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Technology & Assessment: Visual Thinking Tools

Visual thinking is the use of images and text for understanding, creating, explaining, communicating, and problem solving. Visual Thinking Tools …

Phonological Instruction for Older Students

Ask students to recognize whether words have been pronounced correctly.<p>Ask students to watch you as you pronounce new words or new names.<p>Ask students …

Phonemic Awareness vs. Phonological Awareness Explained

As you learn more about reading development and instruction you may come upon two terms that look quite similar: <b>phonological awareness</b> and <b>phonemic</b> …

Language

Phonemic Awareness: Instruction

Critical Features of Phonemic Awareness Instruction<p>Phonemic Awareness is a critical component of reading instruction but not an entire reading …

Pedagogy

Phonemic Awareness: Instruction

Sequencing Phonemic Awareness Skills<p>Phonemic awareness instruction typically spans two years, kindergarten and first grade. Oral activities in …

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

The DI elements were first introduced to me in <i>How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms</i> by Carol Tomlinson, and my understanding …

Teaching

Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Simply stated, when the brain feels any type of a threat (emotional, social, or cognitive stress) the thinking part shuts down. Unless a school …

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

<b>20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers</b><p>by <b>Miriam Clifford</b><p><i>This post has been updated from a 2011 post.</i><p>There is an age old adage that …

Pedagogy

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

Just to be clear: Scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks …

Teaching

Playdough Power

Squishing, rolling, sculpting, molding . . . young children love to play with playdough. Add some props from around the home and playdough play …

Kids