Teachers and researchers suggest that six strategies seem to work best when it comes to helping elementary-school students improve their reading skills and boost confidence. The strategies include cross-grade reading buddies, partner or choral reading, and letting students choose their own books.
All K-12 students in the US should receive education in racial literacy, according to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, who in 2017 developed a racial-literacy textbook when they were 17-year-olds. Authors of another book, "Tell Me Who You Are," Guo and Vulchi say in this Q&A that they experienced no meaningful classroom conversations about race until 10th grade so they embarked on learning about privilege and oppression and how race affects interactions among people.
Webinar: Effective Progressing Monitoring Progress monitoring is like GPS, providing critical data to guide reading instruction and interventions. Join MTSS expert Dr. Dawn Miller to learn key issues around progress monitoring and its effective use within MTSS. Sept. 26, 4:00 ET Register.
Teachers and administrators at an Arkansas elementary school read their favorite children's books in videos posted on social media in what are known as "Sunday Snuggle Stories." Teacher Melissa Spence, who helped start the series, says the videos help engage students in reading and encourage students and their parents to read together.
How do you fit it all in? Kelly and Penny share insights on managing time and tasks and offer teaching strategies for engaging students in whole-class and independent work. Classroom videos show you what a steadfast commitment to belief-based instruction looks like in action. Read today!
Math teachers can help English-language learners succeed by evaluating their needs and selecting materials that use real-world examples and build on language proficiency, writes former Stanford University researcher Renae Skarin. Collect feedback on the changes to further refine lessons and their delivery, she notes in this commentary.
Teachers can help students shift from surface learning to more depth of learning, explains Carla Marschall of United World College South East Asia. In this blog post, Marschall suggests three ways to promote conceptual thinking, including categorizing, naming and sorting activities that encourage making connections among lessons and applying knowledge to other situations.
Carol Behel, an English-language development teacher, writes that she uses a strengths-based approach to instruction. In this blog post, Behel shares several methods she uses to build trust with students and help them reach their goals, including incorporating movement and small group work into lessons to engage students in learning.