Teaching Tips

37 weeks 1 day ago
from Kelli Cedo
After nearly five years at the central office I knew it was time to return to school-level administration because I started to miss close connections with students, teachers, and families. At the central-office level, I was able to suggest and provide support for many school-level ideas and strategies, but I was not able to fully implement these great practices. Some colleagues were surprised by...
37 weeks 6 days ago
Student voice, does it matter? Close your eyes and think about a time you’ve observed a lesson, or perhaps one you were facilitating. Was student voice present in the lesson? You immediately think: YES! The teacher was leading the lesson, the students were gathered near the teacher and they were engaged in the work. The students were raising their hands, answering questions, and the teacher... (1)
38 weeks 1 day ago
SIPPS teachers frequently submit “How do I…?” questions. DSC’s Learning Technologies Team is gathering those questions to determine updates and revisions to the SIPPS technology resources. Following are a few questions and answers that we hope are helpful to you.“How do I print?” and “How do I share or transfer students?”As a result of the “...
38 weeks 6 days ago
At this time of the year, we are striving to establish routines and support students’ transition to Individualized Daily Reading (IDR). Book selection is key to this transition! More specifically, helping students find books that are appropriate for practice. In her Common Core Tip 6 blog, my colleague Sue Wilder shares that “ultimately, the goal is to help students learn how to...
39 weeks 6 days ago
By this time in the school year, the classrooms I visit are humming as teachers have settled in and are getting to know their students as people, and as writers. So many teachers I know are trying out new practices this year, which can be both exciting and sometimes a little daunting.If Being a Writer or Writer’s Workshop is a focus for you this year, I’m excited to share a new, free...
40 weeks 5 days ago
Last school year, I left the classroom to take on a teacher leader role at my school. I still worked with students daily, but a lot of my work focused on helping to guide the kindergarten and first grade teachers on my team. While I felt confident about the content of K–1, my adult learners were more than a little intimidating. Some had taught longer than me, some were resistant to having...
43 weeks 1 day ago
My last two blog posts addressed the question, “Are my students transferring the skills they are learning?” This is a central question that we must continue to consider so we don’t lose sight of the larger goal of our SIPPS instruction, which is the development of accurate, automatic, and fluent reading so that readers can make meaning of increasingly complex texts. Knowing...
43 weeks 1 day ago
Teacher collaboration reaches beyond “just sharing” materials. In the 2nd and 3rd grade learning community at PK Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, FL, we as teachers push ourselves to truly collaborate each week. One of the ways we collaborate with each other each week is around our SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words)...
44 weeks 5 days ago
As a new school year is beginning and I’m setting up my classroom, I cannot help but think about the importance of setting up and establishing a strong classroom community. The classroom is a living thing: flexible, and always changing to meet the needs of the learners. The teacher and students are all learners in this space, learning from one another. In order to meet the needs of all...
44 weeks 6 days ago
Here we go! Part 1 focused on the considerations for students new to SIPPS. In this blog we focus on the considerations for students continuing with SIPPS instruction. There is no need to re-administer the placement test to students who are continuing SIPPS instruction from the previous year.Recovery and Reactivation: Students Continuing in SIPPSConsider that students who are returning from... (1)
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