Use HOT Qs to Teach High Level Thinking

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Quick Tip: Use HOT Qs to Teach High Level Thinking

When teaching new cognitive strategies to students, use Higher Order Thinking Questions (HOT Qs). HOT Qs serve as concrete prompts, modeling questioning and thinking for students... Read More

 
Differentiating for Advanced Learners? Try a Product

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Quick Tip: Differentiating for Advanced Learners? Try a Product

When advanced learners’ pre-assessment scores indicate that they already know the material, do not require them to sit through the “whole class” lesson. Instead, differentiate. Research supports differentiated instruction for advanced learners, especially in math.... Read More

 
Student Goal Setting Works!

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Quick Tip: Student Goal Setting Works!

While states, school districts, campuses, and teachers always have goals and objectives for their students, there is some current educational research that stresses the positive impact of students’ setting their own goals. ... Read More

 
Four Part Vocabulary Tool

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Quick Tip: Four Part Vocabulary Tool

To help students master key vocabulary, use the Four Part Vocabulary Tool. This graphic tool, which is especially helpful for English Language Learners and students who have “word gaps,” helps students organize their new vocabulary and then study it later.... Read More

 
Autism Tip: Organize for Independence

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Quick Tip: Autism Tip: Organize for Independence

When working with students who have autism spectrum disorder, it can be challenge to promote independence. One way to help your students function without constant prompting and guiding is to structure the environment. In this classroom... Read More

 
Quick and Easy School-Home Communication

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Quick Tip: Quick and Easy School-Home Communication

Teachers can foster positive relationships with families by communicating regularly about classroom and school events and also providing specific information related to individual students. To make positive home-school communication quick and easy, use pre-formatted letters with writable boxes. Our premium product, Letters Home... Read More

 
Use a Visual Definition to Teach New Vocabulary

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Quick Tip: Use a Visual Definition to Teach New Vocabulary

Educational research that has shown that without an understanding of key vocabulary, students are likely to have problems comprehending what they read, see, or hear. Effective vocabulary instruction should include active involvement by students... Read More

 
Get Moving! It's a Great Way to Differentiate

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Quick Tip: Get Moving! It's a Great Way to Differentiate

To differentiate your instruction so that all students’ learning styles are addressed, include some movement in your lessons. In the classroom shown here, the students were practicing their math skills related to types of angles.... Read More

 
Get HOT When You Question

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Quick Tip: RAFTs for Content Area Writing

A RAFT is a writing strategy that requires students to write based on a selected Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. RAFTs can be used in all content areas and with all ages of students... Read More

 
Students Remember What They See

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Quick Tip: Students Remember What They See

Using visual images is a great way to help students retrieve and remember information. Because words are abstract and difficult for the brain to retain, include concrete visuals... Read More

 
For Young Children with Autism, Get Face to Face

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Quick Tip: For Young Children with Autism, Get Face to Face

When working with young children who have autism, whether in early childhood programs, preschool programs, or at home, use a face to face orientation whenever you can.... Read More

 
Structure for Successful Inclusion

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Quick Tip: Structure for Successful Inclusion

To make inclusion work for students who have ADHD, autism, or learning disabilities, consider all factors, including the physical environment. This quick tip photo shows a great way to provide accommodated... Read More

 
Teachers Color Code; Students Take Responsibility

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Quick Tip: Teachers Color Code; Students Take Responsibility

We are always looking for quick and easy ways to help teachers stay organized. It’s also important to support students as they... Read More

 
Say no...visually!

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Quick Tip: Set limits....visually!

Set limits….visually! Every effective teacher has to set limits and communicate to students what they can do and when they can do it. If students are not clear about what activities are allowed when, you might find yourself saying “no” a lot and you might also be dealing with some unintended consequences. Read More

 
Teach Students How to Solve Conflicts

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Quick Tip: Teach Students How to Settle Conflicts

Teachers usually do not want to spend valuable instructional time mediating conflicts or dealing with problem behaviors. One way to improve classroom behavior and spend less time intervening on discipline problems Read More

 
Give Me Five!

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Quick Tip: Give Me Five!

