NWEA Resources

Although I provide quality instruction (tooting my own horn … lol), I like to provide my students with multiple resources to prepare them for the…

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Genius Hour

In October, I read an article Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy. I meant to blog about it, but never did.…

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Retake Test Contract

I have a confession … my students haven’t been performing well on tests. It’s the beginning of the school year and the coursework will not…

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Week in Review

I like for students to be able to see how everything we do within a week is connecting together. All too often, students assume they…

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Vocabulary Development

The Frayer Model has been used on cards for years by teachers to help develop students’ vocabulary. I have found that students have a hard…

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Math Talks

Today, I decided to introduce the practice of talking about Math in my class. This is called a Math Talk. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) really…

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Habits of Mind

During a professional development on 08/27/14, teachers were given a list of the Habits of Mind and asked to vote on the ten most important…

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Create an Environment for Learning

Creating an environment for learning is the foundation for all instruction within a classroom. It is critical that the foundation is solid in order to…

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Develop Students’ Understanding

As depicted in the graphic above, understanding information is a process. Although the process is not always linear, students have to first acquire information.  The…

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Extend and Apply Students’ Understanding

Classroom Instruction That Works lists two strategies that are designed to extend and apply students’ understanding – Identifying Similarities and Differences and Generating and Testing…

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