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Classroom Selfies - Ideas and Lessons for Teacher and Student Selfies. Phones in the classroom are a contentious subject, and one that comes up regularly on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE.

Classroom Selfies - Ideas and Lessons for Teacher and Student Selfies

(Need a little help controlling cell phones in your classroom? Try these clever ideas.) One thing all students seem to have in common… they love to take selfies. Creative teachers are finding ways to embrace and use teacher and student selfies to engage students and parents. Take a look at the classroom selfies ideas teachers shared on HELPLINE, and some additional examples from around the web. 5 Reasons I Read Aloud to High School Students. No one doubts the benefits of reading aloud to students.

5 Reasons I Read Aloud to High School Students

Walk into any elementary classroom, and you will find teachers reading to their kids. By high school, however, this has usually stopped. Teenagers are expected to be responsible and take their learning into their own hands. This is, after all, ultimately the goal. Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class.

Bring the back row in class to the FRONT row!

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 15 ideas on how to use it in class. This post is by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. Check out her blog at and follow it by email to get her excellent posts delivered right to your inbox!

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset. Heroes in books and movies captivate kids, many of whom could teach a master class on these characters. The fresh perspective teachers can offer is how students themselves can and should be heroes. How to Use Padlet in the Classroom: A Fantastic Teaching Tool. Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit.

How to Use Padlet in the Classroom: A Fantastic Teaching Tool

Let’s learn the basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools. Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, spent some time teaching the teachers at my school about Padlet. Gail's Toolkit. Using this article as a model text, Ss will write their own opinion pieces. Full activity here #teachingresources. How to Choose the Right Images When Teaching about Genocide. Images are an important entry to stories of genocides and mass violence.

How to Choose the Right Images When Teaching about Genocide

They provide evidence and context but they can also shock us, jolting us into the immense amount of human suffering that occurred. This is why we must be careful when we prepare lessons for students that touch on such graphic and often difficult-to-absorb topics. There is no shortage of images to choose from. Facing History’s resource, Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians and our new digital version of Holocaust and Human Behavior are two places to start. The Internet, on the other hand, provides a never-ending supply of disturbing images. Eulogy, a Poem by Sherman Alexie. My mother was a dictionary.

Eulogy, a Poem by Sherman Alexie

She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that nobody else knew. When she died, we buried all of those words with her. Article continues after advertisement. Teacher to Parent - Positive reinforcement doesn't work in the long run. Q.

Teacher to Parent - Positive reinforcement doesn't work in the long run

My third grade son recently came home in tears saying he didn’t want to go to school anymore because he was punished for talking during silent reading. The teacher kept him in from recess. I think this is horrible. It isn’t a teacher’s job to destroy a child’s love for school. Instead of constant punishment for every little infraction, what about using positive reinforcement?

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation. Punishment, Rewards, and Commitment The issue with classroom management policies in most institutions is that it operates on a carrot-and-stick model.

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Carrots include PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), Classroom Economy, and other class rewards. Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation. Poetry Mosaic. What Makes a Poem? National Poetry Month. Delight in a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem fellows and friends.

National Poetry Month

Terrance Hayes praises Aaron Coleman’s debut Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018), proclaiming “…this extraordinary debut epitomizes how the best of our contemporary poetry sings.” Camille Dungy‘s fourth poetry collection, Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), is lauded by Yusef Komunyakaa as being “earthly and visionary, a soulful reckoning for our twenty-first century.” Shane McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, most recently the National Book Award Finalist, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which Ryo Yamaguchi describes as “…an astonishing precise account of a complex emotional past.” Social and Emotional Learning Research Review. Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff.

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results. In this series of four articles, learn how researchers define social and emotional learning, review some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations of evidence-based programs, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when implementing SEL programs, and dig in to a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages. Fake News, Alternative Facts and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth. Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts. " The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change.

Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. How to Choose the Right Images When Teaching about Genocide. Three Myths About “Reading Levels” Truth, Lies and Quibblers: Media Literacy for a New Era. Don't Fall for Fake News. Your library offers workshops and resources to build media literacy. Before fake news and alternative facts there was … The Quibbler and The Daily Prophet. Yes, I am talking about the wizarding world of journalism. Fake News Resources, Lessons and Project Ideas. 13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others. Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation.

