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I AM MORE than a struggling reader
Posted on Dec 14, 2017
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Reading Intervention
  • Struggling Readers
I AM MORE than a struggling reader

Adolescents who struggle with reading are often reluctant to bring attention upon themselves and engage in class. However, with the right intervention, these students—who share the same dreams and aspirations as their grade-level peers—can become more, do more, and achieve more.

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Outside In
Posted on Dec 7, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
Outside In

All of us do some things because we like to. We also do our best to instill in the children we teach and others this same feeling. Intrinsic rewards are wonderfully motivating, but we are not born with the ability to generate this motivation. We learn it through a variety of processes, starting at an early age.

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Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2

There are many commonly proposed solutions to the shortage of qualified teachers for secondary students who are struggling in math or have learning disabilities. These solutions are expensive, complex, and they will take considerable time to implement. Many of them have been with us for years and have yet to be seriously implemented. So, what can be done in the short term?

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Where Are the Math Teachers?
Posted on Nov 16, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers?

At the heart of today’s challenge is finding a sufficient number of new teachers who have three distinct qualifications: 1) a sufficient content knowledge of mathematics, 2) a reasonable level of teaching or “pedagogical” knowledge of the subject, and 3) a capacity to differentiate instruction for struggling students. Finding all of these qualifications in one individual is rare, and the data confirm this.

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Mastery Teaching
Posted on Nov 2, 2017
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • General Education
  • training & support
Mastery Teaching

This is my 25th year teaching. Yet, it feels a bit like my first. I am part of a small team of teachers at my school who have volunteered to pilot a mastery learning program with our seventh-grade students. Like my first year in the classroom, the learning curve is steep.

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Engagement: What Every Learner Needs
Posted on Oct 26, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Student Engagement
Engagement: What Every Learner Needs

The dream of every physicist is finding the theory of everything. The dream of every teacher is discovering how to engage every student. How wonderful it would be for them...and us. There is no single definition for engagement, but it is one of those constructs we recognize when we see it. Engaged students are attentive and interested in what they are doing. They are curious, hopeful about what they can accomplish, and enthusiastic.

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