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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school. Shift the focus from them to their students.

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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. DragonBox Numbers is for kids who are new to numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. As they play, children learn about how big numbers work, and how to perform long addition and subtraction.

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

Communications Tips for School Leaders

Edsurge

There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Here's where to start: Plan first, then worry about tactics. It is really easy to come up with a list of great tweets. Harder is developing clear goals for communications, determining key messages and audiences and developing a comprehensive approach to communications.

How SEL Can Promote Hard Conversations About Mental Health

Edsurge

Through each heartbreaking loss, administrators and staff worked to find lifesaving mental health supports and strategies for the 30,0000 students in Kansas' second largest district. “We EdSurge: How does SEL fit into your efforts to support students’ mental health?

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Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

It recognizes that districts have different characteristics that need to be addressed in program designs; rural is different than small is different than urban, for instance. Using the Instructional Model Design , the Ed Elements team brings deep expertise, examples from other districts, and design-thinking processes to help schools create their unique designs. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the.

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.

What I’m Reading: March 2019

Reading By Example

I read this aloud to my son. It was hard for him (us) to put it down. This book would definitely work as a read aloud for upper elementary and invite students to explore more books by Snyder. A staff member recommended this title to me not long ago.

Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

I said, ‘OK, I’ll try it, but it’s not going to work,’ ” recalled Lopes, who teaches at the William D’Abate Elementary School. Stress is linked to many physical ailments, including migraines, asthma, and heart disease. I don’t want to leave teaching.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

The emerging three-cornered K-12 computing ecosystem

Bryan Alexander

It’s a three-way battle at the moment between Apple, Google, and Microsoft, according to an IDC report, summarized in the New York Times. And Microsoft has a two-pronged strategy, getting both tablets (Surfaces) and laptops into schools.

Themes This Year: School Culture, Student Behavior And Inspirational Teaching

MindShift

This is one of those years: trauma in the classroom, building school culture, strategies to handle difficult student behaviors, teacher self-care and ideas to reach every learner all resonated with MindShift readers. They just want to be loved—equal opportunity.”.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. Opportunities for technology are used to meet the needs of personalization and help build a student’s agency. Encourage teachers to model growth mindset and grit—show, not tell.

As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do To Support Success?

MindShift

To add to the challenge, parents may find that strategies that worked in elementary school are no longer effective. The good news is that youth still want their parents to be involved,” says Harvard University Professor Nancy Hill, one of the study’s co-authors.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. No one taught her these strategies. She was left to figure it out on the job.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. As a teenager, Michael McLaughlin wanted to go to college. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

And it has everything to do with the policies of the states.”. His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. 15, according to the U.S.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Most days in Nancy Barile’s English course at Revere High School, a visitor might begin to wonder when the real class is going to start. Three years ago a student who wasn’t completing his work dared Barile to watch the zombie show, saying he’d study if she did.

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How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

MindShift

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge.

All Eyes Are on the Federal Education Budget—But Local Agency Plans May Matter More

Edsurge

The most profound shifts driven by changes in education policy often go unnoticed and tend to lag behind the hype cycles and headlines about federal policy and politics. While the proposed cuts to the federal education budget have taken the. spotlight , how districts craft the new local agency plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will more directly impact how schools operate and what support services and tools they will need.

Join Us in Chicago for the Fourth Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 15, 2019

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Leadership Summit will provide participants with the unique opportunity to: Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that foster in students the will and the skill to tackle problems of real-world significance locally and globally.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

The Hechinger Report

Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. Our kids are graduating to the couch.”.

More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

MindShift

Multiple-choice tests are useful because: A: They’re cheap to score. It would take a computer about a nano-second to mark “D” as the correct answer. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations. “We have artificial intelligence techniques which can judge anywhere from 50 to 100 features,” Foltz says. “What is the computer program going to reward?”

On INFOhio’s light

NeverEndingSearch

I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they are entitled. You don’t necessarily have to be in Ohio to learn from INFOhio’s model and its resources.

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The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have had such an enthusiastic response to this event that we have expanded the conference this year: we will start Wednesday afternoon/evening and go through Friday mid-day (US Time). We hope it gets you excited to attend!

Will voters guarantee these public school kids a week in the woods?

The Hechinger Report

The fading spring light slanted through the trees as the girls from Dogwood Cabin headed back to their bunks to practice their end-of-week skit. “It’s I remember doing it when I went to camp. And, like every girl in her tent, she went to this camp in May of her sixth grade year.

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12 of my favorite podcasts for teachers

The Cornerstone Blog

I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January, and since then, I’ve heard from dozens of educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow. Unsure of where to start?

Hacking project-based learning: tips for management, assessment, & more from Ross Cooper & Erin Murphy

The Cornerstone Blog

I have two guests on the show today–they are the co-authors of the new book Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom. It’s an incredibly powerful, effective, and cross-curricular way for kids to learn. How do they create models?

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)- An Exploration into Other Ways to Differentiate

Saving Socrates

I was recently asked by someone if there is other effective ways to differentiate besides small group instruction, small group work, and project based learning (basically student centered lessons). However, I would like to address it in great depth now. However, I realized after a couple years of this kind of instruction almost exclusively, I missed out on an opportunity to allow my students to better "own" the material. I am still not opposed to the good lecture.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

wwwatanabe

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.

8 Fun Ways To Keep Math Learning Alive Through the Summer

MindShift

But there’s compelling research to show that kids forget a lot of what they learned during the school year if they don’t have opportunities to continue reading, using their mathematical thinking skills and exploring the world around them. It can be relatively simple to do.

What if every kid got to go to summer camp … during the school year?

The Hechinger Report

The fading spring light slanted through the trees as the girls from Dogwood Cabin headed back to their bunks to practice their end-of-week skit. “It’s I remember doing it when I went to camp. And, like every girl in her tent, she went to this camp in May of her sixth grade year.