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Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Readers
Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades

I learned more about close reading and saw that it truly did push teachers and students to a whole new level of rigor. I learned there are a few principles and practices that when applied well will make teaching the process of close reading achievable for teachers and the outcomes of close reading meaningful for students.

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Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data

Although context has many applications for helping to understand unclear situations, it also can be an important guide for educators seeking to compare and evaluate student progress.

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Context of Assessments
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context of Assessments

Context is so important that we teach students how to use clues to understand new vocabulary words when reading. Context makes a difference when understanding ambiguous situations that might be easily misunderstood if you don’t understand what happened most recently in the passage or you don't have the culturally relevant information that helps us understand what we are reading.

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MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 2 of 2
Posted on May 4, 2016
  • Antavia Hamilton-Ochs
Tags
  • General Education
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Parental Involvement
  • Struggling Students
MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 2 of 2

I am more than a teacher. I am an activator. I'm tasked with lighting thousands upon thousands of little ‘aha’ moments in little minds each year. Not each spark takes hold, but others explode! Sometimes, I get to see the magic take hold in the most powerful of ways. Part 2 of 2.

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MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 1 of 2
Posted on Apr 27, 2016
  • Antavia Hamilton-Ochs
Tags
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Parental Involvement
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students
MAGIC ACTIVATED: Part 1 of 2

I am more than a teacher. I am an activator. I'm tasked with lighting thousands upon thousands of little ‘aha’ moments in little minds each year. Not each spark takes hold, but others explode! Sometimes, I get to see the magic take hold in the most powerful of ways.

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Ways to Celebrate 'Music in Our Schools Month'
Posted on Mar 9, 2016
  • AshaLee Ortiz
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Math
Ways to Celebrate 'Music in Our Schools Month'

Advocacy for music in public education is important because it seems that in today’s society, where quality education is summarily evaluated by data from test scores, arts education is constantly threatened.

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