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Maker-Enhanced Writing Workshop: Character Development

User Generated Education

This month I started a maker-enhanced writing workshop with a group of gifted 3rd through 6th grade students. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

The workshop model: Beyond the basics

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Jen Bengel explains the workshop model, how to create mini-lessons, and how to get students excited about books. So in this episode, we’re talking about the workshop model. Jen’s going to do a deep dive into an ELA or reading workshop model.

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High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.

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Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research


toward the end of Writer’s Workshop. As an English as an additional language (EAL) support teacher at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand, I co-teach in four early elementary classrooms, supporting multilingual students who are developing their academic proficiency in English.

Year Two - Elementary Tech Team Plan

Tech Helpful

Our elementary school creates an opportunity for our fourth and fifth-grade students to take part in Friday afternoon electives where they choose from about 7- 8 choices that teachers lead from their passions.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. Other Workshop Leaders: Buffy Hamilton , Title I Writing teacher, former librarian; Atlanta, GA. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. We also discussed the importance of revision and debugging as a group project. What a great group of educators!

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

We need to get to know them so that we can meet those needs. It’s when I do workshops teachers’ favorite ideas.

CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools #SXSWedu #CSForAll


CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools SXSWedu 2017 Workshop As the Computer Science for All initiative jump starts around the world, more students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to take computer science courses.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Working with that group, I really found my tribe, and I really worked to explore and expand myself in a leadership role and helping other teachers in other districts build their own blended-learning capacities.

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

We need to get to know them so that we can meet those needs. It’s when I do workshops teachers’ favorite ideas. All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

When Jopeck worked as an elementary school librarian in Annandale, Va., Jopeck, along with K-Fai Steele, Colleen Graves, and Buffy Hamilton led a session at the 2016 National Writing Project (NWP) annual meeting in Atlanta in November with a diverse group of educators.

I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction


Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. However, they quickly evolved into this group bonding, laughing, and really connecting! and, for me, this group certainly fits that description. Yep - Riley and I meet Mr. Cullen! I didn''t name my cat after a vampire.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Thanks to Twitter, I connected with so many of my dear friends over lunch, group discussions, dinners, and parties.

Parents Look to Teachers for Help Using Educational Media at Home

Educator Innovator

That’s according to a new survey-based report by Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which documents parents’ perspectives on their children’s informal use of educational media—including apps, games, websites, and TV shows. Teachers are helping to meet that need.

Changing The Way We Educate Incrementally

Tech Helpful

Reading the book Edupreneur and meeting a few new people at ACSD Empower18, I am ready to take this concept to a bigger level next year by creating opportunities for teachers to submit a proposal for innovation after going through the design thinking process with their idea.

How to Create a Class Brand (and much more!) with Tony Vincent – SULS011

Shake Up Learning

Tony will also share some insight into how he makes facilitates group work, what roles he assigns, and a super cool 3D printing idea. 14:57] – We learn about how Tony finds a balance between helping kids learn things they’re interested in while still meeting the curriculum needs. [16:50]

Personalized Learning in Action

A Principal's Reflections

It has been exciting and challenging work as I have been mentoring principals, facilitating workshops, and providing teachers feedback where schools are all at different places as they work to create more personal experiences for learners. Snow Horse Elementary was not one of them.

Why These School Districts Serve Children Beginning at Birth


The family engagement room at Belleaire Elementary School in the suburbs of Omaha is bustling on a late October morning. Meghan McCormack, whose job is to visit families in their homes, pulls on her own coat as she hurries outside to meet a mom whose kids aren't old enough for school yet.

Saying Yes to Student Ideas and Creativity

Digital Promise

Additionally, Socol recalled a workshop led by elementary school students, who jumped up on a table to more effectively point to the words on their social media presentation to educate teachers on its power.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. I will be providing workshops and featured sessions on STEM, PBL, Inquiry, Maker Space, and Computational Thinking!

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The Use of Technology for Reading Acquisition

Saving Socrates

Now I have confess, I made a major mistake (ok this is nothing new and definitely not my first nor last) by not taking the full Columbia Readers and Writers Workshop while at TC. I did not take into account my future role as a parent nor did I take into account the possibility of ever being on the board for an elementary school or becoming so fully enamored with elementary education. blended learning BOLD BOLDdayschools Education elementary school engagement parents Reading

Scientific evidence on how to teach writing is slim

The Hechinger Report

But how are elementary, middle and high school teachers supposed to teach it better? Most studies on writing instruction didn’t have control groups like this. However, a large scientific study of Writer’s Workshop is underway and results are expected in 2021. (A

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How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

The Hechinger Report

Teachers and administrators get acquainted at a Border Crossers workshop for educators about discussing race and racism in the classroom. Border Crossers trainers Ben Howort and Ana Duque are both former elementary school teachers. Howort asked the group.

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The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon.

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What the research says about the best way to engage parents

The Hechinger Report

Soft instrumental music played in the background as families walked into the gym at Laurene Edmondson Elementary School around 5:30 in the evening. nitially, Malik relied on traditional meetings to get parent feedback. But Malik also still holds one meeting a year to get feedback.

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

You can also visit PASCO website’s Digital Library for hundreds of free labs and experiments that can be sorted by age group (elementary, MS, HS, AP, or University) or subject. Training and Workshops. This includes videos, free live online training, customized webinars, and onsite workshops. They meet NGSS standards and work within Google Classroom and most LMSs.

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Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies


Key to the success of a PBL is its design, it must — if it is to be used as an ongoing method — be able to successfully meet State standards, and purely through engaging in the project students must be able to pass a State standard assessment.

Why a high-performing district is changing everything with competency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Avery Bencal is a fourth grader at Winthrop Elementary School in Melrose, Massachusetts. These groups historically lag behind their peers in test performance— in Melrose, the gap between students with and without disabilities can top 40 percentage points on state tests.

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas


Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The elementary schoolers didn’t miss a beat. They’re invited to meet the candidates and ask questions during the interview.

Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

NPR Where Science Meets Art – Some exceptional Podcasts integrating Science and Art. These lessons meet the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Visual Arts curriculum standards. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.


Mining for Diamonds


I present the Blended Writer's Workshop Model with the International Center for Education. There are many amazing tools out there, but you must examine them to determine if they meet your criteria. The technology gems I am mining must meet certain guidelines.

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Closing the Gap for ELs and Students of Color

To better respond to the needs of underrepresented groups, Dr. Nyberg recommended an approach that was field tested in San Bernardino and other counties in southern California that have large populations of ELs and students of color.

Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. NPR Where Science Meets Art – Some exceptional Podcasts integrating Science and Art.


How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World


Yet, as teachers scramble to meet math and reading standards, social studies lessons have been pushed far back on the list of academic priorities, especially in the early grades. Racism cannot be solved in a six-hour workshop,” Howort told the group. Howort asked the group.

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#ETTChat: What are the greatest challenges and opportunities of the next decade? from Sabba Quidwai


Many of them have come to us because of long relationships that began either at one of our events, online, or during a workshop. Sabba: It is an honor to be part of such a great group of educators. One of the meetings coincided with the ten year anniversary of Virgin Unite.