Saturday, September 23, 2017

Essential Questions Writing Lessons

What Makes a Good Essential Question?

Teachers and questions are commonplace in school, yet asking great essential questions that initiate deep thinking and engages the student's curiosity is not commonplace. How do we create essential questions for the purpose of inviting a deeper level of thinking, curiosity, and Socratic inquiry into all subject matters? Developing this skill of asking great questions in teachers and students is essential to building the “Four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.


[PDF]Asking Essential Questions - Foundation for Critical Thinking
 This miniature guide introduces the art of asking essential questions. It is best used in conjunction with The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking.

[PDF]Essential Questions Handbook
What makes a lesson work? A good idea and a great question! Big Ideas, Big Questions n. ▫ Focus on ideas that matter to us, and that we have a desire or need ..


[PDF]All About Writing Essential Questions
All About Writing Essential Questions. An essential question is any question requiring one of the following thought processes: • a question which requires the ...

[PDF]crafting enduring understandings and essential ... - Region 10 Catalog
English Language Arts Enduring Understandings. • Conventions of ... •What makes writing worth reading? ... •What learning activities & assessments we expect ...

[PDF]Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for Language Arts
How does the audience influence the format of your writing? • How does the purpose influence the format of your writing? Writing Process.

[PDF]Essential Questions Handbook
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[PDF]What Are Essential Questions? - Technology Assistance Group
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[PDF]Overarching Essential Questions.pdf - Alex
Overarching Essential Questions in Social Studies .... Essential questions are organizers and set the focus for the lesson or unit. 3. ... Writing Essential Questions.

[PDF]Unit/Lesson Planning Guide: Key Questions to Consider While Planning
Following is a guide to unit and lesson planning; it is based on approaches to unit and lesson planning ... Designing daily lesson plans. • What, specifically, do I ...

What Makes a Question Essential? - ASCD
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[PDF]Writing Essential Questions
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[PDF]Essential Questions
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[PDF]What Makes a Question Essential?
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[PDF]All About Writing Essential Questions
Ultimately, the answer to the essential question will require that students craft a response that ... What constitutes a good essential question? In general, the best ...

[PDF]crafting enduring understandings and essential questions
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS. John L. David ... •What is an essential question? •How do I write effectiveessential .... •Does practice makes perfect? •What is healthy ...

[PDF]what makes a “good question” in science? - (MISC) Lab
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[PDF]Essential Questions and Questioning Strategies - Trainers Start Page
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

NC EOG Test Answer Keys 2017-2018

North Carolina End of Grade Practice Test | NC EOG Released ELA Reading and Math Test Questions for 2017-2018 | GRADE 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 a | NC EOG PDF printable paper Test

ELA/Reading Grade 3 (pdf, 2.1mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 3 (pdf, 2.1mb)

ELA/Reading Grade 4 (pdf, 2.4mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 4 (pdf, 2.3mb)

ELA/Reading Grade 5 (pdf, 2.1mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 5 (pdf, 2.1mb)

ELA/Reading Grade 6 (pdf, 2.4mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 6 (pdf, 2.3mb)

ELA/Reading Grade 7 (pdf, 2.5mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 7 (pdf, 2.4mb)

ELA/Reading Grade 8 (pdf, 2.2mb) (Updated 7/27/15)

ELA/Reading Grade 8 (pdf, 2.2mb)

Mathematics Grade 3  (Updated 7/20/15)  (pdf, 2mb)

Mathematics Grade 3 (pdf, 2mb)

Mathematics Grade 4 (Updated 7/20/15) (pdf, 1.7mb)

Mathematics Grade 4 (pdf, 1.7mb)

Mathematics Grade 5 (Updated 7/20/15)  (pdf, 1.7mb)

Mathematics Grade 5  (pdf, 1.7mb)

Mathematics Grade 6 (Updated 7/20/15) (pdf, 2mb)

Mathematics Grade 6 (pdf, 1.9mb)

Mathematics Grade 7 (Updated 7/20/15) (pdf, 1.8mb)

Mathematics Grade 7  (pdf, 1.8mb)

Mathematics Grade 8 (Updated 7/20/15)  (pdf, 2.9mb)

Mathematics Grade 8  (pdf, 2.8mb)



STAAR Released Test Answer Keys 2017-2018

STAAR Released Reading and Math Test Questions 2017-2018 | GRADE 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and High School | STAAR TAKS PDF printable paper Test

