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13 hours 45 min ago
Is Calling on Hands An Archaic Practice? Many years ago, I can remember long lectures given by my teachers that were only interrupted by the calling on hands to see if anyone knew the correct answer to some question. I also remember being thankful that the same three or four students continually saved us by raising their hands while the rest of us...
2 days 15 hours ago
Over the last two months I have tried to offer a summary of some of the lessons offered in my new book, The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons (co-authored with Stepthen Sokolow and available from iUniverse, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and electronically). It is very hard to distill an entire book into a few blog entries but I...
1 week 1 day 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...
1 week 3 days 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...
2 weeks 1 day 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...
2 weeks 3 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)
3 weeks 1 day 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)
3 weeks 2 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 6 days 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...
4 weeks 1 day 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...