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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Strategies for Providing Enrichment Opportunities to Advanced Learners

Students and teacher

The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered or can quickly master the basic curriculum.  Enrichment gives students more time to study concepts with greater depth, breadth, and complexity.  Enrichment also provides opportunities for students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths. Here are some general ... Read More »

PLCs in Action


Professional Learning Communities are very important in Newton Conover City Schools.  According to Wenger, McDermott, & Synder, 2002, a PLC is  “…a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or passion about a topic, who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.”  The teachers in Newton Conover work together ... Read More »

Learning Has No Limits!

Image of a person jumping up in the air with a sunset in the background

At North Newton, the theme for this year is “Learning Without Limits.” I am sure that all staff members who attended the convocation this year also have that same desire for their students. Educators can serve as the lens through which students see their own futures. The only way their futures are going to look bright is to not place ... Read More »

Get to Know Your Students Before You Get to Know Your Students

EVAAS Log in Page

Yes, you read that correctly.  EVAAS Custom Student Reports allow you to get to know your student before you actually meet them.  If you are interested in reviewing your students’ previous testing history and projected performance on future assessments, just create a Custom Student Report in EVAAS.  This handout provides step by step instructions on how to pull your students ... Read More »

Instructional Core – Year 2: What to Expect

NCCS Instructional Core Framework

On Tuesday, August 22, teachers across the district had an opportunity to dig into a preview of our Instructional Core work over the 17-18 school year.  We began with an emphasis on Growth Mindset and discussed how we can approach our own learning as well as student learning through a growth mindset lens.  Hopefully, you were able to wipe the ... Read More »

National Board Certification – Do you have questions?

National Board Certified Teachers

During our convocation Wednesday, we recognized our National Board Certified Teachers and shared our district desire that all of our teachers would aspire to be NBCTs.  Several teachers have reached out to learn more.  Here’s how you can… Take part in our district-wide National Board Support Sessions.  Even if you are on the fence, come and learn more. Meetings will ... Read More »

Be Consistent – Classroom Management

picture of words classroom management

Classroom Management can be a nightmare for some teachers.  So, begin your year with expectations and remain consistent!  Even though many believe that students do not like to have order in the classroom, they really do! Students have a desire to know  the teacher’s expectations and they will rise to those expectations. How do you create your classroom management system? ... Read More »

What is SIOP?

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SIOP (The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) is a model used to address the academic needs of English Language Learners.  However, the model is effective for all learners.  This SIOP model consists of eight components including lesson preparation, building background, comprehensible input, strategies, interaction, practice/application, lesson delivery, and review & assessment. Learn more about SIOP and the eight areas by clicking here. ... Read More »

Review to Escape the Room

4th graders that saved all of the zoo animals

With the E.O.Gs around the corner, we have been reviewing concepts with Escape the Room type questions created by Teresa Kwant. The students have to solve common core questions and in order in to save zoo animals, capture monsters, and other amazing tasks. The students have had a great time trying to Escape the Room. The group below captured all ... Read More »

Doing a Breakout on a Dollar Tree Budget!

breakout box

Using Breakouts are all the rage right now with teachers and students. A Breakout kit allows students to use teamwork and critical thinking skills to solve challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box. Teachers are coming up with all sorts of creative ways to use this engaging resource in the classroom. The problem is that one Breakout EDU kits ... Read More »