The Power Notes strategy teaches students an efficient way to organize information from assigned text. This technique provides students with a systematic way to look for relationships within the text. Power Notes help visually display the differences between main ideas and supportive information in outline form. Main ideas or categories are assigned a power 1 rating. Details and examples are assigned power 2s, 3s, or 4s.
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Inferencing is something we do all the time, but often students don't realize this is a skill they naturally use. In this video module, 6th grade Language Arts teacher Jennifer Ramsey starts by using a simple photograph and asking her students identify all the information they can infer from the photo. Next step: the students work together to determine what they can infer from written passages.
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A systematic teaching method in which the teacher continually explains to students the relationship between what they have learned, what they're in the process of learning, and what they will learn in the future.
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In a new report from Attendance Works, researchers say they found a link between higher rates of student absenteeism and lower scores in reading and mathematics on a nationwide exam. It's a finding that isn't likely to surprise many people, least of all educators in America's public schools.
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