standards

Connections.  Everywhere. A network of sharing and growing. That’s what being a connected learner is.  My connection with #clmooc has expanded my focus from one classroom and one teacher, to a networked community from which I can give just as much as I can learn. Here’s a network, a small one as a MindMap. Note: You can enlarge the MindMap and click the related links. Create your own mind maps ...
  choices_cut_out.001.jpg Digital Learning Day Project Our project evolved from Karen Fasimpaur's #clmooc  / Educator Innovator "make" idea for paper cut-outs. We adapted it to our nonfiction reading, and we're excited about our work. Thanks, Karen. We’ve been reading articles in Junior Scholastic, Scope, and Choices Magazines. We’ve asked good questions, noted...
This unit introduces middle school students to infographics, what they are and are not, leading to a mini-research project where students create their own infographics.
Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield to host Bridgeport students for daylong writing conference at Fairfield University  FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 3, 2013) – The Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield (CWP), based at Fairfield University, will welcome more than 100 Bridgeport youth in grades 8 through 12 to campus on May 21, 2013, for the first Writing Our Lives-Bridgeport conference. Sponsored in...
“…how a student sees the world: sometimes opening new possibilities, sometimes threatening familiar ways of knowing and saying” (Reading Reconsidered by Dennie Wolf) The above quote resembles the way that we can think of standards as teachers. They may be helpful because they don’t impose exact rules upon us. However, they may also be threatening because they act as if they were rules and give us...
In this post Doug Belshaw, who leads Mozilla Foundation's web literacies initiative, explains why Mozilla Foundation is working to develop web literacy standards and how everyone—that's YOU Digital Is folks—can participate in their development. First posted at DML Central, Doug lists a series of spaces for you to give feedback on the emerging framework. ____________________________________ By...
This collection pulls together the research by Josyln Young. Young "wanted to figure out more about what teaching, learning, and pedagogy look like beyond the classroom" and studied young producers at the Philadelphia Student Union and Chester Voices for Change and how they learn and master skills in media production.
Our Denver Writing Project LDC team met online the other night. We staged a Google Hangout to discuss the progress of our study teams and plan for a conference we will conduct this summer about the Common Core State Standards and writing instruction. The "hangouts" have become the way our team meets. Though we probably aren't too busy to drive to a central location and talk face to face, we're...
There’s really no better way to silence us teachers (apart from the crippling, self-imposed professional norm of not admitting to our students and parents that have an opinion on anything) than to give us thousands of standards. When a teacher is busy delivering content and designing lessons to appease political appointees, there is precious little time to reflect either on personal practice or...
The National Research Council (NRC) has released a new report on 21st century skills in the classroom and work environments. From the NRC: Business, political, and educational leaders are increasingly asking schools to integrate development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration into the teaching and learning of academic subjects.  These skills are often referred...

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