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Melissa Reed

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about 18 hours ago

This resource is intended to serve as a resource for scientific writers, including science students who are just beginning to write as scientists as well as instructors who would like to help their students to write scientifically. Keep in mind that this site, as with any writing instruction, can only provide guidelines, not rules, for effective writing. There are patterns and generalizations that will take you a long way, but the best writing will never be about adhering to a strict formula.

about 22 hours ago

So you want to teach writing well. It’s not as hard as you think. Yes, it’s a challenge, but it can be exhilarating.

about 22 hours ago

Big Idea: Students use critical thinking skills to detect faulty logic in arguments. Non-examples help students learn, too!

about 22 hours ago

Mine the PBS Idea Channel for video content to review or introduce specific fallacies. Concise and entertaining clips organized in a playlist make linking to specific concepts easy:

about 22 hours ago

Cards make good manipulatives for close reading or discussion. Choose which color-coded line of reasoning suits your students' needs with this collection from David McCandless:

May 17, 16

Like many educators today, I am required to set annual teaching goals – professional learning goals and student learning goals – for myself and keep track of my progress throughout the year.

May 17, 16

In my 12 years of teaching sixth grade, I’ve tried my best to constantly learn, grow, and improve my teaching practice, both to prepare my students for the next years in school and also to be successful in life.

May 17, 16

n math, the Rule of Three is a method of finding a ratio. In English essay writing, the Rule of Three states that things are more interesting to read in triads. In presentations, the Rule of Three comes in handy to keep the audience engaged, and in entertainment, the idea of trebling makes jokes and gags funnier.

May 13, 16

By setting up ways to get frequent feedback from students' works in progress, we can find out what they need—before it's too late.

May 13, 16

At this time in the school year, I find that my students and I need to regroup and discuss the role of a peer editor in writing workshop. My students have made a lot of progress with peer editing, however, we need to regroup and talk about what is going well and what can be improved. This helps recharge and refresh everyone’s understanding of peer editing.

May 06, 16

Good interview questions help shape the interview and as Studs Terkel says, “Pull out people’s best stories.” By choosing questions that are open-ended and important to them, students can learn great interview skills that can be helpful in future college and job interviews. Tell students that in today’s lesson they will have a chance to interview one another and ask each other the “big questions.”

Apr 27, 16

School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7% of all students in 1974 to nearly 11% in 2011. That’s a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predict future unemployment and even incarceration. Now, a new study suggests that even a minor attitude adjustment among teachers can have a dramatic effect on those rates: Math teachers encouraged to be more empathetic saw student suspensions drop by half.

Apr 17, 16

At the end of a recent writing webcast, we distributed a Grammar Girl editing checklist that turned out to be so popular we decided to make it widely available. Print out the checklist and keep it on your desk as a handy reference to use when you're editing.

Apr 14, 16

Stanford University researchers aim to dispel the belief that students should not use their fingers to learn mathematics<br />Taking a more visual approach to math instruction at the K-12 and higher-ed levels could dramatically change brain development as it relates to future math success, according to a new paper from Stanford researchers.

Apr 14, 16

Kidsfit's National Charleston Training begins next week.  We would like to honor our Keynote Speaker, Stacey Shoecraft, for becoming a GAME-CHANGER in education and leading the worldwide change right here in our hometown of Charleston, SC.

Mar 29, 16

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.  The Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced by community colleges across the nation and can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by individuals, institutions, and industry.

Mar 29, 16

Free tool to make your students better writers.

Mar 29, 16

TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.

Mar 26, 16

In the Moment provides creative training materials for caregivers. Mine the material from the listening workshop for classroom ideas, including 15 activities that will engage the listeners in your room. If you have students who need to move, use the "Freeze Walk" to illustrate how we listen with our whole bodies:

Mar 26, 16

In the Moment provides creative training materials for caregivers. Mine the material from the listening workshop for classroom ideas, including 15 activities that will engage the listeners in your room. If you have students who need to move, use the "Freeze Walk" to illustrate how we listen with our whole bodies:

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