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Teaching Reading Strategies

All classrooms contain students at varying levels of proficiency in multiple reading skills, and individuals’ access to background knowledge is vast …

Five Essential Components of Reading

Reading is an astoundingly complex cognitive process. While we often think of reading as one singular act, our brains are actually engaging in a …

Integrating Technology and Literacy

If, like my school, you're in a "Chromebook District," these suggested tools will work well because all integrate perfectly when you sign in with …

Multiple Intelligences: What Does the Research Say?

Howard Gardner's Eight Intelligences<p>The theory of multiple intelligences challenges the idea of a single IQ, where human beings have one central …

a 6-Trait Writing Lesson inspired by The Twits by Roald Dahl

Navigating WritingFix:<p>Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources<p>On-line Publishing:<p>Publish your students at our Ning! <br>(You must be a member of our …

4 Reasons to Write by Hand Rather Than Type

Once you leave school, there’s rarely a need to write by hand. Work correspondence happens on computers, as does social networking. Except for the …

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20 Useful Websites Every Student Should Know About<p>Useful Websites Every Student Should Know About - College tips, websites that are useful for …

Descriptive Writing | Classroom Strategy

The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader's mind. …

Information Book Read-Alouds as Models for Second-Grade Authors

Information books in classrooms<p>Over the past 10 years, interest in information book use acros s elementary-grade levels has grown. University and …

Supporting Informational Writing in the Elementary Grades

A framework of students' information report writing development<p>From our study of K-5 students' information writing, we have created a continuum of …

Plickers

Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class

Evidence from brain science suggests that far from being “babyish,” the technique is essential for mathematical achievement.<p>A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old …

Mathematics

4.2 Investigating Geometry Concepts on GeoBoards

5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom

1. Letters on a Rubric<p>This year, I made the decision that on every rubric and scoring guide for a major assignment, I would begin with a brief, …

How to Instill the Love of Reading

I begin with this discussion of stories because it is important to understand that, whether they know it or not, every child is already halfway to …

Difference Between Inference And Prediction

What is the difference between inference and prediction? Both words refer to a conclusion based on some sort of fact, experience or observation. …

The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

<b>The Difference Between Inference & Prediction</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Reading comprehension is a core tenet of schooling. The new Common Core Standards in …

Creating a Culture of Trust and Safety in Every Class

Developed as a part of the Responsive Classroom (RC) model, morning meetings have four key components:<p><b>Greeting:</b> Students and teachers greet and …

Learning From Their Own Books

The project for the 2014-2015 school year was centered on bookmaking. The idea originated in art teacher John Bass' classroom. "The bookmaking came …

Teaching

Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets

Putting Students at the Center<br>February 28, 2013 | Volume <b>8</b> | Issue <b>11</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets<p>Mark Barnes<p>I stopped …

Energy and Calm: Change It Up and Calm It Down!

1. Breath<p>Sitting up nice and tall with both feet flat on the floor, take three slow, deep breaths down to the belly, breathing in through the nose …

Teaching

News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

How can these coexist? How can students be so technologically savvy while also displaying their lack of basic skills for navigating the digital world?<p>…

Do Your Students Read Critically?

Questioning Text<p>Critical reading means that not only does the reader read to obtain the content knowledge (what information or message the author is …

Teaching

8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

As a classroom teacher, I want to see that same level of excitement as students engage with informational texts. The following are eight strategies …

Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

1. Read Aloud<p>Read-aloud time was one of the favorite things in my class. My students loved the chance to sit together on the carpet or at their desks …

Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Show Not Tell<p>Let's take a moment to think of ourselves when we learn: Do we understand something and apply it better when we are shown a finished …

Educating an Original Thinker

How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally<p>In his new book, <i>Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World</i>, the writer, Wharton professor, and erstwhile magician Adam Grant explores the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers. …

Teaching