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312, 2018

6 Strategies for Morphological Instruction

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|Tags: |

In Word Detectives: Using Units of Meaning to Support Literacy, Goodwin, Miriam, Lipsky, and Soyeon Ahn (2012), looked at research regarding how students comprehend, how students deconstruct words in order to determine word meaning, and the impact of morphological instruction on student understanding of words. From their findings, here are six strategies that focus on morphological instruction that help students understand how to attack and conquer unknown words, but have [...]

1011, 2018

Why Learning Goals Lead the Way for Lessons

By |November 10th, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|

I recently heard someone compare Learning Goals to a GPS, and I thought, “Absolutely!” After all, it is the job of a GPS to help us arrive at our destination. Consider the following scenario… a woman and her husband are on a road trip where he becomes thoroughly lost, and of course, is unable to admit it. In an attempt to help, the wife turns on the GPS in [...]

2810, 2018

7 Assessment Strategies That
Put Aside Paper and Pencil

By |October 28th, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|Tags: |

Traditional Assessment When you think of assessments, the traditional method is of course paper and pencil. And when you think of paper and pencil “testing,” you may think of the required countless hours of grading that inevitably follows. As a teacher, this is often one of the most challenging barriers to overcome when planning lessons that include frequent formative assessments. However, how do we actually ensure that we are [...]

310, 2018

3 Reasons PD Flops, and What you can do to Prevent It

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Leadership|

We’ve all been there -- full-day professional development workshops that give lots of information in a short period of time, and then a wave goodbye and a wish for good luck. Research is clear that these type of sit-and-get trainings aren’t effective, and often leave teachers more overwhelmed than overjoyed. Why does traditional professional development not work, and what can you do to make sure it doesn’t happen in [...]

109, 2018

8 Simple Ways to See if Students are on Track

By |September 1st, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|Tags: |

One of the most challenging parts of planning effective lesson instruction is crafting purposeful formative assessments that are in alignment with a lesson’s Learning Goals. Often, teachers are tempted to give students a quiz or test as a means of monitoring their understanding, and just as often, this “assessment” takes on a standardized format like multiple choice or true/false. While there is a time and a place for this [...]

908, 2018

3 Quick and Easy Review Strategies

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|

Don’t forget that all students need time for strategic review. This might mean for semester or final exams, or it might mean after a series of related lessons. When it’s time for review, don’t revert back to the “old way” of doing things -- worksheet packets or a silent study hall. What students have accomplished in your High Performance Learning-Focused Lessons will give them just what they need to [...]

707, 2018

6 Guided Reading Mistakes
You Might be Making

By |July 7th, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|Tags: |

An important time to support struggling readers is during guided reading. However, just because you are doing guided reading does not necessarily mean that you are supporting your struggling readers. Here are six common guided reading mistakes you might be making. You are using books that are too difficult. If the books that are being used during guided reading time are too difficult for students to read, guided reading [...]

2106, 2018

Engage Students With Exemplary Essential Questions

By |June 21st, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|

Why Is A Lesson Essential Question More Effective Than An Objective? Chances are that if you have been in education long enough, you have been asked at least one time or another, to display the standard(s) you are currently teaching on the board for students to see. The rationale behind posting the standard on the board is to ensure students understand the learning goals of the lesson, right? Through [...]

206, 2018

A Focus on
the Framework

By |June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Lesson Planning|

Why does the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework work so well? The highest achieving schools in the nation all use a proven framework for instruction based on learning. An exemplary instructional framework, such as The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework, provides a structure that connects all of the lessons learned from exemplary schools and address major concerns in schools and districts. Connecting exemplary practices with an instructional framework empowers teachers to plan and [...]

305, 2018

Scaffolding Supports Student Success

By |May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Acceleration|Tags: |

How can the use of scaffolding support student achievement? “Start with where you want them to be (the grade level standard) and make it learnable.” (C. Boyles). As educators, we have the very complicated task of ensuring that all students are successful learners, but how exactly do we do that? How do we make sure students learn what is expected? One effective strategy is to purposefully scaffold instruction. And [...]

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