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Scripts and Lyrics: Two Amazing Resources
Posted on Sep 21, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Student Engagment
Scripts and Lyrics: Two Amazing Resources

Let's get right to the point. Students are most interested in what they are interested in. In any classroom, the range of interests is infinite and changes whimsically. However, there are two things nearly every student is interested in: movies and music. That means movie scripts and song lyrics can be amazing reading resources in many ways.

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For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test
Posted on Sep 14, 2017
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • ELA
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Standards
For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test

What does it mean to “teach to the test,” and how is it different from “teaching to the rigor?” Many schools and districts give students round after round of reading and writing items that mimic the questions they will see on their state’s high-stakes assessment. Some educators believe practice makes perfect and, hence, more practice is better than less in increasing students’ odds for higher test scores.

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Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall
Posted on Sep 7, 2017
  • EdView360
Tags
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall

Most students who struggle to read do so for reasons that have nothing to do with intellect or capability. With the right instruction, some patience, and a caring teacher, every student can be more, achieve more, and prove they are more than the limitations that categorize them.

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Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching
Posted on Jun 14, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Intervention
  • Struggling Students
Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching

A foundational ability of humans is the willingness to try things to see how they work out. This might be the most important talent we have developed.

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Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math

American educators have a well-honed way of thinking about curriculum. Typically, district committees compare and then adopt a curriculum to meet specific goals or guidelines. More recently, curriculum adoption in math has been driven by state or national standards.

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The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best
Posted on May 31, 2017
  • Gretchen Wing
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Parental Involvement
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students
The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best

That ultra-basic approach—fed children learn better than hungry ones—has a counterpart in the realm of individualized strategies for dealing with struggling students.

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