Summarize what you read. Typical reading task, right? Yes. But it is so much more than that! Summarizing is a powerful thinking strategy that spans all academic areas and even work-related life skills. It is the ability to make decisions about information in efficient ways. More than ever, summarizing is a needed skill for the […]
Guided Reading – It’s not new, but it still works! You have a small group of students, you give them a challenging text, and you support them as they read through it. Over the years guided reading has taken on various coats and appearances, but we know one thing for sure. It works. Guided reading […]
Save Download the PDF of the Reading Level Chart Save As PDF Save Reading Level Chart I want to give you a reading level correlation chart (at bottom of page) and an explanation of text leveling. With a surge in guided reading over the last five years, more and more teachers and students are working with […]
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It’s not a new term, but it is receiving renewed interested from teachers. Rightfully so, scaffolding is the key to creating massive learning in the quickest time. But how can scaffolding cripple student learning? What learning strategies effectively scaffold students? Scaffolding is support. Guiding students in the learning process is scaffolding. Here are some examples: […]
#TeachingBundle: Three Branches of GovernmentTeachers, you know that you have limited time. You are closing gaps, getting reading levels up, teaching writing, spelling, and much more. Why not use a #TeachingBundle to integrate Social Studies with your Reading instruction? This bundle is an introduction to the Three Branches of Government. It has a video, a […]
Ideas, details, evidence, support, analytical thinking, strategic thinking…these all have one thing in common. They are easier to achieve when students have practice with meta-cognitive skills. Organizing thought is one meta-cognitive skill that can increase learning in any classroom. Organizing ThoughtThrough your life and during school you struggled with thoughts. A teacher said something or […]
Teachers are more than a test score, more than a campus rating, more than an employee. Teachers change lives. Here are 17 ways that teachers impact homes, schools, learning, and humans.
Here are two easy to use, no-prep games to boost student engagement and interest in learning! Games can increase motivated learning, but there are limits, here’s some advice from research.
You are accountable for getting high levels of student achievement, so there’s no time for playing around…or is there? Take a look at these big ideas about games in the classroom: Games provide a motivation point for feedback. Games can make the classroom memorable. Games combined with task cards can be powerful. In this post, I […]
Task cards are a favorite for centers, small groups, paired practice, and rotating through learning stations. However, did you know they make excellent whole-class activities too? Whole-Class Engagement If students seem a little unengaged, if participation is less than 100%, or students just aren’t excited about the classroom activity, then these games are for you! […]