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Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.

Aug
20
2014
Syllabication is a core decoding skill, and as such, a basic foundational reading skill. As explained in The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves, but rather, a core component of... More...
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Aug
14
2014
An educational rite of passage is for students, somewhere from the upper elementary grades through high school, to carry out one or more research projects and present/report out their findings.  Recognize this familiar scene: A student is standing... More...
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Jul
30
2014
Prewriting frees the inner writer. Commonly considered the first step in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, and reviewing), it is that “protected” time for generating ideas without the pressure of producing a draft right away. The University... More...
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Jul
24
2014
As a teacher, literacy specialist, and consultant, I always found semantic maps (also called graphic organizers or webs) to be a hot discussion topic. Teachers found endless uses. Some used graphic organizers for vocabulary—to help students perceive... More...
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Jul
15
2014
Many struggling readers are passive rather than active readers. They have difficulty interacting with and making personal meaning of the ideas in the text. One evidence-based strategy that helps students’ reading comprehension is self-questioning.... More...
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Jul
11
2014
The title of this blog is written as a tongue in cheek “equation.” The purpose was to show the four parts of language development critical for mathematical learning:  to speak, to listen, to write, and to read.   Being able to understand (listen and... More...
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Jul
8
2014
The goal of summarizing a larger selection of text (e.g., an article, story, or chapter) is to distill the gist, key ideas, or main points. A summary, according to Webster’s, is the “general idea in brief form.” It is reducing the larger work into... More...
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Jun
30
2014
Once more likely to be found in research institutions and universities, 3D printers are starting to pop up in schools and homes across the country. This new technology has the potential to change the way we teach and learn; from creating models, to... More...
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Jun
26
2014
In the “olden days,” when my children went to school, they carried a pocket dictionary in their backpacks, referred to the BIG dictionary we had at home, or pulled out from the back of their desk the school-issued hard-cover dictionary. They were... More...
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Jun
19
2014
I have been using the PowerUp WHAT WORKS website (www.powerupwhatworks.org) to find free and easy-to-use math resources for my blended math PD. Let me set the context. I am a lead trainer for the Michigan Integrated Mathematics Initiative (MI2).... More...
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