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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Personalized Pathways in an ELA Class

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            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

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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

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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 »

Creating a Reinforcing Environment

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Just Love Them This isn’t behavioral. You can’t set up a checklist for how to achieve this. You can’t buy a product for this on TpT. But at the end of the day the most important thing is that you love them. They are your kids. Protect them, advocate for them, and always have their best interest at heart. If ... Read More »

8 Classroom Strategies for students with disabilities (SWD) and the benefits for ALL students

Provide one step directions. SWD may process information slower, have difficulty remembering and prioritizing. How it helps all students: Everyone has days when distractions (from home or school) and forgetfulness are just the name of the game. Provide visuals, and lots of them. How it helps SWD: SWD need multi-sensory instruction to engage left and right brain activity. Provide visual, auditory, ... Read More »

Guess Who?? Cards

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What do you do when there are five minutes left in class? One quick activities is “Guess Who?” cards. Give each student a recipe card and have her write about ten facts about herself. This can include favorites such as food, color or television show, or any other interesting facts. I like to do some brainstorming on the whiteboard about ... Read More »

Teaching Vocabulary with the STAR Strategy

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Teaching vocabulary is a skill that all teachers face each year.   One method to help teachers plan their vocabulary instruction is the STAR(Select, Teach, Activate, Revisit) strategy. Teachers can follow the method below to begin planning lessons to address vocabulary needs.   SELECT Choose appropriate content words. Focus on words essential to understanding of the text. Draw a story ... Read More »

See your RtI Chairperson!

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Data is the key to ensuring our students’ success! One literacy assessment that can assess “multiple measures” is the CORE Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures. The assessments can be used as screeners, diagnostic, and progress monitoring tools. While there are a number of assessments, decoding, fluency, and comprehension instructional levels can be determined with specific assessments. If students score at the strategic or intensive levels on the Core Phonics Inventory, the student ... Read More »

Little Known Facts about the ACT

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The ACT is a required test for all North Carolina juniors.  The test is given free of charge during March of the junior year.  This college entrance exam is important in that a student’s score helps eligibility for entrance to specific colleges and universities.  The test is comprised of four required sections:  English, Math, Reading, and Science.  A writing section ... Read More »