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Earth Day Ideas and Features: Balance Consumption with Creation

CONSUMPTION LEARNING: New Content about the Earth You can invite students to consume, or ‘take in,’ new content about the Earth by packaging the resources nicely on a Multimedia Text Set. Check out the consumption experience on this sample text set. Ask, how will packaging all of your links in this way change the consumption experience for students? How much time will you give learners to click around? Which resources will spark their interest best? What will you do while stud...

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What is My Teaching Legacy?

I work with new teachers in TK-12th grade, and I encourage each teacher to find their own voice as an educator. But sometimes with the overwhelm of lesson planning, assessing learners, entering grades, completing report cards, responding to emails, and such we often lose our own sense of self. This is such a great time of year to pause and wonder how to spend the rest of the school calendar. With the final trimester or quarter upon us, I urge you to hit PAUSE and think about yourself and your te...

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SEL day 2022

EXPLORE When is SEL day? This Friday, March 11, 2022. Learn more and sign up to participate at selday.org. What are the CASEL core competencies? These interrelated key areas will help integrate social emotional learning into individual lives and within communities. Learn more at casel.org LEARN TWO WAYS TO INTEGRATE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING INTO YOUR LESSON DESIGN. Explicit. Reach the hearts and minds of your learners with direct instruction that focuses on social emotional learn...

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HyperDocs Give Back Challenge

Tis the season for giving … and giving back! But what if you don’t feel like you have time? Or you are nervous to share for the first time? We believe in giving and sharing all sorts of ways! Maybe you have an awesome resource that needs to become a digital lesson plan, or maybe you just tried something and want to tell others about it! If you are ready and willing to share your great classroom stories, ideas, and HyperDoc lessons, we encourage you to join our December Give Back Cha...

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Teach Identity with HyperDocs

To see a free collection of Identity HyperDocs, explore here. IDENTITY ANCHOR STANDARDS The Social Justice Standards described below from Learning for Justice: The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitab...

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7 Free HyperDocs Workshops from the Adobe for Education Summit 2021

We were honored to partner with Adobe in July of 2021 to super-charge the annual Adobe for Education Summit hosted as a live, virtual event free to all participants. HyperDocs are where creativity meets pedagogy and thanks to the amazing tools Adobe makes for students, it has never been easier to infuse your lessons with innovation at every layer. Here you will find 7 Free HyperDocs sessions from the summit that cover topics like HyperDocs basics, equity and inclusion, and digital lesson desi...

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Multimedia Text Sets and HyperDocs - What's the difference?

I often see educators sharing all kinds of digital lessons and calling them HyperDocs. I’ve also heard from so many that they see HyperDocs as just a doc with links or a webquest. It finally dawned on me, I realized that many were creating Multimedia Text Sets and thinking they were HyperDocs. The confusion is understandable and easy to clear up. Multimedia Text Sets A Multimedia Text Set is a document with links to a variety of different types of media. The instructional intention...

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How to End a Year Like No Other

​​ How are you getting to the finish line? Crawling, falling, racing, rejoicing?! Either way, you made it. Breathe that in. You got yourself and your students through a year of learning - during a global pandemic. END OF THE YEAR CHECKLIST TOOL - Resources and Ideas! This End of Year Checklist (2 pages long) will help you wrap up your classroom and prepare for your well-earned summer vacation. Ideas and resources provided in this checklist tool will help you and your stu...

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Using Podcasts to Develop Curious Learners

WHY CURIOSITY MATTERS Do you feel like your students are working towards compliance, and have trouble with genuine curiosity? Feel like you can’t quite inspire your students to learn for the sake of learning? We have found, over the years, that by shifting the instructional model we can tap into students’ genuine curiosity for learning. Here are some quick tips on how to build curious learners: Allow kids time to explore before the direct instruction. To learn more about the E...

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Bring Poetry Alive with these Digital Lessons

The recent work of Amanda Gorman has re-inspired the education community to focus on poetry instruction. April is National Poetry Month, but there is a place in the curriculum all year long for this important genre. In Dead Poet’s Society, we ponder, “what will your verse be?” TEN BENEFITS OF TEACHING POETRY (list created by Sarah Landis) Poetry often illuminates the author’s voice, and so shines a light on inner expression! (Think Langston Hughes to Jason Rey...

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