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How to Implement Peer Tutoring in Your Classroom

By |June 19th, 2023|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Peer tutoring is an effective flexible grouping strategy that can be a terrific way to improve your instructional effectiveness, while also improving the sense of community, confidence, and leadership skills of your students. It is important to establish processes, provide support, and plan when choosing your tutor and tutee and it is important to consider several factors when deciding to use this strategy in your classroom. This blog post will provide you with an essential overview of several critical factors, concepts, and strategies to consider when considering peer tutoring for your students.

What is Action Research?

By |October 26th, 2022|Categories: Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Parent Involvement, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In your classroom, you likely have identified specific problems impacting student behavior or performance that needs to be solved in a certain way. You might be utilizing a specific instructional method, assessment, classroom management strategy, or something else as part of your classroom routine to help address the issues you see. Or, you may begin utilizing something new in your classroom that can help make positive changes in your students. But, does it work? Is the selected approach the most effective for your students?

The Four Corners Strategy-A Verbal, Active Method to Check for Understanding

By |May 11th, 2022|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Four Corners Strategy is a simple verbal strategy to help engage your students and improve discussion and discourse. In Four Corners, a question is presented to the class, and students are given time to think about their responses. Students will respond to the question by standing in a designated spot of the room that represents their answer choice. Typically, you allow for each corner of the four corners of your classroom to convey an answer choice. After posing your question, students will reflect on their answer and then move to their designated corner of the room. The Four Corners Strategy is a wonderful way to encourage debate and discourse in the classroom while also visualizing students' differences in ideas. By posing questions that elicit a more open-ended response, you can encourage students to think more critically about the question and their answer and prompt them to justify their choice.

How to Use the Frayer Model in Your Classroom

By |May 10th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , , |

The Frayer Model was designed as a graphic organizer to help students learn the meaning of new vocabulary words. The vocabulary word is placed in the center of the page, and the definition, a picture or characteristic, example, and non-example surround the word in separate boxes. This structure allows for a visual representation of the vocabulary word that students are attempting to learn.

Building ELL-Friendly Writing Prompts

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

The writing process can be challenging for any student, but English Language Learners tend to need increased support and careful lesson planning by their teachers for the best success in class. English grammar differs greatly from grammar constructs of other languages, and some of our common writing structures, such as a topic sentence followed by supporting details for an organized paragraph, may be unfamiliar to them. ELL students also typically have a limited English vocabulary, making it challenging to write their thoughts. Children need to comprehend many components of the writing process, including the written prompt, the piece they are responding to, or other tasks and instructions. These challenges can lead to great frustration for some students, which can even manifest as a lack of motivation. This blog article will present some considerations for designing ELL-friendly writing prompts to help set your students up for success throughout the writing process.

Reverse Brainstorming: A Method to Build Creativity in Your Classroom

By |February 12th, 2022|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies, The Arts|Tags: , , , , |

Our educational system is not always constructed to best support creativity. Consider the countless hours students spend studying facts, reciting definitions, or learning how to solve math problems using provided formulas. Creativity may sometimes take the backburner in a lesson when important concepts must first be taught. But creativity in instruction is not an all-or-nothing focus. Just as we need to make sure that students are learning the foundational knowledge and skills within each lesson objective, we also need to make sure that students can use those concepts and apply them creatively through experiences and activities. Often, we see students thrive most when they are provided with opportunities to apply concepts, stretch their thinking, and complete tasks “outside of the box.” Sometimes, though, this can be difficult for students. While some students have a natural, innate ability to use their creativity in meaningful ways, others may struggle with expressing creativity. But this does not mean they can’t improve! In fact, most researchers agree that creativity can be practiced like a skill and improved. Though there are many types of creative expression, one specific kind is called divergent thinking. It is a creative process that can easily be implemented into classroom activities across content areas.

Using Word Banks as a Simple Tool to Support ELL Vocabulary Understanding

By |October 13th, 2021|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Reading/ELA Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

This article provides you with one of many simple methods you can implement to help support ELL Vocabulary Understanding. By providing students with prompts and a word bank, you can help reinforce important vocabulary words within your content lesson to ensure you have multiple layers of support for your ELL students. This short article is an excerpt from our Simple ELL Vocabulary Strategies quick course, which provides additional ideas for vocabulary support.

Three Examples of Incorporating Technology into the Classroom Using the SAMR Model

By |June 28th, 2021|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , , , |

As technology becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, we begin to see its benefits in the classroom as well. When used purposefully, technology can truly transform the learning experience for both students and teachers. After reading this article, you will be familiar with the SAMR model of technology integration and how to implement technology at each level in order to transform your students’ learning experience.

Flipping the Classroom Script: Flipped Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Learning

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , |

Many of us have heard the term “flipped classroom”, and especially as technology is becoming increasingly a part of education, more and more educators find themselves trying the strategies involved in “flipping” a classroom. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about true flipped learning, and oftentimes, educators are not utilizing the strategy to its full potential.

Differentiation in the Classroom: Content, Process, or Product?

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

When we hear the term differentiation, we often think of helping students with learning difficulties by providing students the right support so that they can be successful at high levels in the classroom. This is the most common practice, but differentiation can mean so much more! Learn some common strategies for differentiating the content you teach, the process by which your students learn, and the products they complete to demonstrate their knowledge.

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