Getting Parents on Board

Author: Alisa Hindin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131733146X
Format: PDF
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Learn how to work more effectively with K–5 parents to increase student achievement in math and literacy. Research shows that parent involvement in schools leads to higher test scores and more engaged and enthusiastic students, but it isn’t always easy for teachers to bridge the gap between the home and the school. This insightful book provides helpful, research-based strategies to foster meaningful home–school partnerships and overcome the challenges teachers often face when trying to build relationships with parents. You’ll learn new ways to: Promote parent involvement at home and school; Share specific math and literacy strategies with parents to reinforce children’s learning; Plan and organize effective parent conferences that foster true dialogue about a child’s education; Communicate with parents about what you’re teaching and how you’re teaching it, so they can actively contribute to their child’s learning at home; Develop family nights and workshops to get parents involved in learning at school; Recommend games, activities, and projects that parents can use at home to help their children practice math and literacy skills; And much more! Each chapter is full of practical tools such as Common Core-aligned strategies, useful resources for parents, and sample parent letters that you can use to increase and improve your home–school communications. Bonus: Additional parent letters on a variety of topics are available on our website, www.routledge.com/ 9781138998698, to help you keep parents connected throughout the year.

Nurturing Your Child s Math and Literacy in Pre K Fifth Grade

Author: Mary Mueller
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 147582601X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book offers parents a resource they can use to navigate their child’s education, communicate with teachers, and support their children in learning mathematics and literacy. After providing an overview of the current educational climate and tips for communication with teachers, we share strategies and suggestions parents can use to assist their children in language arts and mathematics. We provide detailed descriptions of activities, games, books, and conversations that connect with what children will be learning at each grade level.

Powerful Parent Partnerships

Author: Robert Dillon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351186094
Format: PDF, ePub
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It is essential that we work together to craft powerful parent-teacher partnerships that meet the needs of today’s students and schools. In this important new book, authors Robert Dillon and Melissa Nixon show you how to build stable and supportive relationships with teachers so that the needs of your child are always met. They also offer strategies for staying involved in the school community at large. Loaded with practical takeaways and sample stories, this book will help you: Clearly communicate your child’s educational goals; Make connections with other schools and school districts to build community and broaden your range of resources; Hold teachers and administrators accountable without alienating them; Develop communication strategies to address difficult topics like underperformance and misbehavior; Show compassion and gratitude; And more! With the practical suggestions in this book, you’ll be able to rekindle more engagement and excitement into your child’s learning at school and at home.

Global Concepts for Young People

Author: Becky Hunt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315298651
Format: PDF, Docs
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Learn how to teach global concepts and use them to increase critical thinking across the curriculum. In this new book from popular consultant Becky Hunt, you’ll get ready-to-use lesson plans, stories, and activities to help you teach five key global concepts—Change, Interdependence, Culture, Scarcity, and Power. Aligned with both the C3 Social Studies Framework and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, these engaging lesson plans encourage critical thinking skills that will lead to increased creativity in problem solving. This book is an essential resource for teachers looking to: Create a framework to teach young people global concepts that will help them analyze and understand the world. ? Present stories and lessons connected to real-world issues that inspire students to develop innovative solutions. Engage students in lessons that will help them to understand and celebrate people from different cultures at home and around the world. ??? Shape students into global citizens with an understanding of the world and a desire to bring about change. Special features include anchor stories, games, graphic organizers, and critical-thinking questions. Many of the tools are available as eResources on our website, www.routledge.com/9781138237940, so you can print and use them in your classroom immediately.

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Author: Nancy Dean
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979803
Format: PDF, ePub
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Directly linked with overall student achievement, graduation rates, and success in higher education, literacy is essential for reaching academic goals in a school or county. Adolescent literacy has become the focus of many school improvement efforts to meet the needs of secondary and high school students. Without the requisite expertise in literacy, administrators and other school leaders charged with literacy improvement initiatives need a systemic and sustained approach for improving student literacy and learning. Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy presents a concrete, user-friendly, and practical guide to developing, implementing, and monitoring a schoolwide or county-wide literacy action plan. Readers will find rubrics, tools, and processes developed and field-tested by the authors over more than 10 years of close work with schools across the country.

Growing Readers

Author: Kathy Collins
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103732
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Primary-grade teachers face an important challenge: teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading. Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guides them toward independence, intention, and joy as readers. In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins helps teachers plan for independent reading workshops in their own classrooms. She describes the structure of the independent reading workshop and other components of a balanced literacy program that work together to ensure young students grow into strong, well-rounded readers. Kathy outlines a sequence of possible units of study for a yearlong curriculum. Chapters are devoted to the individual units of study and include a sample curriculum as well as examples of mini-lessons and reading conferences. There are also four “Getting Ready” sections that suggest some behind-the-scenes work teachers can do to prepare for the units. Topics explored in these units include: print and comprehension strategies; reading in genres such as poetry and nonfiction; connecting in-school reading and out-of-school reading; developing the strategies and habits of lifelong readers. A series of planning sheets and management tips are presented throughout to help ensure smooth implementation. We want our students to learn to read, and we want them to love to read. To do this we need to lay a foundation on which children build rich and purposeful reading lives that extend beyond the school day. The ideas found in Growing Readers create the kind of primary classrooms where that happens.

Time s Up on Timed Tests

Author: Kristen Hilty
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781631330766
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"Fact fluency matters, but timed tests give students more anxiety than they develop students' mathematical fluency. It's time for educators to give timed tests a time out. But, what's the alternative? This book is designed to answer that question. It provides teachers with a wealth of practical ways to teach students the facts, help them understand the facts, and give them strategies to become fluent with their grade level's fact fluency expectations. Time's Up on Timed Tests builds real fact fluency--without a timer! The book covers fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with practical strategies for purposeful practice, including reproducibles of games and activities. "