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A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment

February 5, 2014<br>This post is born out of a discussion I had with a fellow teacher on the Facebook page of <i>Educational Technology and Mobile Learning</i> …

The Ultimate Guide for Creating Dynamic Flipping Books from Google Docs

In my previous post, I listed the steps to create awesome, virtual flipping books using Google Docs and the website Flipsnack. Here is the most …

15 Awesome Gmail Plugins To Boost Your Email Productivity

How many hours do we spend in front of the computer every day? Not only does it negatively affect our health and fitness, but we often don’t have …

Productivity

Creating Navigation in a Google Document in 6 Steps - Teacher Tech

I was helping Catlin Tucker with some presentation tips and together we came up with a nifty way to use a Google Doc instead of a Presentation. …

Staying Organized: Tips for Naming Your Google Drive Files

You probably don’t give much thought to how you name your Drive files, but given how many documents we use every day, your files can quickly get …

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

Time Management

Create a List of Rubrics - Automagically - Teacher Tech

Previously I had created a template for creating rubrics to assess students. http://www.alicekeeler.com/rubrictab2 Assuming you may use rubrics for …

Keeping Kids Accountable During Independent Reading – Part I

One of the most challenging aspects of reading workshop is making sure that <b>every</b> child is reading and to make sure they all are accountable for the</b> …

Staying Organized Around Your Coaching

It’s been a while since my last post–I’ve been busy closing up the school year as well as planning events and producing online courses for the …

FREE ONLINE BOOK: Bonding While Learning

A few years ago, my colleague and I created a “how to” literacy book for parents of emergent readers. Bonding While Learning helps parents think …

More on Text Levels: Confronting the Issues

<i></i><i>by Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University</i><i>In response to the many</i> …

Teaching

Professors Providing Professional Development

Twitter for Educators by Brett Whitmarsh

<b>This is a free On-Demand Single-Session Course on Heinemann's Digital Campus.</b> Course access is 365 days from sign-up date. Learn more about our other …

#TCRWP and Mentor Texts

Are all books mentor texts?<p>Should all books be in the pool of mentor texts?<p>1. All books that are read aloud to students are NOT, especially for this …

Writing

Top Ten Mentor Texts for Argument Writing in Grades K-3

To teach argument writing, you need a variety of <b>mentor texts</b> that demonstrate the art of persuasion, opinion AND argument. We’ve built a list of …

Mentor Text Central!!

<b>The Tree Lady</b><p>by H. Joseph Hopkins<p>Illustrated by Jill McElmurry<p>Published: 2013<p><b>Awards:</b> <i>2015</i>Oregon Book Award Finalist,Booklist 2013 Top 10 Books for …

Our Top Ten Fiction Books for Teaching….EVERYTHING!

When we visit the children’s section of Barnes and Noble or when we hear one of our favorite authors is coming out with a new book, we get giddy. We …

Books

How do I get a QR code for a Seesaw post?

• Sign in to the Seesaw website at https://app.seesaw.me.<br>• Find the post you want to get a QR code for and click the [...] button.<br>• Choose Get QR PDF. You …

Interactive Word Wall with Seesaw QR Codes

Earlier this fall, I read this post on the blog Buggy for First about <i>portable</i> word walls and loved the idea. It's saves a ton of space, and students …

The Coaching Cycle: The Link Between Coaching and Student Achievement

Instructional coaches are tasked with many responsibilities. Leading and developing workshops, collaborating with PLCs, facilitating school-wide …

Pedagogy

VideoNotes - A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos

VideoNotes is a neat new tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen …

5 End-Of-Day Rituals That’ll Make Your Mornings Way Easier

Discover five simple end-of-day rituals that will help you walk into the office each morning ready to hit the ground running.

Reading difficulty is a teaching problem not an intelligence problem

Education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. Children don’t have to go to school to learn how to walk, …

Teaching
Self-help

Pom Pom Socklets pattern by Purl Soho

Published in<p>Craft<p>Knitting<p>Published<p>April 2008<p>Yarn weight<p>Fingering (14 wpi)<p>Gauge<p>8 stitches = 1 inch<br>in Stockinette<p>Needle size<p>US 2 - 2.75 mm

No More Estimating Tail Length for a Long Tail CO

I like long tail cast on. I like the neat edge of what would be considered the “purl” side. But how often have you CO 200 of 220 and run out of yarn, …

Endless Saturday Socks

Surely a lot of people have had this idea. If you’re a sock knitter, you have almost assuredly thought of doing this:<p>When the sock yarn leftovers …

Dyslexia: The deconstruction of school testing

by Jess<p>This may come as a surprise, but most school psychologists do not know how to identify dyslexia, and if they do identify a reading problem, it …