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Take-Away Tips

Take-Away Tips
Matching Games That Teach

Many of us played "Go Fish," "Concentration" or "Old Maid" as children. Each of these games is in fact, a matching game. Any of...
Managing Students During Independent Center Time

Often teachers try to manage all the students during independent center time. Try to manage only those children who need help with management and...
Managing Administrative Paperwork with a Tickler File

Wouldn’t it be great if the papers that sit on your desk would go away...and magically come back exactly when you need them? That...
Kinesthetic Vocabulary

Educational research has said throughout the years that kinesthetic strategies are needed and are powerful. We know from brain research that the procedural memory...
Intervention or Just Motivation?

Many times teachers are told that interventions involve visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning. If children are not learning, then changing modality can be a...
Integrate CCSS with Math by Playing "Poison"

Looking for ways to integrate the CCSS for the 8 Mathematical Practice Standards while making learning fun for your students? Try using this fan-favorite...
Hold 'Em High! Inviting Critical Thinking During Read-Alouds

Hold 'Em High! – Invite constant critical thinking about and active listening of the read-aloud you're using with this activity. Give each student a...
Formative Assessment: Best At the Beginning and End of the Day

The beginning and ending of the day are two of the best times for formative assessments of concepts. In the morning, reviewing yesterday’s concepts...
Expose Students to New Kinds of Texts in a Whole Group Setting

Before we ask students to create new kinds of texts, we should be sure to expose them to said format in a whole group...
Easy and Consistent Structure for Your Mini Lessons

Following a lesson structure keeps the brain happy! Try this structure for your mini lessons. (Mini lessons should be 10 minutes and conducted in...

Popular Videos

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Watch highlights from Principal Baruti Kafele's Keynote at SDE's Administrator Summit July 15, 2013 in Las Vegas during the National Conference on Differentiated Instruction....
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Classroom Technology expert Lori Elliott, Ed.D. shares her thoughts...
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Administration & Leadership expert Principal Baruti Kafele shares...

Popular Articles

Struggling Readers: Building Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance

By Richard Cash, Ed.D. and Katherine McKnight, Ph.D. Struggling. At-Risk. Low performing. Whatever you call students who don’t read proficiently, it’s the same outcome. Academic...
Grit: It’s Not Just for Students

No single character trait alone determines the success of a teacher. A...
Reaching for and Achieving the Common Core Reading Standards: Why Mini-Lessons?

New reading standards, including Common Core, are designed to empower...