An effective way for teachers to know what students are learning is to use short, informal assessments throughout the school day that check for student understanding. Such assessments, often called formative assessments or assessments for learning, take little time to implement and are a...

Provide students with manipulatives such as pattern blocks, cubes, toothpicks,  plastic links, buttons and other concrete objects so they can create and recognize various patterns that include: color sequences (e.g. RRB for red red blue blocks); alternating size patterns such as ...

Could it be possible that such a seemingly small act of changing the wording in a question can really accomplish both higher order thinking for students and formative assessment?  This questioning technique can be used to increase rigor and engagement a...

The goal of Teacher Direct is both to provide new instructional resources and to help make teachers aware of professional development and grant opportunities, as well as other information of special interest to teachers and their students.
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It is important to teach students how to focus on the strategies that good readers use to comprehend text.    For example, to strengthen reading comprehension, questioning is a commonly used strategy that increases critical thinking.
  Reading is a complex proces...