Winter Group

Teaching Tips

  • Putting the STEM in ILD

    The ILD 60-for-60 challenge was a great STEM springboard for a North Carolina teacher.
  • Dyslexia: When Spelling Matters

    Hearing a booth next to me at a dyslexia conference, I thought there was just "another program" for dyslexic students. I learned more two days later and it changed everything.
  • Building A Strong Foundation on Vocabulary and Making it Fun

    Classes can compete with students around the world in a race for the largest vocabulary.
  • The ILD Challenge—Halfway There

    One early learning teacher is tracking her students' adventure with the ILD Challenge online.
  • Note-Taking for Digital Writing

    Note taking is an important skill, and is included in the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing under “Research to Build and Present Knowledge.”  While taking pen to notecard may be the traditional way to develop a research paper, my classroom is 1:1 Chromebooks, and I wanted a way for students to be able to work on their research outside the classroom, collaborate with peers, and not worry about losing any (or all!) of their work.
  • Keeping Communication Open Year-Round

    Now that we have subscribed to Kidblog, our teachers have access to the blogging site year-round to help acclimate our students to utilizing the blog.
  • 'You've Got Mail:' Correspondence at Its Finest

    Our future conversations evolved into something we never expected. Our students developed wonderful friendships via old fashioned pen and paper letters. Thus began the Pen Pal Project.

  • Building a Foundation for Writing Success

    Students should start from a successful point and writing should increase in difficulty and rigor throughout the year. Each student will have individual starting points and individual growth, but class whole-group lessons will benefit all. Students may start with writing their names, progress to writing predicable text and repetitive sentences, to constructing stories at varying lengths.
  • More Ways to Pitch Graphic Novels

    Have you ever encountered a parent, a teacher, or a librarian who does not support graphic novels? I have. Whenever someone questions why I promote graphic novels, I pull one of the following resources out of my hat...
  • Best Ever Literacy Tips for Teaching Informational Text Structures

    Focusing on text structures is worth the effort because research suggests that understanding text structure strengthens overall comprehension and may also provide students with models for writing.
  • Camp Digi-Lit: Using Transliteracy Tools to Counteract Summer Reading Loss

    Youngsters take over the Center for Literacy, the computer labs and the entire campus because it serves as their classroom during this engaging and fun-filled summer reading camp aimed at keeping kids immersed in literacy learning over the summer.
  • Let Reluctant Readers Go to the Dogs

    Although everyone knows that kids and dogs are a winning combination I (as a former teacher of English and professor of teacher education specializing in literacy development) initially expressed skepticism that dogs trained to assist children with reading could help them become better readers. But then I learned about research-based international organizations, such as Reading Education Assistance Dogs program for registered therapy dogs.
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