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Take-Away Tips

Take-Away Tips

Better Classroom Conversations

Here are some guidelines and conversation starters you can use in the classroom. 1. Share Thinking “I believe that ________ because ________.” “This reminds me of ________ because ________.” “Overall, I think that ________.” “My point is ________.” “A question I have is ________.” “I wonder why ________.” 2. Ask For Evidence “Can you give me an example?“ “Why do you say that?“ “Show me.“ “Like what?“ “What’s your evidence?“ “How do you...

Use the resources below to identify & apply for funding for PreK–12 programs & services. 1. Tap Social Media/Crowdfunding DonorsChoose  http://www.donorschoose.org How to Increase Your DonorsChoose Results https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/sections/200396048-Fundraising-tips https://www.pledgecents.com/steps-to-success DonorsChoose Special Request Process http://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/201936906 Other Crowdfunding Options http://www.good360.org/ http://adoptaclassroom.com/ http://www.modestneeds.org/ http://pledgecents.com/ http://kickstarter.com/ http://gofundme.com/ http://www.rockethub.com/education/launch https://www.edutopia.org/crowdfunding-fundraising-resource-guide 2. Start Small with Private Funders McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation https://mccartheydressman.org/teacher-development-grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation (Application Info) http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/pages/grant_programs.aspx#ylg Dollar General Literacy Foundation Eligibility Req’s http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/pages/about_us.aspx The NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/ 3. Resources & Information Are as Valuable as the...

Here are some guidelines and conversation starters you can use in the classroom. Point to data that shows effort. “Ten minutes ago you were on #7, and now you are on #9. That’s because you made an effort.” Give feedback as information, and use it to develop options. Don’t judge. “I see you are still on the same page as when...

Introduce Physical Readiness Activities into Transitions

The research is clear… learning is not solely dependent upon brain function. A powerful correlation exists between physical development (readiness) and cognitive development (readiness). Many of our youngest struggling learners need daily strengthening of core muscles, balance, sense of self in space, and crossing the midline. Integrate essential physical readiness activities into your daily routine. Place sets of left-right handprints...

Using Singapore Math to Decompose CCSS

When decomposing the Common Core State Standards, consider making a trifold piece of paper that includes the standard at the top of the paper and in C (concrete), P (pictorial), and A (abstract) at the top of each column. Then, brainstorm all the ways you and/or your colleagues know how to teach the standard through the Singapore Math lens...

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