Archive of 2013 December

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Guided Writing, why not?

Posted on December 12, 2013

In this article I feel it is important to note that I teach 1st grade half day and Reading Recovery the other half of the day.  This article is mainly meant to help lower grade teachers as well as upper grade teachers with struggling writers. In the world of education and especially in Utah there has been a big push for small group reading instruction.  As a Reading Recovery Specialist I have seen and understand the power of it.  One of the main goals of a teacher focusing on reading i

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My Journey Through The Pinhole

Posted on December 12, 2013

I didn’t know what a “city reading program” was. You
 cannot imagine how shocked I was to learn that a city-wide reading program such as Salt Lake City Reads Together took three books (one of them being mine) and will focus on them for six months. I want to tell you something that isn’t in that book I wrote but I want you to know. Reading saved my life. From reading I went to writing. Writing was a fighting back. Let me explain: We didn’t have too many books in the migrant

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Getting the Fundamentals Right: Significant Disabilities Small Group Instruction Course for Para-educators

Posted on December 12, 2013

In his insightful book, The Last Lecture, Randy Pausche wrote about his early experiences with youth football and the lessons learned from a wise coach.  Before they even touched a football, Coach Graham was teaching them the bare bones basics. “Fundamentals.  That was a great gift Coach Graham gave us.              Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.  As a college             professor, I’ve seen this as one lesson so many kids ignore,   

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Differentiating for Text Difficulty under Common Core

Posted on December 12, 2013

Question: I have taught elementary and currently teach middle school language arts. One thing that has been bothersome since I began teaching middle school is a lack of differentiating instruction to students’ needs. I am trying to research best practices and lead an action plan for my school as I work towards my master’s degree. I understand that students are now expected to read at a more difficult and complex text level with CCSS. I can’t imagine handing out a text of the same difficult

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Feedback Structures Coach Students to Improve Math Achievement

Posted on December 12, 2013

Introduction: It seems obvious that all of us need feedback if we really want to reach a goal, improve our skill set, or raise our performance. Feedback should be considered a coach that helps us reduce the discrepancy between our current and desired outcomes (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). What is feedback and how can it help? According to Hattie and Timperley (2007), feedback is information provided by a teacher, peer, parent, or experience about one’s performance or understanding. Fe

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Secrets to Teaching “The Troublemaker”

Posted on December 12, 2013

Recently, I heard from a former student of mine, Ashley. Sixteen years have passed since I last talked to Ashley. She was one of my most challenging students. As a new teacher, you will have students who exhibit a variety of behaviors. Some students will display externalizing behaviors (e.g., aggression, outbursts) while others will show internalizing behaviors (e.g., helplessness, withdrawal). Students with externalizing behaviors are more obvious and disruptive, while students with interna

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Parent to Parent: Helping Your Child with LD Thrive in School

Posted on December 12, 2013

As the parent of a now adult son with learning disabilities, I am well aware of the challenges that school presents for the child with LD. My son didn’t fit the typical student mold offered by the school system, so he received special education services throughout his academic years and was supported with an IEP. Even with this support, school was not easy for him and it posed challenges to finding success at school. So how can parents help their children with LD not only survive school bu

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Leadership Qualities and Teacher Leadership: An Interview with Olene Walker

Posted on December 12, 2013

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Olene Walker, Utah’s 15th Governor, in her lovely St. George home to talk about teacher leadership in education. She certainly understands and emulates leadership. Right away I knew I was talking to the right person. Her experience in politics includes positions on many committees and commissions, eight years with the state legislature, and she served as the Lieutenant Governor for Michael Leavitt. When he accepted a position in Washington, DC, she

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InTech Collegiate High School: A Legacy of Partnership and Service Creating Success for All Students

Posted on December 12, 2013

InTech Collegiate High School isn’t your typical high school. From the outside, InTech seems like any other small charter school. However, this school has had the highest ACT scores in Cache Valley for the last three years and was designated the top high school in Utah by Newsweek and U.S. World News in 2011 (Sargsyan, 2011& U.S. News, 2013). InTech was also declared the most progressive and best performing Title 1 School by the state of Utah. But this school has a lot more to offer st

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Using Classroom Data to Drive Teacher Professional Development

Posted on December 12, 2013

Weber School District’s framework for professional learning communities includes the use of crucial questions to guide collaboration and problem solving, with a focus on data analysis throughout the instructional cycle: Standards: What do we want each student to know and be able to do? Assessment: How will we evaluate each student’s level of understanding and achievement? Curriculum & Instruction: What curriculum resources, learning experiences and teaching strategies best prom

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