Science and standards

Seeking ideas for teaching to the standards across the content areas? This Edutopia post has a very detailed description of how to create science lessons that integrate literacy skills and provide opportunities for critical thinking. It also includes ideas for providing supports for diverse learners such as [read more…]

Story problem strategies

The Common Core State Standards are designed to help students apply the math they know to solve problems. One way to achieve this is to support them in decoding the language and structure of word problems. Today’s featured post will help you do just that. Hop over to Math Coach’s Corner and learn how to [read more…]

Social studies and the common core

Some of us involved in inclusive schooling are nervous that new initiatives and programs will be excuses to exclude diverse learners. The literature on the Common Core, however, is really promising. There is a clear focus on raising expectations for learners and on differentiation. So that is the good news.

The bad news? This is all new and many of us are scrambling to figuring out how to teach the Common Core and integrate it into lessons. Enter Glenn at History Tech. In this recent post, he provides great [read more…]

Don’t forget the families

In this post from Corkboard Connections on teaching parents about the Common Core, Laura Candler reminds us that differentiation is not just about the decisions we make in classrooms. In order to be effective in meeting the needs of all learners, we have to educate parents too. Parents need to understand learning standards so that they can help with [read more…]

Social studies enrichment

As a former special education teacher, I tend to blog mostly about students who need more support, but differentiating instruction is about meeting the needs of all learners including those needing enrichment. The post I am highlighting today covers this exact topic-enhancing instruction for those needing more [read more…]

Number sense in kindergarten

There are so many ideas for teaching number sense on Kinder Doodles, an idea-rich blog for teachers of young children. Pop over to see a handful of ways to help students learn more about number values, relationships, and uses. You will find something for every type of learner on this post including a [read more…]

Purposeful annotation

Stuart is a writer, teacher, and provider of professional development and his blog is filled with great content and detailed posts that go beyond description and read like tutorials. This one on close readings will help any educator pick up new annotation-related skills and ideas including those that will support diverse [read more…]

Questions, myths and answers

It’s a new month and a new theme! November will be dedicated to differentiated instruction and the Common Core State Standards.

I am kicking off the series with a blog post on Edutopia contributed by John McCarthy. His short piece on myths addresses misconceptions of [read more…]

ABCs of parent support

Teaching Channel is one of my go-to resources for Common Core materials, but they have content on many other subjects as well. This video on parent support fits nicely with the articles I have selected for this week’s spotlight on families. This short clip serves to remind us that parents can [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Close readings of snapshots

How did I NOT know about Hello Literacy, the blog of Jen Jones, a talented and innovative reading teacher? In “paging” through her site, I found this fantastic post on [Read more…]