Writing for Designers

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A giant panda

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The giant panda is endangered because of habitat loss and low birth rates in the wild and captivity. In the past, poaching also lowered the numbers of surviving pandas and they became listed as an endangered species.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Admin

When Drug Sales and Science Collide

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When "Jeff," a fictionalized drug representative, is placed on the Vioxx® account in 2001, he finds himself pulled between sales and science as he struggles to reconcile three original documents: a Merck marketing pamphlet, a graph from a scientific journal, and a confidential internal bulletin. As students work through the case, they must interpret scientific data, consider ethical issues related to the pharmaceutical industry, and learn why Vioxx, a wonder drug, was taken off the market. This interrupted case is appropriate for advanced high school students and first-year college science majors and non-majors.

Material Type: Case Study

Author: Admin

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Arabic

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This resource details proficiency guidelines for Arabic learners in the four major categories of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It separates proficiency into five major levels: distinguished, superior, advanced, intermediate, and novice. Advanced, intermediate, and novice are further divided into high, mid, and low sublevels. Examples of Arabic in each of the categories and levels are provided, with rater comments included.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Letha Goger

20th Century Art

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Examination of the cultural and artistic developments of the twentieth century in Europe and the United States, surveying the artwork of Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Op-Art, and Modern and Postmodern architecture.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Syllabus

Author: Admin

ASCD Common Core Policy and Implementation

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ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith shares in-depth information about the various effects the adoption of the Common Core State Standards have had on education policy from the Department of Education down to the school district level. Using his insight from the field, Common Core State Standards Lead Strategist Efrain Mercado shares common hurdles and questions associated with implementing the new standards.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Admin

ASCD The Common Core of a Whole Child Approach

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Too often, high standards and a whole child approach are seen as opposite ends of the education spectrum. In this webinar, Molly McCloskey debunks the myth of standards versus support and shares the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and a school improvement approach that ensures each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Going beyond the silos of too many school reform efforts, this webinar will explore integration, collaboration, and comprehensive framing rooted in high expectations for student and staff achievement.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Admin

The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections Between the CCSS and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently spearheading the revision of the national standards for arts education for the first time since their creation in 1994, and this presents a significant opportunity to highlight the overlap between the Common Core’s objectives and the practices of arts-based learning. Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, it is a priority of the Coalition to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Core Arts Standards relate clearly, directly, and meaningfully to the Common Core, and that these connections are actively considered as a part of the standards writing process. In an effort to inform the work of the standards writers, College Board researchers undertook a study of the Common Core standards as they relate to arts-based learning.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Letha Goger

Common Core State Standards: Principles of Development

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This is a presentation of the five principles upon which the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are built, the first of which is that upon meeting these standards, students are college-and-career ready. This video discusses the process under which the Common Core standards were developed.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Admin

Conventions of Standard English Writing and Speaking

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The Common Core State Standards dedicate a strand to grammar in both writing and in speaking. Students are expected to apply these formal conventions in greater and greater measure as they progress through the grades. Students must be able to use grammar well in order to be successful in their post-secondary endeavors.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Admin

Triangles

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad finds that by arranging triangle tiles they are able to create a path that will allow them to cross a river of hot lava. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Admin

Triangle

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An interactive applet and associated web page that introduce the concept of a triangle. The applet shows a triangle where the user can drag the vertices to reshape it. As it is being dragged a base and altitude are shown continuously changing. Demonstrates that the altitude may require the base to be extended. The text on the page lists the properties of a triangle and lists the various triangle types, with links to a definition of each. Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference Interactive Geometry textbook project at http://www.mathopenref.com.

Material Type: Reading, Simulation

Author: Admin