Making Inferences: 5 Classroom-Ready Activities
Making Inferences: 5 Classroom-Ready Activities

You've made the learning objectives clear. You've provided the necessary materials. You've given explicit directions, and you've asked students to repeat these directions. Twenty-three students get to work, but almost inevitably, there's one who asks, "Wait, what's going on?" On the plus side, at least that student was aware of being...

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3 Ideas for Teaching Students Struggling with Reading to Use Metacognition

Teachers help students struggling with reading by identifying areas of need, demonstrating strategies, and providing opportunities to practice new skills. But what if the key to helping students find the answers actually lies in teaching them to ask the right questions? Metacognition, defined as “thinking about thinking,” engages students as...

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Showing Up to Learn: The Effect of Chronic Absenteeism on Literacy Development
Showing Up to Learn: The Effect of Chronic Absenteeism on Literacy Development

As educators, we know the importance of creating and delivering high-quality instruction for maximizing student achievement. In K–12 literacy programs, providing a strong curriculum and assessments for students is an essential component of skill development and meeting expectations of standardized tests. But what happens when, despite all of this preparation,...

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