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A Taxonomy of Reflection: Critical Thinking For Students, Teachers, and Principals (Part 1)

Part I of IV. In an effort to help schools become more reflective learning environments, I’ve developed this “Taxonomy of Reflection.” – modeled on Bloom’s approach. I…

MINI LESSON IDEA  - The 3 Kinds of Questions- Great for helping kids understand THE TEST questions  they are asking too!!!

Teaching Tipster: Teaching Questioning to Improve Comprehension

After working with my students with this reciprocal teaching framework for the past month, I realized that they need a lot more expli...

Texting in the Classroom - great ideas for using text messages to introduce vocabulary and upcoming learning!

Texting in the Classroom - The Brown Bag Teacher

Our students are saturated in a world of technology. As educators there is immediate buy-in when we connections between our students’ real worlds and our classrooms. One of my favorite (free) resources to do this is called ifaketext. It allows users to create faux iPhone text conversations. The website lets you fit between 35 and...

This blog posts tells you how to make a "mini-lesson" that is only ten minutes long!  I believe this concept could be applied to any subject.

TCRWP CA Trip - Update# 6 - Architecture of a Mini-Lesson

This is Lea, one of the presenters from Teacher's College...she's an absolute nut and writing workshop super smartie! She has taught me a ton about conferring, the language to use, how to research the writer and what to say to kids in a conference "this is what it looks like to [insert teaching point here...add strong feeling words, collect seed ideas, tell a small moment across some pages], now watch me do it in my writing." She taught us the architecture of a mini-lesson, how to plan and…

Tabletop Twitter: The teacher chooses a passage from a book for students to respond to. Student write their own response and then move around to respond to what another student said. Since this is a Twitter-inspired activity there is no talking and short responses.

Tabletop Twitter

Tabletop Twitter: The teacher chooses a passage from a book for students to respond to. Student write their own response and then move around to respond to what another student said. Since this is a Twitter-inspired activity there is no talking and short responses.

Differentiated instruction

Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

Hello! My name is Marsha McGuire from A Differentiated Kindergarten and I'm so psyched that Mary invited me to join her 15 Days of K Celeb...

Signs of possible dyslexia. To many kids are missed diagnosed. Not every child with a learning problem is adhd.

Signs of possible dyslexia. To many kids are missed diagnosed. Not every child with a learning problem is adhd.

Objectives...I like how it tells the kiddos how they will utilize the content being taught

More about character traits from fifth grade

In several classrooms, students were working at literacy stations creating wanted posters. They were learning about personality traits and physical traits. Right now they’re making wanted pos…

Getting Ready for Next Year - Curriculum map to see the BIG picture in all curricular areas - for the entire school year!

Getting Ready for Next Year - Freebies!

I'm the kind of person that likes to get ready for the next year before the end of this year. I know. You can call me crazy. It's ok. I understand. But it's the way I am. So what am I getting ready? Forms to send home during Meet and Greet: My Parent Survey (it's free!). I keep this in my communication folder. This is what I send home so that I can take pictures for my blog. I know it has my information on it, but if you need it for something else, then maybe you can use it as a template…

Increasing Critical Thinking.  Give students the answer, and each student has a spot to place their question.

Increasing Critical Thinking Part #1 (of ?)

One of my main goals this year is to up the critical thinking skills of my group of talented and gifted kids. They are so "outside the box"...