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  1. The Primary Curriculum - A Creative Approach

    The Primary Curriculum - A Creative Approach


    Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? 

    Providing an overview of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to teach the primary curriculum, this book offers an informed critical approach to the teaching of core and foundation subjects in primary education.

    Underpinned by contemporary research and current policy The Primary Curriculum combines coverage of key subject-specific issues with relevant pedagogical approaches to teaching, offering a comprehensive overview of each major subject of primary education.

    Particular emphasis is placed on cross-curricular and creative approaches to teaching intelligently across different subject areas within the current curriculum framework. Curriculum progression from Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2 is also emphasised.

    The Primary Curriculum is an essential companion for all students on primary initial teacher education courses.

    Patricia Driscoll and Judith Roden are established primary education authors and teach on initial teacher education courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

    Andrew Lambirth is Professor of Education at University of Greenwich.

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  2. Using ICT in the Primary School

    Using ICT in the Primary School


    `A valuable resource for all primary practitioners. This covers everything from turning on the computer, to the history of Government funding for ICT...I would recommend this as a valuable addition to staffroom resources and a friendly and accessible reference for trainee teachers' - TES website 

    `I have really enjoyed reading this book, it is written in a clear, non-patronising way and the use of technical jargon is avoided. The information given is really informative and the activities are ones I could genuinely use during an ICT lesson' - Janine Thornhill, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (with ICT specialism)

    Looking for an easy-to-read guide to embedding ICT within the primary curriculum? This book is packed full of practical examples and suggested activities to help the busy teacher or teaching assistant.

    It provides the reader with the subject knowledge they need to confidently teach ICT skills and use ICT in planning, preparation and assessment. The focus is on the difference between learning ICT skills and applying ICT, with the emphasis placed on integrating ICT into the curriculum and learning by doing.

    Key features include:

    • practical guidance;
    • activities incorporating word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, control software and Internet use (including email);
    • advice on how to meet Foundation Stage and the ICT QCA scheme objectives for each year of primary education.

    This is an invaluable resource for trainee teachers, HLTAs and TAs, established teachers, supply teachers, ICT Coordinators and all other educational professionals involved in teaching or supporting ICT within primary education.

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  3. Comprehension Strategies for Your K-6 Literacy Classroom - Thinking Before, During, and After Reading

    Comprehension Strategies for Your K-6 Literacy Classroom - Thinking Before, During, and After Reading


    'The authors demonstrate pragmatic examples for new and veteran teachers as they guide students through six stages of comprehension strategies. Definitely raises the bar.' - Sue Morgan, Special Education Coordinator, Akron Public SchoolsOH

    'Provides teachers with specific instructional strategies designed to make students independent, thoughtful readers. Helps students to pack, repack, and reorganize information in an efficient and meaningful way.' - Marcia M. Talkovich, Program Specialist, Georgia Learning Resource System

    'A resource unlike any I have encountered in my career. Both young and experienced teachers will use this book to aid their instruction, maximizing the most effective reading comprehension in their students.' -Jonathan Hart, Third-Grade Teacher, Copper Hill School, Ringoes, NJ

    Enhance your thinking about teaching with these research-based comprehension strategies! Teaching comprehension and insuring that students think about what they read can be a challenging task for educators. In reader-friendly terms, Comprehension Strategies for Your K-6 Literacy Classroom illustrates how teachers can effectively use six critical comprehension strategies to enhance student understanding: activating schema, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining important ideas, and synthesizing.

    Divonna M. Stebick and Joy M. Dain present a 'before,' 'during,' and 'after' instructional framework that provides the three elements necessary for strategic comprehension learning to take place explicit instruction through teacher modeling, guided practice, and independent application.

    Combining theory with classroom research, this helpful guide:

    • Offers step-by-step direction, guiding teachers through sample lessons
    • Includes ready-to-use lessons that are easily adaptable and aligned with NCLB and NCTE standards
    • Provides real-life case studies illustrating classroom application
    • Uses hands-on activities and visual aids such as anchor charts, sketches, treasure chests, and builders' plans to capture students' attention to promote critical thinking
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  4. Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6 - Building Reading and Academic Language Skills Across the Curriculum

    Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6 - Building Reading and Academic Language Skills Across the Curriculum


    Grounded in research and rooted in practice, this book shows teachers of elementary students how to use formative assessment to build literacy and language skills across the curriculum. Based onáthe authors'áworkáwith English Language Learners, but relevant to all learners, Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6 includes methods for using formative assessment strategies to develop listening skills, oral language, and reading comprehension. The authors assist instructors by: Showing how formative assessment fits within broader frameworks for assessment and instruction Examining the stages in literacy skill development Discussing the teacher knowledge needed to effectively incorporate formative assessment The final chapter offers guidance for planning professional development in literacy assessment.

