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How to Use Google Docs to Leverage Student Engagement

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It is the beginning of class, a lab report is due and students setting their homework on your desk. One student says that she doesn’t have it because her internet wasn’t working. Another student hands you a flash drive and swears he did his homework but didn’t have access

Writing to Learn

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The Common Core and Writing The common core include standards for writing that requires all teachers, no matter what discipline to include writing as part of their curriculum.   Many teachers outside the English department become stressed by this, fearing that they don’t have the skills to teach writing.  

What is “Mastery” and Why is It Important?

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The idea of mastery can actually be a contentious one, and I've had the most heated arguments with other teachers regarding how to grade and how to achieve content mastery. The arguments center around philosophical differences about how a traditional grading scale and the idea of mastery overlap.

Classroom Collaboration Tools

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With common core standards emphasizing a students ability to write and synthesize information, there are several tools that you can utilize online to give students the opportunity to write and share their work. Students can produce and publish content related to their unit of study.