Writing Assessment Prep and Practice from Writable – Education Article

Making sure that students have everything they need before state exams is definitely stressful. As a classroom teacher, I remember just how hard it was to find “just right” prompts and practice activities for students. Writable is a practical EdTech tool for teachers and students. Educators can use it to make sure that state summative exams aren’t a painful experience. It provides a writing practice and writing assessment platform for educators to help infuse formative assessment and plenty of practice…

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A Comparison of Blogging Services for Teachers and Students – Education Article

The Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge kicks-off two weeks from now. You don’t need to be an Edublogs user in order for your students to participate in the challenge. If you’re new to blogging or new to having students blog, Edublogs is a solid choice for a blogging platform. Edublogs isn’t the only option for student bloggers. In this updated chart I compare seven options for creating student blogs. At the bottom of my blogging platforms comparison chart you will see…

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Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Mariano Zuk created an interdisciplinary unit for his kindergarten students with two main focuses: caring about the planet and collaborating with schools around the world. Among other hands-on projects, students created artwork, had a video call with an ocean expert, and co-created a story about Earth with classrooms around the world. Mariano Zuk is a kindergarten teacher at Singapore International School of Bangkok in Thailand. Mariano is originally from Argentina. Photo courtesy Mariano Zuk What inspired your project, and how…

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Writing as Threat | The Jose Vilson – Education Article

On the Saturday after I spoke on a panel at the Schomburg, I attended the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference here in NYC. I supported my friends Julia Torres and Cornelius Minor as they gave a framework for authors and artists to ingratiate themselves to PK – 12 educators. After the spot-on workshop, Elizabeth Acevedo graced the ballroom stage. The voluminous curls on the gracious Dominicana can be seen a bodega away (in NYC, we have them…

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How to Use Keynote to Create Choose Your Own Adventure Stories – Education Article

Last week I published a video about using Google Slides to create choose your own adventure stories. That prompted a couple of people to ask if Keynote and or PowerPoint can be used in the same manner. The answer to that question is yes. In the following video I demonstrate how you can use Keynote to create choose your own adventure stories. The concept used to create a choose your own adventure story in Google Slides or Keynote can be…

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The Dream of Creative Writing – 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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How to Use Google Slides to Create Choose Your Own Adventure Stories – Education Article

Google Slides has lots of little hidden features and overlooked tools that students can use to make all kinds creative presentations. One of those overlooked features is linking slides to other slides. If used correctly and with a little planning students can create choose-your-own-adventure stories by using the slide linking feature in Google Slides. That’s what I explain and demonstrate in the following video. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by noreply@blogger.com (Richard Byrne) Read Full…

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Do Your Students Need Help With Pencil Grip? Try These Tricks! – Education Article

Nowadays most of us, especially kids, often “write” by swiping or pressing buttons. Who needs an actual pen and pad when there’s an app for that? Is good pencil grip even important? According to the decades of research, the answer is a resounding yes. As a teacher, you’re probably well aware of this. There’s tons of research about the importance of pencil grip, especially for kindergarteners. Indeed, good pencil grip is a key to developing strong readers, writers, and long-term…

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Write Think Learn Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing – Education Article

Write Think Learn: Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing Across the Content AreasBy Mary K. Tedrow(Routledge/MiddleWeb, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi Writing well is a powerful life skill. The ability to write well is a crucial component of being able to communicate to a variety of audiences. Writing is a valuable tool for communication, sharing of knowledge, and self expression. All these statements are true, yet the amount of time students spend writing (in or out of…

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10 Tips For Understanding Dyslexia – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What actually is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a concept that promotes much discussion. Some LEAs do not even recognise its existence and no one except extra specialist specialists seem to be qualified enough to diagnose it. Parents often pay a significant amount of money for an ‘official’ diagnosis. Once diagnosed, a pupil has access to useful commodities such as extra time in exams and a perhaps a laptop. It is a shame for those children whose parents…

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Stephen Curry Writes Great Article On Perseverance – Education Article

  Thanks to Jim Burke, I learned about an article written last month in the Players Tribune by Stephen Curry, Underrated. He writes about how he has dealt with being underrated most of his life, and how he has turned that into a strength. In the article, he announces that he’s sponsoring a basketball camp for young players who were underrated as he was as a teenager and beyond. In addition to the quote at the top of this post,…

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The Messy, Beautiful Writing Process – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I love writing. I love searching for the right combination of words that not only make my point, but show my passion behind that point. I love when an idea pops into my head out of nowhere and I have to write it, even if the publish button never gets hit. I love the challenge of sitting in front of a blank screen with no idea in my head. I love when something just clicks and the keys start getting…

