In Praise of Think-Pair-Share
Celebrating Think-Pair-Share, the Little Strategy That Could, and sharing some best practices for making it work for you.
When We All Teach Text Structures, Everyone Wins
Teachers of history, science, and other subjects are now expected to weave literacy instruction into their teaching of content. But how should they do that? What are the most effective ways to help students learn to read challenging content-area texts?
Your child has nightly reading homework. What should YOU be doing?
Your child has been assigned to read every night for homework. As a parent or caregiver, what should you be doing to make sure this reading benefits the child the most?
Summer 2014 Book Study: Understanding by Design
The first installment of our study of Wiggins & McTighe’s book Understanding by Design.
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One will change the way you look at technology. The other will change the way you look at planning. Either way, your paradigms are about to get shifted. Big time.
Mind’s Eye: A Pre-Reading Strategy
Some texts are just hard for students to get into. The Mind’s Eye strategy tackles that problem head on: It grabs students’ attention before they ever read a single word and creates a mystery that can only be solved by reading the text.
Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?
“Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no one had marked them wrong. What’s the deal? Why don’t teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?”
Know Your Terms: Nonlinguistic Representation
If you’ve ever heard a guy stop in the middle of an explanation and say, “Hold on, let me draw you a picture,” that dude is fixing to serve you a heaping plate of nonlinguistic representation.