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About Beyond The Apple

Beyond the Apple provides everything a Professional Learning Community needs! Designed to follow Beyond the Apple's Tenets of Adult Education, our videos re-ignite the excitement of professional conversations among educators in the classroom, university, colleges and professional training. Our free teaching and learning resources provide a follow up with more information that is current, research based and practical.

The Mindset of Lesson Planning

An effective curriculum provides not only an outcomes framework but, more importantly, a mindset to create learning opportunities that are responsive to student learning, integrate learning strategies throughout all subject areas, and ensure ongoing student progress. Here’s how: First thoughts: … Continue reading

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Let’s Do Our Homework About Homework

To begin this conversation, here’s Beyond the Apple’s video, To homework or not to homework, that is the question. In some areas, teachers have a choice about whether or not to assign homework; in other areas, there is no choice.  … Continue reading

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If you follow the arrows, where will you go?

Driving through Amherst, Nova Scotia I saw this street intriguing sign. The elementary school teacher in me was intrigued. For the rest of my drive, I thought about how to use this image as an anchor for a project that … Continue reading

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Close Looking: An “After the Storm” Beach Alphabet

At Beyond the Apple, we’re always looking for an interesting image or piece of text to create an engaging anchor for a lesson. Who knew we’d find our next image on a Nova Scotia beach after a mid-summer Nor’easter? After … Continue reading

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Close Looking: Using logos to develop critical thinking

You may know about close reading as a “thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc.” (nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) But have you … Continue reading

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Close Looking: What is this?

Spotted on the door of a classroom: When students enter this classroom, a “Wondering Prompt” such as an image, soundscape, or object invites them to look closely, listen closely, or read closely. Students begin each day with a mindset focused … Continue reading

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Close Looking: What Does Problem Solving Look Like?

Close looking, “a deep, precise understanding of the (image’s) form, craft, meanings, etc.” (adapted from nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) provides an opportunity to stop, look, and think. We can learn a lot by taking a close look at problem solving in action – … Continue reading

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