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Using Primary Sources - Teachers Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. Before you begin: Choose at least two or three primary sources that support the learning objectives and are accessible to students. 1. Draw on students’ prior knowledge of the topic. Ask students to closely observe each primary source. Who created this primary source? Help students see key details. What do you see that you didn’t expect? Encourage students to think about their personal response to the source. What feelings and thoughts does the primary source trigger in you? 2. 3. Top

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds Next Generation Science Standards Home - CESA 2 Welcome to the CESA depository of professional development materials for understanding and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. These materials and this page are still continuing in their development, so please let us know of any feedback you may have. These materials were developed as part of a CESA led committee that included Chad Janowski, Judy Sargent, Eric Brunsell, Shelley Lee, Dennis Kostac, Curt Julian, Kevin Anderson, Ellen Van Pay and Laurie Mitchell. Kevin's First Letter on Adoption of the Wisconsin Next Generation Science Standards (aka WINGSS) NGSS links and PD resources (focus on CESA #2 workshop materials) Half-day Overview of the NGSS - powerpoint slides for a half day K-12 overview NGSS in DCI view and the NGSS in topic view - updated version as of May 1, 2013 with math and ELA connections Timeline and planning for NGSS Roll out - ideas for rolling out the NGSS in your districts Presentation Slides - general - overview of the NGSS CESA Science PD Materials

Just Start What do Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Bill Belichick, and Anshul Samar have in common? Sure, they all had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish. But more importantly, they got STARTED. The difference between a great idea and an idea that makes a great difference, is someone executed it. The person most responsible for the construction of the path to change for any school is the principal. Start with the Why. Why do we exist? Another example of a purpose statement is “Hope Through Learning.” After a strong purpose statement is created and accepted by the full staff through a power vote, it is time to create a list of Hows. From this, a steering committee of five, including myself, used the information to create the vision statement. The steps of creating a purpose statement, the behaviors that would indicate we were working towards our purpose, the vision statement, and the action plans were all created within three days. About the Author Bill Zima began his career as a zoo educator.

Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year? Do you know which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use our OED birthday word generator to find out! We’ve scoured the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find words with a first known usage for each year from 1900 to 2004. Simply select the relevant decade and click on your birth year to discover a word which entered the English language that year. Please note that the dates given for these words refer to the current first known usage of the word. The OED team is continuously researching the histories of words (something you may be able to help with), and it’s therefore possible that we will find an earlier sense of the words during our research. If you are a subscriber or have access to the OED, visit our guide to learn how to find your own personal OED birthday word. Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word. Words originating in the 1900s include: Words originating in the 1910s include: Bollywood, n.

Popplet Lewis Center for Educational Research - Teaching the Next Generations' Science Start by "Like"-ing "NGSS Science Education at the Lewis Center for Educational Research" on Facebook and enter the conversation about NGSS.Next, (2/2016) consider using using one of these Cmaps to help you plan your courses, units and lesson plans: K-5 and 9-12. [Understand that these Cmaps are 'living' documents and are being updated weekly]. These resources were created using Cmap. A Cmap 'NGSS Planning Guide' does not exist (yet) for MS as the AAE/LCER adopted IAT's PBIS MS curriculum which comes 'pre-laid-out' and NGSS correlated for grades 6-8. After looking at the direction the California Department of Education is going in regards to their preference for an integrated approach to course design for grade 6-8 (the middle grades) the following course drafts were drawn up for a three year middle school integrated science series (understanding that they were designed to provide teachers with a good starting point for future planning purposes): > In the mean time...

Learning Happens Anywhere, Anytime | Providence After School Alliance Digital Badges Form Portfolio of Real World Skills Until recently, it's often been difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements gained outside of school. Digital badges provide a way for young people to get recognition for the skills and experiences they gain in PASA's after-school and expanded learning programs (think a digital version of a Girl Scout badge), but also allow PASA to better see emerging passions, interests, and skills. At the high school level, badges act as public signifiers of the skills each student has acquired outside of the classroom. Potential employers, community members, and even college admissions staff can go to a student's online profile to see their portfolio of badges—linked to the work and projects done to achieve the badges—to get a holistic understanding of the student that goes beyond the classroom and beyond grades. PASA's digital badge initiative is supported through HASTAC/Macarthur and supported by Mozilla Open Badge initiative.

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