the DSC Way blog

5 days 9 hours ago
Can we ever get enough great books? Reading is such a transformational skill. When a child learns to read it’s almost magical how suddenly they can make sense of the words on a page. We all know that reading comes easier to some kids than others. We also know that when something appeals to a child they want to know more about it. The more...
6 days 14 hours ago
The SIPPS instructional routines are an essential part of SIPPS instruction. They also can be the hardest part of teaching the program! In her blog, “An Instructional Shift from Teacher Practice to Student Learning,” Ann Leon describes a shift in practice as SIPPS is implemented during a second or third year. During the first year, the...
1 week 5 days ago
Last school year, I left the classroom to take on a teacher leader role at my school. I still worked with students daily, but a lot of my work focused on helping to guide the kindergarten and first grade teachers on my team. While I felt confident about the content of K–1, my adult learners were more than a little intimidating. Some had...
2 weeks 12 hours ago
from Cary Kirby
Before we can do anything else, we have to establish what “response rates” really are. Basically, when we are talking about response rates, we are referring to the rate of student responses—specifically focusing on individual students. In other words, it’s not just that a student is responding, we need all students...
3 weeks 19 hours 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)
3 weeks 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...
3 weeks 6 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? As a system, are we providing the appropriate challenge for these students? In many... (1)
4 weeks 19 hours 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...
4 weeks 1 day 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...
4 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...