Teaching Tips

1 year 50 weeks ago
from Sue Wilder
When taught in conjunction, the lessons in the Making Meaning, Making Meaning Vocabulary, and Being a Writer programs provide students at each grade level K–5 with the instruction needed to meet the outcomes of most of the Common Core State Standards. When students read during Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) and write during writing time, they get the practice they need to...
2 years 4 days ago
Thinking about an activity to highlight the BIG picture for your staff? Try a CHALK TALK. I was recently at an elementary school for a faculty meeting designed to get the teachers thinking about the bigger picture—curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In my district we have Lifelong Learner Standards that teachers are charged with incorporating into their daily instruction. The standards...
2 years 5 days ago
from Sue Wilder
As you begin the school year, it will be important for you to read the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) documents and pay close attention to the portrait of students who are college- and career-ready as well as to the anchor standards. Review your grade-level standards along with those that come before and after so that you understand the spiral design of the standards and what the expectations...
2 years 3 weeks ago
Welcome back to school! As you begin to plan for the new year, we wanted to let you know that we are here to support you in implementing DSC’s programs. Check out these free resources: Explore Our Online CoursesOur online courses are designed to help you understand the pedagogical approach of our programs, launch the programs, and implement them with fidelity. These courses are interactive...
2 years 4 weeks ago
Learning together: one of the best parts about being an educator is the opportunity to learn from other educators, to hear about what is working, what they are struggling with, and to wonder about how to support our teaching practice in order to better meet the needs of our students. One way that we were able to do this at DSC last school year was through the DSC Support Network Newsletter. This...
2 years 12 weeks ago
It's the end of the school year and your students have had 9 months of making friends and learning to get along with and respect each other. Now is the perfect time to hold an activity where that community is expressed with something the students can take home for summer vacation. Try this activity, adapted from our Caring School Community Class Meetings "Appreciation Cards"... (2)
2 years 12 weeks ago
Your students have spent all year reading books and learning comprehension strategies. The end of the year is the perfect time for them to reinforce those skills by revisiting a favorite book from the year. Try this lesson, adapted from the Making Meaning Teacher's Manual for grade 3. In this lesson, each student recommends a book to the class for summer reading. Prior to the lesson,...
2 years 14 weeks ago
Earlier this week I was in Las Vegas working with a cohort of teachers who are a part of a writing research project that their district and I have partnered on. (The teachers in this cohort are all using Being a Writer). I always learn so much from these teachers’ work and Monday, our last meeting of this year, was no different. The meeting was on writing assessment—always a hot topic... (1)
2 years 15 weeks ago
I have been in several different states over the past couple of months facilitating work around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I have been surprised at how different states take very different approaches to implementing the CCSS. Here are just a few examples:   Maryland   Maryland is in the process of developing a new Maryland Common Core Curriculum Framework. This will be... (2)
2 years 16 weeks ago
Have you found Class Meeting topics emerging in your class that don’t quite fit those found in the program? Perhaps you—like many teachers we know—are modifying the content of a problem-solving meeting to suit the needs of your class.  One teacher I know held a meeting about the problem of “Fake Friends” (students talking about each other behind their backs)...
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