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How to Tell if Your Protagonist Needs a Better Goal - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Tell if Your Protagonist Needs a Better Goal - Helping Writers Become Authors | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
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Another writing blogger I like to follow, K.M. Weiland, addresses the goal of the main character. Since mine isn't chasing something so obvious as buried treasure or her missing father, I constantly wonder if the goal is clear enough, interesting enough. Should be a good read.

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Accidentally Creating a Digital Writing Workshop

Accidentally Creating a Digital Writing Workshop | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
As a classroom teacher, it was never my intention to integrate technology into all facets of my instruction. I knew that I would be encouraged to use such digital devices in my practice, but I hesita
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Add collaboration to writing instruction, and let it be flavored with technology.

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Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing

Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an
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Narrative writing should be taught right along with argumentative, explanatory and persuasive. Each has its own use.

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Simple Ways to Create Videos to Engage Your Students

Simple Ways to Create Videos to Engage Your Students | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are searching for video resources online by sifting through YouTube, searching on Google, and visiting various topical sites. However, what’s often required is quite specific and it can be hard to find exactly what you need.
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Add video to your technology toolbelt.

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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers
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Use these phases to get your inquiry-based learners started.

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Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning

Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
Last week's question was: What's your best advice on doing project-based learning? This post is a Part Two to last year's popular one by Suzie Boss (and readers!) on Do's and Don'ts for Better Project-Based Learning.
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Teachers collaborate on do's and don't's of Project Based Learning.

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Twitter / betamiller: Great graphic on the Assessment ...

Twitter / betamiller: Great graphic on the Assessment ... | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
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Miller's graphic sheds light on PBL assessment.

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My Own Genius Hour: Juggling

My Own Genius Hour: Juggling | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
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Kirr "hooks" her class for a reflective discussion about a recent cardboard project.

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In It to WIN It---Preparing for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month)

In It to WIN It---Preparing for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
Anyway, whoever chose November as National Novel Writing Month was seriously brilliant, because Halloween is like Mardi Gras for writers. If you are smart, use trick-or-treating to your advantage.
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Kristen Lamb's blog that I follow anyway, but this one is valuable in that it addresses NaNoWriMo and has links to her very thorough posts about all aspects of writing a good story. And there is her sense of humor.

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Planning talk show segments in AP – Group work in action (part 1) | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT

Planning talk show segments in AP – Group work in action (part 1) | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
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Planning a talk show - another creative method of teaching communication skills.

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3 Ways To Use Vine In The Project-Based Learning Classroom -

3 Ways To Use Vine In The Project-Based Learning Classroom - | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
3 ways to use Vine in the project-based learning classroom.
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Vine - it's not just for socializing and entertainment. Use it in your newest project.

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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | Upgrading learning | 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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There is a difference between "doing" projects and learning through inquiry and design. These essentials help teachers keep it real.

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Experts & NewBIEs | Bloggers on Project Based Learning: May 2012

Experts & NewBIEs | Bloggers on Project Based Learning: May 2012 | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
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In what ways does "authentic" learning trump the textbook/worksheet methods?

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Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators

Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators | Upgrading learning | Scoop.it
I recently sat through a bullying prevention session for parents, and the conversation inevitably migrated to a discussion of cyberbullying, smartphones and other forms of digital media.
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Before students go digital with those projects, make sure they understand digital citizenship.

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Keys of Purpose-Driven Learning

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What's the purpose of school? Unfortunately when asked,…
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This blog post carries a link to a purpose-driven learning rubric that helps students understand how they can be effective in the classroom and in their own learning.

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