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Back to School Newsletter 2011 
In This Issue
Grants, Contests & Articles
eLibrary Spotlights
Featured Projects
Building Creative Environments
Earthquake & Hurricane Resources
12 Tips on Inquiry-Based Learning
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Gloria Simmons,
Education Coordinator

San Diego County Office of Ed
San Diego, CA  

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3rd Grade Teacher
East Point Elementary,
El Paso, TX

We have been busy this summer finding great resources for educators. In this newsletter, we collected articles, contests, grants, tips, free stuff, and other resources that we hope you find interesting and useful for you and your students. 

We wish you a wonderful start to your school year! Enjoy!
Educational News, Grants and Contests
Noteworthy updates from the educational community

Articles & White Papers


Contests & Challenges
Grants & Funding Opportunities


Free Stuff

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eLibrary Spotlights                              
Click on an eLibrary Spotlight and find more than a link to the website or resource. We continue to build a rich collection of resources for you with vocabulary words, keywords, curriculum areas, grade levels, essential and discussion questions and extension activities. These are featured on the Home page when you login also with matched standards. Here are a few spotlights we want to share with you:

Do you know a great resource? Please submit it to our eLibrary.

Featured Projects 

We are so proud of the featured projects our members have created that they now appear in the lower right on the outside of My eCoach so everyone can view them. Here are a few of the featured projects since the last newsletter:

Threads of Life
Building Creative Environments  

Barbara posts regularly on her blog Rethinking Learning. Join her as she facilitates growing creative and engaging learning environments. Here's some of the latest posts:

 Going Places Contest

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Earthquake and Hurricane Resources         
EarthquakesThe world is shaking and the wind is blowing all over the place. We found some lessons and activities that you can use in your classroom. 
12 Tips on Inquiry-Based Learning 

Inquiry-based learning is a style of teaching that is based on asking questions that kids honestly care about and guiding them to find the answers as well as coming up with new questions.  

  1. Plan enough time to pre-plan, plan, and plan again during implementation.
  2. Start with a topic that encourages inquiry. Magnifier
  3. Choose 20% of your time for inquiry.
  4. Flip your classroom for this unit.
  5. Pose real questions.
  6. Encourage co-designing the curriculum.
  7. Develop rubric for assessing learning.
  8. Group students for collaborative learning.
  9. Have students collect resources.
  10. Monitor progress.
  11. Interpret information.
  12. Present findings.

Learning begins with the learner. What children know and what they want to learn are the very foundations of learning. Go to this blog post to learn more...  

My eCoach is an online learning community built on a coaching platform complete with collaboration, communication, curriculum, resources, and publishing tools all in one place. We focus on providing resources, tools, and supportive communities for high quality teachers and facilitating the design of creative, innovative, and joyful activities and learning environments.

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All our best to you,
Barbara Bray
Barbara Bray, Creative Learning Strategist
President, My eCoach