the DSC Way blog

3 days 20 hours 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-...
6 days 15 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...
2 weeks 4 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...
2 weeks 6 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...
3 weeks 5 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...
4 weeks 20 hours ago
I am drawn to children’s literature because my mother read to me as a child. Many times I would look at the books by myself. Spanish was my first language. Therefore, deciphering the pictures and extracting the story was a magical process for me.Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of DSC’s programs; in a way, the authors...
4 weeks 6 days ago
from Marni Kay
Students at Astatula Elementary School donated socks for a month in honor of Socktober. Socktober is a national effort inspired by Kid President to help the homeless in our area.After viewing Kid President’s Socktober videos, which challenged students to bring in new socks to help men, women, and children in need, students and teachers began...
5 weeks 6 days ago
If students don’t see the work they’re being asked to do mirrored in the world outside of school, they’re not as willing to play the school game. Talk about a way to decrease motivation.Stevi Quate and John McDermott, Clock WatchersWhen students encounter literacy tasks in school that consist of workbook pages or of reading short...
6 weeks 3 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
The administrator’s job is to help teachers be their best. How is this accomplished? What steps should be taken? Administrators need to ensure they are developing a culture that includes attributes related to the desired behavior or outcome. For example, we ask teachers to have growth mindsets. Do we allow them to exert the actions of...
6 weeks 6 days ago
In the SIPPS program, our goal is to provide a gradual release of responsibility as students move through the developmental stages. In the Guided Spelling routine, we scaffold for spelling by sounds in Beginning Level, and we scaffold for “think ahead” spelling in the Extension Level. Extension Level Instruction SIPPS Extension Level...