In the Classroom

Using Art to Inspire New Ways of Thinking and Learning
Thursday, August 9, 2018

In October 2016, an unusual mural went up on an outside wall at P.S. 11 in Brooklyn, New York. When artist Steve Powers put paint to brick at this neighborhood elementary school, the result was a vivid scene full of letters, color, and pictures, with the word “WRITE” spelled out...

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In the Classroom: Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)
Monday, July 9, 2018
Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)

How long can you stay focused? According to researchers, nobody is immune to the occasional daydream. In fact, many of us know all too well how difficult it can be to rein in our imaginations and pay attention to the task at hand. It may come as a surprise that...

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How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills

In an article in the February 2017 issue of the Educational Leadership journal, California teacher and author Kelly Gallagher made a straightforward declaration: “Wide swaths of students are not developing their writing skills.” Gallagher, who works with high school students, based this conclusion on workshop sessions he has held with...

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Context Clues: 5 Fun Activities to Boost Vocabulary Development
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Context Clues: 5 Fun Activities to Boost Vocabulary Development

In an effort to build students' academic language, educators are incorporating increasingly complex texts into their lesson plans. With College and Career Readiness standards emphasizing the acquisition and use of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, students are encouraged to find the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary by choosing flexibly...

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How to Boost Adolescent Literacy: Tap into Student Interest
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Boosting Adolescent Literacy By Tapping Student Interest

Many students today lack essential literacy skills. Indeed, a panel of education experts gathered by the group All About Adolescent Literacy noted that many students—especially those in high-poverty schools—reach high school with underdeveloped reading skills. These students can often read words, but lack the ability to adequately comprehend more advanced,...

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In the Classroom: 10 Activities for Matching Sounds and Letters
Thursday, April 12, 2018
In the Classroom: 10 Activities for Matching Sounds and Letters

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “cracking the code.” Applied to reading, this means learning to match the various speech sounds of oral language to their corresponding letters in written language. The ability to associate sounds with letters is an essential early phonics skill learned through explicit teaching and practice…...

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4 Things to Consider When Reaching for Grit, Growth Mindset
Thursday, February 8, 2018
4 Things to Consider When Reaching for Grit, Growth Mindset

You can’t go far without stumbling across an article about the importance of having and instilling a growth mindset or its now-frequent companion, grit. Although the idea of a growth mindset—an understanding that effort and persistence count for a lot—was initially applied within education circles, it has since spread into...

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Social Emotional Learning is Here—Now What?
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Social Emotional Learning is Here—Now What?

When the federal No Child Left Behind law was enacted in 2002, a new era of test-based accountability took root in the nation’s public schools. This meant high school students and students in grades 3 through 8 were tested annually in an effort to ensure they were "proficient" according to...

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