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A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students

…learned this strategy when I was a college student from the book Problem-Solving Strategies for Writing by Linda Flower. You use it when you get stuck on a writing task. If you get to a point where you can’t figure out how to say something, just write “What I really mean is…” and continue in whatever language you would use if you were describing the idea to a friend. Establish a Bare-Minimum Goal for Formative Assessment Although he often lets his students take work home to finish, high school English and journalism teacher Gerard Dawson will have his slow-working students…

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16 Ideas for Student Projects Using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

…post. But, as you can imagine, this could quickly become very convoluted and a bit messy. The thought behind using Docs as a student blog is more for writing practice, getting the feel for writing a blog post without doing the real thing… So, if you’re interested in your students truly creating a blog, we highly recommend checking out Edublogs and Kidblog. Hope this helps! Jetshack You might update this post. Google Forms now supports branching which would be much easier to create a “choose your own” adventure type experience. Lee Ann Armbruster Where do I go to find accessibility…

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How to Spot Dyslexia, and What to Do Next

…of early intervention that could make a big difference. Teachers may dismiss reading and writing difficulties as attention problems or the student not being developmentally ready for certain tasks, so the diagnosis is missed or delayed. Dyslexia is Reading or Writing Backwards “Most children when they’re very young write letters backwards, and that is considered appropriate for 4-, 5-, 6-year-olds,” Brooks says. “But dyslexia is not writing backwards. It’s really a difficulty in the phonological component of language, and that means children have difficulty with the sounds in words. We don’t want to just say, oh, my 5-year-old is writing

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Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 1

…students nearly every single time that I began writing anything, anywhere, during class? “Mr. Stricklin! Are you writing MY name down? Are you writing a referral?” Often times, I would simply refuse to answer the question, so they’d follow up with an assumption, “But I wasn’t doing anything!” Once or twice I mentioned that, more often times than not, a student asking me those questions do so out of a sense of guilt, indicating to me that they were aware they were misbehaving, and were trying to weasel out of the consequences. Sometimes, I wasn’t even writing about them. So…

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A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers

writing, what the student excelled at, and what they need to work on for the next iteration. Again, all to be shared through both text and imagery. Yet one more option would be to create a series of mini-one-pagers throughout the year that reflect writing type. So you could teach them the structures of different types of writing and have them create small illustrated versions to put together as a guide for themselves moving forwards. At the end of the year, they’d have a little book illustrating argument writing, opinion writing, compare and contrast, etc. Hope those ideas help! Betsy…

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