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My Teacher Said I Was Smart So I Was: Motivating Students of All Levels
Posted on Apr 24, 2019
  • Margo Gunsser
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  • LETRS
My Teacher Said I Was Smart So I Was: Motivating Students of All Levels

Raise your hand if you’ve ever racked your brain for ways to motivate a particular student or group of students. OK—hands down. As educators, we understand motivation is the key that unlocks learning. That’s true for all of us, no matter our age. If we’re not motivated to do something, we procrastinate. When we finally get started, completion may take longer because the task doesn’t seem valuable and we lack motivation.

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It’s Not Too Early to Prepare: Top 5 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide
Posted on Apr 11, 2019
  • Therese Pickett
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  • Math Intervention
  • Reading Intervention
  • summer
It’s Not Too Early to Prepare: Top 5 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide

Research has shown a pattern of summer learning loss, particularly among low-income youths. Lack of access to high-quality summer learning programs negatively impacts the academic achievement, health, and social development of children, particularly in high-poverty communities. Students in middle- and higher-income households still lose an average of one to two months of learning each summer. So, what can educators do to lessen or eliminate summer slide?

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A Race Against Time: Making the Most of Every Minute in Math Class
Posted on Apr 4, 2019
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Math
  • Math Intervention
A Race Against Time: Making the Most of Every Minute in Math Class

For classroom teachers, time is the most precious resource. Every choice we make is an opportunity cost. If we spend five minutes reviewing homework, then we didn’t spend five minutes teaching new content. This blog will review strategies to help maximize instructional time. Although these ideas could be used across subjects, I’m specifically using math examples.

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Six Strategies to Prepare Your Students for High-Stakes Testing
Posted on Mar 28, 2019
  • Therese Pickett
Six Strategies to Prepare Your Students for High-Stakes Testing

With increased accountability for schools to demonstrate student achievement comes high-stakes testing. Although testing can be stressful for students and teachers, there are measures we can use to lessen that stress and help students do a better job showing what they know.

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Hard Words: A Webinar to Discuss What Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Reading . . . and How to Acquire That Knowledge
Posted on Mar 20, 2019
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Hard Words: A Webinar to Discuss What Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Reading . . . and How to Acquire That Knowledge

What is the reason so many students do not learn to read? How can we make sure teachers are adequately prepared to apply the principles and practices most supported by scientific research about learning to read? Where are the gaps between common practices and those most in line with evidence of effectiveness? Why do these gaps exist? What could be done better to educate and support teachers in carrying out a very challenging job?

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The Diagnostic-Prescriptive Reading Teacher and Foundational Reading Skills
Posted on Mar 13, 2019
  • Marilyn Sprick
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Reading Intervention
The Diagnostic-Prescriptive Reading Teacher and Foundational Reading Skills

As educators, our mission is to provide all of our students with opportunities as they move into the working world. Sadly, 32 million adult Americans read below a basic level. Locked into low-wage jobs, nearly 60 percent of those with low literacy earn less than $16,000 annually. These are people who lack foundational reading skills. What can we do about this issue?

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