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 NWEA. I think it is important to show them the continuum of learning for each… Continue Reading

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. At my school, which is a STEM school, we have an hour of intervention. This… Continue Reading

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 get any easier. So, what am I to do? I have to allow students to… Continue Reading

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 are just completing activities with no purpose or common cause. So, I created a weekly… Continue Reading

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 time keeping up with the cards, so I developed a Frayer Word Chart. My students… Continue Reading

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 wants Math teachers to get students to having Socratic seminars around Math. We often hear… Continue Reading

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 to them. Then, the top eight were selected to be the focus of this school… Continue Reading

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 build the learning community in the classroom. Classroom Instruction That Works identified five activities that… Continue Reading

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 acquisition of information can occur in many ways. Often times, students are only given two ways… Continue Reading

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 Hypotheses. If you refer back to Develop Students’ Understanding, you will see that we discussed… Continue Reading