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To Learn, Students Need to DO Something

…in the reading and writing, so ideally, students are “doing” all the time. I would advise using the workshop model most of the time, where students are actively working on writing pieces of their own. So instead of teaching grammar out of context, for example, those concepts are delivered in mini-lessons (or in a blended learning format, so that each student gets the instruction he or she needs at just the right time), and then students apply that learning right away in their own writing. OK, let’s talk about the example you gave about determining the central idea and validity…

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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

…are still required to take all state standardized tests. Andrea Castellano Hi Tracey, That’s a great question! Jenn’s mini-unit on plagiarism is geared towards the upper grades, but certainly adjustments can be made for teaching this skill to younger students. As a teacher myself, I am accustomed to modifying resources to fit my students’ needs, simplifying protocols and choosing examples and texts that are more appropriate to their level. As for other writing resources, I suggest you check out Cult of Pedagogy’s writing tag: Writing as well as the Pinterest page on writing here: ELA Writing Resources Hope this helps!…

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Episode 167: Co-Constructing Success Criteria

…what it would look like in a science class, this is what it would look like in social studies. I guess for social studies, what we’re assuming is that we’re also talking about some type of a writing assignment.  SACKSTEIN: And it doesn’t always have to be writing. This works with math problems, whether they be word problems or other kinds of math where there are multiple steps. It works in science when you think about the scientific method and writing up lab reports or doing research of any kind in any subject. It really does work in language classes,…

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Introducing the HyperRubric: A Tool that Takes Learning to the Next Level

…skill development. One example of this is how Jeff Frieden uses it. Frieden, a high school ELA teacher in southern California (and the person who brought us the ongoing conversations strategy in 2018), first heard Tyler Rablin talk about his new approach to rubrics on an episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast. As he listened, he realized that this different kind of rubric would be perfect for the shift he’d been trying to make with his writing instruction, a shift that moved assessment from the end of a writing piece to the middle. “For 13 years, I had been…

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Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?

…too often limited to the visual arts. This is why I think the emergence of design thinking in classrooms is exciting, because it honors problem-solving as a truly creative process. Since I know you are in ELA, let’s consider the creativity that’s necessary for good writing. When I hear “creative writing,” I think of poetry and cute short stories, but creativity is really what’s needed to take a solid piece of writing in any genre and turn it into something really powerful. Think of how much more effective a piece of persuasive writing is if it starts with a provocative…

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Frickin’ Packets

…goals set by our academic standards. Here’s what I mean: For convenience, I’ll use the Common Core Standards as a reference. There is no mention anywhere in the standards of students being able to identify or label these verb tenses. Nothing. It does, however, require students to use them correctly in their writing. So it would make a lot more sense to show students these different constructions, then have them find places in their writing where they are using them. If they aren’t using them anywhere, have them try it. They never ever have to actually know the names of…

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2016

…customization and robust analytics. Here’s a closer look at Write About: Schools are using Write About in writer’s workshop, to develop student writing portfolios, journaling, creative writing, and student free writes. And because teachers can create their own writing ideas right on the platform, they are also using Write About to assign lesson reflections and projects across the curriculum. 2. Google Cardboard Remember View Masters, those devices that showed two pictures of the same thing, but separated so they looked 3-D? Imagine those, but a LOT better. A virtual reality (VR) headset gives users 360-degree experiences in just about any…

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Episode 126: Student-Written Graphic Novels

…to sort of model that process. And like you said earlier, really helps to show students, like, you don’t need sophisticated drawing skills here, because I definitely didn’t have those.  GONZALEZ: Right.  MILLER: And they just, again, really making visible that metacognition that’s involved in the process. So, and just for listeners who are feeling like, I am not, I am not going to be writing my own graphic novel.  GONZALEZ: Right.  MILLER: I really didn’t. I know that, I know that you, you in your personal narrative articles have described writing the full story. I have only ever done…

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How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson

…novels during ELA and also learned about narrative writing techniques through writers workshop methods. The benchmark deliverable for this second section of the project was a piece of writing titled “A Day in the Life of…” which represented what daily life was like for a person from one of the groups of the “silent voices.” This deliverable showcased their narrative writing skills, textual analysis skills, and content mastery for social studies. Because the textbooks don’t provide the perspective of “the silent voices” students truly had to synthesize, analyze and apply what they were learning in ELA and social studies to…

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