Teaching Tips

32 weeks 3 days 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 “...
33 weeks 1 day 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...
34 weeks 21 hours 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...
35 weeks 16 hours 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...
37 weeks 3 days 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...
37 weeks 3 days 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)...
39 weeks 7 hours 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...
39 weeks 1 day 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)
42 weeks 1 day ago
We at DSC believe that building relationships and establishing a sense of community in the classroom are essential so that the hard work of learning and real student engagement can take hold. It’s that front-loading that pays dividends for months to come.Because the start of the year sets expectations and the foundation for everything that follows, we invite you to download and use the... (5)
46 weeks 3 days ago
Kathleen is an intervention teacher in Pinellas County, Florida. She and her colleagues have been strategically providing interventions to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Data analysis revealed some students required explicit instruction and practice with phonics and word study instruction. They grappled with ways to provide this support. Their questions and wonderings led them to explore the... (1)
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