Teaching Tips

1 year 2 weeks ago
We recently received some questions about the Making Meaning reading comprehension program that we felt were worth sharing with the broader Making Meaning community. If you have questions about DSC’s programs, we invite you to visit our Community Forum page. We are always happy to help support teacher practice. Let us know how we can help you!Q: Do the units need to be taught sequentially...
1 year 4 weeks ago
As Thanksgiving approaches we reflect on all that we cherish in our lives. We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize some of the teachers who have played a part in creating some of the amazing educators and bloggers we work with today. We hope you enjoy the read and we invite you to write a tribute of your own in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving! Suzanne Bright When asked to recount...
1 year 20 weeks ago
Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a Makerspace. Rather, we define it by what it enables: making. What do you know about Makerspaces? I visited a summer school classroom the other day led by an engineering student from our local university. He had created a Makerspace...
1 year 22 weeks ago
This blog post first ran in August of 2011. As you are deep in your own summer reading, keep these tips in mind for your own children or future students. This summer I watched my daughter work through all of the Harry Potter books. I’d always wondered when the famous wizard would make an appearance in our house, and the summer of her ninth birthday proved to be the time. Watching her work...
1 year 32 weeks ago
from Sue Wilder
While planning for a recent day of Professional Development with principals and reading coaches, a district leader commented that although teachers had been using the Making Meaning program for a while, students were not really thinking about text in the way the program authors intended. She was concerned that unless the instruction was strengthened, students would not be prepared for the demands... (1)
1 year 33 weeks ago
from Chad Kafka
Students and staff at Forest Park Middle School in Franklin, Wisconsin received Google Apps for Education accounts during the 2011–2012 school year. I led this charge as the tech coach of the building. We have six houses of students in the building (three at eighth grade and three at seventh grade), so we rolled out Google Accounts to students house-by-house. I worked with a core teacher in... (1)
1 year 34 weeks ago
from Sue Wilder
Last Sunday I spent the entire afternoon on the couch watching the Master’s Golf Tournament. Though my husband is a golfer, I am not. Yet I still found myself obsessed with the final round. Augusta National is a beautiful golf course, at least on television, and the competition was interesting and exciting, but what really kept me engrossed throughout the afternoon were the advertisements...
1 year 37 weeks ago
from Jeff Allen
What’s my number? What’s my Lexile? If you recognize either of these questions it is very likely that you have been around students at the beginning of a library session, early in the school year. If you are unfamiliar with the term “Lexile”, it is a number that is assigned to a student after taking the reading portion of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test, and... (5)
1 year 41 weeks ago
from Sue Wilder
I recently asked several administrators why principals and district leaders should budget for classroom libraries. I got the following responses. Well, the same reasons a basketball coach would budget for basketballs, court time, etc. Kids improve their reading by reading. They develop print concepts, vocabulary, comprehension skills. They learn about the world they live in. Just like...
2 years 6 days ago
from Sue Wilder
The more our students can do for themselves, the less we have to do for them. This includes choosing their own books for independent reading, monitoring their reading for comprehension, problem solving and self-correcting when meaning is lost, and setting goals for themselves in relation to the expectations of the Common Core standards. Fostering this type of self-directed learner is a result of... (1)
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