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Websites, tools, and resources that may be useful for teaching reading and writing.

Call Me Maybe - in Old English. Video Booktalk Archives. 5 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - This post is updated from an article we published in April. At the end of the day, teaching is about learning, and learning is about understanding. And as technology evolves to empower more diverse and flexible assessments forms, constantly improving our sense of what understanding looks like–during mobile learning, during project-based learning, and in a flipped classroom–can not only improve learning outcomes, but just might be the secret to providing personalized learning for every learner. This content begs the question: why does one need alternatives to the established and entrenched Bloom’s? Because Bloom’s isn’t meant to be the alpha and the omega of framing instruction, learning, and assessment. So with apologies to Bloom (whose work we covered recently), we have gathered five alternatives to his legendary, world-beating taxonomy, from the TeachThought Simple Taxonomy, to work from Marzano to Fink, to the crew at Understanding by Design.

Six Facets of Understanding with examples. Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy vs. Norman Webb's depth of knowledge. Webb's DOK Depth of Knowledge Vs. Bloom's Taxonomy | Common Core PARCC Assessments and Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy and Norman Webb's depth of knowledge PARCC The Common Core Standards are the cornerstones of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (scale of cognitive demand) and Blooms Revised Taxonomy (levels of intellectual ability) are the framework and the structures that will be used to evaluate students. Assessing curriculum, developing formative assessments, evaluation curriculum, and evaluation of students knowledge at the highest levels is being shared by two progressive cognitive matrices. Depth of knowledge, and complexity of knowledge is the heart of the more rigorous assessments being implemented in 2014.

The links below are a great resources of Blooms Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Use the fiction passage bellow to test you depth of knowledge. "Let us go into the heart of the pine forest," said Maria lightly. Up. " Verb Flow—English & Spanish Verb Conjugators & Phrase Paths. Canada (national) - Resources Coast to Coast - Discover - Language Portal of Canada. Language Portal of Canada Home > Discover > Resources Coast to Coast > Canada (national) This section contains a collection of hyperlinks to language-related resources developed by Canadian national organizations and associations.

Aboriginal Languages Associations, Organizations and Other Groups Francophonie Language Professions, Research Groups and Other Language Training (students'/teachers' information) Legislation, Policies and Guidelines Literacy Official Languages Sign Languages Training (Online Training or National Institutions) Assessment Materials | Decoda Literacy Solutions. These are materials for educators, tutors, practitioners and anyone who is interested in assessment in community-based adult literacy programs. Every item on this list is available, either from the library or online. Background Achievement in non-accredited learning for adults with learning difficulties: report of the scoping study. Liz Maudsley and Christine Nightingale. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2004.» Assessing student learning: a common sense guide. 2nd ed. Canadian and world research on assessment practices for adult learners. Community literacy benchmarks. Contested ground: performance accountability in adult basic education.

Creative student assessment: a guide to developing meaningful evaluation. Learning progressions for adult literacy. Measures of success: assessment and accountability in adult basic education. Measures of success: diagnostic assessment. Measures of success: performance assessment. Measuring adult literacy and life skills: new frameworks for assessment. To top. §. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students.

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations (for example, by choosing more accessible text and/or assigning an alternative project).

Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though. So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. 2. 3. All learners need time to process new ideas and information. 4. 5. 6. Bloom's Tech Pyramid. Self Organized Assessment Method. A few year ago, I was a bit curious about how well learners can evaluate each other.

I designed a small experiment to find out. It goes like this: Take a group of learners, say 15 in number, in a classroom. Give everybody 15 sheets of paper and ask them to write their names on the top right corner of every sheet. Now, ask everyone to write down a question about something they have recently learned, been taught or discussed. It should be from whatever course you are conducting. In other words, you have conducted an examination without making a question paper and without having to mark a pile of answer books. I tried this for three years in the course I teach on Educational Technology for M.Ed. In the meanwhile, I thought you might like to try.... 700_reasons. Fisher and Frey. Literacyhead - Reading and Writing Lessons Using Visual Art. How to pronounce the world’s longest word. Twitter-Cheat-Sheet-Tool-4-Learning-Unlimited-by-Kimberly-Tyson. Past, Present, Future: Teaching the Verb Tense System. RubiStar Home. The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have.

By EdTech Team Updated on march 2, 2015 : The original list that was created in 2011 comprised 33 skills , after reviewing it we decided to do some merging and finally ended up with the 20 skills below. The 21st century teacher should be able to : 1- Create and edit digital audio Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Free Audio Tools for Teachers 2- Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : A List of Best Bookmarking Websites for Teachers 3- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : Great Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages for your Class 4- Exploit digital images for classroom use Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Web Tools to Edit Pictures without Installing any softwareTools to Convert Photos into Cartoons.

Shit My Students Write. 21st Century Literacies: Tools for Reading the World. In Intelligence Reframed Howard Gardner contends that "literacies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes. " Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data.

