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Small Group Writing | Teaching Channel

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Ms. Rosenzweig leads her Bronxville High School students through a writing process in response to Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." In small groups or pairs, students discuss their argument and evidence from the text before beginning to write their pieces.

5 minute video and 3 lesson documents.

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Revolution::Change

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“If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white, you must always be painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution….An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old.”   

 

–G.K. Chesterton, 1908

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Digital Storytelling: My Favorite Phone Apps for Editing, Typography, Gif-making, & Sharing

This blog post is part of the CM Rubin World Global Search for Education which poses a question each month to leading educators for reflection and sharing. This month’s question is “Top Global Teacher Blogger’s guide to what’s hot in tech. What edtech tools have dramatically supported/improved learning in your classroom environment in the past…

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Some of The Best Writing Guides to Help Students Improve Their Writing Style

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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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DIGITAL STORYTELLING WITH INTERACTIVE IMAGES: EXAMPLES FROM PRESCHOOL TO COLLEGE

DIGITAL STORYTELLING WITH INTERACTIVE IMAGES: EXAMPLES FROM PRESCHOOL TO COLLEGE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Students need practice in digital consumption and digital production the same way they need practice in reading and writing. As the web becomes increasingly visual, one of the best ways to practice…

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10 Examples Of Great Class Blogs

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It can be so inspiring to take a look at other class blogs. We have put together a showcase of ten great blogs powered by Edublogs, CampusPress, or WordPress. Do you have any to add?

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Love sharing best practice. If you are wanting to start a class blog, here are some great examples. 
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The Cinderella Bibliography - Robbins Library Digital Projects

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"Launched in 2005 by art historians Beth Harris and Steven Zucker, Smarthistory provides a wealth of resources for teaching and learning art history. One such resource is ARCHES, or the At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series. This series offers a multimedia online textbook about issues surrounding the preservation of cultural heritage objects. In particular, this collection of short essays, images, and videos explains how important cultural artifacts, including monuments and artwork, are threatened by looting and trafficking. This series also grapples with the colonial legacy of major museums and issues of repatriation. Visitors may want to start by reading the beginner's guide, which provides a definition of cultural heritage and a history of laws and social norms regarding rights to cultural heritage objects. Visitors can also explore the series by endangered heritage subject (Americas, Europe and West Asia, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa). This series may especially appeal to art history and anthropology instructors."

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Interactive Story Writer: inklewriter - Education

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inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 11, 2017 12:09 PM

I recall using a floppy disk based program on the Apple //e to create interactive stories with my young writers.  Here's a modern version of that idea! 

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28 Awesome Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing - WeAreTeachers

28 Awesome Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing - WeAreTeachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite anchor charts for teaching writing.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 27, 2017 12:12 PM

I remember seeing the young writers in my classroom glancing up at the wall charts as they worked.  Anchor Charts are a great tool.  See this site for inspiration and ideas. 

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The I Am From Project - National Writing Project

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This conversation with George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman, hosts of the I Am From Project, is about countering divisions of race, culture, and background through poetry, artwork, videos, music, and dance.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 9, 12:42 PM

Interesting project for interesting times.  Look here for some classroom writing inspiration. 

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Educating for Democracy: What We Can Do :: National Writing Project

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"...we are thrilled to announce the new Educating for Democracy Deep Dive developed by the Teaching Channel and the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California, Riverside. The Deep Dive is a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources, blogs, and articles related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age. It provides educators with the opportunity to see key aspects of civic learning and digital media learning in action. It also provides avenues for educators and their students to explore the ways in which our civic, political, and digital lives are inextricably linked in the 21st century.

"For example, there are videos and resources that highlight various ways educators can integrate civic learning in line with the following essential questions:

-INVESTIGATION & RESEARCH: How do I help students research issues that matter to them?
-CIVIC KNOWLEDGE: How do I help further students’ civic knowledge and understanding?
-DISCUSSION: How do I help students have productive discussions about current and controversial issues?
-VOICE: How can students voice their perspective on issues that matter to them?
-ACTION: What are effective ways to take action in the digital age?
-LEARN MORE: Where can I learn more and find resources?"

