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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Capture Your Thoughts

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If you are looking for a new formative way to allow students to summarize their learning, try Capturing Your Thoughts.  This tool allows you to capture students’ thoughts on four elements of your content of your choice. Use the template linked below to provide students an opportunity to respond to a passage, answer the Essential Question, list most important elements ... Read More »

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core


The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has long been revered across our nation as a leader in education. If you are searching for resources to implement the Common Core State Standards, EduCore may help.   EduCore provides current, relevant, evidence-based tools, and professional development to smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. Check out ... Read More »

Common Core State Standards and ELL Students


Have you ever wondered how to ensure that your ELL students are learning both language and content standards during your instructional lessons?  Now you can find the information in the WIDA bulletin.  The WIDA bulletin provides guidance for teachers of English Language Arts who are implementing the Common Core State Standards.  The new standards expect students to develop more complex ... Read More »

Whole-Brain Teaching


Chris Biffle introduced Power Teaching several years ago.  Since that time, the name has changed, but the concept remains the same:  engage students orally, kinesthetically, and holistically by allowing them an opportunity to be constantly part of the action in the classroom.  Watch this introductory video of Chris Biffle modeling how to use Whole-Brain Teaching with students.  YouTube is full ... Read More »

Training the Student’s Brain for the Common Core


Did you ever think that our students in the classroom would need to have their brains trained in order to be able to comprehend the curriculum?  Well, according to Margaret Glick there are four important methods to train the students’ brains.  Read more to find out about the methods.   How to train students’ brains for the Common Core By ... Read More »

Classroom Teaching Strategies for Active Student Engagement


Have you ever wondered how do you keep your students actively engaged in your classroom?  There are many ways to keep your students attention and to ensure that they remain on task throughout your instructional lessons.  Below you will find a few techniques to add to your “Teacher Toolbox” to help you maintain active engagement in your classroom. Strategy No. ... Read More »

Predict-O-Gram: A Vocabulary Strategy for Pre-Assessment


Looking for a new way to introduce a concept, unit, or theme?  Provide students with a list of terms, vocabulary words, or concepts found in an upcoming reading. For example, if the students were preparing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the teacher might share the following terms: depression, segregation, jury, trial, South, Alabama, lawyer, racial segregation, kids, jail, ... Read More »

Pre-Assessment Strategy: Brain Dump

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Whether you need a pre-assessment or quick focus and review, Brain Dump will provide you with information about how much information your students know or have retained about a specific concept or topic. Ask students to either dump all information they know on a sheet of paper or orally with a partner or group. Ask students to share information with the group ... Read More »

Two-Minute Tuesdays

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Leah Hayes, the 2013 Teacher of the Year at South Newton Elementary School, recently shared one of her best strategies for connecting with parents.  Her strategy:  Two -Minute Tuesdays. My best relationship building tool is “Two Minute Tuesday.” Each Tuesday that we are in school, unless someone in my house is sick, I send each parent a text message or an E-mail sharing ... Read More »

Creating Quality Clear Learning Targets

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To what extent do students understand what they are supposed to learn in your class? How do you know?  These questions provide food for thought as to how we share our knowledge with our students. Often times, we make assumptions that students know what we want them to learn. Clear Learning Targets provide one method that we can use to ... Read More »