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Take-Away Tips

Take-Away Tips
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...
Daily Physical Readiness Activities

Research is clear… learning is not solely dependent upon brain function. A powerful correlation exists between physical development (readiness) and cognitive development (readiness). Many...
Critical Thinking Using Children's Literature

One of the 21st Century Skills our students need to be college and career ready is higher-order thinking. But does building these critical thinking...
Close Reading is Not Guided Reading

Close Reading is often being confused with guided reading. Close reading does not require a before, during and after activity. In fact, a great...

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Popular Articles

Why the U.S. Lags in Math—and What We Can Do About It

There is no arguing with the facts—U.S. students lag behind several countries in student math achievement. For a nation that has been at the...
Reading by Grade 3

An alarming number of children—about 67% nationwide—are not able t...
Developing Literacy Skills across the Content Areas

Close Reading with Teenagers The ability to read ...