Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • Putting the “A” in AP

    on Dec 17, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy • with Comments


    It seems as though everyone is jumping on the AP bandwagon. Schools are offering professional development and a variety of incentives to implement this program. Advance Placement courses are intended to replace freshmen level course at the college level. This allows high school juniors and seniors to receive college credit early. Sounds great, right? Well, students only receive the credit if they score a “3” or higher on the AP exam (and for some colleges, a “4” or higher). How do you prepare students for such a test? Here are a few things I have learned

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  • Avoiding Round Robin in All Subject Areas

    on Dec 15, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, English Language Learners, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    I am always amazed that Round Robin reading still exists. The empirical evidence has shown that it is an ineffective teaching method. Just being an observant teacher would make you realize the kids are bored and off task. Worst of all, it brings humiliation to students who struggle with reading or English. So how do we engage children in material that is new? How can we share text with a group? How do we build structure that encourages participation in the reading process? There are two areas that seem to fall into the Round Robin

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  • 5 Strategies to Help the Struggling Readers in the Special Education Setting

    on Dec 2, 14 • in Featured, Literacy, Special Education • with Comments

    5 Ways to Help the STRUGGLING READER in

    Everywhere you look, it seems a new program has sprung up to help the struggling reader in the classroom. More and more children, it seems, get referred for special education services because of reading deficits. So what can you do in the classroom to help? You could ask your RTI specialist, your special education teacher, or your school psychologist for a long list of strategies based on the area of need, but I’ll give you a good list of go-to strategies to start with, and you can head back later for more if you need

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  • Bringing Writing Back: The SRSD Technique

    on Nov 10, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy • with Comments


    A common grumble among my colleagues is teaching writing. We are well aware that American students score dismally on writing assessments, mostly because most teachers are scrambling to teach everything else on the menu. Consequently, writing has been neglected. Now that assessments are beginning to move from multiple choice to short answer and essay writing (at least that’s what they tell us in the great state of Tennessee), teachers are feeling pushed to teach writing. And we’re not just talking English teachers – everyone is being encouraged to provide more opportunities for writing in their

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  • Teaching to New Rules:  Phonics for Upper Elementary

    on Nov 3, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    From the day children are born, the race is on here in America.  Boy or girl? Weight? Length?  And so it begins; how does your child measure up with “average” child their age? We watch for those important mile stones.  Rolls over, check!  Sits up, check!  Babbles, check!  Crawls, check!  Walks, check!  The list goes on and on.  When we are comparing our babies, though, we are using a scale developed to measure them against like age peers.  We create a check list of accomplishments within an age range.  But then they enter kindergarten and

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