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience. Whenever I start talking about the importance of revising our writing with my classes, I show them this photograph: an over-the-shoulder shot of Barack Obama holding a copy of his Inaugural Address from 2013. It's a printed page covered with his handwritten edits.

Words are crossed out, arrows go every which way, and there are notes everywhere. Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker. Media literacy has never been more relevant. SLJ checked in recently with Frank W. Baker, founder of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse, an online resource for educators. The author of several books, Baker helped craft the new Position Statement on Media Literacy for the National Council for the Social Studies in May 2016. He is a frequent presenter at schools, districts, and conferences across the United States and will participate in SLJ’s Pop Literacy editorial webcast on December 6, along with Renee Hobbs and James Miles.

Your Media Literacy Clearinghouse notes “10,000+” resources for educators. Questioning That Deepens Comprehension. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Nancy Frey, a Professor of Literacy in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator. Monkey See.

Padlet Gives Us Teacher Templates & An Easy Way To Remake Padlets Too! One of my favorite digital tools to use is Padlet! I use it for collaboration, crowdsourcing, note taking, curating resources and to bring people together during conferences and events. It is an awesome tools for teachers, students and parents alike. How to Create a Book Trailer Video. Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts.

How to Create a Check-in/ Check-out System In Google Forms. Snapchat Essentials for Curious Newbies. New Blog Series: Starting with What Matters Most in Writing Workshop. It was only days until the close of the school year. Pens Versus Pencils: Which One is Better for Writing Workshop? If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Mistaking Compliance For Learning. Training Future Historians. 10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1. Letters About Literature: Dear Anne Frank. Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. Share with Friends 28.1KShares. Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students. From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness. Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log - Middle School Minds. When We Listen to Students.

Teaching Strategy: Socratic Seminar. Teacher-created standards based SLO assessments - SD Department of Education. Bookmarks of johngriffith. The Perfect Book for Every Type of Reluctant Reader I See in Middle School. Mentor Text Wednesday: The Open Letter. I Had No Idea 'She Sells Seashells By The Seashore' Actually Meant THIS! Fascinating... 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice.

Final Student questionnaire beginning of year. The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies. Project Tomorrow. Google Apps Terminology - A Short Explanation of Common Terms. Two Good Ways to Create Custom Word Clouds. Microsoft just made it way easier to write a research paper with Word. Free online mapping for your school. Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts. Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone. Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom.

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices. 22 Powerful Closure Activities. Puzzlemap. Just. One. Book. A Ticket to Ride. 101 Free Cool Tools. Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on. Vytmin. Cephalopod Week Returns. Tween Online Habits, Revealed. The Leveled Library; When Is It Time to Remove the Scaffold? CA History for Kids Gr4. 10 Techniques to Teach Whole Class Novels. Teaching with “Hamilton” How Can You Use Padlet With Your Students? Dozens Of Ideas Here!

Encourage Student Participation With The Stand Up Game. Owl Eyes - Owl Eyes. 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Revealed. 22 Powerful Closure Activities. National Council of Teachers of English - Homepage. Woihanble. Beverly Slapin's Review of S.D. Nelson's SITTING BULL: LAKOTA WARRIOR AND DEFENDER OF HIS PEOPLE. PhotoJet on my list of image faves. Writing About Native Americans. Kclark - Create, Customize and Assess with Nearpod. Twitter: You Can Do It! Dentoninquiry4lifelonglearning - home. Emoji Get to Know You Activity. Source Analysis - Source Analysis Home. Jerickson - TIE 2016 The Textbook Project. How to Create a Collaborative KWL Chart Online. Thedaringlibrarianpresents.wikispaces. 6 Steps to Teaching Students to Search - Teacher Tech. Alternatives to Student Presentations - Teacher Tech. Vocabulary Flash Cards - Google Slides. MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template.

Behind the Style – The MLA Style Center. Why Teaching Young People about Research Design Matters: A Middle School Student's Perspective. Photo Collage by Joan Upell. Smore’s New Educator Hive. Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition)