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Novels with Science Content | Unleashing Readers

Novels with Science Content | Unleashing Readers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I thought this one was important to share again as we start a new school year and with Common Core (with content area literacy) looming, I thought it’d be a good resource. I have added more novels to the list since the original post (thanks to some helpful friends and more reading). "

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How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity | MindShift | KQED News

How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Nick Sigmon first encountered the idea of “grading for equity” when he attended a mandatory professional development training at San Leandro High School led by Joe Feldman, CEO of the Crescendo Education Group. As a fairly new high school physics teacher, Sigmon says he was open-minded to new ideas, but had thought carefully about his grading system and considered it fair already. Like many teachers, Sigmon had divided his class into different categories (tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, labs, notebook, etc.) and assigned each category a percentage. Then he broke each assignment down and assigned points. A student’s final grade was points earned divided by total points possible. He thought it was simple, neat and fair.
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25 Best Social Studies Websites for Kids and Teachers to Learn

25 Best Social Studies Websites for Kids and Teachers to Learn | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Recently, a high school teacher on our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE asked readers to suggest the best social studies websites around. As usual, our teacher friends came through in force! We’ve rounded up the links as well as the official tout from each website. Check it out and share your picks for the best social studies websites in the comments.
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What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In An Elementary Classroom – A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani

What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In An Elementary Classroom – A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

As a K-5 Instructional Coach, my eyes were open wide the first time I stepped into a 1st Grade Classroom. The teacher was actually teaching the kids HOW to read.

I immediately sent an email to my former high school colleagues saying that I had no idea what it was like in an Elementary school (and we should be lucky of the issues we had to deal with at HS)!

Flash forward 10 years and I’ve spent a ton of time working with Elementary schools, teachers, and students in some way or capacity (administrator, teaching, curriculum design, technology, consulting etc).

I’ve learned so much from Elementary teachers around this country who continue to inspire me, but nothing has made me more focused in on what innovation and project-based learning looks like than my own crew of kids.

Yes, I have four kids, all 9 and under (it is a blast…and a bit crazy at our house!). Two are in school right now, and I love seeing their faces light up when they come home working on a project or feeling excited about the day’s learning activities.

I get to see what Project-Based Learning looks like in an Elementary Classroom and the difference it can make in a student’s learning life.

So, when I got the question a few weeks ago from an Elementary teacher, “What does this ACTUALLY look like in an Elementary classroom?”, I was pumped to put together this article with lots of real examples of PBL K-5.

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Mathias Basner: Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | TED Talk

Mathias Basner: Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | TED Talk | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind how noise affects your health and sleep -- and how you can get more of the benefits of the sound of silenc
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How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience | MindShift | KQED News

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise -- from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns.

Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa Damour has hopeful news for parents and teens: first, some degree of stress and anxiety is not only normal but essential for human growth. And if those levels become untenable, there are tested strategies for reining anxiety back in.
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Later school starts linked to better teen grades

Later school starts linked to better teen grades | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A Seattle study confirms that later high school start times improve teens’ sleep and grades. Fitbit-like activity trackers provided the evidence.

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Why It's Crucial -- And Really Hard -- To Talk About More Equitable Grading | MindShift | KQED News

Why It's Crucial -- And Really Hard -- To Talk About More Equitable Grading | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teachers thoughtfully develop grading policies in their classrooms that they believe will promote learning. But what if those same policies unintentionally add to the inequity in the system?
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5 Habits That Keep Your Brain Young - INC

5 Habits That Keep Your Brain Young - INC | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Yes, diet and exercise matter, but so do these other simple interventions you can start doing today.
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When Am I Ever Going to Use This? Edutopia

When Am I Ever Going to Use This? Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
High school students ask this question partly to challenge the teacher’s authority, but they may really want to know the answer.
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Teaching Social and Emotional Skills All Day - GSE Harvard

Teaching Social and Emotional Skills All Day - GSE Harvard | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The types of skills required to care for and advocate for oneself and others — self-regulation, responsibility, empathy, and discipline, among others — are becoming increasingly central to the work of schools and teachers, and increasingly relevant to the lifelong success of students. 

More and more, educators are recognizing that these skills — often called “social and emotional” skills — are inextricably intertwined with the academic skills. Nine out of 10 teachers believe that social emotional skills can and should be taught. But four out of five want more support to address their students’ social emotional development. How do teachers catch up their practices with what they know is possible?

A new report from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development draws on a large volume of research on social-emotional learning, three new research reports written over the last two years, as well as surveys with parents, students, and teachers — all generating new recommendations for teaching the whole child and for supporting the academic, social, and emotional wellbeing of students. It will take significant system-wide and school-wide changes to make sure every child gets this kind of holistic education; teachers cannot do that work alone.

But with the following considerations and actions, teachers can begin to break the silos that stuff social-emotional learning into a specific unit or class, and instead embed it throughout the day.
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Deepfake videos: Inside the Pentagon’s race against disinformation

Deepfake videos: Inside the Pentagon’s race against disinformation | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When seeing is no longer believing
Inside the Pentagon’s race against deepfake videos
Advances in artificial intelligence could soon make creating convincing fake audio and video – known as “deepfakes” – relatively easy. Making a person appear to say or do something they did not has the potential to take the war of disinformation to a whole new level. Scroll down for more on deepfakes and what the US government is doing to combat them.
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Diversity in Graphic Novels :: National Council of Teachers of English

Diversity in Graphic Novels :: National Council of Teachers of English | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This blog post, compiled with the help of member Laura M. Jiménez, offers graphic novels with characters, authors, and illustrators from many places, with varied backgrounds, identities, and abilities."


