3 Takeaways from John Hattie and Nancy Frey – Education Article

Opportunity to learn with renowned education researchers and practitioners rejuvenates the mind and reignites the passion in many educators. In the second of our two-part series, Shaelynn Farnsworth and I share what we learned from the Visible Learning Institute in San Diego, this time with a focus on literacy. Head over to part one to see our initial thoughts and shares.  The second day at the Visible Learning Institute in San Diego provided attendees choice in one of two paths…

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Passing on A Few (Book) Recommendations – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

One of the most common questions I am asked is for a book recommendation. Whether through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other place I happen to be, the question typically follows a pattern; the questioner is asking for a book recommendation for a very specific situation to help a specific student. While I am flattered to be asked and sometimes a book does pop to mind for that situation, often times I am not sure because either I am tired…

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An Update on Our Student Reading Action Plans – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

This is the form I use to keep track of my notes as I meet with students, to see the form and more details, go to the original post A few weeks ago, I blogged about an idea I was trying in our classroom as a way to help the kids who seem to just not be “there” just yet. Who seem to just not have found a great book just yet. Who seem to just not be really reading…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This is my fourth year to serve as the Director of Technology at The Casady School in Oklahoma City, and I’ve been reflecting lately on the multitude of skills I’ve developed as well as “lessons learned” during my time of service in this administrative and leadership role. In this post, I’ll attempt to summarize (but certainly not comprehensively capture) some of these skills and lessons. These are listed in a rather random order, they are NOT prioritized. While I could…

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Top 10+ Tech Trends & Tools for Teachers in 2019 – Education Article

Get up-to-date Tech Tools for 2019 It’s 2019, and technology continues to reshape teaching trends in and out of the classroom. One of the most challenging obstacles for teachers is knowing what’s new, what’s coming, and how this technology can be used to infuse new tactics to engage, educate and learn. This year, the trends are about building the “Intelligent Digital Mesh” which encompasses: Intelligence – AI drives everything we do across many systems going into the future; Digital –…

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Please support my class with their #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

In Year 4, we have been inspired by the latest Greenpeace Advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom. The advert tells the story of Rang-Tan, a young Indonesian orangutan that has been forced out of her home by humans. It is a beautifully animated video with a very powerful message: We decided to look at the text used in the advert in more detail: There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do. She plays with…

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15 Creative Book Report Ideas for Every Grade and Subject – Education Article

In some classrooms, the mere mention of the phrase “book report” brings groans of dread. Visions of endless writing and tedious presentations feel overwhelming to students. But reading an awesome book and telling others all about it can be one of the great pleasures in life! Here are 15 creative book report ideas that will be sure to get your students excited about their next assignment. SOURCE: Teacher Thrive There are so many super creative, open-ended projects you can use…

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For the Love of Reading – Education Article

3 Key Strategies for Motivating Students to Read Reading was always my FAVORITE subject in school.  As a kid, I remember raising my hand with unbridled enthusiasm so that I might be chosen to read aloud to the class, “round robin” style.  Whether it was the basal reader, a class novel or worksheet passages, I was hooked.  I just loved to read. Anything.  This love of reading inevitably lead me to choose teaching as a career, as I’m sure was…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This podcast features an almost-complete recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s keynote, “Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media,” on November 18, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt at the second annual EduForum Conference. The keynote description was: “As automation and the disruptive march of technology continues into virtually every aspect of our lives, it is vital we cultivate both creativity and curiosity in our students. Many jobs and vocations of the future will require teamwork, collaboration, project management, and independent work skills historically…

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10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area – Education Article

10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area by TeachThought Staff With the Common Core adoption in the United States, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom. While Robert Marzano has been promoting the instruction of academic vocabulary for years–and many school literacy plans have included reading and writing across the content areas for years–it is now a matter of standard and law. Which makes it kind of a big deal. And…

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The Most Popular Kids Books According to 8.7 Million Students – Education Article

For more than a decade, I’ve been researching student reading habits and identifying the most popular kids’ books at each grade to help educators match kids with titles they’ll love. This year, my team analyzed the reading records of more than 8.7 million students across the United States to produce the latest edition of the world’s largest annual study of K–12 student reading habits. That’s a lot of data—these students read more than 289 million books last school year! From…

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Continuing our Journey with the #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project my Year 4 class had started, inspired by the recent Greenpeace advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom. To read that blog post, which includes original questions linked to the advert, please click the picture: The response we received from the video the class created where they wrote in role as a helpless Orangutan, seeing their home destroyed was so positive and empowering.  Again you can read more about this…

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What Is Guided Reading (and How To Use It In 2019) – Education Article

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Centers for the Classroom – Education Article

In need of some last minute Valentine’s Day lesson ideas? These quick-and-easy Valentine’s Day centers to the rescue! Just submit your email here to receive the entire Valentine’s Day bundle, including everything you need to set up four math and four literacy centers. These Valentine’s Day centers are designed for Grades 1–2, but they include accommodations and extensions for younger and older kids, too. Here’s what you’ll find inside Box of Friendly Chocolates This activity encourages students to write compliments…

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The Gifts they Bring: English Learners and Gifted Ed. – Education Article

A few weeks back I was chatting with a gifted education specialist in our district, an excellent teacher my son was lucky enough to have in elementary school. I asked him some questions that had been in the back of my mind about English Learners and gifted education, and whether the district identified a lot of EL’s as gifted and talented. He said that the district was working on this issue and developing some strategies to improve in this area.…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I’m presenting and attending at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus today and tomorrow, and this afternoon I stopped by the poster sessions outside the vendor hall. I met several different Ohio high school students who have been learning to create interactive games using the free Scratch programming language and MakeyMakey controllers. This is very interesting to me for several reasons, including the fact that my wife (@sfryer) and I are co-leading an after-school Scratch coding club for older…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today in Columbus, Ohio, I shared a breakout session at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) titled, “Security, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship.” The description was: As video surveillance, social media sharing of personal information, identity theft and publicized hacks of businesses have become daily norms, how can we best protect ourselves, our families and our organizations? Why is privacy an important right we need to defend instead of give up? What roles should teachers play in educating students, parents, and…

