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6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

Tom Murray

It was August of 2000. I was about to enter my very first year teaching fourth grade in Pennsylvania. At 21 years old and a new college degree in hand, I thought I had a clue as to what it would take to be a new teacher.

A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates

EdTech4Beginners

I’ve made some writing frames, which are completely free to download (just right click and ‘save image as’, or find high quality PDFs by clicking this link ). I hope they are useful.

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Freedom to Learn

User Generated Education

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.

5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 130 with Basil Marin on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Edtech Apps that work From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Owl Eyes is a new, simple-but-powerful, and FREE web-app for reading classic books with your students. Literature teachers are sure to be excited!

Belief matters: How a growth mindset unlocks confidence and achievement

Ditch That Textbook

Recently, I had a rather enlightening conversation with my son and three of his friends. Two of his buddies absolutely hate school. They struggle and muddle their way through. Of course, they have their own special gifts; basketball is an area where they excel.

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The importance of common, shared understandings

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had the chance recently to work with an awesome teacher-led school here in Colorado. Because the school already is pretty amazing, we spent most of our day and a half together fine tuning a few aspects of its work.

Summer 2017 Learning Series-6 Awesome Tools To Try This School Year

The Web20Classroom

For the next several weeks I’ll be sharing posts that you can use for your summer learning. School may be out for many but the learning we do as educators can last even outside the classroom. These posts will take us through Twitter chats and how you can participate in real time or whenever you want.

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A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here’s What I’m Doing About It with Amber Teaman

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 126 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Amber Teaman @8amber8 , principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to wards day and what she and her team are doing about it.

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Using the iPad Camera with Young Students

iTeach with iPads

One of the questions I get asked most often regarding the use of iPad devices in early childhood classrooms is “How do I get started?” ” If you’ve not used the iPad with young children before, it can seem a bit overwhelming.

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Getting Started with @Flipgrid – Walkthrough of Setup & New 2017 Features #edtech

techieMusings

I wanted to share a quick tutorial walking you through the process of signing up with Flipgrid for the first time and also showcasing the new features that the Flipgrid team rolled out this summer!

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White collar professionals are not going to like it

Dangerously Irrelevant

Alan Blinder said: American computer programmers have already felt the sting of offshoring. But as of now, accountants, lawyers, editors, radiologists, and the like really have not. So this will be a new experience for them, and it is predictable that they will not like it.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Sponsor: Owl Eyes.

6 Education Leadership Challenges and How to Address Them

Education Elements

When our team partners with a school district to tackle its toughest education leadership challenges, relationships are built at all levels of the organization. We may encounter superintendents and cabinet staff first, but we tend to find ourselves learning in many nooks and crannies of an organization over time, listening to content area specialists, IT staff, teachers and school leaders, and even attending parent nights or school board meetings. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

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Group Work Gets Kids More Engaged in STEM

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals has been an important concern in the United States. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, the nation could face a shortage of one million STEM workers. So, what can we do to get more students interested in STEM? STEM Starts Early. Research shows that science achievement gaps begin very early.

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6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 129 with Angela Stockman on the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover.

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

MindShift

By Beth Holland. As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Nowhere is this more clear than with note taking, a long-standing and important practice in most classrooms.

Faced with the domestic terrorism at Charlottesville, Betsy DeVos fails another test

The Hechinger Report

President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Models Terry Heick The Future Of Learning General Veteran Teacher

Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 128 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school.

When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation

MindShift

Lots of factors affect whether and what students learn in school, but most often that conversation gets boiled down into a single letter grade, a symbol of everything a student knows or doesn’t know.

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Focusing on Mastery Over Marks

The Principal of Change

I came across this interesting article on parents.com, titled, “ Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard “, and thought it was great that an outside education site was talking about changes in education in mostly a positive way.

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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

NPR Learning and Tech

Top students from low-income families make up just 3 percent of enrollment on elite campuses, and a new report says there are lots of things higher ed can do to fix that. Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR

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6 Activities I Use To Build Connections With Students At The Beginning Of The Year

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 6 Activities I Use To Build Connections With Students At The Beginning Of The Year appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

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How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects

MindShift

In recent years, libraries have broadened their scope of offerings to the local community to involve more making activities like 3-D printing and sewing. Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects.

The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

The Hechinger Report

Monet Spencer made it into college this year despite becoming homeless when her mother died. She remembers seeing, as a member of her inner-city high school’s marching band, the much better equipment suburban students got. Everyone knows they’re treated differently,” says Spencer.

Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville

NPR Learning and Tech

Teaching tolerance in a time of upheaval. Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The First Day of Google Classroom: FREE Resources from Google #FirstDayofClassroom

Shake Up Learning

The post The First Day of Google Classroom: FREE Resources from Google #FirstDayofClassroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The First Day of Google Classroom! Set up your school year for success! Google Classroom just keeps getting better and better!

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Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

MindShift

A lot of parents are worried about helping their children get ahead in a world that feels increasingly competitive, demanding, and high-stakes.

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OPINION: May we please forget about tests for a minute and go read some books?

The Hechinger Report

Children at a child care center in Mississippi. Photo: Kim Palmer. The average American student now takes 112 standardized tests through their K-12 career. In preparation for these tests, too many schools spend hours on test-prep or skill-based drills.

On toilets: Why the Indian government should listen to Bill Gates

The Christensen Institute

On August 2nd, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, tweeted that, “Many toilets don’t get used because they smell bad. I believe this is a problem we can solve through innovation.” He couldn’t be more correct. About a year ago, I wrote a blogpost titled, “ Stop building schools; stop building water wells; and stop building toilets ,” to illustrate the point that most of these resource-intensive development projects are rarely successful. They are expensive, unsustainable, and unscalable.

8 Things Every Teacher Needs To Improve

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 8 Things Every Teacher Needs To Improve appeared first on TeachThought. Professional Development Teaching Terry Heick Experienced Teacher General growth mindset

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