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  5. The Ultimate Small Group Reading How-to Book - Building Comprehension Through Small-Group Instruction

    The Ultimate Small Group Reading How-to Book - Building Comprehension Through Small-Group Instruction


    Formerly published by Zephyr Press This handbook describes the cognitive processes of emergent readers and provides educators with clear guidelines for promoting reading comprehension with small groups of young learners. A variety of exercises helps children locate, record, retrieve, and manipulate information from texts and enables teachers to measure how students respond in oral, written, graphic, and three-dimensional forms.

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  6. Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3-8 - Small Group Instruction That Improves Comprehension

    Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3-8 - Small Group Instruction That Improves Comprehension


    Research-based strategies for reading instruction often concentrate on reading readiness and Reading First skills for Grades PreK-2, but this important new book focuses on instruction that works for readers still struggling with reading comprehension in Grades 3-8. Sorting through the myriad of reading strategies and skills listed in state standards, local curricula, basal readers, and professional publications, the author here identifies and emphasizes four 'power strategies' worth spending time teaching when the goal is understanding text: summarizing, making meaningful connections, self-regulating, and inferring. Covering these four strategies individually and collectively, the author examines how, why, and when to use each strategy; specific teaching techniques to use with each strategy; what efficient use of each strategy looks like; assessment measures to use with each strategy; and much more.

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  7. Action-Packed Classrooms, K-5 - Using Movement to Educate and Invigorate Learners Second Edition

    Action-Packed Classrooms, K-5 - Using Movement to Educate and Invigorate Learners Second Edition


    'This book gives valuable information on the necessity of incorporating movement in the classroom. The activities are easy to understand and follow'

    Debbie Jo Halcomb, Fourth-Grade Teacher, Robert W. Combs Elementary School, Happy, KY

    'Summerford gives teachers a format for convincing administrators that movement is a component of best practices'

    Stephanie Eagleton, Second-Grade Teacher, Shaker Heights City School District, OH

    Getting children up and moving can help stimulate their brains and increase their ability to learn. This resource focuses on using movement and music to energize young students and boost their capacity to absorb and remember new content.

    Packed with games and activities for teachers in primary settings, this research-based book offers strategies for basic energizers, clear objectives for standards-aligned instruction, and a student/teacher/principal agreement to commit to active learning. Showing how exciting and fun learning can be, this new edition:

    • Includes new chapters on planning and organizing lessons
    • Offers sample activities in maths, social studies, science, language arts, health, and physical education
    • Provides tools for assessing the effectiveness of activities
    • Presents updated brain research

    This invaluable resource helps teachers meet the needs of all students by using multisensory learning techniques that develop enthusiastic learners.

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  8. The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book - Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction (Second Edition)

    The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book - Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction (Second Edition)


    Guided reading is, in a nutshell, a type of small-group reading instruction practice whereby children learn specific reading strategies. There are four cornerstones to guided reading: group formation (which children are grouped together), text selection (what kinds of books the children read), teaching sequence (how the lesson should go, from beginning to end), and teacher talk (how teachers use their voice to aid instruction). This book shows teachers how to really KNOW their students as readers, and to be able to group them, select texts, and design interactions between them in order to provide awareness, instruction, practices, and applications that are meaningful. Effective reading teachers make every moment count -- they know what to look for, how to guide and move the instruction, and what to say to convey encouragement and student independence. Ideal for teachers of pre-readers and emergent readers, this book outlines in easy-to-understand language the basic concepts of the guided reading process with an emphasis on vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. New to this edition is information on handling a book and looking at it as a concrete object, note-taking and study skills, updated strategies, and new figures and tables.

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  9. Cross-curricular Approaches to Teaching and Learning

    Cross-curricular Approaches to Teaching and Learning


    What would the primary curriculum look like with humanities at its heart? How can cross-curricular work help children to learn more effectively?

