Tons of Materials for Using Mentor Texts in Writing Workshop for Small Moments!


An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon When Scholastic asked what book selection I''d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. My school uses the units of study created by a team within our district.

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Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples


I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. We capped off our PBL workshop by designing project sketches that the teachers would implement later this school year. Social Studies, ELA, Science.

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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. Most states either don’t test social studies, or the social studies test doesn’t really count toward adequate yearly progress.”.

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


The key concept is active learning , which dovetails neatly into today’s topic where I will share with you three incredible Project Based Learning (PBL) case studies, that I hope will inspire you to be more ambitious in designing, developing and implementing PBL in your classroom.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

We got a little integration of social studies there. 03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there.

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark has taught both pre-service and post-graduate studies. Mark is the host of the monthly What’s New in Edu Youtube channel, the Teaching Happiness web-series and regular presenter at Executive Briefings, conferences and workshops.

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Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money


This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report.

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


This story about social studies instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades. Teachers and administrators get acquainted at a Border Crossers workshop for educators about discussing race and racism in the classroom.

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Repost: Geoguessr works well for group conversations/collaboration/inference in teletherapy


A participant at a workshop asked today if you can restrict yourself to say, the USA or important landmarks. concepts curriculum connections description executive function geography HS later elementary MS social cognition social pragmatics social studies telepractice visual teaching

Inspiring a Love of Writing in Fifth Graders

The CoolCatTeacher

I am level 1 Wilson certified, and studied in the Palumbo Park Writing Workshop with author, Liz Moore. Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) How to Guides. Episode 343 with Faith Marie Brody From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Lesson Study? There’s an App for That


Knowing that improving the quality of math discussion in their classrooms won’t be easy, educators are applying the “lesson study” technique to improve their craft. ’ Tom McDougal, Co-Founder Study Lesson Alliance. Tom McDougal/Lesson Study Alliance).

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Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

One girl brought in books and she said “I know so-and-so is studying this type of animal, so I picked up this book for them.”. They are working once they have some of their work done for reader’s workshop where they are getting on their computers and investigating that way.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. We got a little integration of social studies there. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

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Digital Leadership with Students and Social Media featuring Jennifer Casa-Todd

The CoolCatTeacher

where she started to engage her parents in an Instagram account, and having her four-year-old decide on what needs to be shared and what needs to be private, her parents were so intrigued by it that she actually had workshops for them.

Easy Paperless Contact Logs

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we’re talking to an assistant principal at an elementary school just outside Houston, Texas, Meredith Akers @meredithakers. We have about 1100 kids at our elementary school.

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Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Teenagers in Critical Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

One way that I was able to overcome that with that particular lesson was that I came up with four really small case studies about four actual people. I gave the kids a few minutes to read the case studies and think about, “What would you do in each case if it was you?

My new friend, Cue!

Kathy Schrock

I have had the chance to use Wonder Workshop's Dot, Dash, and Cue robots at various conference sessions. I was so excited when Wonder Workshop send me a Cue of my very own! The technical components of the Cue robot are outlined on the Wonder Workshop information page.

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


Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends. per Heinemann website): Troy Hicks holds sight on good writing workshop instruction. Elementary Work Folders / Daily Folders Covers ~ Ant & Froggie Theme!

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


As an elective class, I had my middle school students study the parallels of Wuthering Heights and Twilight. Yet, I don''t recall a class library or being taken to the school''s library (only in elementary). Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. I didn''t name my cat after a vampire.

Playing with Geography


A participant at a workshop asked today if you can restrict yourself to say, the USA or important landmarks. concepts curriculum connections description executive function geography HS later elementary MS social cognition social pragmatics social studies visual teachingGeoguessr is a web-based game that plops you into an unknown place so that you can attempt to guess where you are.

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Equity in Education: A Journey or the Destination?

Reading By Example

As I head into my fourth year in my current role as an elementary principal, once again re-engaging in this data analysis process, it is helpful to have these geographical metaphors for describing data. book study Data Shane Safir The Listening Leader

From Teacher to Student: How Learning Helps Us Teach – From Beth


The merger of these two worlds – as well as significant research into cognitive science, adult learning, and professional development – has resulted in a complete redesign of my iPads in the Elementary Classroom workshop for this summer. Workshop Plan. Workshop Plan.

Bringing the Garden Inside: A Look Into My Classroom!


During writer''s workshop, students often write around the room (finding comfortable nooks to engage with their stories). I printed sunflower labels and placed them on each crate for: reading, writing, math, social studies, word study, and seasonal.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration


I get so excited connecting with you all though comments, contests, give-aways, conferences, workshops, webinars, Twitter chats, Linky parties, Facebook groups, Pinterest boards, emails, and more. Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry!

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Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

What follows are the general guidelines I use to plan and structure my professional development workshops. Recently, I facilitated two weekends of math instruction for elementary teachers. I use these workshops as a reference in this discussion.

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Through a review of 35 studies, we found seven widely shared features of effective professional development.

Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

As part of my studying Education Psychology as part of my Doctoral studies, I delved into studying attribution theory. I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck.

SpeechTechie Hits the Terrible Twos!


I may do a Google Earth and Sketchup month sometime and elaborate on this, but for now here''s the post, and if you are interested, check out my guide to Google Earth , a document I compiled for a few workshops I have taught on the tool. Social Studies Alive: Regions of our Country.

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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.

Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

One of the elementary schools where I work is going to implement maker education this coming school year. The Learning Policy institute examined rigorous studies that have demonstrated a positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.

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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? He and his Johns Hopkins colleagues, along with researchers in Belgium and the United Kingdom, found only 14 studies that met their standards. I’d like to see some good studies on dosage.

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How One Teacher Found Innovative Solutions to ELL Issues

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the decades I have added both Educational Technology and TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) endorsements to my elementary teaching certificate. My graduate studies focused on integrating technology across the curriculum.

Teen Genius Says “I Learned Nothing from Lecture”

The CoolCatTeacher

She conducts workshops in elementary schools and hopes to educate children about kindness when they are still young. Gitanjali aspires to study genetics and epidemiology.

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Elementary schools, high schools, universities and even vocational training courses are ideal places to incorporate 3D printing as part of the curriculum. . 3D printing allows design students to explore scaled, sophisticated models they could never prepare in your lab or workshop.