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I would definitely like to learn more about using Mentor Texts to teach writing.
Any suggestions on where to go for using mentor texts when teaching writing (Besides In Common/Achieve the Core or CCSS Appendix C)?

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Being transparent with students models metacognition...the thinking about thinking or thinking about doing...this process grounds students....beginning a lesson with a clear, doable learning goal creates a frame for students....Thanks Suzanne for this video!...and thanks Katie for the term: "neuro-courtesty" ....Clearly identifying learning objectives for students is a neuro-courtesy!

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POGIL: Project Oriented Guided Instruction Learning

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Stanford University  ELL resource Understanding Language whose mission is "To heighten awareness of the language and literacy issues embedded within the new Standards" offers Free, On-line Courses  starting October, 2015.

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I've taken a number of Coursera courses and they are well-designed, clear and very professionally delivered. This course is a 3 class series created and presented by Arizona State University. This will give teachers a lot of practical and applicable information.

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Describes the "4 Steps" How to's and answers Why
Four Step Approach
Step 1: Be clear about what you want to know
Step 2: Decide how to collect the data
Step 3: Analyze the data
Step 4: Set priorities and goals

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Middle school focusing elective on teaching organizational skills...seems like this time would reap rewards for students especially in the 8th to 9th grade transition...

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One example of using Google Hangouts to teach...this could also be part of a blended classroom
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