Give Me Five! All teachers need quick, easy-to-use signals that help get students’ attention. The Give Me Five tool can be used with any age or grade level. Teach students exactly what you want them to do: Eyes on the speaker, quiet mouth, Read More

 
Sail into Reading

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Quick Tip: Sail Into Reading

Sail into reading in this fun learning station! Kids love special places in the classroom and for reading, nothing could be more fun than reading, listening, and practicing skills in a boat. Read More

 
Kids Post the KWL

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Quick Tip: Kids Post the KWL

Lots of teachers use KWL charts to help students understand connections as they are learning. Here's a KWL with an important twist: The students complete the KWL chart themselves using sticky notes. Read More

 
Post It Blogging

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Quick Tip: Post It Blogging

You don’t have to be on the Internet to blog and neither do your students. Here is a great tool that administrators can use for professional development and teachers can use in the classroom: Post It Blogging. Write a question... Read More

 
Flip Books

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Quick Tip: Flip Books

To help students remember problem solving rules, like those used with exponents, ask your students to design and use their own flip books. This way, students have easy access to needed information, have a resource for study on their own Read More

 
Outline Line

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Quick Tip: Outline Line

Outline lines are collections of visual information that you display on a clothesline across the classroom. They can include photographs, students’ art work, key facts or definitions, or, as in this example, problem solving strategies. Letting your students Read More

 
Keeping Materials Organized

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Quick Tip: Keeping Materials Organized

Here is a great way to organize materials in your classroom. This is a carryall that has cups placed into each side. You can put all the materials students need at their tables in this, including pencils, glue, rulers, etc. It’s portable and easy to organize. Read More

 
Teaching Graphing and Social Responsibility

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Quick Tip: Teaching Graphing and Social Responsibility!

This graph is displayed in the main hall of North Elementary, Hallsville, Texas. Teachers / classroom names are listed to the left of the chart. As canned goods are donated to the local food pantry a “can” is placed on the graph for every... Read More

 
Reminder Cards

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Quick Tip: Reminder Cards

To help students remember to ask for help before they get frustrated, try using reminder cards. You can place a card like this on a student’s desk when he or she is doing independent work. It’s a friendly way to remind the student... Read More

 
Displaying Student Work

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Quick Tip: Displaying Student Work

Research as well as our experience as teachers tells us that displaying student work is a powerful incentive and builds relationships with both students and parents. Rather than spend money and time on creating teacher made displays... Read More

 
Organize Your Desk

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Quick Tip: Organize Your Desk!

It is important that busy teachers have an organized and efficient manner to manage their tasks and desk space. Having an organized work space reduces clutter, saves time, and increases your efficiency. Try these simple, easy and low cost desk... Read More

 
Space and Tools

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Quick Tip: Space and Tools

We have lots of research that supports both station learning and cooperative groups as effective instructional structures. When you use cooperative groups or when students are rotating through learning stations in a group, make sure they have... Read More

 
Classroom Seating Arrangements

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Quick Tip: Classroom Seating Arrangements

Use this strategy to help students middle school and older to get to know each other while you learn about their communication and problem solving skills. During the first week of school greet students at the door each day with a different strategy... Read More

 
Students Write the Rules

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Quick Tip: Students Write the Rules

Allowing students to participate in setting expectations in the classroom gives them a voice in how they want to be treated and how they will treat others. Including students in rule writing makes the rules more relevant, meaningful, and personal. Students “own”... Read More

 
No More Messy Desks

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Quick Tip: No More Messy Desks!

Cramped, small desk spaces make it hard for students to keep the materials they need organized and accessible. Instead of having students cram things into a tiny desk (and then not be able to find it), try this idea: Use clear bins with students’ names... Read More

 
 
 
Newsletter Archive

Check Out Our Newsletter Archive

We email out a regular newsletter with events, interesting information and freebies for great teachers! You can browse the back issues here. Please encourage other great teachers to sign up for the newsletter, too! Read More

 
Connect Kids with Nature

Connect Kids with Nature

It is commonly understood that there are tremendous health benefits from connecting with nature. The exercise and fresh air that we get from a walk in the woods or time spent in a park is good for all of us. However, the benefit to kids is often overlooked. Research tells us that time spent outdoors alleviates stress and helps... Read More

 
The Four Questions and Backwards Design

The Four Questions and Backwards Design

This planning tool for teachers and teams combines two of the most well researched based educational planning practices: The Four Questions Essential For Learning used in schools implementing the Professional Learning Communities philosophy and Backwards Design... Read More

 
Field-Testing Opportunity

Field-Testing Opportunity

Want to help norm a nationally recognized assessment instrument while making some money for yourself or your school? We are currently seeking examiners to participate in field-testing for the revision of the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) by Gail R. Ryser, Ph.D. and Kathleen McConnell, Ph.D. Read More