Technology is a major component of our lives; used daily at home, work, and school. Knowledgeable use of technology creates opportunities for students to live easier, faster, and smarter lives. We can help our students by learning about, and teaching appropriate use of, technology. T-TAC ODU asked our specialists to comment on the technology tools… Read More Top Tech Savvy Tips for Teachers
Do you have students in your classroom who can follow routines and manage their behavior while they regulate their thinking and emotions? And, other students who cannot seem to control their behavior or stick to classroom routines? They may fidget and have difficulty ignoring things that are irrelevant. The contrasts in these students illustrate differences… Read More Thinking About Executive Function—Why is it Important?
It is often suggested that if learners struggle with reading they should do more writing! Students can benefit from multiple writing opportunities such as writing about books they are reading (with sentence starter prompts as needed), small -group, shared writing called Predictable Chart Writing, and Thinking Logs for mathematical writing. The Center for Early Literacy… Read More The Power of Writing to Strengthen Reading
As the school year begins and we consider how to contribute to students’ success, this issue of the T-TAC Network News provides a reminder that relationships matter. Build positive and supportive relationships from the start of this school year with the following six resources. Read more about the research linking positive relationships with student achievement… Read More First Things First: Positive Relationships are linked to Student Engagement and Achievement
Jo Boaler (2013), a Mathematics Education Professor at Stanford University, describes a fixed mindset as the belief that either you’re smart or you’re not. On the other hand, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and smartness can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise (Boaler, 2013). Teacher attitudes and mindset… Read More Math Mindset
Intensive instructional delivery that is designed for students with learning difficulties has the following characteristics. 1. It is explicit: Explicit instruction is overt teaching of steps or processes to complete a learning task. Explicit instruction includes teacher presentation, teacher modeling, and demonstration so that students are able to do what is expected and generalize a… Read More Intensive Instruction: A Teacher’s Toolkit
All students learn differently. There is no “one size fits all” option for classroom instruction. How can a teacher meet the needs of all students in a classroom? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn. The goal of UDL is to… Read More Universal Design for Learning