These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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Has someone walked into you this week because they were trying to find an elusive Pokemon in the real world? Have you scratched your head in wonder and longed to connect with the teens of today? EdWeek's got you. They're evaluating the power of PokemonGO:
As a gamer, I'm just not personally deeply interested in the social media aspect. And Pokémon Go is an example of a very common phenomena today in which gaming and social media are collapsing and inter-mingling. It always surprises me that people want to be on a cellphone so much, and are so willing to let their devices mediate their experience with the world.
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that overlays a certain fantasy on the world, in part to create a social media where people can meet to create and talk and share in their enthusiasm. It raises the question: why wasn't the world good enough before the augmentation?
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Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth are in the latest issue of Reading Journal:
Increasingly, school leaders recognize the need for writing instruction to become a schoolwide priority. The writers’ workshop approach that was popularized 30 years ago is still relevant; it is still important to give students protected time to write, opportunities to address topics and audiences that matter, and timely feedback. Recent research emphasizes that students also benefit from explicit instruction in the craft and structure of specific types of writing and from working toward clear images of good writing. Teachers can accelerate students’ growth by developing shared expectations for good writing and a common language for talking about writing. Clear goals are important for teachers, too. Shared knowledge of effective writing instruction and ways to track writing growth over time lift the level of instruction across a school, supporting teacher-to-teacher collaboration. When student growth is regarded as feedback to teachers on their teaching, assessment-based instruction helps schools participate in continuous improvement.
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On her blog, Kylene Beers discusses plagiarism:
Perhaps it’s time we all think about helping our students understand plagiarism, responsibility, and copyright violation. All of us. The use of Teachers-Pay-Teachers often shows teachers taking work from published authors and repurposing it (making a new anchor chart, for instance) and selling the material. When those teachers are confronted, some have responded, “Oh, I didn’t know that’s what plagiarism meant.” Though that’s disappointing, perhaps from some it is true.
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