Archive for February, 2016

Global Citizenship Conference

Come and learn more about how you can use this movie and other resources on May 16th at our Global Citizenship Conf. https://t.co/Hytl2YzLEH — Courtney Webster (@R13SS_CW) February 26, 2016 Monday, February 29th will be the world premiere of the powerful movie He Named Me Malala.  Learn how to get your students to think civically […]

Why the Shadow a Student Challenge is the Most Important Thing for You to Do Next Week

Earlier this summer I read a blog post hosted by famed education gurus Grant & Wiggins about an instructional coach who spent one entire school day shadowing a high school student in her building. Her experience changed her life as she discovered the passive reality of a student’s typical day at school. Which is why […]

Proclamation 2017 Instructional Materials Preview

The State Board of Education has issued Proclamation 2017 for instructional materials to be used in CTE, LOTE, Statistics, Algebraic Reasoning, and Special Topics in Social Studies courses.  The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2017 is scheduled to occur in November 2016.  The adopted materials are scheduled to be available for use beginning in the […]

Asylee/Refugee and SIFE students in Secondary Schools

We need your feedback! Region 13 would like to offer a professional development session to provide practical guidance for serving Asylee/Refugee and SIFE students at the secondary level. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of how to navigate grade placement, graduation plans, and best practices for helping this unique group of students acclimate to US […]

In This Issue (19)

  In This Issue (19) The 5E Model: Does it still relate to cognitive principles for the current classroom? How to Create an Anchor Activity Using a Tic/Tac/Toe Board Preparing for the Reading and Writing STAAR the Smart Way Teaching Science in the Early Childhood Classroom Anchor Charts: Let the Walls Teach Future Ready Survival […]

The 5E Model: Does it still relate to cognitive principles for the current classroom?

AUTHOR: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist: Elementary Science The 5E Model, originally designed for science instruction, describes a teaching sequence for specific units and individual lessons. The Biological Science Curriculum Study, a team led by Principal Investigator Roger Bybee, developed an instructional model for constructivism using the terms Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate in 1987. […]

How to Create an Anchor Activity Using a Tic/Tac/Toe Board

AUTHOR: Virginia Keasler and Mary Headley, Math Specialists How do we teach math to the wide range of diverse learners in today’s classroom? It is often difficult to match the readiness levels of every student and knowing where to start can be a challenge. Consider starting simple and celebrating successes along the way. Anchor activities […]

Preparing for the Reading and Writing STAAR the Smart Way

AUTHOR: Janet Hester, Secondary ELAR Specialist Begin at the Beginning: The STAAR-Prep Dilemma What do we do when students enter our classrooms lacking confidence and fluency in writing? For many schools and districts in Texas, the attempted answer to this skills deficit has been to drill students on writing the STAAR tasks over and over again. […]

Teaching Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

AUTHOR: Aliza Rivera, Early Childhood Specialist I can remember when the idea of teaching science to a room full of 4 year-olds terrified me. My fear often led to science activities that were either “safe,” not messy, or often underdeveloped. Students tended to overlook my science center and it was not utilized enough by my […]

Anchor Charts: Let the Walls Teach

AUTHOR: Esmeralda Alday, Bilingual One of the first things I notice when I walk into a classroom is a teacher’s use of wall space. Having always taught multiple grade levels – in some of the smallest classrooms on campus – in one school year, I had to learn how to maximize the little wall space […]