the DSC Way blog

18 hours 28 min 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...
1 day 18 hours 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)
3 days 18 hours ago
Back to school! As we usher in the 2014–2015 school year with hope and anticipation, let’s consider our SIPPS implementation. We offer two blogs to support your implementation: Part 1 is focused on the considerations for students new to SIPPS and Part 2 focuses on the considerations for students continuing with SIPPS instruction. The... (1)
3 weeks 2 days ago
It’s that time of summer when many of my teacher friends are starting to turn their energy and attention towards next year’s class. Is that true for you, too? What are your hopes for your new classroom? How do you want this year’s classroom to feel? What intention are you setting for the climate of your class? We at DSC believe... (5)
6 weeks 2 days ago
The National Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have met AfterSchool KidzScience and I am glad to report they are getting along famously. We all need to work together to support children’s learning and AfterSchool KidzScience is an interactive and fun way to bring science to your afterschool programs. Knowing that AfterSchool KidzScience...
7 weeks 4 days ago
Kathleen is an intervention teacher in Pinellas County, Florida. She and her colleagues have been strategically providing interventions to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Data analysis revealed some students required explicit instruction and practice with phonics and word study instruction. They grappled with ways to provide this support.... (1)
8 weeks 3 days ago
Did you know that AfterSchool KidzScience has videos to support your professional development and implementation of the KidzScience program? Click here to check out the AfterSchool KidzScience Video Clips on the DSC website. I recently reviewed these videos for my own guidance and wanted to share some key take-home messages that resonated with me...
8 weeks 4 days ago
Did you know that the AfterSchool KidzScience program has videos to support your professional development and implementation? Click here to check out the AfterSchool KidzScience video resources to see all of the videos. I recently reviewed these videos for my own guidance and wanted to share some key take home messages that resonated with me. Here...
9 weeks 2 days ago
School’s out! Congratulations! Are you looking for more intellectual stimulation this summer? Are you planning to implement the Being a Writer program in the fall or interested in digging deeper into best writing practices over the summer? Would you like support in thinking about how to create a stronger community of writers in your...
10 weeks 3 days ago
All year, your students have developed as writers and have produced lots of writing along the way. They may not have thought much about those early drafts. Bringing them back to where they started and guiding them in reflecting on their progress can help make concrete those skills they have learned. Try this lesson, adapted from the Being a Writer...