Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Read more about the Common Core.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., She moved to Newark with her family at age 4. Esteves’ teacher gives her books to take home, part of the school’s push to keep students reading outside of school.

In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core

The Hechinger Report

Third grade math teacher Karen Demore says her students at New Frontiers Charter School need to understand math as a journey, not just a series of right or wrong answers. As Demore moved on to the next part of the lesson, the textbooks stayed closed. Read more about the Common Core.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. This means the ability to think across grades and connect major topics within grades.

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review [Book]

The CoolCatTeacher

Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. I’m excited to review this book. You’ll learn how to take part. There are tons of links and resources to get you started. I knew when I saw this book several months ago that it was going to help lots of teachers and their students connect. Teachers are busy and don’t have time to ferret out what they need to do.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. They’re probably going to have poor outcomes,’” she said.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

But bright spots across the state could provide lessons for how California might do better in the future. Wiseburn’s superintendent, Tom Johnstone, says the scores are the result of a combination of efforts, but he’s especially proud of how the district revamped the way math is taught.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

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I frequently see people use the Internet to look up recipes, movie listings, and news; however, I still don''t see it as a natural source for engaging rigorous learning in the classroom. This is where teachers get to "teach" by providing guidance and scaffolding for the students.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. Four 6-year-olds sat cross-legged around teacher Dyan Ogbe as she asked each to give their own ending to a song by saying what they’d buy with different amounts of money.

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. The students use the apps as a seamless tools with which to show their demonstration of the Anchor Statements. ” The teachers ask their students to pair up.

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

The 21st Century Principal

BoomWriter is an award-winning educational technology resource that is free for teachers and allows their students to create, share, and even publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s interactive collaborative writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. The overview for this unit: Introduction to Storytelling.

How to Integrate Online Lesson Plans Into Your Curriculum

EdTech4Beginners

As anyone who has worked in education knows, creating custom lesson plans can be time-consuming, especially when teaching multiple grade levels (such as in a high school), subjects (such as in an elementary school), or students with varying academic abilities. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of online lesson plans out there for teachers to reduce the burden of lesson planning without sacrificing the quality of instruction. Want to try online lesson plans for yourself?

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How to Teach STEM Every Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Science is our natural world, from the land we live on to the oceans and space we aspire to visit. It’s the weather that changes our picnic plans to the natural disaster that destroyed a town in our own state. According to the U.

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This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Text can be read to them.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. She jumped at the opportunity to pilot the program in her school.

Tangrams: A Cross Curricular, Experiential Unit

User Generated Education

Now that I am back in the classroom two days a week teaching gifted elementary students, I can do and report on the cross curricular units I plan and implement. There are several guiding factors that I use to design my units: They need to be hands-on and experiential.

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. I’ve based my selections on the following criteria: ease of use — accounts are easy to set up with access to both the site and materials quick and intuitive.

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How to help struggling young readers

The Hechinger Report

The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. The students mumbled to each other for several seconds.

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This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students.

How to find the right teaching resources–without being overwhelmed

eSchool News

As a fifth grade teacher, I used to spend hours hunting for math materials and exercises. If I had to teach my math class a standard skill, like adding fractions with different denominators, I would flip through thick binders of exercises, maybe printing up a few.

How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators?

My Island View

The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20 th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in order to survive and thrive. Digital literacy is recognized by the developers of common core to be important enough to be included as a component of the curriculum. That comfort level is hard to shake, so change is slow, if it takes place at all.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

TeachThought - Learn better.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum. Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. This means that students need to be able to find and read with comprehension several sources on the same topic.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

A Novel Idea For Student Writing

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Jessie was an angry 8th grader, a fiery girl who had far better things to do than listen to a teacher and do homework. How cool is that? to be honest, I was terrified). Between you and me, it doesn’t have to be November. Student novels.

Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . This strategy takes Peer Instruction to a fascinating new level. What is the most exciting result you have had with asking your students to create videos?

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The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

K-12 Schools - Education News

Finding the Balance between Procedural Fluency and Conceptual Understanding in Teaching Early Grade Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities. I went to school in the 50’s and 60’s when students first learned how to add and subtract in second grade.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

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I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. As someone who now leads professional development for educators, I know that teachers rarely get to see each other teach. While it can be hard to share out the myriad of little things teachers do that are so effective, we do have a tool that can help—data. When looking at data, it’s easiest to start with what you know.

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Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create. In this post, I’ll share how this app works and my thoughts on how you can use it in your classroom.