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English Language Arts

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

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Is it too soon to think about the First Day of School?

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Blog posted Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:19
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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

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Is it too soon to think about the First Day of School?

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland urges teachers to inspire their students' love for poetry by introducing it in a context that makes sense - creative use of the technology that young people are already using.

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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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Game-Based Storytelling

Blogger Matthew Farber looks at video games as narratives, defines some game development terms, and suggests a range of tools and activities for students to tell their own stories through the gaming medium.

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8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

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Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS

Guest blogger Troy Hicks, an associate English professor with a technology focus, presents RSS as an essential tool for bringing students reading material that interests them, and how to use it for leveraging critical reading practice.

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Integrating Daily Poetry in the Classroom: 5 Tools to Support Your Efforts

Guest blogger Brett Vogelsinger shares five of the tools he's used to integrate daily poetry into his ninth grade English class, including strategies from Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor and a refrigerator magnet app.

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Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective from All Views

Guest blogger Lori Desautels decides to walk the walk of her pre-service and graduate students at Marian University's School of Education as she returns to public school and co-teaches a brain-compatible curriculum to fifth graders.

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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning

Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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Using Music in the Classroom to Inspire Creative Expression

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.

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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.

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4 Steps to Better Writers

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik isolates four steps to becoming a better writer - Purpose, Organization, Evidence and Thesis (POET) - and, with this prewriting exercise, encourages his students to 'be POETs' before writing their essays.

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