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Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Opportunities abound for teachers to make connections with diverse families.

As we welcome students into our classrooms each year, we are reminded of the important role families play in our students' education. We listen as administrators discuss the importance of community and parental...
Author: Brooke Eisenbach, Summer Clark, Amy Gooden
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Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Make introductory lessons opportunities for higher-level critical thinking.

One of my favorite administrative responsibilities is visiting classrooms and observing lessons. I view those visits and the follow-up conversations with teachers as opportunities to share ideas and expand our...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Students Helping Students Succeed

Students Helping Students Succeed

A student assistant program opens up opportunities for students and teachers.

"So, you're saying you think the length of the pendulum is the most important variable affecting its frequency. Do you have data you can show me that supports this?" A question like that is common in sixth grade...
Author: Douglas Stith
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Forging Partnerships Outside the Classroom

Sometimes teaching can cause tunnel vision. Teachers often look inside their school district, building, or classroom for resources to help their students learn, neglecting the partnerships outside the immediate school...
Author: Robin Dever
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Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Graffiti murals promote comprehension and student voice.

Some see graffiti as vandalism; others see it as a work of art. Urban artists use graffiti to send political messages—as a form of meaning making in the larger society. Indiana University Professor David Hanauer...
Author: Samina Hadi-Tabassum
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Lunchroom Lessons for Leaders

In the midst of a busy morning arrival time, a few middle school students greeted me as I walked through the crowded hallway toward the room in which my meeting was being held. "Sup Dr. W. Are you coming to our...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Differentiating Structure, Not Content

Differentiating Structure, Not Content

Changing the classroom structure can be as effective as differentiating content.

Konawaena Middle School was created as a school within a high school to meet the unique needs of the early adolescents. One of the outstanding features of this school is its commitment to the heterogeneous grouping of...
Author: Guy Gambone
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8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation

The silver bullet for closing the achievement gap these days seems to be formative assessment. In simple terms, formative assessment is any ongoing activity that helps teachers gain information about student...
Author: Bryan R. Drost
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Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Exploring the five plagues of complex text.

One of the most important aspects of teaching literacy in the classroom is text selection, the process by which teachers choose what their students will read. For many teachers, text selection boils down to choosing...
Author: Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, Erica Woolway
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How can I keep students in their seats and focused?

"I get tired of students interrupting instruction to go to the bathroom or to their locker because they 'forgot something.' How can I keep students in their seats and focused—or at least decrease the number of...
Author: Valerie Benjamin
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