Strategies for Helping Teachers Translate Ideas into Practice

Strategies for Helping Teachers Translate Ideas into Practice

effective teachingThoughts on Jim Knight’s keynote at the International Visible Learning Conference in Carlsbad, CA.

Contributed by Jeffrey Spanier, English and AVID teacher, Carlsbad High School, CA

Mr. Knight’s closing presentation focused on the teacher and student learning.  This may seem inane to point out, but as a teacher who has attended dozens of conferences over the last 21 years, I have rarely heard a…

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Go Big on Argument: Part 2 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

Go Big on Argument: Part 2 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core

Contributed by Dave Stuart Jr.

Read Part One of this series.

As you can see in the diagram, I think it’s impossible to even approach the intent of the Common Core without ensuring frequent and high-quality reading, writing, and speaking. Each of these elements is something we must get better at teaching, and at the same time they’re something we need to get better at letting kids do.

But before…

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Empower Bystanders to Improve School Climate

Empower Bystanders to Improve School Climate

Contributed by Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

This article was originally posted on the Cyberbullying Research Center.

school climateAs technology has allowed bullies to expand the reach and scope of their torment to an ever broader audience, it has also allowed for increasing numbers of others to see and potentially respond. Cruel posts on Facebook or humiliating pictures sent via a cell phone can be…

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Cultural Proficiency for English Language Learners

Cultural Proficiency for English Language Learners

Utilizing the “Educators’ Rubric for Support of English-Learning Students and Their Communities” in Promoting Their Academic and Social Well-Being

Contributed by Reyes Quezada

English-learning students in our schools continue to encounter many challenges. Therefore educators must value students’ diverse backgrounds, instead of perceiving their language background as a troublesome obstacle.  The…

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Climate KIC Start

Contributed by Mark McCaffrey

Originally published on NCSE.com

Recently I found myself around the corner from Buckingham Palace in the boardroom of Rolls-Royce, maker of airplane engines and wind turbines (they spun off the luxury car division years ago), sitting across the table from the renowned climatologist Jean Jouzel, listening to his passionate plea to for us to educate society to prepare…

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5 Reasons Every Person in the World Should Be On Twitter

Contributed by Mark Barnes

This post was originally published on Brilliant or Insane.

Mark Barnes

@markbarnes19 on Twitter

In a recent conversation a couple of non-Twitter users told me that they don’t use Twitter because they don’t understand it. “It’s hashtag this and hashtag that,” one said. “I say ‘hashtag #It’sStupid.’”

I replied that I understand. “It’s not for everyone.”

Upon further contemplation of…

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Re-imagining Learning – What’s the Impact?

Re-imagining Learning – What’s the Impact?

Thoughts on Sarah Martin’s keynote at the International Visible Learning Conference in Carlsbad, CA.

From Kimberly Huesing, Director of Elementary Education, Carlsbad Unified School District

Just as visiting another teacher’s classroom is invigorating for a teacher to see how a peer sets up her room or displays a piece of writing; taking a tour of another school helps site and district leaders…

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A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

Dave Stuart Jr.
Before I introduce what I’ve come to call the “non-freaked out approach” to Common Core literacy intruction (pictured above), let me first do a bit of work introducing how I came to rest in these five essential practices. Keep in mind that, throughout all of this and up to today, I have been a full-time English and history teacher in a small-town high school in West Michigan.

A bit more than two…

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Student Voice: A Common Language

Student Voice: A Common Language

Contributed by Dr. Russell Quaglia

"If we want our students to be our partners in helping create better teaching and learning environments, we are going to need a common language that brings everyone closer to the school's goals."

“If we want our students to be our partners in helping create better teaching and learning environments, we are going to need a common language that brings everyone closer to the school’s goals.”

Slowly but surely it is being accepted that the voice of students is an integral component of every thing we do in schools.   From school improvement efforts, to…

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The Corwin PPLG Fun Day

The Corwin PPLG Fun Day

Every year, all of Corwin gathers for a week to brainstorm, debrief, and plan for the new year. One day is each department’s “Fun Day”: a day to relax, laugh, and bond as a team. This year, Corwin’s Publishing and Professional Learning Group (PPLG) went to a park and participated in several “Minute to Win It” games to win bicycle parts. The teams were tested physically and mentally, and had to…

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