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Teach for Attention! A Tool Belt of Engagement Strategies – Education Article

Teach for Attention! A Tool Belt of Strategies for Engaging Students with Attention Challenges By Ezra Werb, M.Ed.(Free Spirit Publishing, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Rita Platt Let’s start with two statistics shared in the book. 1. About 8.4% of kids in the United States have an ADHD diagnosis.2. About 30% of students with ADHD are failing classes and/or repeating grades. Undoubtedly some who read those statistics are reacting by decrying the over-diagnosis of ADHD, and there is likely some…

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Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative – Education Article

Story Matters: Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform By Liz Prather(Heinemann, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Michelle Voelker If you’ve ever had the privilege of sitting in a Writing Project training, you know the real power of that presentation is that a classroom teacher is presenting. And I don’t mean someone who used to be in the classroom long ago. No. You get the real deal with Writing Project professional development sessions. These teachers…

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Ways to Support Student Writers With & Without Technology – Education Article

There are so many ways to support student writers in your classroom. Whether you’re working with first graders or first-year high school students, there are strategies that support students — both with and without technology. In this blog post, I’m so excited to share some actionable strategies for classrooms looking to balance digital tools with “analog” experiences. A few years ago, I met Michele Haiken at an EdCamp in New York. We connected earlier this year again at the FETC…

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Go Behind The Scenes – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I distinctly remember the moment in 2013 when my first book proposal was accepted by Routledge (Eye on Education). It is worth noting that I sent proposals out to over ten different publishers, and the latest iteration of my proposal was sent to Routledge in April of 2013 after they had been acquired by Taylor & Francis (in short: this was a miracle in my eyes at the time). The most amazing part of this proposal process is that…

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What You Need to Know – Education Article

by ErikaGreen 28 views Many teachers, especially those new to WIDA and/or ESL teaching, are often overwhelmed and intimidated by the WIDA standards and ACCESS testing. In this article, we attempt to break down the main components in order to provide a conscise overview of WIDA and ACCESS. Throughout the article, you’ll find links to helpful resources and more in-depth explanations. Make sure to give them a look! What is WIDA? WIDA, or the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment, is…

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My 2019 Failing Report – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When my students were doing the 20% Project (Genius Hour) in my class we had an “Epic Fail Board” (inspired by a number of people) where they would pin up some of their biggest fails and epic risks. The 20% project required each student to challenge themselves. They were learning and creating with a purpose, often with lofty expectations and goals, and failing came at every step. In the first month of the project, I could sense hesitation from…

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Inside the Daily Creative Battle – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I’m releasing a new book into the world very soon. It is different from any other book I’ve ever written. It is different in format (it is a daily read with 366 short vignettes, stories, quotes, and ideas on empathy), it is different in who the audience is going to be (I wrote it for anyone who interacts with people, but specifically for those of us that interact with kids as a parent, teacher, coach, or leader), it is…

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The Heart of Teaching and Learning – Education Article

By Regie Routman I first became aware of the power of storytelling through my grandmother. Although she never got beyond a sixth grade education, she had a gift for regaling me with fascinating stories about her life – growing up in a crowded apartment as one of seven sisters, choosing to marry for money instead of love only to lose that financial stability during the Great Depression, using her creative talents to design and make hats and jewelry as a…

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Try WriteReader for Making eBooks With Students – Education Article

For the last few years WriteReader has been one of my go-to recommendation for making ebooks with elementary school and middle school students. Last week WriteReader made an update that now makes it a good option for high school students. WriteReader was originally created as a tool for elementary school teachers to use to encourage and coach their students through the writing process. It still does that and more. In WriteReader students can insert pictures into page and then write about those…

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My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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Plagiarism Prevention: Best Practices with Urkund – Education Article

Urkund is a plagiarism prevention tool with many benefits for teachers in helping students create original work. In this blog post, I’ll share my review of this product from a company founded in 2000 and will talk about its benefits and features. Urkund is a cost-effective plagiarism prevention tool, integrates with popular LMS systems, and why it is rapidly becoming a popular tool in this area. I’ll also give you a code to receive a free trial of Urkund. This…

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A Note About the Fifth Year Anniversary of This Is Not A Test – Education Article

I wrote this book for you. For some of you, it means I wrote this in love. There’s always that first visit to the local bookstore when we scan the education section and don’t see a book that tangentially relates to your qualms and visions. Most of the narrative-based books are written by professors, ex-educators, celebrities, and wunderkinds with a connection to a highly visible outlet for their story. The ones written by actual classroom teachers – the very few…

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How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Today Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! Let’s do this. Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Students just turn in work. Then, the teacher has the paper analyzed by Urkund. The Urkund system is highly…

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An SEL Twist On The Autobiographical Incident Essay – Education Article

  The transformational power of how you talk about your life is an intriguing article at the BBC that discusses research documenting the impact of telling your life story in a more positive way. It’s another remember of how to integrate Social Emotional Learning with other academic work, and is similar to the “Public Narratives” idea I’ve previously shared (see Helping Students Create “Public Narratives”). I’ve had students write about Growth Mindset stories (see Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I have been doing quite a bit of soul-searching in the past few weeks and months, and I have played with several ideas for my future that are worth noting. One of these is my desire to write fiction, to unleash my creative imagination in a channel detached almost entirely from education and educational technology. I am not saying I am going to seriously do this in the upcoming weeks and months, but it is something which I have thought…

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Writing Better Poetry: 5 Tips to Get You Started – Education Article

Genuineness and originality is a must for every piece of creative writing, but maybe even more so for poetry. It’s not an easy task to spill your soul on a page like that. So while you’ll have to figure the actually-writing-something part on your own, we hope these tips can help to get the ball rolling. 1. Practice makes perfect. Yes, a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. You may think the best way to express your creativity is…

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