Gina Fugnitto's picture

Farewell to 2014–2015! End-of-Year Considerations for SIPPS

As we say farewell to the 2014–2015 school year, we offer a few end-of-year considerations.

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Identity Safe Classrooms Part Five: Caring Classroom Environments

The final domain of identity safety is caring classroom environments, where social skills are taught and practiced to help students care for one another in the context of an emotionally and physically safe classroom. This post about caring classroom environments is the final entry in our series, because the classroom and school environment is where all aspects of identity safety play out.

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Identity Safe Classrooms Part Four: Classroom Relationships

Positive classroom relationships are the foundation of an identity safe classroom. You cannot create a sense of identity safety without a continuous focus on how the students are feeling and treating one another. Positive classroom relationships are based on trusting, positive interactions with the teacher and among the students.

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To Use, or Not to Use Graphic Organizers

To use, or not to use graphic organizers—that is the question. The carefully orchestrated series of boxes, arrows, circles, and lines provides tidy ways for students to organize information and make connections between facts, ideas, and concepts.

Graphic organizers can help students:

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Identity Safe Classrooms Part Three: Cultivating Diversity as a Resource

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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Engaging the Disengaged, Number Nine: Teacher Talk Part Two, How We Talk Matters

One day Gale came running into my class after P.E. panting, Mrs. D., you need to give Jimmy one of those Mrs. D.-type lectures.; Upon asking him exactly what a Mrs.

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Ten Lessons for New Leaders

This is the season when new leaders are found for the next school year, after a series of interviews, group assessments, and the like. Nothing in that process prepares a new leader for the job, however. I spent a lot of time mentoring new leaders during my more than 40 years in the business.

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Identity Safe Classrooms Part Two: Child-Centered Teaching

Child-centered teaching prioritizes the students’ perspectives in all classroom activities and interactions. We met one teacher who used a literal change of perspective to get in a child-centered frame of mind: Each morning before the kids came in, she would sit in the chair of a different student and look around the classroom, imagining what would it feel like to be that student.

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Who Is Doing the Thinking and the Work in Your Classroom?

In the Collaborative Classroom, we believe classroom learning experiences should be built around students constructing knowledge and engaging in action. Providing these types of experiences takes careful consideration and planning by the teacher.

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Engaging the Disengaged, Number Eight: Teacher Talk Part One, To Praise or Not to Praise

This is part one of a two-part series on the importance of using teacher talk to engage our students.

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