Archive for the ‘Instructional Strategies’ Category

What are Learning Intentions and Success Criteria?

You might have heard the term “learning intentions” thrown around a lot on your campus. It’s one of those terms that’s used a lot but often not implemented in the best possible way. Learning intentions are statements that are created by the teacher, and describe clearly what they want their students to know, understand, and […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Future Ready Survival Skills

AUTHOR: Leslie Barrett, Education Specialist: Instructional Technology & Library Media Services Are we meeting the mark when it comes to preparing students for success in their post-graduate lives? Tony Wagner, Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab, wondered the same thing. He conducted interviews with leaders in major global businesses, non-profits, and government institutions […]

Instruction from the Student Point of View

Author: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist: Elementary Science In October of 2014 I read an article published online by the Washington Post. The title grabbed my attention: “Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns.”  The author, Valerie Strauss, reported how passive her role had been in the learning process […]

English Language Learners as Writers

Author: Dana Ellis, Write for Texas Instructional Coach According to school accountability data tables, students who are limited English proficient typically struggle in mastering writing skills behind their native English speaking peers. In some ways, this reality is not wholly unpredictable. After all, it takes both knowledge of a language and time experimenting with it […]

Formative Assessment in Science: Three Big Ideas

Author: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist, Elementary Science It’s a hot topic: Formative Assessment. Every resource will define it for you in basically the same way: formative assessment is for learning while summative assessment is of learning. But in plain language, formative assessment is an activity in which students share their developing ideas while the learning is […]

Sentence Stems

Author: Joseph Kanke, Write for Texas Instructional Coach Sentence stems are a writing scaffold which provide students the opportunity to effectively respond using complete sentences.  When provided this scaffold, the pressure of having to think about how to formulate a response is alleviated. There are four key steps to making sentence stems work with your […]

Something to Ponder: Letter of the Week

Author(s): School Ready Team While there is universal agreement that the ability to identify letters and sounds is essential for reading success, educators differ in the way they teach these skills.  A common approach is “Letter of the Week.” This method generally involves introducing one letter per week through several whole group lessons. Children sing […]

Three Easy Steps to Teaching Your Students Through the CER Writing Process

Author: Shawna Wiebusch, Education Specialist, Secondary Science What can you learn from a ShamWow commercial? As it turns out, a lot! The ShamWow Commercial is the perfect “hook” to introduce your students to evidence based argumentation using the C-E-R Method: Claims – Evidence – Reasoning. Many of our students, especially in middle school, come to […]

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