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High Yield Strategy – Similarities and Differences

Robert Marzano has identified nine instructional strategies that classroom teachers can utilize to improve instruction in the classroom.  Our schools have been focusing on identifying similarities and differences this month which yields a 45 percentile gain in academics.  When working with students on this strategy, the students have to break concepts into similar and different characteristics. There are four effective ... 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 »

October Instructional Core Focus: Essential Questions & Clear Learning Targets

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During the month of October, all schools received a refresher on Essential Questions and Clear Learning Targets.  The goal was to reinforce research-based instructional practices that are already in place to ensure that we have a clear, district-wide understanding of the terms and expectations. Marzano (2005) related that students who understanding what they are learning perform up to 27% higher ... Read More »

Instructional Core Ensures Shared Understanding Among All N-CCS Teachers and Administrators

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During the 2015-16 school year, curriculum leaders, administrators, and the N-CCS Curriculum Council – comprised of teachers from every school – analyzed a variety of data sources and scoured research-based frameworks and strategies to develop a plan to strengthen instruction across the district.  This work resulted in the Newton-Conover City Schools Instructional Core Framework. Over the summer of 2016, members ... Read More »

Membean – Treelist – A Great Vocabulary Resource

Teaching vocabulary to our students can sometimes be a tricky business, but it is something we all must do.  How can we make it interesting?  How can we teach all of the words our students need to know as well as all of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes that go with them?  There are thousands of words and stems!  How ... Read More »

Philosophical Chairs

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Basic Structure: A statement that has two possible responses—agree or disagree—is read out loud. Depending on whether they agree or disagree with this statement, students move to one side of the room or the other. From that spot, students take turns defending their positions. Variations: Often a Philosophical Chairs debate will be based around a text or group of texts students have ... Read More »

2015-16 Classroom Walkthrough Document Now In Use


If you have seen an administrator or director in your classroom tapping an iPad or iPhone, you may have been observed using our 2015-16 K-12 walkthrough tool.  Principals and district staff have been making revisions to the tool over the past month, making suggestions for improvement, and preparing for collaborating in small group walkthroughs to calibrate the tool. So, What are We Looking ... Read More »

Knowledge Rating – A Pre-Assessment Strategy to Support Differentiation

Knowledge Rating Template

This strategy is wonderful to assess what your students know prior to beginning a study of new vocabulary words. Present students with a chart of selected words. Then, students rate themselves on their current knowledge of the word: I know it and can teach someone about it. I have heard this word but am unsure of exactly what it means. ... Read More »

Modeling – The Underrated Instructional Strategy

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I clearly remember assigning a project I had developed to my class.  I was so excited about it!  I just knew that my students were going to amaze me with their creativity and deep understanding.  When the projects came in, I was thoroughly disappointed and wondered, “Why didn’t they get this?”  “How did they misunderstand what I wanted?”  and “Why ... Read More »

Creating an Academic Mindset Among Your Students

We throw lots of lingo around in education.  We use words like “formative assessment,” “growth mindset,” and “academic language.”  We speak in acronyms, and we engage in a lot of professional development on “research-based strategies.”  Teachers, like students, need differentiation.  The Teaching Channel has just compiled a series of 58 videos that address creating an academic mindset among students.  Click ... Read More »