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Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

NCCS Teachers and Leaders to Offer Paideia Seminar Opportunity

Image of students engaged in a Socratic seminar

Paideia seminar is a dynamic process of thoughtful dialogue that is structured for collaborative thinking among students to enhance individual and collective understanding of a rigorous text.  Paideia teachers change lives by teaching students how to think critically and creatively.  The Paideia approach is designed to improve students’ reading, speaking and listening, and writing skills.   This PD will provide classroom ... Read More »

5-3-1 Summary Strategy

Are you looking for a way to encourage your students with summarizing information from text?  The 5-3-1 strategy allows students to work independently, in pairs, as well as with a group to share their thoughts and ideas surrounding specific topics. 5-3-1 strategy 1. On their own, students think of 5 words or phrases related to what they learned (ex. from ... Read More »

The Frayer Model for Teaching Vocabulary

Frayer with directions

The Frayer Model has been a common research-based vocabulary graphic organizer that has helped students make sense of vocabulary for years.  Using a Frayer Model increases depth of understanding of word knowledge as well as encourages students to think critically about vocabulary.  Teachers can modify the categories to add additional challenge or to increase rigor.  Check out this resource on ... Read More »

Teaching Tolerance – Fostering Empathy and Understanding in Our Students

Teaching Tolerance Logo

We hear a lot today about teaching kids skills such as grit, empathy, and integrity.  Unfortunately, these skills aren’t overtly labeled in any curriculum we teach, but as educators, it is our job not only to teach content but also teach skills that help our students develop into quality human beings.  One site that can help our students understand the ... Read More »

Argument Writing Components

The first standard of the Common Core Writing Standards is devoted to argument writing. Sometimes argument writing seems very similar to informational writing (Common Core Writing Standard #2). They both incorporate information, and they have similar basic text structures: They must begin with an introduction that states the topic and end with a conclusion. However, their aims are different and ... Read More »

Deeper Classroom Discussions

students in a circle

We know them, the students who LOVE to participate in collaborative discussions.  They seem to constantly have something to add to the conversation.  These kids keep our classes lively and keep teachers on their toes!  We also have those other students who, during class discussions, rarely speak up – preferring instead to listen. However, if directly asked a question, often ... Read More »

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 »