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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Set and Keep High Expectations for All Students

Set high expectations that challenge students to be their best. One expectation should be, is that our students do not line up at the door to wait for the bell because we are too busy making them the best!   5 Ways To Set and Keep High Expectations: Be clear and specific about your expectations. Don’t leave gray area and ... Read More »

Three Recommendations for Teaching Middle and High School Students to Write Effectively

Student writing

Recently, there has been a renewed focus on improving the content writing skills of middle and high school students. A new Educator’s Practice Guide was published in November, 2016 by the IES (Institute of Education Sciences) titled Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively. This report presents writing instruction recommendations aligned with several earlier research reports including Writing Next (2007) and Writing to ... Read More »

AIG Support At Your Fingertips

AIG Students in the Makerspace

During our March Instructional Core session, we will be analyzing data on our AIG students’ proficiency and growth across the district to kick off our three month focus on supporting students who have mastered content prior to instruction as well as those who master content more quickly than average students. Teachers across the district have asked for information on how ... Read More »

K-5 Teachers Receive Professional Development Through NT3 Grant

Angie Sigmon & teachers

Newton-Conover is one of two school districts in North Carolina to receive the National Board NT3 Grant.  This two-year grant provides the district with more than $100,000 to improve teachers’ capacity for deeper understanding of quality teaching.  Resources, coaching, professional development opportunities, and learning experiences are all part of the National Board grant.   Currently, we have 14 National Board ... Read More »

Instructional Core Support Document – A Work In Progress

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As we move into second semester, we are concluding our Instructional Core sessions on Introduction to Content and moving into the Differentiated Pathway.  The next several months, we will explore how to address the needs of students who have mastered content or who have demonstrated a strong understanding of content prior to instruction. As you plan lessons or look for ... Read More »

How do you create student buy-in, in your classroom?

Teacher and students

Are your students involved in the decision making processes? Here are six easy ways to create student buy-in: 1. Involve students in the conversation 2. Empower students to make decisions 3. Create agreements 4. Follow-through quickly 5. Reset expectations 6. Praise and reward students for positive behavior When we involve students in our everyday classroom processes, they start to take ... Read More »

Personalized Pathways in an ELA Class

Student reading a textbook taking notes

            Personalized pathways are designed to give students freedom of choice in learning tasks to reach a goal. The basics of a personalized pathways are that students have control of tasks and pace. The teacher serves as a facilitator and regularly meets with students to track progress. After completing two tasks per goal, students take an ... Read More »

3 Essential Communication Skills

Artistic image of two faces as puzzle pieces

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) vary in severity of symptoms, skill level and ability to learn. The result is an increasing need to provide quality education for more and more students. By definition, students with autism spectrum disorders have significant challenges in communication skills. Effective communication is a foundation for successful social interaction and appropriate behavior. Therefore, educational instruction ... Read More »

Strategies to use with Gifted Children

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What do we do with students that are gifted and excel at a faster pace than their peers?  These students need just as much differentiation as those that struggle with the content.    We can’t just let them slide by and put forth little effort, just because they ‘get it’. They need to be challenged to reach their potential.  Click on ... Read More »

New Year, Try a New Collaborative Group Work Protocol

Words: Collaborative Group Work Strategies

CLICK HERE to view a pdf of some potentially “new-to-you” collaborative group work strategies to help your students stay focused while working together.  There are 17 different protocols within this resource… it’s a new year, so pick a new strategy to implement in your classroom in order to improve the effectiveness of your students’ collaborative efforts. Read More »