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PMfocus.org – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: http://PMfocus.org to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, visit web check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response

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Do Read Alouds Build Fluency in Non-fluent Readers?

Posted on June 06, 2012

For Students Who Are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading Is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time Teachers do their best to improve students' fluency, but sometimes the information they have to work with is incomplete and, therefore, leads them down the wrong path. For example, silent reading or 'Round Robin' reading seem like good ways to improve fluency. But, in fact, increasing fluency requires more practice, more support, and more guided oral reading than either of these strategies can delive

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in High School

Posted on June 06, 2012

Fewer students with disabilities in middle schools and high schools use accommodations than students with disabilities in elementary schools. Accommodations are changes in materials or procedures that provide access to instruction and assessments for students with disabilities. They are designed to enable students with disabilities to learn without the impediment of their disabilities, treatment and to show their knowledge and skills rather than the effects of their disabilities.

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Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge

Posted on March 03, 2012

"My mom is a hero," Alfredo said, cutting me off one sentence into a picture book about Martin Luther King, Jr. His chubby second-grade body perpetually squirmed on the rug where my 32 students were seated. "She brought us here from El Salvador by herself. Me, my two sisters, and our baby brother. We walked." "My mom is a hero too," said Catalina. "She brought us from Mexico. But we came in a truck." "The desert was hot," Alfredo cut her off. "The truck was hot," Catalina said. The two be

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I.M (in) Focus: Progress-Monitoring Teachers

Posted on February 02, 2012

Over the last several years there has been greater teacher accountability for student outcomes. Gone are the days when teachers could close the door and teach whatever they wanted to teach. While such an approach can be enticing as we can focus on those things that are most interesting to us, more about or about which we have the greatest knowledge, it does little to ensure students are taught what they need to know or that ALL students are provided a high-quality education. That assurance of

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Are Teachers Dumb?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Ed schools continue to accept virtually anyone with a pulse, require students to take courses with little or no academic merit, and give out A's like Halloween candy. It's an inconvenient truth that many high-performing non-ed-majors are better equipped to teach subjects they didn't major in than a lot of ed majors are to teach subjects they did major in. I took harder math classes in high school than a lot of math teachers ever take in college. Author: Nancy Flanagan Read more H

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New Teachers Seek Support Online

Posted on January 01, 2012

If you’re a new teacher in your first classroom, ailment a little advice from a veteran educator goes a long way. For those who can’t get face-to-face mentoring time, buy more about online mentoring can be a big help, says Alyson Mike, director of online professional development at the New Teacher Center, a nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, CA. The New Teacher Center’s largest endeavor is called e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), a year-long, nationwide mentoring program that pairs n

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The Power of Teacher Workshops: Advocating for Better PD at Your School

Posted on January 01, 2012

  Why PD Matters So Much Teachers have all experienced a professional development that is so way off target, or one that had nothing to do with what they teach or who they teach. We teachers can talk about having to sit in poorly-run, irrelevant PD like they are war stories. In the words of Aristotle: He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. An added layer being that our profession is a unique one in that we don't work with things, but with people. Just like medical

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Work Overload!

Posted on January 01, 2012

Where Did I Put My Cape? What a first week! As a teacher in a self-contained classroom, stomach I was aware that I would be teaching all the subjects to students in all grades, plus two elective courses. I was happy when I found out that I only had one eighth grader for one class, which meant I would only be teaching two grades for the majority of my day. As the summer progressed, I decided to be proactive and begin lesson planning, which also helped me meet and build relationships with thos

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20 tips for new Teachers to do This Year

Posted on January 01, 2012

Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers Teachers around the world are gearing up for the new school year but the experience is going to be vastly different for new teachers. Where an experienced teacher has the knowledge of what works and what doesn't, a new teacher is going to be bombarded with tons of new info and the need to process it! Not to mention, they will be preparing for the most important piece of all: their classroom instruction. In no way, do I want to add to the burden of the alread

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