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How to Teach With Our Picture Prompts (and Other Times Images) :: NY Times

How to Teach With Our Picture Prompts (and Other Times Images) :: NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Every year we introduce a new feature or two in response to feedback from our audience, and for the 2016-17 school year we’re happy to bring you what we’re calling Picture Prompts.

As you can see if you scroll through what we have so far, they are short, accessible, image-driven prompts that include both photographs and illustrations, and invite a variety of kinds of writing and discussion.

We developed them because there are more and more stunning images across sections of The New York Times that we want to make sure you don’t miss.

But we also developed them because we have a growing audience of learners from around the globe for whom our article-based daily Student Opinion prompts may be daunting.

Although each of our Picture Prompts will be connected to a related Times article, all that students will need to start writing is the image itself and and the fairly short, simple language we use to introduce it.

Here are just a few ways to use them, but, because this is a new feature, we hope you’ll post comments and share your ideas and suggestions as well.

 

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I stand by picture prompts as one of the best way to inspire writing by students. This series by the NY Times is a great source of images and thoughtful strategies.

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Response: Avoiding 'Missed Opportunities' in Writing Instruction

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The new "question-of-the-week" is:

What is the biggest mistake teachers make in writing instruction, and what should they do instead?

In Part One, Lisa Eickholdt, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Mary Ann Zehr, Nancy Frey and Valentina Gonzalez share their commentaries. You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with David and Jill on my BAM! Radio Show. You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.

Today, Eugenia Mora-Flores, Julia G. Thompson, Karen Sher, Bret Gosselin, Dr. Vicky Giouroukakis, and Emily Geltz contribute their suggestions.
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Building Metacognitive Writers

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In many ways our brains are nearly limitless in their capacity. No hard cap exists on memories that can be created or skills that can be gained. But there is one function of our brains that is incredibly limited--our attention. In fact, our attention is not just limited, it is severely limited in two distinctly…

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Nominations Now Open for Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

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"The fourth year of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards has launched! The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment are looking for teachers who demonstrate the habits of an innovator. Teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of staying curious and learning from failure. Nominations are due February 28."


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Paper Scraps Recovered From Blackbeard's Cannon Reveal What Pirates Were Reading

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Old-timey pirates are typically portrayed as stupid, unrefined thugs whose only interests involved plundering captured ships and forcing enemies to walk the plank. The recent discovery of legible text on paper pulled from the cannon of Blackbeard’s flagship paints a strikingly different picture of these misunderstood sailors.

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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, January 10, 3:32 PM

Very cool!

Mike Rizzo's curator insight, January 18, 10:28 AM

So, does this mean that Johhny Depp is smarter than he looks?

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A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time

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A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time by Terry Heick Writing is difficult to teach, if for no other reason than it is also difficult to do. Put simply, writing is the documentation of thinking. Because it’s been done in so many different format for so many different reasons for so many years, […]
The post A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time appeared first on TeachThought.

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Character Scrapbook Helps Students Analyze Stories

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Scholastic's  Character Scrapbook  is an online activity that could help your students analyze the characters in the books that the

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Language through Art: ESL Workshops (Education at the Getty)

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"For teachers of adult English Language Learners (ELLs), the J. Paul Getty Museum offers this collection of lesson plans designed to teach English vocabulary and language skills through art. These lesson plans were originally part of a workshop series at the Getty. Instructors can browse these lesson plans by level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each lesson centers on an item (or a number of items) on display at the Getty. For example, the beginning lesson, "Work", allows students to examine Lewis Hine's photograph Empire State Building and Louis-Leopold Boilly's Three Young Artists in a Studio and write sentences based on these works. In the series of advanced lessons, students look at a variety of portraits and write an imagined interview with the subject of one of these portraits. Each lesson is accompanied by student handouts and digital images of featured artwork. While these are designed specifically for adult English Language Learners, many of these lessons could also be used in K-12 art or language arts classrooms."

