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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...

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Popular Articles

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Teachers Know Best

The Common Core State Standards are arguably one of the most important educational initiatives in decades. Yet even the most brilliant reform will be...
SDE Model Drawing: Could It Be the Missing Link in Your Math Instruction

In the United States, students are typically taught a variety of ways ...
Can Existing Lessons Fit the Common Core?

Rigor is being discussed in schools and districts across the country m...