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The best books for kids, chosen by children's librarians. Tina Kugler Sometimes that eighth reading of Little Blue Truck is just too much to contemplate—but finding another book your kid wants to read can be a challenge. So we asked the people who really know what books kids respond to: children’s librarians. Copyright-CopyWrong The Educators' Lean and Mean No FAT Guide to Fair Use By Hall Davidson You can't afford to ignore the law, but neither can you afford to overlook the needs of your students. The good news for educators heading into a new millennium is that abiding by--and helping to shape--fair use copyright principles and guidelines is really not that difficult. For help, read on. how-to-build-your-makerspace?utm_content=buffer3895a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone. Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace?

Empowering Teachers The Questions to Guide Instruction have been developed to help you learn more about the needs of your students and to guide your instruction with specific groups and/or individual students. The questions are specific to each grade level and reading component. After you select a grade level, a list of reading components will appear with these interactive features: "Help me decide” - Sample tasks to help you determine if the student has mastered a specific reading skill.

Illinois Reads 2016: Grades K-2 Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist. But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. Other Side of Plagiarism Most of my Head for the Edge columns, updated and edited, can be found in my latest book. Buy it and I might be able to afford a nicer nursing home one day. Thank you.

Karen Lewis Has Already Redefined Chicago Politics She has left the race, but the movement continues to build. Lewis’s campaign could have offered a template for how a populist message—carried by the right candidate and backed by aggressive grassroots voter registration, education and turnout—can neutralize the oligarchs’ money. The news that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not run for mayor of Chicago due to illness is heartbreaking. Speaking as a colleague, comrade and friend, I can say with certainty that Karen Lewis is one of most brilliant and committed labor leaders today. Underneath her down-to-earth demeanor are nerves of steel. After she took office, I attended several debates between Lewis and Etoy Ridgnal, a local director of Stand for Children, a corporate-backed booster for school privatization.

Ripper Reading Resources - Rigorous Teaching Resources for Higher Order Thinking: The 4H reading strategy - an innovation on QAR + a freebie :) I just love the 4H reading strategy and have found it is much easier for students, than the language of Question, Answer, Relationships (QAR) by Taffy Raphael. The 4H strategy is really simple - is the answer literal, right here in the text? Is the answer hidden, do I need to think and search? Is the answer my own opinion or based on my past experience; so is it in my head? Or, is the answer how I feel and therefore in my heart? Book Spotlight: Emotions - Play Eat Grow We’re in a unique phase where 3 of my 4 kids are working really hard on understanding and appropriately expressing various emotions. I say unique because in the past, it’s been one kid at a time. So needless to say, I think that our apartment neighbors wish we would move out!

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