the DSC Way blog

2 days 1 hour ago
We are partners in the newly created Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a coalition of educators that brings together teachers, administrators, professors, and organizations around the common vision of nurturing the whole needs of our students. We believe that schools need to explicitly support both the child’s head and heart. When they...
4 days 1 hour 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...
1 week 2 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...
1 week 4 days ago
I was debriefing an observation with one of our instructional coaches yesterday. We were talking about how to help a teacher begin a Writing Workshop in her classroom. Our challenge was around determining the most important piece of a writing workshop—especially for our novice teachers. Where do you start? Is it the record keeping? Is it the... (1)
2 weeks 2 days ago
I am fortunate to have educators who have mentored and pushed my thinking throughout my career. Enrique Puig is one such educator (and friend). Recently I read an article he wrote about text dependent questioning. As usual, his word choices forced me to reread for clarity, his point of view made me ponder my own belief about the topic, and his... (3)
2 weeks 3 days ago
Learning is a social task. Lev Vygotsky argued that "Language is the main tool that promotes thinking, develops reasoning, and supports cultural activities like reading and writing." As a result, instructional strategies that promote literacy across the curriculum play a significant role in knowledge construction.   Why not take the...
3 weeks 2 hours 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 revisit it. In both the Making Meaning and Being a Writer programs, we build in time each week to have students reflect and develop plans for...
3 weeks 2 days ago
By Diane Harding, Isabel McLean, and Laura Shifflett Google. We have all heard of it. We know how to get to Google to search on the web for answers to our questions. Many of us also go to Google to access our e-mail or gmail account. Sometimes we just go to Google to look at the cool artwork of the day. As teachers, some of us are using Google as...
3 weeks 4 days ago
Last month I shared some ideas from my new book (coauthored with Stephen Sokolow) called The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons. This month I would like to continue presenting some of our ideas and thoughts for how a leader might align her work with her best intentions. Certainly it is important for any of us to seek balance...
4 weeks 18 min ago
We are delighted to announce two upcoming webinars to support your practice as you consider the implications of the Common Core and your classroom dynamics. First up we are honored to have Dr. P. David Pearson return for a free webinar on Close Reading, Prior Knowledge, and Common Sense. We hope you will join us for a spirited discussion about...