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Using morphology, context clues, and outside resources to help students decipher word meanings
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An overview of the Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools
Why building a culturally responsive classroom matters for the success of ALL students
Reinventing how your students discuss text within the classroom
Strategic selection and organization of questions can be a scaffold that helps English learners grapple with highly complex questions.
Meet students not only where they are, but also where they're going.
A process for supporting writing practice with K-2 English Language Learners
Consider alternative ways to re-teach when students struggle with new content
Activities to support the connection between reading and writing
The benefits of integrating reading and writing practice
One coach’s reflection on increasing the foundational skills block
How do we determine that students are increasing their literacy skills as they progress across grade levels?
An experienced educator provides a literacy protocol for interpreting scientific complex texts.
Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice
How do you diagnose the root causes of grade-level math struggles, and design targeted interventions to address them?
Incorporating strategies to make phonics time the best time of day
Helping All Kids Grapple with Grade-Level Content
How I use graphic organizers in my classroom to promote student independence
A high school math teacher shares examples of student progress following CCSS implementation
A high school teacher shares concrete suggestions for sparking curiosity and stimulating quality research questions
Avoid common pitfalls when it comes to supporting students with unfinished math learning
A math teacher shares lessons learned and alternative strategies he's discovered during his teaching career
Best practices for creating homework that raises student achievement
An interdisciplinary PLC develops common strategies and rubrics to support student writing.
Avoid common pitfalls in the ELA classroom with these strategies
New guidance explains how to assess writing skills through embedded-error passages and multiple-choice items
Using effective feedback to help students master their learning goals
Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work
Insights on the value of interdisciplinary PLCs and how to create one in your school
Students create their own high-interest text sets to build knowledge
A high school algebra teacher creates a lesson to engage her struggling students through real-world application
Practical suggestions for focusing on reading fluency
A team of teachers share strategies to increase student ownership in literacy
Using free recording software to capture students’ solution methods and help teachers reflect on their instruction
Learn how structured phonics instruction is critical to literacy development and a necessary part of an ELA curriculum
What do we do when they “don’t get it”?
Real-world advice for how to scaffold complex text for struggling students
A classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator describe how they used the spiral design of their textbook to help them focus on creating coherent instruction.
A 5th grade teacher explains how she made small adjustments to improve the Everyday Math Curriculum after identifying its weaknesses.
Using mini-assessments to break free of the norm
Designing book baskets to boost motivation, enthusiasm and engagement
The benefits of topic-based independent reading on student motivation
A kindergarten teacher explains how she adapted some of the Everyday Math Daily Routines to challenge her students more.
An experienced educator introduces different support methods to allow struggling students to engage with grade-level materials.
Learn about free, high-quality mini-assessments for math and literacy.
Learn how to plan effective argument writing instruction
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Compare the features of popular text set sources
Four classroom strategies that can help build fluent readers
Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency
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Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through digital applications
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Standards co-author Jason Zimba unpacks the rectangle area formula and highlights problems with the way textbooks sometimes introduce the formula to students.
A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
Strategies to scaffold instruction of Standards-aligned, complex texts
Common Core-aligned assessments must capitalize on teacher-student relationships
Learn the difference between modeling the math and modeling WITH math
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A math teacher explains how well-designed materials can help students learn to deal with challenging math problems
An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
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How administrators can help teachers sort through the clutter in today’s math textbooks