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The Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud
This never gets any easier. Between the many, many votes cast (more than 4,000!) and my own personal experiences reading the books, as well as reaching out to others to discuss the books, these decisions keep me up at night. A big change for this year's project is the removal of grade levels. Instead, just pick the book you think will best suit your class and your goals. Groups will be set up for each specific book soon.

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Inquiry, Innovation and ICT Inquiry is process whereby learners wonder about and explore the world around them, investigate personally meaningful problems, issues or situations, construct new understandings and reflect on and share what they have learned with others. As Kuhlthau succinctly puts it, "[Inquiry] espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study." (Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century by Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari, 2007). My Resource Cloud Connections (Spanish words version) is an exciting motivational connect the letters game based upon Common Core Standard words. The App is based upon random datasets, no two games will ever be the same. Suitable for: Teacher, Home Educator, Student, Parent Players: Single Published by: Bongo LLP

10 Web Tools To Make Books Even Better Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely. Websites devoted to reading and literacy help children connect with other readers, delve deeper into what they are reading, and discover new books of interest. And they provide teachers with ideas for the classroom. Your students could start an online book group, write reviews on a website, or use Internet tools to research a favorite author. We’ve gathered ten of the best free, reading-related websites to inspire you and your young readers. Image via Flickr by Jill Brown

Case Study For many grade-schoolers, talk of mathematics and science invoke a nearly universal response: yuck. At STARBASE Minnesota, a non-profit educational organization serving nearly 4,000 students each year from more than 30 inner city schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, instructors have found an assignment that eliminates this aversion – have the students plan a mission to Mars that includes building working rockets. The program’s aerospace-themed curriculum provides a technology-rich environment that inspires students, builds their skills and develops aptitude and confidence. ABC Life Literacy Canada Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Check out these 15-minute activites to get started!

Questioning – Top Ten Strategies “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Questioning is the very cornerstone of philosophy and education, ever since Socrates ( in our Western tradition) decided to annoy pretty much everyone by critiquing and harrying people with questions – it has been central to our development of thinking and our capacity to learn. Indeed, it is so integral to all that we do that it is often overlooked when developing pedagogy – but it as crucial to teaching as air is to breathing.

How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual - Infographic - Beverly Hills Lingual Institute The brain benefits immensely from speaking two or more languages from improved cognitive skills, to developing denser grey matter, to improved decision making skills, and even delaying the onset of dementia. Bilingualism improves children’s test scores and critical thinking abilities, as well as concentration and multi-tasking abilities. Speaking two languages also means a better salary in the workforce across a wide array of professions. View the below infographic for more information on the subject. Feel free to use this infographic.

Teaching using web tools Why not watch this video with your students when you meet this fall? Better to be prepared. You should be able to start some interesting discussions that might help your students both in high school and later university! More discusion topcis to be found here! Seven Fun (and Cheap) Class Projects to Try with Video Digital Tools Flickr: Category 5 TV By Hall Davidson For educators interested in incorporating video into classroom lessons, here are seven projects to dive into. 1. Librarians: Author and Illustrator Index Sign in -or- Register Where Teachers Come First bookwizardMy Book Lists GO Instant access to reproducibles

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers by Miriam Clifford This post has been updated from a 2011 post. There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”.

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