3 weeks 6 days ago
Kathleen is an intervention teacher in Pinellas County, Florida. She and her colleagues have been strategically providing interventions to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Data analysis revealed some students required explicit instruction and practice with phonics and word study instruction. They grappled with ways to provide this support. Their questions and wonderings led them to explore the... (1)
7 weeks 3 days ago
Whew…the end of the 2013–2014 school year is in sight! Time for us all to catch our breath and celebrate all that our students have accomplished this year. This is also a time for reflection on our teaching and a time for thinking ahead towards the new school year. Because, we all know, teaching is a full-year commitment that goes well beyond our contracted student time. So as we...
9 weeks 3 days ago
Supporting teacher learning from year one to year two of implementation has sparked many invigorating conversations. We notice that the first year of an implementation primarily focuses on the teacher learning of the program, materials, and shifts in pedagogy. As teachers become familiar with using the SIPPS program, the focus can then shift from teacher practice to student learning. Below are... (1)
10 weeks 5 days ago
In the last SIPPS tip, I shared ideas to strengthen students’ transfer of letter-sound knowledge. In this post, I tackle the issue of sight words. In my experience with my own readers, I find that some students possess strong phonics skills but struggle to learn sight words. In some cases, my students can correctly recall the word but lack automaticity. In other cases, my students simply... (5)
11 weeks 5 days ago
When first using SIPPS lessons with my readers, my focus and attention went to logistical considerations such as grouping decisions, materials organization, and learning the prompts and cues so that my lessons were fluid and well-paced. After this “settling in” period, most of my questions and reflections focused on one essential question: Are my students transferring the skills they...
14 weeks 6 days ago
A common SIPPS question is: Where do the sight words come from? SIPPS Beginning The sight words in SIPPS Beginning Level were carefully selected from the 1,000 most frequent words in school material compiled by Carroll, Davies, and Richman (American Heritage Word Frequency Book, 1971). Beginning Level sight words include both irregularly spelled words and very high-frequency regularly spelled...
15 weeks 4 days ago
Facilitating choral student responses throughout all aspects of a SIPPS lesson is critical to student success. Sounds easy enough, right? While it is easy to say, if you are like me, perhaps you have encountered some difficulties in generating choral responses. Before sharing some tips, let’s take a moment to consider the rationale for choral responses. The SIPPS instructional routines are...
18 weeks 4 days ago
The DSC IT Team is constantly compiling data and gathering questions from teachers who are using SIPPS in the classroom.   As a result of your feedback, we have updated the SIPPS Assessment Tool App to address your concerns.   Updates to get excited about: Student progress chart Student detail page Group detail page   Added feature:  Print reports option for iPad and Galaxy... (1)
18 weeks 6 days ago
In earlier posts, I shared some ideas about organizing general lesson resources in student folders and ideas for using the general guided spelling page during daily lessons, but what about ideas for organizing lesson-specific pages? I like to print the lesson-specific resources prior to the week that I anticipate using them. I place these printed resources into sheet protectors and then organize... (2)
21 weeks 4 days ago
The SIPPS 3rd edition* includes so many wonderful print resources to support the teaching of daily lessons. These resources are housed on the DSC Learning Hub where they are sorted into general lesson resources and lesson specific resources. Some of the general resources include sight word dictionary pages, family letters, sound-spelling cards, mastery tests and the guided spelling page. Another...
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