RTI BLOG

5 Essentials for Literature Circles

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 19-Mar-2014

Literature circles are meant to be a student-led way of practicing ALL essential reading skills. Yes, student-led. Here are 5 things that will lead to successful literature Circles.

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Making Test Prep Fun

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 19-Mar-2014
We all know that both teachers and students alike dread test preparation. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a drag! Here are 4 ways to make test prep fun and beneficial. Read More »

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 02-Mar-2014

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2, have your class participate in Read Across America Day on March 3rd. Here are 6 ways you can get your students excited about reading.

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Getting Ready for Reader’s Workshop

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 11-Aug-2013
Before the first day of school, prepare your classroom for a great year of independent reading. Make a goal to keep a record of all the texts you read aloud to your class. Start by creating a poster for the Class Reading List. Record everything that you read aloud to your class. Begin on day one. How many books, articles, poems, etc. will you read aloud to your class this year? Read More »

Vocabulary Games

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 09-Sep-2012

Here are 4 vocabulary games that can be played using vocabulary from any content area. These games are great ways to practice declarative knowledge and, specifically, academic language.

Charades

Objective: Students will develop an extensive vocabulary by drawing on experiences to bring meanings to words in context such as interpreting, multiple-meaning words, and analogies.

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New for 2012-2013! Live Online Workshops

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 29-Jul-2012

Join Kelly and friends for one hour live professional learning workshops via the web. This easy, affordable professional learning platform allows participants to log on and learn from the comfort of their own home or classroom. With visuals, ready-to-use handouts, and opportunities to ask questions and share ideas, participants leave the session ready to implement strategies for success.

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Making Campus/District Initiatives Work for You and Your Students

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 19-Jul-2012

This is the third installment of “What Not To Do If You Want to Maximize Student Achievement” I usually try to focus on the positive, but sometimes it’s important to identify what not to do.

Initiatives come and go--typically when district or campus administration changes. However, it is never a good idea to just pretend to go along with grade level, campus, or district initiatives, even it you think “this too shall pass.” Although, it is relatively easy to just shut your door and be autonomous, this can create a divided, unhealthy campus and/or district culture that could have a negative impact on student achievement.

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5 Instructional Practices to Avoid When Teaching the Standards and Delivering Effective Instruction

  • By Kelly Harmon
  • 16-Jul-2012

This is the second installment of “What Not To Do If You Want to Maximize Student Achievement” I usually try to focus on the positive, but sometimes it’s important to identify what not to do.

  1. Never teach straight from the book. There is an art to teaching that requires the teacher to teach standards and strategies that are matched to teaching and learning styles. We simply can’t rely on a textbook publisher or program developer to know our standards and our learners’ needs. Besides, teaching straight from the book is one of the easiest ways to disengage learners, particularly those who are below or above the level of instruction provided in the book.
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