This new one-week unit is designed to help support your teaching and to develop students' social-emotional skills in order to engage in an open and supportive classroom community. These first class periods are important to establish classroom norms and an inclusive environment where students honor and value differing perspectives, question assumptions, and actively listen to others.
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Research-based instruction strategies can help educators reach all of their students regardless of the differences among them. Not only do these strategies offer proven evidence for what does and doesn’t work, but they also propose ideas and tactics that educators may have never even thought of implementing in their classroom.
We’ve compiled a list of research-based methods for maximizing literacy instruction. Check out the links below for ways to improve the reading experience of our students:
Texts (and videos!) for ELA, Science, and Social Studies with scaffolds and higher-order questionsFind what you teach and great texts & videos to pair with it. Or add anything you like.
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In this activity, you will use a computer model to observe population explosions.
Can populations go out of control?
A population is a collection of individual organisms that can interbreed, such as a single species of gray squirrels or a species of dandelion.
In the natural world, such populations of animals and plants increase and decrease with changing environmental conditions. Over time, however, many populations are relatively stable. They don’t grow forever, and they don’t disappear.
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...But in no subject area is this balancing act more difficult today than in social studies, where teachers and schools face a series of pitfalls that reflect both large curricular shifts and the challenge of unpacking current events.
Click in the link below, to explore some of these common pitfalls, why they emerged, and how school and district leaders and teachers can identify and address them.
The discomfort zone us a place where educators and students are empowered to learn into complex topics, such as race and LGBT issues, to achieve better outcomes.
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The field of education has gained a growing appreciation of the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) on the academic lives of students. After all, learning is social (Vygotsky, 1978). Students and teachers are humans in the company of other humans, and the interactions they have with each other can fuel or inhibit. Bandura (1977) taught us that one’s internal emotional life has a profound influence on our sense of agency and identity, which he termed self-efficacy. SEL, which emphasizes skills related to collaboration and self-efficacy, as well as self-regulation, goal setting, and communication, have evolved since early efforts in character education and other values-directed approaches.
Science is taking on a greater role in helping students learn strategies for reading nonfiction texts. In the process, students are becoming more skilled in their ability to understand the text and the scientific content within it. Teaching nonfiction reading strategies helps students get more information out of a text and supports them in gaining skills that they will benefit from throughout the school year and beyond.
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Critical Media Literacy Media literacy teaches learners how to access, evaluate, and produce media. Critical media literacy expands this by encouraging learners to define relationships of power and question social norms. Because youths are often unaware of the influence of media on their psyche, it becomes even more significant that educators utilize critical pedagogical approaches to aid learners in becoming critically conscious (Kellner, 2000; Yosso, 2002). It is important that literacy instruction supports learners’ ability to read myriad texts, in addition to how to read the world they live in as text. In a media saturated society, where youths are educated daily by and through the media they engage with, critical media literacy becomes a significant and impactful way to create critical consumers and critical producers and promote critical thinking
The Importance of task persistence
By Jenny Nordman
Students need to know that it is all right occasionally to become frustrated or discourage when reading. However, they also need to know how to encourage themselves to persists when this happens.
Continue reading this article to learn about strategies to increase reading persistance.
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How to Make a Quiz Work Harder for You.
When you give a test or quiz, do you basically just grade it, give it back to students, go over the answers, then move on? If you don’t do anything else with the information, if you don’t look carefully at how students answer your test questions, you’re missing a BIG opportunity.www.cultofpedagogy.com/aggregate-test-scores/
To be literate, you must be able to not only read and write, but also speak and listen. “Literacy practices support learners by enabling them to grapple with ideas, share their thoughts, enrich understanding, and solve problems” (Krajcik and Sutherland 2010). This column describes numerous literacy practices that can help students master science vocabulary and have in-depth conversations about science topics.
The ideas students bring to class and their perspectives on what is happening in the classroom change constantly. Keeping track of these changes is useful for adapting lessons, nurturing student self-reflection, increasing student ownership of learning, and building a teaching practice responsive to learners’ needs. In this article, we discuss how a simple formative assessment tool—exit tickets—can be used to help teachers do this work.
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