Symonds Elementary has been using the Responsive Classroom approach for 25 years. It's the foundation of our learning community. Our long-term use of Responsive Classroom comes from the shared belief that social curriculum is equal in significance to academic curriculum. The Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. promotes the Responsive Classroom's fundamental principles and practices, and Symonds follows the seven Guiding Principles:
Neighborhood Sharks, from Roaring Book Press and written by Katherine Roy, is a 48-page book that takes shark fans inside the science behind these giant sea predators.
Parents who are uneasy about their own math skills often worry about how best to teach the subject to their kids.<br /><br />Well ... there's an app for that. Tons of them, in fact. And a study published today in the journal Science suggests that at least one of them works pretty well for elementary school children and math-anxious parents.
Teachers who participated in a year-long study comparing video-recorded and in-person classroom observations found the video observation process fairer and more useful overall than in-person observations, according to a new report from the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University.
Separating the two ideas of ‘pedagogy’ and ‘technology’ … can sometimes provide an easy ‘out’ for many educators who see the use of technology as irrelevant in their classrooms. If it is about ‘pedagogy’ and NOT ‘technology’, then why would I ever have to use it? …. Sometimes when the statement is made, ‘it is not about technology, it is about pedagogy’, you … hear the roars of approval, and off we go on our merry way with nothing changing for many students. — George Couros
This year, high school juniors and seniors will buy a $100 calculator that’s older than they are.
A community of Learning Magic
Connecting virtual guest speakers into K-12 classrooms
Taking students on field trips or using other community resources
in their classes is not a new idea for teachers. Often, however, these experiences are thought to be frills or rewards that compete with instructional time in the classroom. Curriculum reform in science and mathematics calls for a new look at using community resources.
Around the country, schools are defining innovation in their own ways — whether that means having a masseuse on staff or using a talking robot.
Students Take the Lead
Parent teacher conferences at Wildwood Elementary are actually a time when the teachers do very little talking. Instead, the students run the conferences, informing their parents about how they're doing, what their goals are going forward, and what kind of learners they are.
Parent-teacher conferences are one of the few opportunities for families to converse with teachers about their children's progress and needs. Lines of people wait their turn for these 15- to 20-minute interactions. One result is a conversation that establishes a relationship and delivers essential information about a student's progress.
The digital landscape that you and your kids have to navigate has exploded. Mobile technology, apps, instant access, digital content. The stuff is everywhere. And all of that stuff is changing how we do school. But sometimes it feels like there is just too much. Sometimes it’s easier to just throw up our hands and try to ignore everything out there. How do we sort through all of it? We need unbiased and relevant information that can help us find the best of what we’re looking for.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Ford, Patricia Pollacco, and Albert Einstein are all extremely creative and successful individuals, but they also have something else in common: They all have the language-based learning disability dyslexia. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, which aims to spread knowledge and information about dyslexia to educate those who support individuals with this lifelong condition. Read on for helpful information, and learn more about dyslexia with these ILA resources.
Because writing is thinking, the organization of students' writing reflects both the structure of their thinking and the depth of their understanding. Students should be writing in all their classes, explaining what they know and how they know it. Thus, it's essential for content-area teachers to give students meaningful analytical writing assignments. Read An Introduction to Analytical Text Structures for more information and graphic organizers to help with writing instruction.
Textbook previewing strategies focus not only on the structure of the text — such as the table of contents, index, chapter introductions, and so forth — but on a content overview, which focuses on the concepts and questions covered in the chapter and their interrelationships.
In this lesson, Ms. Ramsey helps her students work as "experts" to plan a piece of procedural writing written for a "novice" audience. Ms. Ramsey guides students in using an organizational structure that includes an introduction, steps, materials, domain-specific vocabulary, background, and a conclusion.
Teaching vocabulary and extending word learning is one of the most important activities we do with our students. Word walls, an essential part of a literacy-rich classroom, provide a rich resource of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 vocabulary for students. Word walls can be a great teaching and learning tool. More than just a display of words, word walls should be integrated into instruction. Used effectively, they will support and extend word learning for students of all ages.
Anxious, overconfident, curious, indifferent, angry, amused, lonely, hopeful, embarrassed, empowered, afraid, excited, diminished—teachers have seen all these emotions emerge from students as they engage with classroom content. Emotional responses to lessons often go through students' minds before they even begin to think about the material: This stuff is stupid/awesome/beyond me. I'm not comfortable with this. Finally, something I'm good at. Maybe somebody will notice I can't read. Let's see her find a mistake in that one—it's perfect. Does the teacher know I didn't study this last night?
You‘ve got a bunch of meetings coming up, but do you have your nodding strategy ready?
Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.