From Candy Crush Saga to Instagram, developing mobile applications has never been more potentially lucrative. But how about learning to code on a smartphone?
Christian Bucks just wanted to help his classmates to not feel lonely. That’s why he took the idea of a buddy bench to his teacher and then to his principal … Continue reading
Common Core writing demands a level of complexity and quality that requires students to engage with text, synthesis information and come to a conclusion or form an opinion. This type … Continue reading
U.S. 15-year-olds made no progress on recent international achievement exams and fell further in the rankings, reviving a debate about America’s ability to compete in a global economy. Continue … Continue reading
On December 3, 2013, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners hosted PISA Day to explore the latest results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The … Continue reading
If you keep hearing about the Common Core but don’t know exactly what all the fuss is about (don’t worry, you’re not alone), Stateline provides some frequently asked questions and answers that … Continue reading
Massachusetts shows what reforms are necessary to help students succeed| By Neera Tanden, Paul Reville US News
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released the results of the international exams known as PISA yesterday, and most educators will not be surprised by the bad news. The … Continue reading
New K-8 Reading Comprehension Passages ReadWorks.org has put out 100 new reading comprehension passages in social studies, science, original reporting and fiction.
David Wees, technology specialist at Stratford Hall created a presentation on different examples of formative assessment. Note the following: A formative assessment or assignment is a tool teachers use to … Continue reading
On December 12th, join the authors of twelve beloved books as they read live to your K–12 classroom. Watch books come alive Qlovi + Authors is a special one-day event … Continue reading
Did you know that social media platforms all have their own shortcuts to speed up your social media experience? The handy infographic below takes a look at keyboard shortcuts for … Continue reading
How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about … Continue reading
Thinking critically is one thing, but being able to teach it can be quite another. Katie Kirkpatrick, dean of instruction at KIPP King Collegiate High School, developed the school’s … Continue reading
Based on data released December 3, 2013, from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), this Alliance for Excellent Education report reveals that the United States struggles to produce top … Continue reading
Knowledge and skills are best developed by direct instruction and reinforcement if we want recall and fluency. Understanding, however, involves something beyond mere acquisition for later straightforward use. To understand, … Continue reading
Help! I have a new student in the middle of February who doesn’t speaks any English! Now what? Sound familiar?
Corporal punishment is a no-go. So is yelling. What exactly can you do to raise your kids right?
What was your reading instruction like in grade school? If you are anything like me, you remember participating in these lengthy oral readings of the weekly text where each student read … Continue reading
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“You have no power when you are a kid, but when you are telling stories you have incredible power,” Moss said. “Kids get that.” And when they have the space … Continue reading
It is important for students to know the art of engaging in conversation. Establishing rules of engagement is necessary as part of management in a class. Read how one teacher … Continue reading
For some new teachers it’s bewildering as to what it takes to be an effective teacher. To teach so that students actually learn in your class you need to know … Continue reading
Excellent resource from Mike Fisher on LiveBinders Click here to go to the site
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on “Close Reading of Text” click here to read more
An understanding of text genre can help students in every grade learn from text. Even better, genre discussions can happen in every content area. How can teachers help students understand … Continue reading
One of the strategies developed for teachers to help their English Language Learners is called SIOP: Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. SIOP strategies are not only valuable for classrooms with ELL students, but … Continue reading
Do you know what percentage of children’s books feature boys? Twice as many as those that feature girl protagonists. In the most comprehensive study of children’s literature during a period of … Continue reading
Understanding the difference between inference and prediction is one of classic challenges in literacy instruction, in addition to the difference between main idea and theme, mood and tone, and reading … Continue reading
Gifted children are, by definition, “Children who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership capacity, or specific academic fields, and who require services … Continue reading
This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help ELLs meet new standards in English Language Arts. The lessons address potent literacy goals and build on students’ background knowledge … Continue reading
The gradual release of responsibility model in the classroom is probably something you use all the time without noticing it. Show me, help me, let me. Click here to read … Continue reading
Last week I tweeted out a request for teachers to find some students willing to write about needless boredom in schools and received a number of replies. (This is a … Continue reading
The Tucson Unified School District’s controversial Mexican-American studies courses shut down in 2011. Yet a University of Arizona study found that the mostly Latino students who took the courses were 46 percent … Continue reading
Picture books are important because of how readers interact with them, especially the read-aloud experience. No matter how many awards it may have won or how beautiful the prose or … Continue reading
One of the greatest challenges for new teachers and veterans alike can be lesson planning. For new teachers, getting to know the curriculum and finding ways to enliven it for … Continue reading
In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?” Click to continue reading
10 ways to avoid becoming obsolete… 1). Eliminate the phrase ‘that can’t be done’ from your vocabulary and replace it with ‘let’s figure out how we can make this work…’2). … Continue reading
Skills Practice | Writing Effective Openings |by Jonathan Olsen, Katherine Schulten and Shannon Doyne
Like a vivid illustration, the opening sentence of an essay should capture the reader’s attention Learn More About Effective Openings Introductions The Writing Center|The University of North Carolina … Continue reading
What do you do when the children just don’t have the words? When you are faced with the same old words day after day? In this post we look at … Continue reading
The new Common Core standards have left some teachers feeling overwhelmed with ‘learning something new.’ It’s important to understand the new standards and realize that we have to raise the … Continue reading
So often I have seen student writings with canned beginnings and endings. Unfortunately, some teachers have instructed students to write as such. This article sheds light on this interesting phenomenon.
November is Native American History Month. Below are links to various websites with information about the indigenous people of America. Museums National Museum of the American Indian The NMAI cares … Continue reading
Ignorance of what an ESL teacher does all day, why we help more than just the children that don’t speak English, and why we’re not picking up kids from the … Continue reading
The overarching goal of a behavior contract is to help the child be successful. Usually, I used it to help change unacceptable behaviors,
We’ve all been there. A few minutes before you are to leave for work, one of your children suddenly becomes ill, you receive a phone call about a family emergency, … Continue reading
A survey by Northwestern’s School of Communication of 2,300 parents of children aged to 8-years-old found that 37 percent of parents still report they are likely to use their tablet or smartphone … Continue reading