    With practical ideas on how to join up the primary curriculum, this book uses history and geography to explore different contexts and strategies for making links between the full range of primary subjects, so that learning can be more integrated and relevant to learners. The authors demonstrate how these subjects can serve as the basis upon which values can be developed in the curriculum. There are powerful case studies, including examples of pupils' work and talk, and teachers' reflections. 

    Written by a group of practising teachers and university tutors, this book will be invaluable to primary teachers, student teachers and all those involved in curriculum design.

    Chris Rowley is Senior Lecturer in and Geographical and Environmental Education at the University of Cumbria, UK.

    Dr Hilary Cooper is Professor of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria, UK.

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  10. Visible Thinking in the K–8 Mathematics Classroom

    Visible Thinking in the K–8 Mathematics Classroom


    Do you ever wish your students could read each other’s thoughts? Now they can—and so can you! Veteran mathematics educators Ted Hull, Don Balka, and Ruth Miles explain why making students’ thought processes visible is the key to effective mathematics instruction. Their newest book contains numerous grade-specific sample problems and instructional strategies for teaching essential concepts such as number sense, fractions, and estimation. Among the many benefits of visible thinking are:

    •  Interactive student-to-student learning
    • Increased class participation
    • Development of metacognitive thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Helpful features include vignettes, relevant word problems, classroom scenarios, sample problems, lesson adaptations, and easy-to-follow examples of each strategy in action. The authors also explain how students can demonstrate their thinking using calculators and online tools. The final chapter outlines steps maths leaders can take to implement visible thinking and maximize mathematics comprehension for all students.

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  11. Bringing Poetry Alive - A Guide to Classroom Practice

    Bringing Poetry Alive - A Guide to Classroom Practice


    Offering a wealth of ideas and support for ways to really bring poetry alive, this book draws on what is known to work, and explores fresh thinking. It will help both new and experienced teachers approach poetry with imagination and confidence.

    Written by people who have taught poetry in different settings for many years, and with contributions from poets Michael Rosen and James Carter, this book offers ideas on:

    - using drama

    - cross-curricular working

    - what to do with younger learners

    - inspiring children to write their own poems

    - and much more …

    An enjoyable and uplifting book, it is a must for anyone working with children aged 5 to 14 who is looking for inspiration for their poetry teaching.

    Michael Lockwood is Senior Lecturer in English and Education, University of Reading.

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  12. Creative Ways to Teach Literacy - Ideas for Children aged 3 to 11

    Creative Ways to Teach Literacy - Ideas for Children aged 3 to 11


    Shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2013!

    Covering the essential areas of practice, this book suggests ways to make your literacy teaching as creative and engaging as possible. Children get the most out of their learning when it is exciting, and this book offers great ideas for classroom practice, whilst making careful links to research.

    Sections advise on teaching narrative, poetry and non-fiction, and each chapter contains case studies and ideas to try out in practice. The authors cover a broad range of topics, including:

    • exploring traditional tales
    • writing from experience
    • using playground games as a foundation for literacy
    • performing poetry.

    Written for teachers working with children aged 3-11 years, this book gives you the opportunity to develop children's literacy in enjoyable and interesting ways.

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  13. Practical Teaching Methods K-6 - Sparking the Flame of Learning

    Practical Teaching Methods K-6 - Sparking the Flame of Learning


    `Gleaned from decades of practice, this is a harvest of wisdom, gathered from the intuition and invention of three gifted teachers. Their jargon-free collection of lessons will serve educators at all stages of professional development. Their suggestions restore human thought and communication to the educative process' - Frances Monteverde, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

    This book is designed primarily for K-6 teachers and administrators who wish to examine where they are and where they might go. Each chapter discusses the elements of good teaching in the content areas, providing real examples from real schools, followed by reflections and assessment tips. The format allows teachers to use single chapters to concentrate on a particular subject area, or to use the entire book as a professional development tool that can renew, re-energize, and reinvigorate teaching practices for individuals or for a school's faculty as a whole.

    Using national standards as a framework, the authors focus on all of the major content areas, including mathematics, science, social studies, technology, and more. They address issues such as professional growth, and the many difficulties faced daily by teachers, while focusing on instructional strengths that emerge when thoughtful and curious teachers guide attentive and curious students. Teachers now have one clear Handbook that covers virtually all the curricular areas in grades K-6.