Grade  
    STAAR Released Math and Reading Test Forms  
 Math and Reading\STAAR Released Answer Keys 
3  
Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 
Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 20142013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
4  
Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 
Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 20142013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
Writing: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013 Writing: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013
5  
Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 
Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
Science: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Science: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
6  
Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 
Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
7  
Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 
Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
Writing: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013 Writing: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013
8  
Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013 Mathematics: 2017 |  2016 | 2014 |2013
Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
Science: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Science: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 
Social Studies: 2017 |  2016 | 20152014 | 2013
Social Studies: 2017 |  2016 | 20152014 | 2013  
High School  
Algebra I: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013
Algebra I: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 
English I: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading | 2013 Writing
English I: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading | 2013 Writing
English II: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading | 2013 Writing  
English II: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 Reading | 2013 Writing  
Biology: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013  
Biology: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 | 20142013
U.S. History: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013  
U.S. History: 2017 |  2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013  

STAAR Spanish
Released Test Forms and Answer Keys (Paper Administrations)

Grade  
Test Forms  
Answer Keys  
3  
Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013
Reading:  2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
4  
Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013
Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Writing: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 Writing: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
5  
Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 Mathematics: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013
Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 Reading: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Science: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 Science: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Student Self-Control & Self-Regulation in the Classroom

Self-control and self-regulation are a key predictor of long term school success, self-regulation is critical for learning and student engagement.

Teaching students self-control and self-regulation long-term benefits:

  • Higher graduation rates
  • Higher SAT scores
  • Higher lifetime earning and job security
  • Greater health and life expectancy

Quick Strategies for Developing Self-Control
  • Distract yourself
  • Reappraise your thinking 
  • Visualize the positives and negatives outcomes or consequences
Sharing and discussion is great after the teacher gives directions or instruction, yet students blurting out and talking during the teacher's instruction is not okay and disruptive. Self-control and Self-regulation skills develop as early as age 3-4 as demonstrated by the Stanford marshmallow experiment. Students can learn the strategies of self-monitoring and Self-Control at an early age, so it is critical that teachers use, model, and have high expectations for Self Regulation in their classrooms.

Developing Young Children’sSelf-Regulation through Everyday Experiences

Encouraging Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom - Metropolitan ...
Self-Regulated Learning Strategies for Students . .... strategies that teachers can use to promote SRL to help their students become life-long learners in and ...

[PDF]The Self-Regulating Student - Teacher Regulation Branch
The Self-Regulating Student. Dr. Stuart Shanker explores the science of self-regulation.

[PDF]developing self-regulated learners in secondary schools - Enhanced ...
Schools approach the development of self-regulated learners in Years 7-12. The research ... teacher guidance, integration of self-regulatory strategies into classroom teaching and .....

[PDF]Self-Regulation - The National Research Center on the Gifted and ...
SCREEN of skills that each student must develop personally to be successful in school and life. ... may prevent students from developing self-regulated learning strategies.

[PDF]Enhancing Self-Regulatory Behaviors in the Classroom ... - Barry Oreck
elementary school students engaged in advanced arts classes in dance, ... While any learning process can be used as a model to teach self-regulation, art- ...

[PDF]Developing Young Children's Self-Regulation through Everyday ...
Fortunately, teaching self-regulation does ... teachers can help children learn self-regulation is by mod- ... self-regulation predicts school success (Zimmerman.

[PDF]Developing Self-Regulation in Kindergarten - NAEYC
Children's self- regulation behaviors in the early years predict their school ... of ability to self-regulate, there are four simple strategies teach- ers can use to ...

[PDF]Developing Self- Regulation Skills: The Important Role of Homework
American educational system because teachers assign homework hto enhance ... shows that students can be trained to develop self-regulation skills dur-.

[PDF]Classroom Applications of Research on Self-Regulated Learning ...
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[PDF]Self-regulated Learning and Development in Teacher ... - Springer
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The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How to Select Close Reading Passages

How to Select Close Reading Passages & How to Select Text for Socratic Seminars

Socratic Seminar Critical Thinking Reading Passages

Socratic Seminar Critical thinking reading passages are the foundation of Socratic seminars and quality close reading. Selecting reading passages that inspire curiosity, inquiry, critical thinking and can be used for either close reading or Socratic seminars takes pre planning and a bit of text analysis. One of the best methods for selecting Critical Thinking Reading Passages is using a Syntopical examination of how many great ideas the passages contain. Dr. Mortimer J. Adler created a list of 103 philosophical topics and ideas that philosophers have debated for millennia and these ideas can be used to analyze text for the quality of ideas presented. Text selection is key to quality close reading and immersive Socratic seminars.

ANALYZING AND ANNOTATING TEXT: HOW TO MARK A BOOK by Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001) 
syntopical
  1. Referring to a type of analysis in which different works are compared and contrasted.
After finishing his syntopical reading of the leaders' speeches, he wrote an essay comparing the language used by Reagan, Carter, Gorbachev, and Qaddafi.

A list of 103 philosophical topics

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler Co-Founder and Chairman Center For the Study of the Great Ideas
The 103 Great Ideas Alphabetically
The 103 Great Ideas by Category

The list of 103 ideas is broken between the two volumes, as follows: