Core standards and differentiation

Dr. Katie McKnight is a colleague and friend who does great work around differentiation. Here is a quick clip of Katie talking about differentiation and standards. Share it in your meetings and use it as a [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Standards-based interactive notebooks

Interactive notebooks are a clever (and colorful) way to teach Common Core Standards while keeping students organized. Notebooks allow students to have fun, be creative, and personalize their learning with drawings, examples, and work samples. Learn all about them from Joanne at Teaching in Cardigans. She provides links and ideas you can use across [Read more…]

Blogging your way to the Common Core Standards

If you are at all confused about how to provide support for the common core practice standards, you should browse this short piece from Fractus Learning on how to use student blogging in the math classroom. Jayme Linton, the author of the article, also shares ideas [Read more…]

Support for annotations

Thank you to Caitlin Tucker for this information-rich post on annotation. I love not only the illustration of the well-annotated text, but the many strategies and ideas she includes. I am so interested in the [Read more…]

Common core character project

Today’s post from Teaching with a Mountain View features some great photos of student work. This upper grades elementary teacher shares a foldable that can be used for a character study lesson. Since this product can be used for any [Read more…]

Scary story starters

Want to get them excited about writing? Let them create stories with Halloween themes. Grab a few ideas from the Scholastic website. Read the directions to get some ideas for [Read more…]

Harry Potter

Just in time for Halloween, I found a few ideas for those of you teaching Harry Potter. This list from Scholastic includes ideas for many different grade levels including [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Personal shoppers in the library

I could not wait to share this stunning post from The True Adventures of a High School Librarian. Read all about how Nikki Robertson worked with a classroom teacher to personally shop for each one of her students in the high school library. Each student came in to find [Read more…]

Metaphors galore

So many students that I know need help understanding figurative language. These learners might benefit from the resources available on Corbett Harrison’s blog and website. Harrison invites students to find [Read more…]

Teaching critical vocabulary

Do not miss Marilee Sprenger’s article on Edutopia about Common Core and vocabulary. Sprenger realizes that not all students learn [Read more…]