Collaborative Classroom blog

3 days 7 hours ago
Dear Colleague, I am excited to announce that Developmental Studies Center (DSC) and Cornerstone Literacy (CLI) have joined to become the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. This new organization combines 51 years of our collective experience in supporting teachers, developing innovative programs, and making a difference for children. The...
6 days 7 hours ago
In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of nurturing children’s interests and natural curiosity to drive learning. Of course, curiosity isn’t present only in children. Adults have interests of their own that can infuse after-school activities with excitement and energy. Sharing Your Passion Enthusiasm is contagious...
1 week 7 hours ago
We all know that no matter how inspired and amazing we are as teachers, planning high-quality lessons from scratch for every hour of instruction is impossible. Like most teachers, I looked to the programs on my shelf for inspiration, materials, and a scope and sequence. I wanted to take ownership of any lessons I taught, modifying them in...
1 week 2 days ago
If you are first-grade teacher using SIPPS as foundational skills instruction you might be asking yourself: Now what, my first-graders have completed Extension? SIPPS Extension Level focuses on accuracy and automaticity, leading into fluent reading. But accuracy and automaticity are just a small part of being a reader. Students who have...
1 week 5 days ago
We are delighted to feature a blog post by Mary Tavegia. Over the years I have enjoyed reading research on how music affects the brain, particularly the positive impact that music has on language acquisition. I have always loved music, I have played several instruments and as a child I spent hours listening to my parents’ new high-fidelity...
2 weeks 1 day ago
from Cary Kirby
This blog post is one in a series of entries featuring how technology can help teachers in the classroom. If you have been reading this series, you might have noticed that I don’t advocate for technology to supplant instruction, but rather to supplement it. When I look to technology, it is because I’m searching for a way to streamline...
2 weeks 5 days ago
In this segment of our After-school Tips series we’re going to talk about how getting to know the children in our care can help us build engagement and excitement about learning. Explore existing interests. Poll your children to learn what they are interested in, and consider ways to use academic enrichment to focus on these areas. For...
3 weeks 7 hours ago
The Collaborative Classroom has Four Core Principles: The social and academic curriculum carry equal weight and are interdependent. Fostering caring relationships and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for both the student and adult learning community. Classroom learning experiences should be built around...
3 weeks 1 day ago
I came to write for Developmental Studies Center after teaching for 8 years. When I heard my DSC colleagues talk about “front matter,” I kept quiet, at first because I had no idea what “front matter” was, and later because I realized those pages describing the program and its philosophy were the first 30 or so pages that I... (2)
4 weeks 7 hours ago
from Cary Kirby
This blog entry is part of a series exploring how technology can help teachers in the classroom. In previous entries we have discussed how using technology in the classroom does not have to be a hugely complicated undertaking. In the next two entries, we will take on student conferences and uncover how technology can help make them easier. There...