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Jan Taylor's curator insight, January 15, 4:54 AM
A great way of combining art with language learning
 
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Game Center

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"The Smithsonian Science Education Center offers this collection of nine interactive online games for elementary and middle school students. These games are designed to engage young learners with a range of topics relating to life, earth, space, and physical science. For example, in the Weather Lab, students are prompted to make weather forecasts based on information about ocean currents and air masses. When students make accurate predictions, they will view an animation of the predicted weather event. In Aquation: the Freshwater Access Game, students must figure out how to provide freshwater access to communities around the world. Some of these games require certain plugins, which are noted in each game description. All games are also available as a download in the App Store or Google Play. Each game is accompanied by a short description and labeled by subject and grade level."

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Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Educators Technology

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 12, 2017 1:24 PM

Seem like a natural treasure chest to me! 

Marci Milius's curator insight, December 13, 2017 10:45 AM
Good resource!
stephanie vanderlaan's curator insight, December 13, 2017 1:57 PM
Can't wait to try these.
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6+1 Trait Writing Lesson Plans: Organization

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6+1 Trait Writing Lesson Plans on Organization.

 

How many times have you reviewed beginning of the year essays and felt frustration and rising panic as you see page after page of scribbled words with no paragraphs, no titles, and only the most rudimentary sense of sentence structure? Where do you begin? Unschooled student writing can be overwhelming and daunting to the most experienced teacher. However, if you understand the 6+1 Traits TM system, you will know what to do and how to go about it.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 28, 2017 2:28 PM

Here's an in-depth lesson planning resource to help you teach the trait of organization. 

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Fake Text Message | Make Fake Text Conversation

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Fake Text Message is a tool to create a Fake Text Conversation and a Fake iMessage.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 3, 4:24 AM

This is a useful tool for creating text type dialogues for students and getting them to create their own.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 4, 8:09 AM
Fun to illsutrate modern conversations ;-)
Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, January 4, 7:11 PM
Useful tool to teach about about topics such as online bullying, appropriate use of text messages, etc.
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The 10 Best Journaling Apps for 2018

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The mere act of daily writing is a keystone habit that can improve every other area of your life, because it increases your self awareness. Journaling helps you record all the minutiae that, gathered together, reveal the meaning in your life and help you take the next best step.

The trouble is, keeping a journal isn't easy. It takes dedication to this new habit and a willingness to open up when writing on a blank page. What have you done today? Who are you really? Journaling apps can help you figure this out and help you establish a daily writing routine.

After testing nearly two dozen journaling apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, these are the top journaling apps we'd recommend to record your memories this year and in years to come.

 

Most of the recommended apps operate on a freemium basis: basic service is free, but additional convenience features require payment. -JL

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Five Simple Microsoft Word Skills for the Indie Author 

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Today there are all kinds of technical, software and app options to help you plan, research and write your manuscript. But don’t forget about Microsoft Word just because it’s been around so long. It’s far from an obsolete tool for writers. It can be downright miraculous when you master these five simple Microsoft Word skills for the indie author.

Managing a 250-page manuscript is very different from managing a two-page essay. Knowing a few basic things about organizing large documents means learning a little more about word processing software. Even a few new Microsoft Word skills will make your work soooooo much easier.
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Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary :: Larry Ferlazzo

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What are the best ways to help students -- mainstream and/or English Language Learners -- develop academic vocabulary?

Helping our students develop academic vocabulary knowledge has always been a challenge to us teachers, and the Common Core Standards "up" the challenge and its importance even more.

Today, I'll begin by briefly mentioning some of my own classroom practices (though I won't both duplicating ideas mentioned by others later in the post), and then several educator/authors - Marilee Sprenger; Jane Hill and Kirsten Miller; and Maria Gonzalez - provide guest responses. Lastly, I'll be highlighting contributions from a number of readers.

And if you're looking for even more ideas, you might want to explore my collection of The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.
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