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12 Teaching Moves of a Strategic Teacher

12 Teaching Moves of a Strategic Teacher

Research demonstrates the effectiveness of these 12 strategic teaching moves that can be used with the whole class, small group of just one student.

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Stuck in the Middle: Strategies to Engage Middle-Level Learners

Stuck in the Middle: Strategies to Engage Middle-Level Learners

Learn effective scaffolding strategies to introduce narrative form in your classroom.

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Meet Web Cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu

Meet Web Cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu

At the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, Gene meets up with Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the popular web comic, Check Please!

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Award-Winning Books for Tweens and Teens

Award-Winning Books for Tweens and Teens

A look at some of the unique and trailblazing titles that resonated with the Coretta Scott King Committee, YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults and Printz Award Committees.

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How to Scaffold Mindful Silent Reading

Reading (and Scaffolding) Expository Texts

The unique structure and style of expository texts differs from other sorts of reading, so teaching students about signal words and organization can help.

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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Concept Maps

Concept maps help students visualize various connections between words or phrases and a main idea. Concept maps have been shown to support struggling readers by building off of students' prior knowledge and asking them to reflect on their understanding while reading. They are easy to construct and can be used across all content areas. Learn how to use this strategy in your classroom, and download a concept map graphic organizer.
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Reading (and Scaffolding) Expository Texts

As your new students come into your classroom this fall, you may find they require extra support when reading expository texts. Their unique structure and style differs from other sorts of reading, so teaching students about signal words and organization can help.

Best Tools for Back-to-School 2019

If you're looking for ways tech can support your teaching in the 2019-2020 school year, this list is here to help. These top-rated apps and sites — ranging from instructional supports to organizational tools to social networks and beyond — help make one of the world's toughest jobs a bit easier. Once you've found a few great tools for back to school, head over to our Teaching Strategies page dedicated to helping you Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success. (From Common Sense Education)

Blog: Reading Without Walls

The Wimpy Kid Meets the National Ambassador

At An Unlikely Story bookstore in Plainville, MA, Gene sits down for a lively conversation with Wimpy Kid author (and bookstore owner) Jeff Kinney.
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Featured Glossary Term

Authentic Assessment

Authentic assessment presents students with real-world challenges that require them to apply their relevant skills and knowledge. Authentic assessments are typically criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced; such evaluation identifies strengths and weaknesses, but does not compare or rank students. Students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, or competencies in whatever way they find appropriate.
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Research & News

The case for teaching about sharks and mummies, not captions and the main idea
Chalkbeat

Three Reasons Classroom Practice Conflicts With Evidence On How Kids Learn
Forbes

Coming To America: Our Best Student Podcasts About Immigration
National Public Radio

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