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Cooperative Writing-An Engaging Paired Writing Strategy

By |2022-06-20T11:28:49-05:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Special Education, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , |

Cooperative Writing is a paired activity where two students complete a writing task together. Cooperative Writing can be an excellent support strategy for struggling students, students with special needs, or English Language Learners (ELLs), because it can be an opportunity for stronger writers to help their peers who might struggle with writing. For example, ELLs can learn new vocabulary from native English speakers and improve their speaking skills as they communicate together about the given topic. Or, advanced students can coach each other on ideas for providing additional detail within their sentences. Students can share ideas and collaborate verbally on the writing before drafting, which takes some pressure off the more struggling writer. It can also help to build the confidence of both students, encourage the growth of social skills, and help to improve the sense of classroom community. It's a simple, fun activity for students that maintain engagement throughout your lesson.

The Marble Jar Reward System as an Extrinsic Positive Behavior Reinforcer

By |2022-05-23T14:18:13-05:00May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Classroom management involves strong routines and procedures, setting clear expectations within the classroom, assigning appropriate behavior-aligned consequences, and methods for motivating students to meet expectations. When the teacher rewards behaviors, that is extrinsic motivation. A student who experiences extrinsic motivation will follow instructions, complete a task, or meet other requirements to receive a specific reward. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation occurs when a student has an internal desire to complete a task to receive some internal reward- like satisfaction, pleasure, or happiness. Teachers must juggle a tricky balance of providing some extrinsic motivators to teach students basic and simple behavioral expectations or tasks but must also create a learning environment that heavily favors intrinsic motivation to develop children into individuals that will work hard and persevere based solely on internal rewards.

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

By |2022-05-11T14:47:49-05:00May 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 |2022-05-11T12:03:29-05:00May 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.

The Student Response System as an Effective Verbal Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |2022-04-12T08:20:28-05:00April 12th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Math Instruction, Reading/ELA Instruction, Science Instruction, Special Education, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

A simple verbal strategy to check for student understanding throughout your lesson is the Student Response System and is the focus of this article. This strategy presents questioning prompts in multiple-choice or true-false format for students to answer in real-time. Students will respond to the prompts using pre-made cards with A, B, C, D, True, False, or other information to indicate their selection of an answer choice displayed on the board. The student response system can be prepared easily by cutting out printed cards, laminating them, and making them available to each student in your classroom. If you have it available at your school, there are also electronic versions of this student response system, commonly known as Clickers. Physical devices may be available for use at your school, or you may have an app or website that you can access to employ an online student response system.

Simultaneous Oral Spelling (SOS): A Simple Method to Support and Improve Spelling

By |2022-04-06T13:55:43-05:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Reading/ELA Instruction, Special Education, Teaching Strategies, Uncategorized, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , , |

Multi-sensory structured teaching involves the use of visual (language we see), auditory (language we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (language we feel) tools that can enhance student learning of language. When students struggle with a language-based skill, for example, children with dyslexia that may struggle with reading, teaching in multi-sensory ways can help improve a child’s skillset in certain areas. For students who struggle with spelling due to dyslexia, ADHD, an auditory or visual processing disability, or other unknown issues, multi-sensory approaches to teaching the phonological skills underlying spelling work can help improve student outcomes. This blog article will teach one method to help students improve their spelling, regardless of the cause of the spelling issue.

Reverse Brainstorming: A Method to Build Creativity in Your Classroom

By |2022-02-14T15:53:35-06:00February 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.

Understanding Grouping Considerations for English Language Learners

By |2021-11-19T11:11:50-06:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

English Language Learners (ELLs) benefit from activities in your classroom that can help them both interact with the lesson content and improve their English Language proficiency. How you group your students in your classroom can impact the success of your ELLs throughout your school year, because your grouping strategy can help you better plan the right supports for your ELLs. This short article will present you with grouping considerations as you plan lessons and activities with your English Language Learners in mind.

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

By |2021-10-13T15:10:35-05:00October 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 |2021-10-14T08:25:24-05:00June 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.

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