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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Mock Trials in the Classroom

A mock trial in the classroom is an effective learning tool to help students develop useful knowledge about the law, questioning techniques, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills.  Good mock trials will also leave student participants with an appreciation of the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in attempting to present all relevant facts and legal arguments and insure ... Read More »

Using Anchor Charts to Make Thinking Visible in the Classroom

Anchor charts build a culture of literacy in the classroom, as teachers and students make thinking visible by recording content, strategies, processes, cues, and guidelines during the learning process.  Students are constantly reminded of prior learning within the classroom when teachers post anchor charts and allow them access to the charts.  The students are able to make connections as new learning happens to ... Read More »

Energizers Help Students and Teachers Get Active In the Classroom

Take a trip to Saturn, get the wiggles out, or hit the deck using Energizers – classroom-based physical activities available on the NC Healthy Schools website. Energizers are short activities that teachers can use anytime, any place in the classroom. A short video introducing Energizer activities is also available. Read More »

Feliz dia de los muertos

The ESL department at North Newton has been following the Global Theme by studying about North America.  For the month of October the students in K-2 read and discussed clothing, location, the people, and celebrations in Mexico.  Each Friday is a culture day where the student make something from the topics covered for the week.  The first week w as sombreros, ... Read More »

Offer Choice Boards in Class!

Choice boards offer students a way to make decisions about what they will do in order to meet class requirements.  You can use choice boards  for a single lesson, a week-long lesson, or even a month-long period of study. Choice boards allow the teacher to provide differentiation in the classroom. In order to create a choice board: Identify the most important ... Read More »

District Benchmark Assessments Begin Next Week

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In an effort to help teachers plan high-quality, strategic lessons, Newton-Conover students who are taking courses with End-of-Grade or End-of-Course tests will be taking district benchmarks this week.  Benchmark data allows teachers to review how students perform on specific standards that have been taught and how well they perform on questions of varying difficulties. Instructional Coaches and site-based administrators review ... Read More »

Test-Taking Know How…Do your kids have it?

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There’s a lot to be said about being prepared for taking a test.  One major part of test preparation is content knowledge.  If students have a deep understanding of the content, we might assume they would do well on an assessment.  Although this seems logical, it is not always true. Sometimes, the way a question is worded or the vocabulary ... Read More »

What’s New in Schoolnet?

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NCDPI recently shared updated information about new resources and test items available in Schoolnet.  Coming soon, over 78,000 new materials will be added from PBS Learning Media and over 10,000 from work completed by the Governor’s Teacher Network. In terms of assessment items, NCDPI has already added over 55,000 K-12 ELA and Math assessment items from Certica Solutions (formerly NWEA) and ... Read More »

North Newton Whiteboard Tables Provide Creativity Outlet

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The North library has recently added whiteboard material to some of the tables.  The 3rd graders used the whiteboards to create a Venn diagram comparing two books they read.  The 4th graders utilized them to take notes while using a database to research North Carolina state symbols for a group social studies assignment. Read More »

Close Reading and Annotation – What Do They REALLY Mean?

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There has been a great deal of buzz around the phrases “close reading” and “annotation” since the Common Core State Standards were introduced a few years ago.  However, these terms have become ambiguous over time, and people really aren’t sure exactly what they really mean in terms of classroom practice.  Help, however, is on the way.  The resources below on ... Read More »