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Curriculum Contemplations for December 2018

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Student-Teacher Relationships Are Everything

ELA ELABORATIONS
128 Words to Use Instead of “VERY”

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
The Great Debate: Fractions vs. Decimals
Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD)
What’s the Difference Between Honors & Regular Math Classes?

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Professional Development Learning Experiences from ADE Regarding New Science Standards
8 Science Practices – Definitions and Examples
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Teaching Students to Read Complex Text – Timothy Shanahan
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS : 20 Tips to Help De-Escalate Interactions with Anxious or Defiant Students
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: 8 Tech Tools to Ease Your Holiday Stress
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Lucia Dabdoub

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Curriculum Contemplations for November 2018

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New Teacher Development For Every Inning

ELA ELABORATIONS
Question: How can I foster a culture of grappling in my classroom so that students learn to enjoy taking on the challenges of the curriculum?
Teaching Without Talking (or, Houston, We Have a Tension)

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Teaching Fractions with Understanding: Part-whole Concept
What Febreeze Can Teach Us About #OBSERVEME
IF Math is the Aspirin, Then How Do You Create the Headache?

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Early Childhood Robotics: A Lego robotics club inspired by Reggio Emilia supports children’s authentic learning
From Interest to Identity: Creating & Nurturing STEM Kids in Middle School
Adding Math to Science

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Equity for Language Learners
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Screencast-O-Matic

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Curriculum Contemplations for October 2018

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3 Rules to Spark Learning

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Fractions: The Meaning, Equivalence, & Comparison
Cultural Narrative & Status Hierarchies: Tools for Identifying & Disrupting Inequity in Mathematics Classroom Interaction
Illuminating Rectangle Border Challenges

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
15 Quick Science Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Community Connections: Involving Family in Homework
‘Science not fairy tales:’ Teachers speak out against proposed science standards

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Myths of Second Language Acquisition Answers
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Quizizz
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Parent-Teacher Conferences – Preparing for and Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences
NEW TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Legendary Teacher Day

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Curriculum Contemplations for September 2018

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4 Inspiring Stories of How Great Teachers Changed Someone’s Life

ELA ELABORATIONS
Free Online Course: Teaching Foundational Reading Skills.
EL Curriculum Q & A Blog

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Mathematicians Can Be…
A Bold Effort to End Algebra Tracking Shows Promise
The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall In Love With Numbers

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Agree/Disagree T-Charts: Supporting young students in scientific argumentation and modeling
Illuminating Food Webs
Learning From Failed Experiments: The messy aspects of doing science

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Myths of Second Language Acquisition
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Bright Arrow
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Phoning Home
NEW TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: EL Education Curriculum Consultant Team

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Curriculum Contemplations for August 2018

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Hands-on learning | Sean Rice | TEDxPascoCountySchoolsED

ELA ELABORATIONS
Building the Culture & Structure of Crew

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Virtual Math Summit 2018
Building Relationships Week 1 With Name Tents
Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Stepping into the Classroom: Helping teachers survive their first years on the job
Freebies for Science Teachers: Books & Resources
Blick on Flicks

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Your Students Have Assets, Not Deficiencies: Differentiating Instruction for English Learners based on Strengths and Interests
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: Re-examining Twitter
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: What Does an Effective Partnership Look Like?
NEW TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Heddy Urias

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Curriculum Contemplations for May 2018

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What Baby George Taught Me About Learning, Dr. Michael Wesch, TEDxMHK

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, Dan Finkel, TEDxRainier
Examining Mistakes to Shift Student Thinking
Questioning Skills to Assess Student Understanding

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Quantum Physics for 7 Year Olds, Dominic Walliman, TEDxEastVan
Web Conferencing for Student Engagement
Love the Lab, Hate the Report? Implementing an “intervention” lab report format that even struggling students will complete

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: 9 Technology Tools to Engage Students in the Classroom
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Summer Events at the Pima County Public Library

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Curriculum Contemplations for April 2018

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Eight Things Great Teachers Do Differently

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Join the CRR (Center for Recruitment & Retention) Listserv
Would You Rather…? Choose a Path. Justify It.
How I Use “Between Two Numbers”

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
AZ Science Standards Draft – Open for Public Comment
Interactive & Digital Notebooks in the Science Classroom
Hey Science Teachers – Make it Fun

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL Essentials: How many different types of subjects can you practice with your students?
Tech Tools You Can Use: Insertlearning
Parent Partnerships: How to help your child prepare for standardized tests
Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Kristine Nesslinger

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Curriculum Contemplations for March 2018

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How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard

ELA ELABORATIONS
Webinars on Your Time

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Beware of Fake Math Modeling Problems
Response: Instructional Strategies Teachers Might Be Missing
Apply for a DESMOS Teaching Fellowship

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018
Mananing Group Work
Lab Out Loud

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
Tech Tools You Can Use: FlipGrid
Parent Partnerships: Parent, Family, Community Involvement in Education – An NEA Policy Brief
Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Claudia Valenzuela-Garcia

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Curriculum Contemplations for February 2018

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The Sweet Spot of Engagement Boosts Student Learning

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Online Games to Support Number Sense and Fluency
A New Twist on Collaborative Learning
Robert Kaplinsky’s IGNITE! Talk on Productive Struggle

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
How to Design a Successful STEM Lesson
Encouraging Academic Talk: Strategies for engaging all learners in classroom conversations
Why Don’t Perpetual Motion Machines Ever Work?

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL ESSENTIALS: Congratulations, SEI teachers!
TECH TOOLS YOU CAN USE: MindMup 2.0
PARENT PARTNERSHIPS: Just teach my kid the <adjective> math
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Laurice Clark

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Curriculum Contemplations for January 2018

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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

MATHEMATICAL MUSINGS
Fractions Progression Modules
What Sports Can Teach About Lesson Preparation
Refresher on the Mathematical Practice Standards

SCIENTIFIC SOLILOQUIES
Formative Assessment Probes: Uncovering Representations of the Water Cycle
Creating a Positive Feedback Culture
Where the Money Is: A Framework for Applying for Grants

COMMUNAL CONVERSATIONS
ELL Essentials: Teaching Mathematics to ELLs – A Position of the NCTM
Parent Partnerships: Parent Involvement in Schools
Tech Tools You Can Use: Nearpod
Teacher Spotlight: Sunnyside Has New NBCTs

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