the DSC Way blog

1 week 24 min ago
Have you noticed how our culture has a fixation on four-letter words? Mostly they are words that we shouldn’t utter in polite company. They are often words reserved for our frustration, disgust or anger. They have been considered so powerful that they are banned from the airwaves and forbidden for children. However, I have come to believe... (1)
1 week 4 days ago
from Cary Kirby
With more and more classrooms having access to technology, teachers are on the lookout for ways to use the technology in meaningful ways. As it has been said, if it can’t be done better with technology, then don’t use technology. So how do we know if technology does something better? Sometimes you have to try something out to know for...
1 week 5 days ago
from Cary Kirby
Most schools have some services provided specifically for students labeled as gifted. But what about those students who are high-achieving and not labeled? And even when a student is labeled, what about when they aren’t working with the teacher of the gifted? Are we as a system providing the appropriate challenge for these students? In many... (1)
2 weeks 24 min ago
My last two blog posts addressed the question, “Are my students transferring the skills they are learning?” This is a central question that we must continue to consider so we don’t lose sight of the larger goal of our SIPPS instruction, which is the development of accurate, automatic, and fluent reading so that readers can make...
2 weeks 6 hours ago
Teacher collaboration reaches beyond “just sharing” materials. In the 2nd and 3rd grade learning community at PK Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, FL, we as teachers push ourselves to truly collaborate each week. One of the ways we collaborate with each other each week is around our SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in...
2 weeks 4 days ago
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. — William Butler Yeats It seems to me that nonfiction writing is one of the least talked about genres—and yet, maybe the most important. One of the most valuable tenets of good nonfiction writing is CURIOSITY. And, once writers recognize this, they realize how...
2 weeks 5 days ago
Every week our elementary faculty meets in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Learning Communities are compiled of two grade levels working together to ensure student success. Kindergarten and first grade form a learning community, second and third grade are another, and fourth and fifth grades make up the last elementary learning community...
3 weeks 24 min ago
Children seem to come out of the womb stating (or maybe screaming) their opinions. You know that from the time you dip their toes into their first bath, or when you give them their first bite of pureed peas, or when you try to help them choose what clothes to wear—they all have opinions. They might not be able to explain why they think what... (2)
3 weeks 4 days ago
As a new school year is beginning and I’m setting up my classroom, I cannot help but think about the importance of setting up and establishing a strong classroom community. The classroom is a living thing: flexible, and always changing to meet the needs of the learners. The teacher and students are all learners in this space, learning from...
3 weeks 5 days ago
Here we go! Part 1 focused on the considerations for students new to SIPPS. In this blog we focus on the considerations for students continuing with SIPPS instruction. There is no need to re-administer the placement test to students who are continuing SIPPS instruction from the previous year. Recovery and Reactivation: Students Continuing in SIPPS... (1)