They learn to choose and modify their own communication based on the rhetorical situation. Point of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium. Basic Language Literacy Visual Literacy Spatial Literacy Three Information Literacy Questions to Ask About a Map: Handout Historical Literacy Cultural Literacy Information Literacy Political Literacy and News Media Literacy Scientific Literacy Mathematical Literacy. Blogs Wikis Docs Chart. Voice of Literacy. Community Literacy of Ontario. Home | TV411. Projects on Skype in the classroom. A: Types of L1 literacy and effects on L2 literacy learning / Appendices / Starting Points / The Learning Progressions / Home - Literacy and Numeracy for Adults. 6,000 most frequently used English words with frequency rank and link to dictionary.

Alan Cooper's Homonym List. E'er, see: air effect, see: affect eh, see: a eight, see: ate ere, see: air err, see: air eye, see: aye heir, see: air I, see: aye I'll, see: aisle illicit, see: elicit illude, see: elude isle, see: aisle islet, see: eyelet jean, see: gene Jim, see: gym jinn, see: gin karat, see: carat kernel, see: colonel Kew, see: cue key, see: cay knew, see: gnu kraft, see: craft krater, see: crater nap, see: knap naught, see: knot need, see: knead new, see: gnu news, see: gnus nice, see: gneiss nickers, see: knickers night, see: knight nit, see: knit nits, see: knits no, see: know nob, see: knob nock, see: knock nod, see: gnawed noes, see: knows nose, see: knows not, see: knot odd, see: awed offal, see: aweful oracle, see: auricle oral, see: aural ought, see: aught our, see: hour ours, see: hours pharoah, see: farrow phase, see: faze phased, see: fazed phew, see: few phial, see: file philter, see: filter phlox, see: flocks quay, see: cay queue, see: cue quire, see: choir quoin, see: coin "raise" is the antonym of "raze" scent, see: cent scents, see: cents.

Reading Fiction Whole. Published Online: February 29, 2012 Published in Print: February 29, 2012, as Reading Fiction Whole English teacher Ariel Sacks believes it's important to lead students to make their own discoveries in literature. —Emile Wamsteker By Ariel Sacks Literary fiction is an art that seeks to create an immersive experience for the reader, but we often don't approach it that way with our students. Imagine walking into a movie theater and finding that the movie is switched off every few minutes.

Yet, as teachers, we continue to segment literary works and erect barriers between students and their experience of fictional worlds. When I was studying to be a teacher at Bank Street College in New York City nine years ago, my advisor and children's literature instructor, Madeleine Ray, planted a different concept in my mind: Let students read novels in their entirety. I first tried this "whole novels" method as a student-teacher in Bank Street's own private lab school. Framing the project. Adult Learning Activities | California Distance Learning Project. Questioning Toolkit. Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls.

They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? What kind of friend shall I be? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. Essential Questions are at the heart of the search for Truth.

Why do we have to fight wars? Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction. The illustrations were created as part of the Visuals for Developing Communication Skills in Foreign Language Classes project, initated by Paul Toth, former Director of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center. It was funded by the Provost through the Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) as part of the Innovation in Education Awards program, and brought to completion by Paul's successors, Dawn McCormick and David Quinto-Pozos.

All of the illustrations were drawn by Alec Sarkas from the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE). The project was managed by Nick Laudato and Bill Johnston from CIDDE. Search for an image… Browse the collection… Contact us with comments and questions about this collection.The University of Pittsburgh provides access to the digital materials on the Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction web site for educational and research purposes only. Teacher Lesson Plans, Printables & Worksheets by Grade or Subject - Assessment and Rubrics. Essential Questions. Decoda - Library. Is It Really True? The 5 Best Fact-Checking Websites. Fact checking has its origin in the early 20th century, when magazines began to verify statements made in non-fictional texts prior to publication. This practice increases credibility and trustworthiness of articles and documents.

Today, fact checking is often associated with political journalism, but can of course be used in any field, including your homework. Using the following fact checking websites, you can verify factual assertions made in your own writings. Google & Other Search Engines Google can find the truth. However, it takes a critical eye to distinguish truth from fiction, especially when digging through hundreds of search engine results. If you need something to use for school, also have a look at this article – Where To Research Material For Your Homework Snopes Snopes is the best place to make sure you didn’t fall for an urban legend, folklore, myth, rumor, or other misinformation spread online.

It is worth noting that Snopes lists its sources at the end of every article.

Tools to create activities/quizzes/etc.

Lesson plans and media. Graphic Organizers & Other Forms. Research skills. Random. Lists. ZAPADAY. Novels: On Location - 120 Novels/140 Locations. BenchPrep. Creative Commons. The Educator's Best Friend. Writing - other. Calibrated Peer Review. Telescopic Text. Tildee - Write how-to tutorials.

Blogging/wiki ideas

Dictionary Skills. Document Literacy. Literacy Research. Writing Assessment. OPED_Our_Semi-Literate_Youth. Adult Ed. Grammar. Vocab building. Reading - other. Context Clues. Reading strategies. Short Stories. The Outsiders. Books by reading level.