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  14. Creativity in the Primary Classroom

    Creativity in the Primary Classroom


    Creativity is an integral element of any primary classroom. It has been never more important for teachers to involve children in their own learning and provide a curriculum that motivates and engages. Being a creative teacher involves generating new ideas, reflecting upon and evaluating different teaching approaches, and establishing an environment that supports creativity in your pupils. 

    Creativity in the Primary Classroom explores how to develop as a creative teacher and how to foster creativity in your classes. Drawing from key literature and detailed real-life examples, Juliet Desailly puts into practice her extensive experience planning, advising and developing creative approaches to teaching and curriculum planning.

    This book examines what creativity in a primary classroom can look like, and is supported throughout by practical activities for use across curriculum subjects and reflective tasks encouraging critical engagement with key conceptual issues.

    This is essential reading for students on primary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for practicing teachers wishing to enhance their own teaching.

    Juliet Desailly, formerly PGCE Tutor in Primary Education at the Institute of Education, London, is a freelance Educational Consultant.

    'This book deepens and broadens our understandings of creativity as applied to primary education. It provides a balance of practical frameworks and approaches with wise guidance. Many schools and individual teachers will find Juliet Desailly's work invaluable as they embrace the greater pedagogical and curricular freedoms promised by government.' - Jonathan Barnes, Senior lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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  15. Developing Active Learning in the Primary Classroom

    Developing Active Learning in the Primary Classroom


    Establishing an effective learning environment in the classroom requires a clear understanding of different teaching strategies that make children active participants in their own learning. This book explores a range of philosophies and strategies to develop active learning in primary education. It balances theory with practice to provide evidence-based guidance and suggestions for use in the classroom. 

    Key topics include:

    • Creating a supportive learning environment
    • Developing the questioning skills of teachers and children
    • Learning through assessment
    • Developing thinking skills through curriculum subjects
    • Active learning in early years education
    • Philosophy for Children (P4C)
    • Frameworks to promote thinking

    This is essential reading for professional studies modules on primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct) and employment-based routes into teaching. It also serves as a handbook for schools that are developing their approaches to active learning.

    Anitra Vickery works as senior lecturer in primary mathematics education and the Professional Studies Coordinator at Bath Spa University.

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  16. Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers - Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement

    Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers - Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement


    This book uses the research base on cognition, reading comprehension and retention. It defines strategic reading instruction, describes what a cognitive strategy is, explains the important ways that strategies differ from instructional activities and reading skills, and briefly introduces the seven cognitive strategies that highly effective readers routinely use. Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers also focuses on specific research-based teaching practices that will help students mature into highly effective readers. A variety of K-8 instructional activities successfully teach the strategies, although the activities can be altered to fit any teaching style and grade level. The book concludes with a discussion of school-wide strategic reading instruction for wider implementation.

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  17. Improving Students' Writing, K-8 - From Meaning-Making to High Stakes!

    Improving Students' Writing, K-8 - From Meaning-Making to High Stakes!


    No longer the forgotten "R", writing is receiving more and more attention. "Constructed response" writing is increasingly used as a more authentic form of test item to assess content understanding. Mathematics and science standards require writing to demonstrate and communicate understanding. Writing is seen as one of the strongest predictors of success in college and will become a requirement on SATs.

    This book offers teachers loads of examples of how to engage children and improve their performance in all types of content and creative writing, from self-selected topics, to limited-selection topics, to focused-topic writing and constructed response to test items. Using student samples, the authors offer various suggestions for identifying how individual students can be guided to improvement. The book will show teachers how to give students skills to collect and structure ideas and information, craft these into words, sentences and paragraphs, and present it all in a way to match what they hope their readers will understand. Special emphasis is placed on helping students write informational text as a way to demonstrate their understanding and process and work toward their own new understanding of information.

    Essential for teachers in our current testing environment, this book offers steps and tools to strengthen students' facility with the much-assessed six traits of writing and help students achieve on high stakes assessments. Real student writing samples and classroom conversations make it easy for teachers to transfer tools, strategies and practices to their own classrooms.

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  18. 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8

    60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8


    This book, designed as a reference tool, fills a void by providing a concise overview of the teaching practices of literacy, helping readers examine and evaluate teaching strategies and techniques in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visualizing.

    Jonson's book follows a user-friendly format that includes:

    • Names of specific strategies
    • Who would use a given strategy
    • When and why a strategy should be used
    • How a strategy should be implemented
    • Alternative implementation ideas
    • Supplies required to implement the strategies
    • Figures and illustrations

    Jonson brings more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, staff developer, and professor of teacher education to the project. This excellent resource not only synthesizes the current research and theory of best instructional practices, but also presents information in a clear, logical, and accessible manner for practitioners.

