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Show Me What You Know—The Power of the Graphic Organizer
Posted on Nov 2, 2016
  • Bea Moore Luchin
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Math
  • Struggling Students
Show Me What You Know—The Power of the Graphic Organizer

In order to achieve success with the use of graphic organizers, the teacher has to select the appropriate organizer, understand it, plan for how the organizer will be used to promote thinking, and develop appropriate questions and tasks.

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Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data

Although context has many applications for helping to understand unclear situations, it also can be an important guide for educators seeking to compare and evaluate student progress.

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Context of Assessments
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context of Assessments

Context is so important that we teach students how to use clues to understand new vocabulary words when reading. Context makes a difference when understanding ambiguous situations that might be easily misunderstood if you don’t understand what happened most recently in the passage or you don't have the culturally relevant information that helps us understand what we are reading.

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Civil Discourse is Doable
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Professional Development
Civil Discourse is Doable

If we as educators can’t provide frameworks and processes for students to have intelligent and respectful conversations about the leadership of our country, where are our young people going to learn to be active citizens? In my mind, learning the art and practice of civil discourse is an integral responsibility of public education in the United States.

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Talk the Walk
Posted on Oct 5, 2016
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Struggling Students
Talk the Walk

Talking yourself through complex tasks (the walk) really works. We should be using this process when we teach and also encourage students to do it themselves when they are facing academic and other challenges.

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The Making of a Mentor
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Professional Development
The Making of a Mentor

Recently, I was again offered the opportunity to mentor some new teachers, and this time, with a bit more experience and training, I hope to do a better job. Mentoring fellow teachers is important work and can be mutually rewarding, but a mentor has to be more than just a paid buddy.

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