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Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. (From Karen)

Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. (From Karen)
How are you doing with teaching non-fiction, informational texts? Do you feel you have a good grasp on expository text structures? With the Common Core ELA standards, students are expected to be proficient in reading complex informational texts. The purpose of this post is to provide a few resources for teaching non-fiction, in preparation for the higher levels of achievement students are expected to reach! The Non-Fiction Text Structures: What are text structures? Non-fiction text structures refer to HOW an author organizes information in an expository text. Why are the text structures important? Understanding non-fiction text structures is critical for “Reading to Learn” (i.e., reading for information). Introducing & Reviewing Non Fiction: It is important to note at this point that students need to understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction BEFORE jumping into learning about text structures. Here are a few resources to introduce or review non-fiction with your students: Related:  Essay

Steps for Research Anchor Chart (Sarah T.) FLIPPING THE CLASSROOM Lessons for Our Flipped Classroom Ms. Merashoff's 9th Grade Intensive Reading Classes in Room 10-103 at Palm Bay High School What is a FLIPPED Classroom? 1. The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. The notion of a flipped classroom draws on such concepts as active learning, student engagement, hybrid course design, and course podcasting. 2. There is no single model for the flipped classroom—the term is widely used to describe almost any class structure that provides prerecorded lectures followed by in-class exercises. I am very excited about trying this model for some of my lessons. For those without Internet access, we have computers in the classroom that can be used before the due date of the FLIPPED assignment or students can use the computers in the library for the same purpose.

Cooperative Learning Strategies Global rating average: 0.0 out of Read articles that define and explain how to use cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. Includes cooperative learning lesson plans for a variety of subjects and grade levels. There are links to eThemes Resources Teaching Tips: Cooperative Learning for High School, Teaching Tips: Cooperative Problem Solving Tasks, and Teaching Tips: Team Building Activities for Elementary Students. Grades Links A Guide to Cooperative Learning Learn about the basic elements of cooperative learning, helpful tips, and the structure of cooperative learning activities such as: think-pair-share, three-step interview, roundtable, numbered heads together, pairs check, send a problem and jigsaw. Education Standards Request State Standards

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Thankfully, with the Common Core standards exemplifying the 4Cs -- Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (through the use of interdisciplinary writing) -- we are looking at a more fluid future in testing formats. As long as the format itself is aligned with real-world skills, a meaningful assessment does not need to be lockstep with a particular structure any more. When I think about my own definition of a "meaningful assessment," I think the test must meet certain requirements. Criteria for a Meaningful Classroom Assessment To address these requirements, I ask myself the following guided questions: Does the assessment involve project-based learning? Clearly not all assessments achieve every single characteristic listed above.

186 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha Follow @paulbogush An updated version of this post is here 286 Videos Four years ago I wrote a post simply called 99 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha. I decided to reincarnate that post because many of the videos are no longer on the internet, some of the sites have gone under, and I have always wanted to get to an even 100. Videos play an important role in my class (well not so much this year, because of something I can’t write about here, but they will continue again next year They serve as much more than a time filler (ok maybe sometimes), they are played for more than just cheap laughs (although I am a big fan of cheap laughs), and they all usually have some point to them (maybe the snoring dog video has no point). Yes conversations can bond people, yes sharing personal stories can create a common bond between people…but so can video if used carefully and purposely. While many might say staring off class with a random video is a waste of time (no way!)

Anchor Charts 101: Why and How to Use Them, Plus 100s of Ideas (Jenna M.) Spend any time browsing teacher pages on Pinterest and Instagram, and you’ll run across hundreds of ideas for classroom anchor charts. But you may have lingering questions about what they are, what purpose they serve, how to get started, and when to use them. Have no fear! WeAreTeachers has created this primer to inform you, and we’ve also included a huge list of resources to get you started. We have a feeling that once you get started, anchor charts are going to your new favorite thing. What is an anchor chart? SOURCE: Teaching With Simplicity An anchor chart is a tool that is used to support instruction (i.e. How do I create anchor charts? The first thing you need to know about creating them is that you do not need any special materials or artistic skills—just chart paper and a colorful assortment of markers. As you model a lesson or learning strategy and interact with your students through discussion, you fill in the blank spaces of the anchor chart. SOURCE: The Thinker Builder

Project Wisdom - Helping Students Make Wiser Choices TuckerA | PDS AP Environmental Science 8th Period 2011-12 While we learned that the soil has 5 horizons (layers), we also learned that the second (A) horizon is the most important because it is the horizon where plants take root. This horizon is referred to as TOPSOIL, and is the main focus for farmers and anyone else trying to make a living from agriculture. One of the key components plants need to grow is good, nutritious soil. Unfortunately, as plants continue to reuse the same soil over and over again it can become depleted of all important nutrients. Unfortunately, during the 1930s there were no efforts to fight soil degradation and scenes like the one pictured above could be found all over the Midwest in the infamous Dust Bowl. Farmers, who make their living essentially from the soil they own, must take action to conserve the soil they plant on in one of two ways. 1-Use proven agricultural techniques to slow or stop the process of soil degradation – 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. Sources -

Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive Reciprocal Teaching From Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Technology Elizabeth Foster and Becky Rotoloni The University of Georgia Review of Reciprocal Teaching Introduction Mrs. Mrs. What is Reciprocal Teaching? Reciprocal teaching is a cooperative learning instructional method in which natural dialogue models and reveals learners' thinking processes about a shared learning experience. Reciprocal teaching is based on Vygotsky's theory of the fundamental role of social interaction (dialogue) in the development of cognition. Effective reciprocal teaching lessons include scaffolding, thinking aloud, using cooperative learning, and facilitating metacognition with each step. Whole class introduction or reinforcement of reciprocal teaching is appropriate, but this should serve as opening and closing activity. Palincsar, Brown, and Campione (1989) define reciprocal teaching as a dialogue between teacher and student. Mrs. Predicting Vignette Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. We think that: Ms. Mrs. The students in Mrs.

Fiction and Non-Fiction Anchor Chart by The Book Fairy Goddess Teaching the difference between Fiction books and Non-Fiction books is an important skill, especially in the younger grades. In the past, I’ve always created a poster on chart paper with the information along with the students. Sometimes, in my rush, my poster had mistakes or was not the neatest as I must have missed the day they handed out the “teacher handwriting gene”! That always bugged me, because I would refer back to the poster for several weeks. So, here’s what I plan to do: 1. I’ll use the pieces to BUILD the poster with the students on the empty clipboard poster (page 4). I hope you find this useful!