Teaching Tips

50 weeks 17 hours ago
When I began teaching SIPPS lessons more than four years ago, I quickly realized that I needed a system to organize student materials. I tried several different systems and finally landed on the use of individual student folders. I invested in plastic folders since they are more durable and can be used from year to year. So what goes in these student folders?In the middle brads, I place printable... (1)
50 weeks 1 day ago
The new calendar year always looks a bit different with regards to my teaching. During the first half of the school year, I administer the SIPPS placement test, gather other pertinent baseline data, form my instructional groups, begin teaching lessons, and administer the SIPPS mastery tests as outlined in the SIPPS program. But in January, I typically suspend my SIPPS groups for a few days so...
1 year 4 days ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to read closely. A close reading is a careful and purposeful reading. Well actually, it’s rereading. It’s a careful and purposeful rereading of a text. It’s an encounter with the... (1)
1 year 5 weeks ago
from Sue Wilder
Being a thoughtful teacher means taking time to plan carefully with students in mind. I will admit that I have taught many lessons with students I’d never met before. This means that I have to spend even more time planning because I have to use my collective past experience with students to plan for the possibilities of what I might encounter in the lesson.The process I use when I’m...
1 year 8 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 9 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 26 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 27 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 38 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 39 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)
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