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Creating a Reinforcing Environment

Quote: Students who are loved at home come to school to learn...

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 »

Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension Through Cloze Activities

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The Cloze Procedure features a passage from text that contains blanks where words are deliberately omitted.  It is designed to measure a student’s comprehension, but may also be used to activate prior knowledge about a topic.  To create a Cloze Activity, choose a passage of text and delete words based on a word count formula, such as every 5th word.  ... Read More »

Anticipatory Sets – Preparing Students for Content

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The November Instructional Core focus in Newton-Conover is Anticipatory Sets. Anticipatory Sets are…   Designed to engage students’ attention at the beginning of class/unit Often called the “hook” Serves as a focus for the day or the entire unit Reappears later in the lesson   Learn more about Anticipatory Sets by accessing the NCCS Anticipatory Sets Support Document. Read More »

Accountable Talk in the Classroom

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Accountable Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning.  Not all talk sustains learning.  In order for classroom talk to promote learning, it must be accountable to the learning community. Teachers can use accountable talk sentence stems at any point in a lesson to structure meaningful conversation. Examples of when to use accountable talk are below: Before ... Read More »

Learning From Error Analysis in Math

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Everyone makes mistakes! Many times these mistakes lead to important discoveries.   It is critical for teachers to pay attention to the errors that occur in the work of their students. One strategy teachers can use within the classroom is error analysis.  Error analysis helps teachers identify which steps the student can perform correctly in math and what specific errors ... Read More »