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Student Mentor Texts

Ernest Hemingway once famously said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Young students learning to write can certainly relate. Sentence construction, spelling, grammar—there are many complex skills a child must master on the road to become a confident writer. The good news is that teachers don’t have to carry the...

Project-Based Learning: Think Twice Before Deciding It’s "Too Hard" to Implement

We all can probably remember being in school and having to do projects. Each student in the class would be assigned the same thing—like create a poster about hurricanes or a diorama of whales. There were due dates to meet, rules to follow, and grades to be earned. And yes, in many cases, parents got involved by buying supplies...

5 Steps Toward Intentional Classroom Conversations

Coaching students to engage in worthwhile academic discussion begins with intentionality. You have to teach students how to listen to and talk to each other. Have you ever asked students to "turn and talk" to a partner or small group? You may have noticed one of two scenarios. In the first, an air of doubt creeps across the class. And...

Teaching Higher-Order Thinking

Teaching young children how to think at a higher level takes dedication and focus on the part of teachers. Some students can easily and naturally think this way. But others struggle to do so. The good news is that all students can learn this skill with practice. How can educators best help their students along in this critical skill development?...

Does Crowdfunding Work for Teachers

Not that many years ago, when teachers needed additional, unbudgeted supplies or books for their classrooms, they had little choice but to reach into their own pockets and fund the project themselves. In fact, studies show on average, teachers spend $487 a year of their own money on students. However, these days teachers no longer have to go it alone....

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Early Childhood expert Cheryl Dick speaks to the need to help students get "un-stuck" and solve their own problems inside and outside the classroom.
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Mathematics expert and SDE presenter Kristin Hilty demonstrates some h...
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