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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Here are a couple of ideas that take about 5 minutes of class time and get learners actively processing content from previous lessons.Read More »
How important is it to post learning goals and use a scale to help your students gauge their understanding?Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
- 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.