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  19. Teaching Literacy - Engaging the Imagination of New Readers and Writers

    Teaching Literacy - Engaging the Imagination of New Readers and Writers



    Grawemeyer Award-Winning Author

    2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist

    USA Book News "Best Books 2006" Award Finalist

    'A fascinating piece of writing, presenting ideas that are fresh and exciting' - Katherine Taddie Kelly, Literacy Coach and Reading Interventionist, Waco Independent School District, TX

    'Focuses on enhancing students' metalinguistic awareness and not just their intuitive use of words, fostering the development of higher mental functions' - Elena Bodrova, Senior Researcher, McREL

    For teachers charged with the great responsibility of helping students achieve basic literacy, delivering instruction in stimulating and engaging ways is not an ideal - it's a necessity. Recognizing this, award-winning author and teacher Kieran Egan puts the fun in fundamentals of literacy by helping teachers stir students' imagination and emotions.

    In Teaching Literacy, Egan rejects the notion that familiar ideas and experiences are the best vehicles for effective instruction. Instead, he champions a new approach that focuses on teaching core literacy skills using concepts ranging from fascinating to exotic to magnificent to weird. By framing the elements of literacy in the unforgettable, students more readily retain material, not only preparing them for tests, but also instilling a lifelong love of reading and writing.

    This innovative resource supplies answers to the question, "But how do I do it?" by offering:

    • Tried-and-tested activities from practising classroom teachers
    • "Teachers, Try It Out" features with teaching challenges (and an appendix of possible responses) for everyday classroom practice
    • Step-by-step planning frameworks for designing and delivering engaging literacy instruction

    Combining playfulness with practicality and creativity with common sense, Egan's strategies apply to beginning readers at any age, bringing about authentic, enjoyable learning experiences.

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  20. Planning and Organizing Standards-Based Differentiated Instruction (Second Edition)

    Planning and Organizing Standards-Based Differentiated Instruction (Second Edition)


    Work smarter—not harder—for effective differentiation!

    Well-planned, on-target instruction that’s responsive to diverse student needs is a complex task every teacher strives for—especially in today’s classroom. 

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  21. The Book of Reading and Writing Ideas, Tips, and Lists for the Elementary Classroom

    The Book of Reading and Writing Ideas, Tips, and Lists for the Elementary Classroom


    The aim of this book is to provide practical, research-based ideas that will help teachers strengthen their students' reading and writing performance. Each chapter provides practical ideas and resources designed for primary educators. This book approaches reading and writing programmes as if looking through two camera lenses. The first is a wide-angle view looking at the big picture, including effective schools research and the critical components of a complete, comprehensive reading and writing program. The second lens is a zoom lens focusing in on specific ideas, tips, lists and suggestions for strengthening students' reading and writing performance.

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  22. Phonics - Practice, Research and Policy

    Phonics - Practice, Research and Policy


    Phonics: Practice, Research and Policy unravels the controversy surrounding phonics which currently characterises much of the discussion about reading standards and teaching reading. Bringing some much-needed balance to the debate - the book offers genuinely focused advice on how to make sense of the various theories and on their applications in practice, helping teachers to find the right practical solutions to suit the children in their settings.

    The book includes chapters on:

    • How children learn to read and how phonics helps
    • The role of early phonics teaching
    • Classroom approaches to phonics teaching
    • Involving parents and carers
    • Speaking and phonological awareness
    • Spelling links
    • Staff development
    • Responses to the Rose Review on Early Reading.

    It will be essential reading for student teachers on initial training courses, and for more experienced staff in a range of school settings.

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  23. What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades PreK-5 - 47 Research-Based Strategies for the Standards-Based Classroom

    What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades PreK-5 - 47 Research-Based Strategies for the Standards-Based Classroom


    This easy-to-navigate guide offers research-based teaching strategies for introducing nursery and primary school students to the content and skills they will need to teach mathematics effectively. Using the popular format of the What Successful Teachers Do books, the authors present 47 dynamic learning activities, each including:

    • A concise statement of the teaching strategy

    • Research-based validations for the strategy

    • Classroom applications and vignettes

    • Precautions and possible pitfalls

    • Primary sources for further reading

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