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With all the abstract terminology used in grammar instruction it’s no wonder that our students shout out “person, place, or thing” whenever you ask them the meaning of any part of speech. That seems to be the only one they know. How do we move past teaching grammar in an abstract way and begin to incorporate concrete strategies? During this webinar we will discuss ways to make grammar more concrete and meaningful, and attendees will learn:
Strategies for teaching grammar in a concrete way
Key questions for teaching parts of speech
A hands-on strategy for expanding and varying sentence structure.
Research over a number of years has indicated that a almost any child can learn to read, yet only one third are proficient, according to NAEP. Teachers across the country are fighting a losing battle in teaching literacy without the proper training and resources—the truth is teachers are working hard but need literacy-specific tools and training to impact student outcomes and change this statistic.
This helpful presentation, which uses information from Scarborough's Reading Rope, will help literacy educators "learn the Rope" to teach reading. Educator Carolyn Gore of Caddo Public Schools and Toni Backstrom of Voyager Sopris Learning will discuss blended learning approaches, online resources, and other tools designed to make teachers more effective and efficient in the way they teach reading. The presenters will explore the various strands of the 'Rope' and will demystify common misunderstandings while sharing best practices. Join us and see how you can help every student become a proficient reader!
Reading fluency has long been recognized as one of the five essential components of reading. Standards require that elementary students read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. Secondary students, too, must possess appropriate fluency skills in order to read and comprehend increasingly complex text. However, too often, fluency is overlooked in reading instruction.
Attendees will learn:
The strong correlation between reading fluency, comprehension, independent reading and work completion.
New methods for promoting fluency within classroom reading routines.
How to implement a highly motivating daily six-minute partner routine to increase oral reading fluency for elementary as well as secondary students.
Technology is integrated in everyday life. It's practical use for daily communication, job-embedded application and entertainment has been entrenched in our modern existence leading educators to question the impact of technology integration on students, teachers and instruction. This interactive session will focus on the pros and cons of technology use in the educational world and its place in the ecosystem of the classroom. A reflection on contrasting technology practice and technology instruction as well as the benefits of blending technology with direct teacher instruction and its effect on student growth and achievement will be discussed.
This is the second of a two part webinar that looks at problem solving and its connection to the world of work. This webinar will contain many examples of how students can engage in a variety of real world problems that vary in length and difficulty. A recent IES publication on problem solving for grades 4 to 8 will serve as a backdrop for these examples. The webinar will also emphasize statistics and probability content standards as well as relevant mathematical practices.
This is the first of two webinars that will address the role of math problem solving in the intermediate and middle school grades. The overarching theme that guides these two webinars is, “How we connect mathematics to the future world of work, particularly in light of rapidly advancing automation and artificial intelligence?” This first webinar will concentrate on the learning theory that supports the importance of problem solving as a regular feature of classroom instruction (not as problems assigned as homework). How this kind of instruction can lead to improved academic performance will be addressed through comparative, international research.
Learn how to promote reflections and reflective thinking in the math classroom to provide students with opportunities to really think about how they use specific problem-solving strategies. By doing so, students will be better equipped to justify their answers because they can explain why they chose the operation, why they chose a particular strategy, and, more importantly, why it makes sense.
In recent years, assessment has gotten a bad reputation because of overuse and misapplication of mandated accountability tests. Learn how embedded assessments—selected learning experiences that are also used to measure a student’s understanding of content—are changing this reputation and protecting precious instructional time.
The best digital learning tools function like a stretchable superhero, extending the presence and expertise of the classroom teacher—continuously monitoring each student’s understanding of countless subtle learning concepts, instantly adjusting lessons to make them more effective, and feeding actionable insights to the teacher throughout the process. Get tips for creating a truly individualized learning environment that meets each student’s needs at just the right time