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Mastery Teaching
Posted on November 2, 2017
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • General Education
  • training & support

This is my 25th year teaching. Yet, it feels a bit like my first. I am part of a small team of teachers at my school who have volunteered to pilot a mastery learning program with our seventh-grade students. Like my first year in the classroom, the learning curve is steep.

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Life After Leave: Taking Back the Classroom
Posted on October 12, 2017
  • Josie Pack
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate

Whatever the reason for your leave, it’s not easy handing over your students to a new teacher. It’s even harder coming back after someone else has been leading the class in their own style. I recently returned to the classroom following maternity leave. Everyone was anticipating the transition but no one capitalized more than my homeroom students who took the opportunity to create their idea of a new normal for the classroom.

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Defending the "D" Word ... Dyslexia
Posted on October 5, 2017
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers

Henry Ward Beecher once said, a word is a “peg to hang ideas on.” A single word can conjure a host of meanings and associations. “Dyslexia” is such a word. In the last couple of years, well-known and respected researchers have been arguing that it is time to do away with the “D word.”

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Scripts and Lyrics: Two Amazing Resources
Posted on September 21, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Student Engagement

Let's get right to the point. Students are most interested in what they are interested in. In any classroom, the range of interests is infinite and changes whimsically. However, there are two things nearly every student is interested in: movies and music. That means movie scripts and song lyrics can be amazing reading resources in many ways.

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For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test
Posted on September 14, 2017
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • ELA
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Standards

What does it mean to “teach to the test,” and how is it different from “teaching to the rigor?” Many schools and districts give students round after round of reading and writing items that mimic the questions they will see on their state’s high-stakes assessment. Some educators believe practice makes perfect and, hence, more practice is better than less in increasing students’ odds for higher test scores.

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How Teachers Can Use Their Annual Parent Letter To Get To Know Their Students
Posted on May 31, 2017
  • Gretchen Wing
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Parental Involvement
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students

That ultra-basic approach—fed children learn better than hungry ones—has a counterpart in the realm of individualized strategies for dealing with struggling students.

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