by Bec West (Guest Author) 6 Tips for Guided Reading Success What makes guided reading an effective learning approach for young readers and upper elementary students? Here are 6 Tips for Guided Reading Success. Create a quality learning environment with space explicitly designed for guided reading. A quality learning environment is pivotal to ensuring consistency and […]
What is the difference between guided reading and small-group instruction for reading? Knowing the difference will drastically improve learning in your reading classroom.
This back to school classroom management checklist is designed to help you remember all the caveats of your classroom management! Especially, if you’ve enjoyed your summer break like you should have. However, if you didn’t get the full dose of rejuvenation from summer break, then you need to leave this article. Spend 2 days trying […]
SaveSaveSaveSaveDifferentiation Stations by Chris Skierski Suppose for a moment that you were teaching someone to ride a bicycle. After a week of teaching and practice, you gave that child a test and discovered that she could not stop well, had trouble balancing, and every time she turned to the left she fell down. What would you […]
SaveBack to school activities are important for building a strong class culture and engaging students in the right work on the first days of school! How do you build community and teamwork in the first few days of school? How do you teach students to the class norms, learn their strengths, and allow them to […]
Practice that Works! It’s pretty much a closed argument…we know students need both massed and spaced practice. While some curriculum and instruction nerds are still arguing over spiral review vs. focused review, let’s get our students learning by using both! Here are some ways to boost engagement and learning. In this post, I will show […]
Teacher happiness can be difficult to find sometimes. Look. What other profession provides almost no restroom breaks, works exclusively with developing humans, has a 20-minute lunch, and requires you to spend your own money for your professional tools? Let’s face it. Teaching is tough! But we knew that after our college internship. And we […]
You’ll probably agree with me when I say, “200% more growth than peers” is quite a stretch. Or is it? In our recent nine-week action research, students who focused on visible learning strategies outperformed their peers on district standardized tests. But that’s not all. They achieved over 200% more growth than their peers. We’ll […]
So, what did you learn at school today? It’s an innocent question and very appropriate for any adult to ask a student. But why then do students consistently fail to recall what they learned? Often they just say, “Nothing” or “We read a book.” Visible learning changes that. You plan instruction, write objectives on 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 […]
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.