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Curriculum Contemplations for May 2017

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Student Engagement: Is it Authentic or Compliant?

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Screencasting to Support Effective Teaching Practices
Beliefs and Instructional Strategies

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for Everyone, kids included

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: ELL Stats in SUSD
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Theresa Gonsalves

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Curriculum Contemplations for April 2017

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The Symphony of Teaching

ELA ELABORATIONS
Structured Phonic Programs
Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Teaching Keywords? Everybody Needs to Please Forget About it!
Communication in the 6-8 Grade Mathematics Classroom
Want to get PAID to LEARN???

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Four Stellar Modeling Resources for Those Who Teach About the Sun & Solar System
Shell Science Lab Challenge Announces 2017 District Winners

SOCIAL STUDIES STORIES
Social Studies Lesson Plans from “the Hidden Brain”
COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Line Numbers for Google Docs
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: National PTA Assessment Guides
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Nanette Longchamp

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Curriculum Contemplations for March 2017

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7 TIME-SAVING STRATEGIES FOR TEACHERS THAT PUT STUDENTS FIRST

ELA ELABORATIONS
Collaborative Conversations
The Challenge of Challenging Text

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Greg Tang: Street Smarts
You Can’t Break Math
Computing Pi
Representations: Tools for Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Communication

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Can You Identify the Mystery Photo?
How Science Works: The Flowchart

SOCIAL STUDIES STORIES
Six Cures for the Sidekick Blues

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Don’t just read to your kids at night, do math with them, too.
They’ll thank you later
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Google Explore Research Tool
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Kelley Brooks-Cavaletto

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Curriculum Contemplations for February 2017

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The Power of “Yet”…

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Comparing Fractions
Compare and Contrast Discussions in the Mathematics Classroom

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Falling Into Understanding
Asksmithsonian.com

SOCIAL STUDIES STATEMENTS
James Madison Legacy Project

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS

ELL ESSENTIALS: How Can I Prepare My ELL Students for the AZELLA?
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: What Research Says About Parent Involvement
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: 6 Creative Ways to Use the New Jumble Feature in Kahoot
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Mary Othon

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Curriculum Contemplations for January 2017

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In this issue…

The Difference Between Learning Goals and Success Criteria

ELA ELABORATIONS
Fluency

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Progression Videos by GFletchy
Clothesline – The Master Number Sense Maker
Features of a Growth-Oriented Classroom

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Evaluating the Egg Drop: Using the EQuIp Rubric to Ensure Activities Meet the Science Standards
Sebastian Kraves: The era of personal DNA testing is here

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS

ELL ESSENTIALS: OLEAS conference recap
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Parents & Teachers Working Together
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Venngage
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Gloria Platt

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Curriculum Contemplations for December 2016

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The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment

ELA ELABORATIONS
How Do We Measure Text Complexity?

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
#ObserveMe
Two Truths & A Lie
Growth Mindset Revisited

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Practical Advice and Examples for Productive Communication
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Student Groups in Illuminate

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Curriculum Contemplations for November 2016

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Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say

ELA ELABORATIONS
Reading Big Words
The History of English Language

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Problem Solving Framework v7.3
Understanding Math vs. Explaining Answers

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: How Can I Make Sure That My Students Have the Opportunity to Practice S & L and Engage with the ELP Standards in their Content Classes?
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Recap

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Curriculum Contemplations for October 2016

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The “What” and Some “Hows” for Formative Assessment

ELA ELABORATIONS
The Importance of Independent Reading for Students
ELA Standards Revision Updates

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Questioning Answer-Getting in the Mathematics Classroom
Math Practice 2 – Reasoning Abstractly and Quantitatively

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Grammar
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE FOR PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Remind.com

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Curriculum Contemplations for September 2016

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In this issue…

Student Agency Via a Growth Mindset

ELA ELABORATIONS
English Orthography
What Do We Mean By Text Complexity?

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Mathematical Strategies vs. Mathematical Representations (Tools)
Making Sense of Problems
Rules That Expire

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL Essentials: Positioning ELLs as Leaders in the Classroom
Parent Partnerships: The Parents’ Guide to Student Success
Tech Tools You Can Use: Goformative.com

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Mathematical Musings for May 16, 2016

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Lifelong Learning…

Summer PD Opportunities

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