myStoryMaker, (requires flash) is a free interactive program for writing short stories. Through visuals, the author selects the characters, items, objects and settings. By selecting feelings, actions, and interactions, the author guides the characters. The program fills in sentences based on the feeling, action, or interaction selected. The author can also add their own words… [Read more…] myStorymaker
Semantic gradients is a group of related words placed on a continuum that allows students to make connections between known words and new vocabulary. Reading Rockets has fun and engaging activities that help students deepen their understanding of related words. Research states that vocabulary instruction is an essential skill that students need to improve reading… [Read more…] Effective Vocabulary Instruction that Increases Reading Comprehension
Teachers have received limited guidance about writing during math instruction (Casa, Evans, Firmender, & Colonnese, 2017). Because of this, it is important to distinguish between writing about mathematics and mathematical writing. Writing about mathematics prioritizes the learning of literacy; but mathematical writing emphasizes mathematical reasoning (Casa, et al., 2017). This type of writing includes text,… [Read more…] Are your students Writing About Mathematics? Or, are they Engaged in Mathematical Writing?
Co-teachers can create a collaborative atmosphere and set the stage for a positive relationship by following some suggestions featured in the Virginia Department of Education publication, Stepping Stones to Success II; Collaboration: Working Together for All Students. Suggestions in the section entitled, Culture of Collaboration: What it Looks Like and How We Do It include; remain… [Read more…] Building Co-Teaching Relationships Together
The Division for Early Childhood’s Recommended Practices (revised 2014) were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. New resources are now available to promote… [Read more…] New DEC Recommended Practices Resources