualized learning plan for each student who needs help reading — a plan that might involve specialized instruction, tutoring, or summer school."

This section also includes 20 ways you can avoid the Matthew Effect in your classroom. Two are listed below:

* Abandon the notion that it is the best and brightest who rise effortlessly to the top.

* For every “talented” student you provide with a superior experience, provide a “less talented” student with an opportunity as well.Each point has additional information that provides a more in-depth explanation.
As you reflect on your teaching are there students who may fall into the Matthew Effect? Do you have additional ideas that would be helpful to share?
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15 Apps for the One iPad Classroom - We Are Teachers

15 Apps for the One iPad Classroom - We Are Teachers | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it

"Hooray! You have a brand new, shiny iPad to use in your classroom this year. 

Boo—there's only one iPad and 35 eager kids ready to use it. 

No need to worry—there are lots of amazing things you can do with a single iPad in your classroom, and it doesn't have to be a classroom management nightmare either.

Here are 15 of our favorite apps that work great with a one iPad setup AND help to keep kids on task and engaged with what you are learning."


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Applicazioni per 1 iPad:Classe

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Something here for everyone on staff to use in classrooms on a limited iPad budget.
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Great ideas for the "one iPad" classroom.

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Using Augmented Reality in the Primary Classroom

"Using Augmented Reality in the Primary Classroom. Apple Distinguished Educator Paul Hamilton looks at how to create an Augmented Reality experience for his students in a Primary/Elementary Classroom setting."


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A Straightforward Workflow For iPads In The Classroom

A Straightforward Workflow For iPads In The Classroom | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
How do you properly integrate iPads in the classroom? This workflow should help you upgrade your digital learning experience in no time!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Karen Stadler, John Evans
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Teaching Students How to Make Notes - 21 Century Classroom: The ...

Teaching Students How to Make Notes - 21 Century Classroom: The ... | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Heidi you rock! I am using so many of your ideas in my classroom! Thank you, thank you! I've just started the Thinking Matrix - on retell now but it should be quick because we've already covered it and now I'm situating it on the ...
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Remembering Teachers: The Good, the Bad, and the Joyless

Remembering Teachers: The Good, the Bad, and the Joyless | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
What do you remember most about your teachers? What irks you to this day or stays with you in a ... He wanted 15-year-old me to teach a lecture to the 16- and 17-year-olds in the class (what a difference a year seemed to make back then!
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Comprehending giftedness as it really is - Otago Daily Times

Comprehending giftedness as it really is - Otago Daily Times | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Comprehending giftedness as it really is
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As a nation we do not yet do well by our gifted children.
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4 Steps to Managing Your 1:1 Classroom

4 Steps to Managing Your 1:1 Classroom | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Setting clear behavioral expectations will go a long way towards cultivating a fun and functional atmosphere in your classroom. Let kids know what they should and should not do with technology in class, and practice it.
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School Must Be Real Life | Practical Theory

School Must Be Real Life | Practical Theory | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
... care about when the Magna Carta was signed? Why does a third grader really care about the different kinds of rocks? But fifteen year olds do care about power dynamics and fairness. ...
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New science lab at Sevierville Intermediate has teachers, students excited - Themountainpress

New science lab at Sevierville Intermediate has teachers, students excited - Themountainpress | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
New science lab at Sevierville Intermediate has teachers, students excited Themountainpress To see children enthusiastic about learning, interested and excited about discovery, then a visit to the Sevierville Intermediate School science lab — the...
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Rock That Assessment - ("Thrift Shop" Parody)

McCombs Middle School in Des Moines, IA. Staff and students create a video to prepare for the Iowa Assessments. This is not an original song, the music is fr...
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Classroom Teacher About to Start Coral Reef in Classroom

Classroom Teacher About to Start Coral Reef in Classroom | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Hi everyone!! I am a 7th grade life science teacher who has been wanting to do this for awhile and finally might be able to get the funding to do so. I have been tons of research on it and am.
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Free Classroom Guides and Educational Downloads for 2012

Free Classroom Guides and Educational Downloads for 2012 | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Get our easy-to-print guides that include useful tips for teachers, parents, and school administrators.

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Tech Edge, iPads In The Classroom - Episode 70, Free Writing Apps Part 1

UNL Tech Edge, iPads In The Classroom - Technology Information and Apps

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Academic Discourse and PBL | Edutopia

Academic Discourse and PBL | Edutopia | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Math teacher Danielle Lynch continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with examples of how the principle of academic discourse can deepen math learning.
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Building Partnerships to Expand the PBL Classroom | Edutopia

Building Partnerships to Expand the PBL Classroom | Edutopia | Spectacular Classrooms | Scoop.it
Human geography teacher Karissa Stay continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with an offbeat analogy that compares finding the right outside expert with dating ...
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