Perspectives

We’re months into the school year, and effective co-teachers are finding what works and what doesn’t work within their personal partnerships. Successful co-teachers make the conscious effort to work together to craft solutions for what’s not working. And then they make it happen.
 
This week’s post is about co-creating a successful instructional cycle—no matter what!
 
Topics:
  • Topics: co-teaching
  • Classroom Environments that Support Inclusive Intervention

    Topics:
  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Reading
  • Last week I got to work with an amazing group of eight social studies teachers. They are collaborating to teach writing with efficacy in their classrooms so that students can more easily access their content. The big burning question that underlies the work with this group is: How do we have students write proficiently so they can better access the geography content?
     
    Topics:
  • Content Areas: Social Studies
  • Math IS Literacy—Now What?

    A while ago, I argued that it IS possible to address literacy in math classes while addressing math content, and that:
     
    “whenever you’re engaging with students in meaningful work involving mathematical symbols and languagework that helps them understand concepts more deeply—you’re supporting students’ math literacy.”
     
    Topics:
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • Content Areas: Mathematics
  • I’ve spent much of my career thinking and writing about writing assessment, but like many in my field I’m troubled by the lack of teacher voices in public conversations on the topic. So along with a task force of members of the National Council of Teachers of English, I launched a project this spring to find out what teachers have to say on the subject. Over 500 teachers from kindergarten to college responded to an open-ended survey that asked questions like: 

    If you want to move learners forward, they’ve got to know where they’re starting. It’s a simple truth but not one we tend to follow when it comes to professional learning for teachers. The ways in which we assess these learning experiences for educators often fall short of the realities of their contexts.

    Topics:
  • Capacity Building: Using Evidence
  • Fallow Fields

    It is still 80 degrees in Texas, but summer is over. Hay bails dot fields beside the road. It’s chilly in the mornings. Time to start carrying a jacket. Five months of gray skies and brown grass ahead. I don’t enjoy fall and winter weather, but I understand its value. The world can’t grow all of the time. A fallow field rests to restore its nutrients and prevent exhaustion. Mother Nature needs a break.
     

    Most Recent: November 23, 2015
    Topics:
  • File Type: Text
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Reading, Writing
  • Fact Checking Resources for Students and Teachers

    Students must understand the importance of finding facts, verifying these facts and ensuring accuracy of information before sharing on social media or disseminating in print or digital publications. Handled carelessly, inaccurate facts in stories have the power to cause serious miscommunication among readers. Here are some fact-checking resources available to students and teachers:

    Students must develop a critical eye for determining website credibility

    Anyone and everyone can publish content on the Internet. Therefore, it is essential for young journalists to develop a critical eye when reporting on information found on the Internet.

    Topics:
  • File Type: Text
  • Veteran’s Day

    On November 11, the United States honors those soldiers who have fought for their country in military service. Across America, ceremonies are held to commemorate the efforts of our armed forces past and present, and to remind us of both the strength and the compassion of our country.
     

    Focus on Native American Heritage

    National American Indian Heritage Month is recognized each November as a time to learn more about the history and heritage of Native American peoples. These resources provide strategies to explore Native American literature and heritage in your own classroom.
     
    Topics:
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Three Ways to Incorporate Formative Assessment into Every Classroom

    Topics:
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment 
  • File Type: Text
  • Capacity Building: Using Evidence
  • Leadership is a Choice

     
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  • File Type: Text
  • The Match That Starts the Fire

    The following is by Alexandra Cavallo, who teaches English at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. It is excerpted from her full piece with permission from the blog Writers Who Care. This text was originally adapted for the NCTE & Literacy blog. 

    Topics:
  • File Type: Text
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Writing
  • Materials and ideas for Free Speech Week Oct. 19-25

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    "You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works fine for your students," writes author and teacher Rick Wormeli in a recent blog from the Association for Middle Level Education.

    Topics:
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment , Equity Issues
  • File Type: Text, Web
  • Topics: grading