Category Archives: Tips and Tid Bits

A Workshop with Ruth Sutton

Successful Student Transition Please join author and educator Ruth Sutton as she explores the following questions in her upcoming workshop. What are the obstacles that make transitions difficult for our students? How do school systems make transitions more difficult for learners? What steps can be taken to overcome the “muddle in the middle?” How can […]

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Available Febuary, 2014

5 KEY REASONS FOR RETHINKING LETTER GRADES From the book Rethinking Letter Grades: A Five-Step Approach for Aligning Letter Grades to Learning Standards by Caren Cameron and Kathleen Gregory In the introduction to Rethinking Letter Grades, the authors encourage teachers to think and talk more about how to arrive at letter grades. The focus, they […]

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Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Students

FOUR TIPS FOR READING ALOUD TO ALL AGES Sharing good-quality literature, both fiction and nonfiction, is an integral part of literacy instruction for all students. When sharing books with your students, follow these steps: 1) CHOOSE A BOOK Choosing a book to read aloud that connects to a topic or theme already being studied in […]

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Creating Inclusive Classrooms

8 IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR CREATING AN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM from Teaching to Diversity by Dr. Jennifer Katz In Teaching to Diversity, Dr. Katz provides a wealth of tools and information for creating inclusive classrooms. She focuses on how to diversify curriculum, instruction, and assessment in such a way that even students who have previously not been […]

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Great End of the Year Idea

Creating Keepers to Wrap Up The School Year from the book VOICES OF EXPERIENCE PRACTICAL IDEAS TO WRAP UP THE YEAR by Caren Cameron, Kathleen Gregory, Colleen Politano, Joy Paquin Peer recognition is powerful. Ask students to give collective recognition to one another by identifying a positive personal characteristic for each person in the class. […]

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Using Story Vines in the Classroom

TIPS FOR USING STORY VINES TO RETELL STORIES FROM STORY VINES AND READERS THEATRE GETTING STARTED by Marlene McKay Story vines are a way to make storytelling come alive—by putting fun into the telling, retelling, and oral sharing and presenting. Story vines enhance all the language skills we strive to develop in children: reading, writing, […]

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Tips for Problem-Solving

Tips for Problem-Solving in Mathematics From Hands-On Problem Solving: A Minds-On Approach By Jennifer Lawson For grades 1–4 Coming Soon for grades 5–6 Problem solving is central to learning mathematics. By learning to solve problems and by learning through problem solving, students are given numerous opportunities to connect mathematical ideas and to develop conceptual understanding. […]

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Collaborating to Ensure Success for ELL/ESL Students

Collaborate to ensure students learning in English as a second (ESL) or additional language have the best possible learning environment. Classroom teachers and ESL teachers benefit from each other’s support. In this way, the teachers work together, not side by side on parallel agendas. ESL teachers can model explicit language teaching while classroom teachers model […]

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The Case for Using Book Trailers in the Classroom

5 Getting Started Tips for Using Book Trailers in Your Classroom Book trailers are increasingly used in today’s multimedia classrooms. Book trailers are a great way to inspire students and engage reluctant readers. Similar to the purpose of a movie preview, a book trailer can activate interest in reading a book. As an example, watch […]

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Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners

As ESL Learners return to school . . . create a safe and caring classroom which promotes learning, demonstrates respect for diversity and challenges all learners. From the book Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners: Promoting Success in Your Classroom by Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak, and Vicki McCarthy If we spoke a different language, we […]

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