the DSC Way blog

3 days 16 hours ago
“The principal won’t listen to me…my dad never listens to me…my friends aren’t listening to me. Mrs. D., YOU are NOT listening to me!” This was a frequent outburst during the 32 years I taught. Peter Brunn has a section in his Lesson Planning Handbook (2010) titled “Teaching on the Edge of Your Seat.... (2)
5 days 4 hours ago
from Cary Kirby
This blog entry is one in a series of entries featuring how technology can help teachers in the classroom. One thing no teacher ever has enough of is time. Between mandated reading blocks, math blocks, writing blocks, lunch, recess (if you are still allowed to have it), bathroom breaks, special area classes, and transitions, it seems like we are...
1 week 3 days ago
from Marni Kay
During a recent grade-level collaborative planning, a third-grade teacher, Mrs. Duke, shared her success with a Making Meaning lesson. Mrs. Duke explained that her students had read the story The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock, and had a class discussion focusing on characters (comparing and contrasting as well as examining unique character... (1)
1 week 5 days ago
Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of DSC’s programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to learn more about these wonderful authors and illustrators. We are happy to present the second in our new series of interviews, a...
2 weeks 3 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
I have been reflecting on and pondering this question over the past month: “How can administrators and staff keep a pulse on morale?” I remembered reading an article in Principal magazine about two years ago and pulled it out for a re-read. The article did not focus explicitly on morale per se, but it focused on hope, which I...
2 weeks 5 days ago
from Cary Kirby
Teaching in the 21st century requires that teachers not only understand content and pedagogy but also that they can fluently work with multiple digital technologies. Many teachers lament that they just “aren’t techie people.” But in my view, educational technology is not just about knowing how to operate interactive white...
5 weeks 2 days ago
I don’t know about you, but I am finding this December to be such a whirlwind. There are the expected classroom celebrations, holiday concerts, neighborhood caroling, and toffee making. But what I wasn’t expecting this December were the vigils and remembrances. Reflecting on the recent senseless deaths of young black men and the two-...
7 weeks 3 days ago
Just like working a 25-piece puzzle—or if you are like me and up for a challenging 500-piece puzzle—searching around for pieces that fit can bring you a sensational feeling of accomplishment and yet the most dreadful feeling of discouragement. During my recent journey of collaborating within a school setting, I experienced similar...
7 weeks 5 days ago
SIPPS Challenge Level instruction stresses the flexible application of syllabication strategies. For students to be able to be flexible, they have to know the basic concepts. Challenge Lesson 1 provides extensive support to develop or strengthen those concepts.Basic Concept #1: Short Vowels for Spelling-sound RelationshipsKnowledge of the basic...
8 weeks 4 days ago
It’s time to reflect on all that we are thankful for: colleagues and careers, family and friends, successes and lessons learned. We are very grateful for our community of supporters who work tirelessly in their classrooms, schools, and districts to honor teacher practice and support the whole child—heart and mind. Hearing stories from...