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Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

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5 ways to turn a worksheet into a collaborative critical-thinking activity - The Cornerstone For Teachers Worksheets: we all have to give them, we all hate doing it. Here are 5 no prep ways you can turn just about any lower level thinking or rote practice worksheet (like a multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank quiz, or math drill workbook page) into an activity that’s collaborative and includes higher level thinking skills. The strategies work for grades 3-12 (and can be modified for students who aren’t yet reading/writing independently). The best part? The activities are engaging for kids and FUN. These 5 active learning strategies and games have absolutely saved me and my third graders when I was required to give yet ANOTHER test prep activity:

Home - School libraries - guides at NSW Department of Education As part of Learning Systems, School Libraries provides curriculum and policy advice for NSW Public Schools. Explore these pages for collaborative approaches to using resources and online tools for learning. Key services Difference Differently Welcome to Difference Differently ! Australia is full of people with different cultures, races and beliefs. This site allows you to explore the wonders and challenges of living with diversity. It includes online activities for primary and secondary students related to English, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. You can work through these with your teacher or explore them yourself. You may also like to visit the Diversity Q and A to explore some big questions about diversity today.

Explicitly teaching skills in disciplinary inquiry One of the topics that can fuel hours of teacher dialog is the difference between assigning tasks and teaching the process by which tasks can be pursued through inquiry. Assigning might consist of telling students to do a task. Teaching a process involves teaching approaches to learning, which might allow students to problem solve for the task. It is one thing to talk about how scientists solve problems using scientific inquiry, and it is another thing altogether to experience using scientific inquiry to solve a problem. In every discipline or subject, there are patterns of thinking employed systematically by the people who work in that discipline, which are particularly developed by practitioners in that discipline. Schooling as it exists has been structured for people to learn how to learn in disciplines.

Critical evaluation of information and the Australian Curriculum Critical evaluation of information and data is a crucial element of information literacy and inquiry learning. It is a complex, higher order cognitive process, dependent on understanding the use of primary and secondary sources, the nature of knowledge and the construction of an argument supported by evidence. As such, it is highly discipline specific and contextual. Thus, it might be expected that different subject areas in the Australian Curriculum would treat critical evaluation differently. In this post, I present my analysis of critical evaluation of information and data in the Australian Curriculum in relation to: the placement of critical evaluation in particular subjects and year levels, andthe criteria used to evaluate information and data.

Teaching Interviewing Skills Through Story Games Email this page to a friend Teaching Interviewing Skills Through Story Games by Doug Lipman Table of Contents Why Games to Teach Interviewing? Ancient Indigenous site Budj Bim a step closer to World Heritage status after a big day for Portland district "No," said June Gill, "I never could have imagined something like this when I was living on the old mission. "They blew up our church, you know, and our old houses. They kicked my grandfather, James Lovett, off the mission some time around World War I because he wasn't black enough." the visionary’s hat Libraries have been part of society’s culture since man first began to convey information by etching images on the walls of caves. School libraries have been part of the Australian education system since well-meaning people in London sent religious texts to recently-established Sydney so the children of the convicts would learn to read the scriptures, learn from them and become better people than their parents. But libraries, like society, change so they can meet the needs of their users and remain relevant in the context in which they sit. Digital technoliges have replaced markings on cave walls, and school libraries have evolved to be much more than a repository of religious readings. These changes have not happened because Tinkerbell sprinkled fairy dust. But for change to be successful and sustainable, it needs to be planned and supported.

kidcyber WebQuest: Dewey Decimal System — kidcyber The Dewey Decimal System is used to organise resources in most school libraries/resource centres. Each subject is given a number and the books and other items are arranged on the shelves in number order, according to their topic/subject. Do you know which numbers are given to different topics?Do you know who invented the system? This kidcyber WebQuest will help you answer these questions and help you to understand how the Dewey system works, so that you can more easily find items in your library. You will find out

13 Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements - The Literary Maven Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Here's 13 of my favorites.1. The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty I’m always looking for texts that will draw in my reluctant male readers.

Sample Mission Statement Teacher Librarians wear so many hats that this blog had to be named after "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" by Dr Seuss. But why another blog from a teacher librarian in a world filled with blogs by teacher librarians? "She began with the end in mind," will be my epitaph. As Covey says in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People if we begin with the end in mind all our steps will be in the right direction, so identifying the purpose of this blog is critical to its focus. 2012 wrapped up the end of my 40th year in education and over that time I've learned a few things, theoretical, practical and pragmatic that other TLs may find useful so this is an effort to give back to the profession and the professionals who have given me so much. Who is this TL who presumes to know enough about the profession to write a blog that others may find useful?

Free Children Just Like Me Activity Pack The brand new Children Just Like Me book is a celebration of children all around the world. Get into the spirit by downloading this free activity pack for your child or classroom! The pack includes a world map showing where all the children in the book are from, a Children Just Like Me template for kids to write their own profile, plus a world flags matching game and activity ideas for hosting an International Day at your school. Ready for your world tour? Offering remarkable insight into the lives of children all around the globe, Children Just Like Me is packed with photography of children, their friends and family, homes and schools. With distinctive DK design and text and using children's own words, Children Just Like Me vividly illustrates different cultures, from rural farms to busy cities to river boats.