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These Candy Heart Science Experiments Will Blow Your Mind – Education Article

Looking for an excuse to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your students, and, you know, eat candy? We have it right here with these candy heart science experiments and math activities. While the company making the beloved candy hearts went bankrupt last year (though there is hope for a future revival), you can still buy conversation hearts from other brands. Grab some Brach’s conversation hearts, or try the Sweethearts brand, if you have the heart (see what we did there?)—and budget. …

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FREE: February Writing Prompts Calendar – Education Article

Get our writing prompts calendar to celebrate the art of writing and journaling! For every school day, we have a different prompt to get your students thinking of creative ways to tell a story. Use these during journaling time, for longer writing assignments, and more. Save it, print it, and share it with your students and colleagues. Feel free to sub in a new writing prompt for a given day or to adjust the calendar to your needs. (We made the…

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My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Teacher-Authors – Education Article

Here are five of my favorite tech tools for teacher-authors: 1. A good editing program Whether you’re self-published or agented, you want your documents as clean as possible. You can edit it yourself, use beta readers, or pray, but one more option to include in your toolkit is a good online editing program. Often, these ask you to copy-paste your text into a dialogue box on their website and they take it from there. Sometimes, you upload your entire manuscript. What they…

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Help Student Writers Practice and Grow with Writable – Education Article

One of the highlights of my work is talking shop with other educators who are passionate about the power of technology in education. Earlier this month I chatted with Dr. Troy Hicks, a Professor of English & Education at Central Michigan University. We spoke about the world of literacy and EdTech. Dr. Hicks mentioned his connection to the folks at Writable and the timing of our conversation was absolutely perfect. Writable has been on my list of tools to explore…

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Sparks & Stories – The Edublogger – Education Article

All children have extraordinary stories to tell if we take the time to listen. All children have gifts and talents. Our job is to create opportunities and experiences that allow children to find themselves. To help tease out the interests, passions and skills that will ultimately shape who and what they become. We can do school to kids, or we can do it with them. Abe Moore is a year 6/7 teacher from South Australia. He recently completed an inspiring…

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Supporting Writing In Every Classroom With ThinkCERCA – Education Article

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA, an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. Just as literacy is a part of every classroom at every grade level, writing is a powerful component of the curriculum. Writing is generative in nature and helps students uncover thoughts bubbling in their heads that haven’t reached the surface yet. Writing also allows students time and space to think critically, wrestle with explanations of their understanding, and helps to vocalize…

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5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics @coolcatteacher – Education Article

| Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. Listen to the Show Dr. Scott N. Forrest Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He teaches English at Mountain House High School…

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Inspire Your Students with These 351 Visual Writing Prompts – Education Article

Make Writing Fun with Visual Writing Prompts Engaging writing prompts are an easy way to make writing fun. Every teacher needs a good collection of prompts, and the three sites below are full of great ones. The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” just might prove helpful in moving students from asking “How many words do we have to write?” to not wanting to stop. Visual Writing Prompts is a great source for engaging writing prompts. You…

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Teacher-Blogger Request 2019 | Could You Be a @TeacherToolkit Writer? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Could you be the next blogger for Teacher Toolkit? Ross Morrison McGill started blogging in 2001, and through a mixture of life-changing events, started writing content on Teacher Toolkit almost 10 years ago over here on Blogger in 2010 (don’t laugh!); he soon moved over to WordPress in 2012 and coded the TT website as you see it today. After writing 1,000+ blogs Ross opened up Teacher Toolkit to other teachers in January 2017 and two years later, we have…

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From Striving to Thriving: Strategies to Jump-Start Writing – Education Article

From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start WritingBy Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger with Stephanie Harvey(Scholastic, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Pam Hamilton “We must trust ourselves as professional decision-makers, and we must trust students as powerful language learners.” Wow. I hope these words by Stephanie Harvey in the foreword of this book energize and empower you as they do me. This vision is the essence of the From Striving to Thriving series, of which this book is…

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5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics @coolcatteacher – Education Article

| Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. Listen to the Show Dr. Scott N. Forrest Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He teaches English at Mountain House High School…

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Post-Holiday Classroom Activities – Education Coffee Break – Education Article

On the first week back you will need to review all the rules and routines. The first day back from break I treat like the first day of school. Not too much academic work, but lots of reviewing the routine, practicing them, and review your expectations. During the post-holiday classroom activities for the first week back, we review each of our literacy centers and what they should be doing during their center times. We review how to sit on the…

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