Using academic choice boards to build metacognition
Here are our top 25 most-visited posts of 2018.
A reflection on the free Bookworms ELA curriculum for K-5
A teacher's recommendations for how to select text excerpts that make students love reading
Why a text-centered approach, instead of a strategies-based approach, is more effective
Three steps for creating an effective writing assignment
Lessons learned from teachers who've implemented the curriculum
Strategies for moving beyond "follow-the-leader" style art projects and developing an art curriculum that supports student learning across subjects
Introducing a new tool to observe the components of foundational skills instruction
Strategies from an English Language Learner Specialist
Why aren’t students successful writers and what can teachers do to help?
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
Why instructional practice should be at the heart of all instructional materials decisions
Exploring the updates to the Instructional Practice Guide
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.
How implementing Pear Deck changed my classroom.
A process for supporting writing practice with K-2 English Language Learners
What makes a good interim assessment program?
Activities to support the connection between reading and writing
The benefits of integrating reading and writing practice
An inside look at the development of summative assessments
How to use the free WriteReader app to support English Language Learners
A technology integrationist introduces digital tools to support collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
A Technology Integrationist’s Guide to 21st Century Learning (Part 1)
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?
Though this literacy program uses leveled readers, it focuses on building knowledge through topic-based units and ensures students are not limited to a single reading level
An experienced educator provides a literacy protocol for interpreting scientific complex texts.
Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice
Incorporating strategies to make phonics time the best time of day
Providing teachers with content-focused options for coaching support
Differentiation between the vocabulary standards in the Reading and Language Strands
How Wit & Wisdom Supports English Language Learners
Why using decodable readers can be powerful
Bringing complex content and instruction into a high-needs school district
Introducing a new evidence catcher to facilitate instructional materials decisions
Helping All Kids Grapple with Grade-Level Content
How I use graphic organizers in my classroom to promote student independence
Concrete strategies to help classroom educators get involved with assessment design
Three ways to use assessment for good
A high school teacher shares concrete suggestions for sparking curiosity and stimulating quality research questions
Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education questions
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
Learn how the Instructional Practice Toolkit can help teachers make connections between planning, instruction, and student outcomes.
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
A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning
An 8th grade teacher models the process of using writing analysis checklists to make plans for future writing instruction
See how using this goal-setting structure can help you achieve content-focused goals during the school year
Findings from a 2017 survey about instructional materials usage among educators
Working with teachers to improve their understanding and use of curricular materials
Students create their own high-interest text sets to build knowledge
An introduction to the Vermont Writing Collaborative's Writing Checklists
A curriculum director explains how to help educators see the potential of aligned assessment
Finding unbiased information about instructional materials.
Strategies to build a love of learning through content-rich nonfiction
Practical suggestions for focusing on reading fluency
A team of teachers share strategies to increase student ownership in literacy
What should we look for in powerful classrooms?
Amid the sea of free online materials and digital applications, here are five places we’d start our search.
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
Identifying and using high-quality, ELA Open Educational Resources successfully
Using mini-assessments to break free of the norm
Standards co-author Susan Pimentel explains how the elements of a high-quality ELA program contribute to student learning. She pinpoints where many current programs are missing the mark.
Designing book baskets to boost motivation, enthusiasm and engagement
The benefits of topic-based independent reading on student motivation
Learn how educators can use Pinterest to identify and collect high-quality instructional resources
An experienced educator introduces different support methods to allow struggling students to engage with grade-level materials.
Assessments should align to good standards-based instruction. Instruction shouldn’t align to a bad assessment.
Public Prep Charter Schools created a new curriculum based on their teachers’ recommendations. Can you?
Identifying excellence in instructional materials
Learn about free, high-quality mini-assessments for math and literacy.
Learn how to plan effective argument writing instruction
Learn how to determine a student’s current reading fluency level and pinpoint problems impeding students from becoming fluent readers
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
A long-time middle school teacher and writing expert explains how to design strong writing instruction