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How to Find the Right Intervention
Response to Intervention
How to Find the Right Intervention
June 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm 0
  Everyone agrees that we should be using scientific, research based interventions. But how do you do sift through so many interventions to find the right one? You can go directly to a website or brochure for more information, but what company will advertise itself as being unscientific, or not based on research? They are […]
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RTI in Action:  Using Data for Student Placement
Response to Intervention
RTI in Action: Using Data for Student Placement
April 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm 1
This is the hypothetical Harris Middle School’s first year of implementing RTI. They want to make sure they do it right, so the leadership team has decided to do a soft launch with just 6th grade Literacy. They’ve collected their beginning of the year data, and now they are ready to begin placing their students. […]
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RTI in Action: Collecting Meaningful Data
Data, Response to Intervention
RTI in Action: Collecting Meaningful Data
April 16, 2016 at 3:49 am 0
  Whether you are starting from scratch or restructuring your current RTI program, a lot of the planning tends to happen in the beginning of the school year. It can be messy, with a lot of moving pieces. But it can be done, and it can lead to great outcomes for students like Janiah. Let […]
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The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
Products
The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
January 31, 2016 at 7:13 pm 0
Rob and I have posted a Comprehension Notebook for The Princess Diaries on TeachersPayTeachers.com for $.99. It has a kid-facing notebook of questions that ask plot, perspective and secondary character questions. I’ve used it as a: comprehension check book club guide assessment starting point for guided reading   It also has an answer key that […]
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Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
Writing
Writing is Like Buying a “Fixer-Upper”
January 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm 0
Imagine you’ve bought a new house, but it’s a “fixer-upper.” The plumbing is ancient, the back stairs are deadly and the paint is peeling. You’ve got a plan to make this work, though: First, replace those stairs. Then, address the plumbing. Maybe two months later you’ll paint the first floor a delicious color called “mocha […]
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Assistive Technology
Choosing Only the Most “Sponge-worthy” Audiobooks
January 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm 0
In my last post, I explained the most important thing about using Audible with your students: you can log into your audio library from an unlimited number of devices at the same time. In other words, if you buy one copy of the Hunger Games audiobook (about 10 dollars), multiple kids can listen to that book simultaneously from multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets […]
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Audible’s Big Secret! Shhhh!
Assistive Technology
Audible’s Big Secret! Shhhh!
January 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm 0
If you’ve had the chance to use Bluford audiobooks, or Read & Write for Google, you’ve probably seen how powerful text-to-speech Assistive Technology can be –especially for students with decoding disabilities or ADHD. A variation of this technology – audiobooks from Audible – can be used to help students access the whole-class text you’re likely […]
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The Evolution of Writing
Writing
The Evolution of Writing
January 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm 0
Having kids write essays can feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain with a piano on your back. (Even Sisyphus didn’t have it this hard.)  Part of what makes teaching writing so difficult is that it requires a lot of time, differentiation and spiraling.   When teaching writing, one mistake I’ve made is to […]
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Assistive Technology
Awesome AT Tools: Read & Write for Google
January 12, 2016 at 3:21 am 0
In my last post, I shared one of my favorite free Assistive Technology tools that I use with my students all of the time. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Read & Write for Google, another amazing tool that is literally extremely easy to use and free (though a premium version does exist).   […]
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Assistive Technology
Awesome AT Tools: Bluford Audiobooks
January 11, 2016 at 1:22 am 0
If you teach reading in Washington D.C. (or pretty much anywhere), you probably already know all about the Bluford High Series. This series of 21 books on Level S/T are insanely popular. The protagonists in these stories are all African-American or Latino teenagers, who struggle with different problems such as bullying, poverty, teenage pregnancy and […]
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