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Bilingual Books for Kids, Inc. - Bilingual Classic Fairy Tales. Growth Mindset: The Power of Yet - The Brown Bag Teacher. Growth mindset – a phrase that can easily be coined the education fad of 2015-2016.

Growth Mindset: The Power of Yet - The Brown Bag Teacher

Although I do like to avoid most fads (bleached hair, suntanning oil, and silly bands were all lost on me), why not take the best from the proverbial education pendulum and allow it to positively impact our classrooms? Recently my 1st grade classroom has morphed into a K/1 combination classroom resulting in HUGE gaps (academically, socially, & emotionally) between my students. Today I’m sharing one of our most powerful community-building lessons we’ve shared since becoming a combined classroom! Intentional Read Alouds. CatapanoS. Fleming J. and Elias M. TradeBookResearchArticle.pdf.

Education Week. Commentary By Carol Dweck For many years, I secretly worked on my research.

Education Week

I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research in professional journals—and there it stayed. However, my colleagues and I learned things we thought people needed to know. We found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—played a key role in their motivation and achievement, and we found that if we changed students’ mindsets, we could boost their achievement.

So a few years back, I published my book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success to share these discoveries with educators. —Jori Bolton for Education Week This is wonderful, and the good word continues to spread. Kit.pdf. SLJ_Fuse8_Top100_Picture. Education. Ac_intro.pdf. Academic Choice. A powerful tool for motivating and maximizing students' learning An adapted excerpt from Learning Through Academic Choice, a book by Paula Denton.

Academic Choice

It's social studies time in Karen Baum's fifth grade class and the room is humming with activity. The class is finishing a unit on women gaining the right to vote, and the teacher has given students choices of ways to show what they learned during the unit. Some children are making a Venn diagram showing the rights of men and women during the era just before women's suffrage. Others are creating comic strips telling of the events leading up to suffrage. This scene is typical of Academic Choice in action. Used well, the strategy breathes energy and a sense of purpose into children's learning. Fourth grade teacher Sue Majka, thinking back to her first experiences with Academic Choice, says, "I loved looking out and seeing all these clusters of kids so busy and focused on their work, so happy with what they were doing. " Planning Working Reflecting. Kids in the Kitchen. 5 Tips for Making Research Meaningful to Students. Research.

5 Tips for Making Research Meaningful to Students

Once this word is spoken out loud in my classroom, I brace myself for the standard round of moans and groans that generally accompanies the announcement. I have made a lot of mistakes over my first few years of teaching in how I present research papers/projects to students and probably deserved the reception "research" elicited. I would make all of my students pick a topic dealing with "something unreal" or something about a certain time in history.

I would create a list of topics to pick from and tell students that only one student could pick each topic because of library resources and such. I was living in a false reality because I was under the impression that students weren't able to pick their own topics or find the resources to research a topic they selected. Tip 1: Start with authentic questions Spend time pre-writing to get students to consider what they truly wonder about. -What factors increase and decrease the chance of divorce? Tip 2: Pre-write before diving in. Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach. Elementary Thoughts: Get it with a Grant. I’ve received over twenty-five grants which have translated into thousands of dollars for the benefit of my students.

Elementary Thoughts: Get it with a Grant

To be honest, they were for my benefit as well. When you have the funding for a project that sparks learning in your classroom, you are motivated to go the extra mile. Receiving a grant is an affirming experience in a profession where there are no bonuses, expense accounts or travel rewards. I’ve been on both sides of the grant table as a writer and as a member of grant awarding committees. Here are some tips for getting what you want with a grant. Check with your local teachers association or union for grant opportunities and look for them in professional publications. Collaborate with colleagues. Learn about the organization that is funding the grant. Follow the directions. Use a catchy title to grab the attention of the grant reader. Watch Tavis Smiley Online.

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NJ 350 Birthday Celebration Contest. 25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun. These activities have been developed by national reading experts for you to use with children, ages birth to Grade 6.

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun

The activities are meant to be used in addition to reading with children every day. In using these activities, your main goal will be to develop great enthusiasm in the reader for reading and writing. You are the child's cheerleader. It is less important for the reader to get every word exactly right. It is more important for the child to learn to love reading itself. Activities for birth to preschool: The early years Activity 1: Books and babies.