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Teacher Thank You Letters: Tips for Parents & Students

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As many schools are approaching the end of the year, you or your child might be looking for ways to show your appreciation for a special teacher. The end of the year wrap-up is a perfect time to write a thoughtful thank-you letter to express your gratitude.

We know that students are eagerly awaiting summer vacation, but taking a minute away from the excitement to reflect on and share their experiences from the year can brighten a teacher’s day tremendously.

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Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research?

Guest blogger Cathy Knutson, an elementary school librarian and media specialist, suggests a summer home study in digital literacy for parents who want to teach their children safe, smart Internet research skills.

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template site for school districts to use

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Edutopia I would love to see a sight for districts where aps are organized, sites are organized, with standards, subjects, topics etc...for easy access, navigation, and visually organized and user friendly, and a place to discuss and maybe even make decisions within each district. This might make hard copy curriculum obsolete and more money for the district. Are there such sights in use right now? I envision it being like a cloud so access is easy and maybe list each school etc. If this hasn't been created, I guess I am wondering why?

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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AP and PBL: It Works!

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, challenging the assumption that PBL is incompatible with AP expectations, suggests three ways of making them more synergistic: embedding assessments within the project, using past exams for review, and targeting critical thinking.

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Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification

Guest blogger Alice Keeler introduces playsheets, gamified worksheet apps that sweeten skill-and-drill by increasing student self-efficacy through the challenge-and-reward model they associate with a gaming environment.

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How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

Guest blogger Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, offers two strategies to help students become conscientious about and connected to the global problems they'll one day be called upon to solve.

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More on formative assessment

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I've written a few more posts on formative assessment, in particular focusing on formative assessment in a mathematics classroom. Here is part 1. Here is part 2. I was also invited to do a keynote for a mathematics education conference on formative assessment, which you can view here.
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Summer Professional Development with MOOCs

Summer is a great time for teachers to enroll in a MOOC -- a "Massive Open Online Course." Blogger Matt Davis highlights a few summer courses to consider.
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Technical Writing: How ELL Writing Support Benefits Everyone

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T. R. Girill
Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
trgirill@acm.org

Technical Writing: How ELL Writing Support Benefits Everyone

When veteran ESL/ELL teacher Wendi Pillars blogs about "Helping
English Language Learners Adapt Under the Common Core" (Education
Week Teacher, Jan. 7, 2014, http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/
2014/01/07/ctq_pillars_ela.html), she offers several strategies
that are really quite general. They can help every science
student learn to communicate more effectively.

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