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Nov 09, 2017 Using Phenomena to Engage Students in Science ›

Phenomena — observable facts or events — are the ideal basis for lessons in the science classroom. From meteorology to sports to nature, phenomena are everywhere. The ubiquitousness and versatility of phenomena make them ideal: Because they’re discoverable in the daily lives of our students, they are very relatable. As an instructor, I’ve taught countless […]

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Nov 08, 2017 3 Steps to Prepare for the Striving Readers Grant Competition ›

If you are in a state that has been awarded the Striving Readers grant, congratulations!  This means there will be new funds available for advancing literacy skills for students from birth through grade 12. (For background information on the Striving Readers federal grant, including which states were awarded, read this blog.) Each awarded state will hold grant […]

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Nov 08, 2017 What does Inquiry look like in Social Studies? ›

What does inquiry look like?  Though often used, “inquiry” can be a fuzzy ideal.   With the publication of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013), inquiry discussions and initiatives are trending right now in social studies.  My colleagues, S.G. Grant (Binghamton University) […]

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Nov 08, 2017 Effective Reading Scaffolding Strategies for Social Studies ›

With the ever-increasing rigor and expectations in reading and comprehending expository text across all grade levels, many teachers often feel overwhelmed when trying to teach content to their striving readers. So, what’s a hard working and dedicated teacher to do? Try a few scaffolding strategies, of course! When we first think of the word “scaffolding,” […]

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Nov 06, 2017 Engaging High Performing Students ›

As a math textbook author and teacher, one of my challenges is engaging my highest performing students.  As a result, I realized I had to ask myself what I considered a “high performing” student to be in the first place. I want to first emphasize that we, as individual teachers and as members of departments, have a responsibility […]

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Nov 03, 2017 Cybersecurity Now Touches Everyone’s Life ›

While we tend to think of our mobile phones and our computers when someone mentions cybersecurity, every aspect of life in the 21st century is supported by cyber infrastructure. Cyber infrastructure includes the transportation, healthcare, electrical power, water, and other critical systems necessary to sustain modern public life. In an effort to raise awareness and […]

Nov 01, 2017 Moving Striving Readers to Highly Proficient Readers ›

There just aren’t that many people naming their daughters Elfrieda Hildegard these days, like my parents named me some time ago. With a name like this, I am cautious about what I “like” on social media or to what I attach my name as an educator. But you’ll see my name proudly on three products—iLit, […]

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Nov 01, 2017 5 Ways to Help Them “See” the Math ›

Are your students having trouble grasping that new math concept? Visual learning strategies may provide the help they need. Research shows that when children are able to “see” the math, they are more likely to understand the concept and apply it to other situations. Visual learning is making sense of complex data using models such as […]

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Oct 13, 2017 Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom ›

Whether this is your first fall in the social studies classroom or your twentieth, you’re likely looking for resources that will inspire curiosity, motivate discussion, and spark new ideas in your students. I find that inquiry-based instructional strategies are designed to do just that: they create an active and engaged classroom by offering a diverse […]

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Oct 11, 2017 Your Guide to the ESSA Education Law’s Evidence-Based Mandate ›

When using federal funds to purchase educational materials, school districts must comply with federal regulations.   In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This latest revision of the federal education legislation requires school districts that receive federal funds to utilize “evidence-based” approaches that have demonstrated statistically significant positive […]

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