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Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work | MindShift | KQED News

Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.
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The 6 Best Sites and Apps for Quick, Effective Professional Learning - Education Leaders

The 6 Best Sites and Apps for Quick, Effective Professional Learning - Education Leaders | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As we get older, time moves faster.  In fact, not only does time move faster, but as adults we care about time a great deal more than we did as children.  We are always looking to save time.  As we continue our quest to save more and more time, we also need to remember what is important to us as well and balance our time saving strategies with our priorities in life.

 

For me, continuing to grow and learn as an educator is one of the important aspects of my life.  Over the years, I have always searched for different ways to learn while conserving time for other ventures.  I am consistently trying new tools and resources to see if they are as good as the others I am using.  Try the apps and websites below when you get a chance.  They each have their own unique features that help me grow professionally everyday and will help you as well:
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9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture - CUlt of Pedagogy

9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture - CUlt of Pedagogy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’ve been teaching English for many years, across multiple grade levels, from middle school to high school to college. I’ve read (and have written) heaps of education books and research articles. And yet the premise for this post is so simple, I’m willing to bet that any one of our students can pin it down without a moment’s hesitation.

What is the most essential ingredient to a rockstar lesson?

It’s student engagement.
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How to stop using filler words like ‘um' and 'uh' in your speech

How to stop using filler words like ‘um' and 'uh' in your speech | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Americans are notorious for using filler words. While moderate use in a casual environment could be helpful it is advised to avoid excessive use, especially in a professional setting. If you're using too many filler words, it is time to stop the habit.
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Meet 2 Ojibway speakers who are using Facebook to teach their language | CBC News

Meet 2 Ojibway speakers who are using Facebook to teach their language | CBC News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
More and more people are turning to social media to learn their Indigenous languages, and two Ojibway speakers are using different techniques to connect with language learners across the country on Facebook.

Every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. CT, James Vukelich turns his phone's camera toward himself, and hits "go live" on Facebook. He starts off with a traditional Ojibway language — or Anishinaabemowin — greeting and delivers the "word of the day," connecting with and teaching the language to his online friends.

"For me, putting stuff on social media is a way to get language materials to [people] for free that they can use at a touch of their fingertips," said Vukelich.

Vukelich is from the Turtle Mountain Indian Reserve in Minnesota. He said his mother, grandmother, grandfather and uncles all went to boarding schools in the United States — like Canada's residential schools — and the language was lost for two generations in his family.

"I didn't hear the language until I was 24 years old," said Vukelich.
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These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners

These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Understanding demographics allows you to understand values and outcomes that inspire and hence better engage and motivate your learners. To understand their values, you must be able to ...


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 11, 5:41 AM

Some useful questions.

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STEAM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster?

STEAM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This is the perfect STEAM Challenge for the chilly weather we are having! It will teach students all about why we put salt on icy roads during winter.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you determine what makes ice melt faster?

This challenge will take around an hour to complete. "

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The @DavidGeurin Blog: Are You Competent and Creative?

The @DavidGeurin Blog: Are You Competent and Creative? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Shouldn't teaching be a creative profession? In my mind, most every profession should have opportunities for creativity. I think humans are made to be creative. And if we don't have the chance to use those abilities, we are mostly going through the motions. We're merely "doing" or "implementing" without much opportunity to use our unique gifts or strengths.

I'm referring to creativity here in the broadest sense. It's not just artistic creativity, although that's an important kind for sure. I'm talking about the ability to have ideas, initiate plans, and solve complex problems. Much creativity is needed for these types of activities."

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What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other | MindShift | KQED News

What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“We as teachers have a lot to learn from coaches,” said Jeff Gilbert, a former teacher and coach and now principal of Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California. Most important, student learning would improve if teachers included more public performances in their instruction, he said.

In sports, players practice their skills in order to play the game better, and coaches modify what and how they train based on the athletes’ performance. Students in the classroom would benefit from similar high-stakes public performances, where they demonstrate what they’ve learned. In this way, the learning has a purpose, the same as throwing and catching drills in baseball.

Learning grounded in performance also allows teachers to give students constant feedback, like a coach who tweaks a player’s stance or swing. Though it’s more difficult for teachers to assess how well students are learning—unlike coaches, who can see immediately whether what they’ve taught has stuck—projects that include performances give more opportunities for immediate feedback.
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What Kids Gain From Curriculum Focused on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease | MindShift | KQED News

What Kids Gain From Curriculum Focused on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Greg Kintzele is a amiable, blonde seventh-grader from Denver who was always close with his grandmother. They would hike together in the mountains in Colorado where they live, and play a lot of games, too. Especially Scrabble.

"She'd always come up with all these words and I'd be like, 'Is that a word?' and then she'd be like, 'Oh yes it is. You can check it in the dictionary," Greg says.

And usually she was right.

Then he noticed his grandmother starting to change. Her mood became sharper and she couldn't seem to remember the grandson she'd known for a decade.

"I felt kind of hurt," he says. "I've known her since I was a baby," but now he says she asks him what his name is.
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Celebrating Black History With The New York Times 

Celebrating Black History With The New York Times  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you’re looking for resources for Black History Month, we have a collection that begins with 28 historic Times front pages, on events ranging from the Dred Scott decision of 1857 to the 2008 election of Barack Obama. The collection also includes recent articles, videos, photos and graphics about black history and contemporary culture, as well as related lesson plans and writing prompts."

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by AskaTechTeacher

How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by AskaTechTeacher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
On Feb. 1, 2019, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld, past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining togeth…

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10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | MindShift | KQED News

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It takes time to build up a strong inquiry-based teaching practice, to learn how to direct student questions with other questions, and to get comfortable in a guiding role. But when Laufenberg talks about what it takes, she makes it sound easy. We've broken her advice down into digestible tips for anyone ready to jump in and try for themselves.
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