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Watch The Lollie Book Awards LIVE From Your Classroom – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes What’s the funniest book of the year? This Valentine’s Day make sure your school falls in love with reading! Join in and watch the Lollies award ceremony LIVE from your classrooms! The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards In June 2018, Michael Rosen announced the shortlist for the Lollies aka ‘The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards’ 2018 – a truly hilarious selection of books for children of all ages. Since then, schools and children in the UK and Ireland…

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Teaching Romeo and Juliet to Beginning Level English Learners – Education Article

Guest Writer: Karissa Knox Sorrell Teaching English Learners who are new to the country and are non-English speakers is a challenge at every grade, but it can be particularly challenging at the high school level when students have to earn credits, pass multiple state end-of-course exams, and engage with complex texts on a daily basis. With so much at stake and a huge language gap, it can be very difficult for both English Learners and teachers of these English Learners to…

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Support Rang-Tan by Downloading my Pupil’s eBook – Education Article

You will have seen over the past half term I have been working on a very important topic with Year 4 inspired by the Greenpeace “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom” advert. This has since been used by Iceland Foods as their Christmas advert but has been banned from TV. This has culminated in a very special project where my class have all become published authors. To read what we have done so far, click the pictures: The first link looks…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today I had an opportunity to share a 41 minute presentation with Mrs. Finley’s 12th grade Creative Writing class at our school, which I called, “Book Publishing 101.” Her students have spent the past several weeks writing and creating original children’s picture books, and publishing them as eBooks as well as printed books using Book Creator online, Book Creator for iPad, and the website Lulu.com. Here are the slides I used during my presentation: Mrs. Finley requested I record my…

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How we turned around our district’s literacy scores – Education Article

[Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest feature, Turnaround Tuesdays. Each week, we will share a story about how a district used technology in schools to improve something. Come back each week for insight on transforming everything from reading scores to wireless network performance.] Demographics: Rowan-Salisbury (NC) School System serves 18,382 students across 35 schools. Biggest challenge: Our school district was considered a low-performing district by the state of North Carolina. Low-performing is given to a district when more than half…

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23 Close Reading Anchor Charts That Will Help Your Students Dig Deep – Education Article

Close reading means reading a text multiple times and using strategies to understand the text’s deeper meaning. To help you teach close reading, here is a round up of some of our favorite close reading anchor charts.  Start with a definition.  Introduce the steps of close reading to your students with this anchor chart.   SOURCE: Two Little Birds This chart lays out the process nicely.   SOURCE: Ms. Houser Close reading is reading a text multiple times.  These anchor charts explain how and why…

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Earn Credits for Reading With Friends! – Education Article

Celebrating 10 Years of Book Study at Learners Edge! “There is power in unity and there is power in numbers.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Collaboration is not new, but in our profession, engaging with one another is truly a gift, and a wonderful opportunity for discussion and action.   The Book Study from Learners Edge is one of five personalized professional development opportunities available, and the only option to complete as a group. The syllabus is a framework for teachers to guide their own learning using a text of their…

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Clarks shoe shop staff asked to help improve children’s language | Education

Staff in Clarks shoe shops are to be asked to engage children in conversation to improve early language skills, as part of a government attempt to tackle “concerning” rates of early literacy. Thousands of workers at the store will receive training on children’s speech, language and communication development as part of a campaign that will also see private firms helping to fund literacy projects. The government pointed to analysis from the National Literacy Trust that suggests 7.1 million adults in…

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Deconstructing The New John Lewis Christmas Advert – Education Article

It is that time of year!! We’ve been waiting all year in anticipation for the new John Lewis Christmas Advert and I love this year’s effort. I know not everyone is a fan. Personally, I think it is more about people possibly not liking Elton John but the message of the advert is brilliant. If you’re not a fan, you can always use the adverts I have previously blogged about here: Here is this year’s advert: As always, I would start…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Welcome to Episode 462 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts, a now-wildly irregular podcast by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy and instructional technology. This episode includes two segments. The first is an interview with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes), our elementary art teacher at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This past spring, Megan had an opportunity to travel to the Chicago area and spend part of a day with Tricia Fuglestad (@fuglefun). Tricia…

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Book Review Vlogs – Education Article

As I recently discussed in a previous blog post (click here to read) I really think, when used effectively, technology can enhance and support a student’s love of reading. In most classrooms, once a child finishes a book they will be asked to then fill out a book review worksheet. Something along the lines of this… I don’t want to sound like I am having a go at any teachers who do these types of worksheets. I just believe with technology…

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World Read-Aloud Day – Education Article

Get your class ready for February 1st! What if there were a panacea for all that was broken in the world? There’s one solution that could better our lives, advance our civilization, inspire innovation, and build bridges within our society. World Read-Aloud Day is a gigantic step in that direction. We can overcome our divisions in a world that is more connected than ever by reading about one another, cultures, and philosophies unlike our own. The information is there. We…

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Read Aloud a Picture Book a Day in Honor of Black History Month – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

As February approaches, I am scouring our classroom library to find the picture books that I will read aloud every day in honor of Black History month. I try to stay away from the most known stories, after all, if we are to truly celebrate Black excellence then it is important that my students can name more people than just Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman. And yet, they also need to know these stories. And so…

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