Literacy and Learning Centers for the Big Kids

Author: Katherine S McKnight Ph D
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780999226001
Format: PDF
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Dr. Katherine McKnight has a 100% success rate in achieving academic gains with her unique, centers-based approach. Elementary schools have long used learning centers (also known as "rotations") but middle and high school teachers have unique challenges. So Dr. McKnight worked with teachers all over the country to develop collaborative learning centers designed specifically for grade 4-12 learners. In this book readers can explore the research that prompted the creation of the LLC model for big kids, and learn how to start using it in their own classrooms. Read about the four foundational centers that are integral to the model. Find out how to set up additional centers in order to customize the LLC model for any content-area classroom. Learn to create developmentally appropriate tasks that automatically align instruction to standards/skills based assessment, increase student engagement, and allow you to cover more content and skill-development in less time. Avoid discipline problems with self-directed activities that provide the independence students crave with the guidance they need. Resources, teacher tips, and sample book lists are included.

Literacy Work Stations

Author: Debbie Diller
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103538
Format: PDF
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Practical suggestions to prepare over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers.

Time for Literacy Centers

Author: Gretchen Owocki
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Grades PreK-3 In a recent survey, 80% of K-3 teachers considered outstanding in literacy instruction reported using literacy centers in their classrooms. Surprised? Gretchen Owocki isn't. She knows that literacy centers are an ideal tool for teachers who seek out opportunities to differentiate their instruction, and in Time for Literacy Centers, she shows you every aspect of using centers successfully. Owocki has thought of everything you need to know to make learning centers happen, from planning to assessment to ensuring that centers help all students meet content and skills standards. Grounded in solid research, yet lively and practical enough to keep on the corner of your desk, Time for Literacy Centers offers explicit, helpful advice on teaching with literacy centers, including: smart suggestions for on-the-spot and preplanned differentiation through centers-including tips for working with special-needs students and English-language learners specific learning and teaching principles that guide and enhance center-based instruction literacy goals for centers that are developmentally appropriate for your students, yet flexible enough to work in grades K-3 ideas for organizing the physical space in your classroom for one or many centers strategies for managing center-based instruction that help even the busiest classrooms run smoothly plans for more than 50 literacy centers with activities and reproducibles that are ready to roll out right away. If you're trying literacy centers for the first time, Time for Literacy Centers gives you plenty of start-to-finish help in getting your centers up and running-and running well. If you're a center veteran, you'll uncover some nitty-gritty details that will help you provide the best individual support for your students as they develop their literacy capabilities.

Thinking Big Learning Big

Author: Marie Evitt
Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.
ISBN: 0876596561
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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BIG activities engage little learners with this complete curriculum for science, math, literacy, and language. BIG is powerful. Children want to be BIG. They want to do BIG. They love enormous numbers like a hundred million billion and long words like "tyrannosaurus rex." They love to spread their arms wide and run as fast as they can. Thinking BIG, Learning BIG is filled with BIG activities to engage the imaginations of young children. Children learn best by seeing, feeling, and doing. Making things on a grand scale enhances their understanding. When children build a giant spider with eight legs and eight eyes, and a giant fly with six legs and two eyes and two wings, children can experience the difference between spiders and flies, that they are not just "bugs." BIG creations are more fun, more memorable, and therefore, more educational. The chapters are organized by topic, with activities that build science, math, literacy, and language skills, which form a solid foundation for future learning. The information and activities align with the standards set by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. The BIG Connections section presents ways to integrate the topic throughout the curriculum—in sensory experiences, art, music, dramatic play, and gross motor skills.

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom

Author: Katherine S. McKnight
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0787996505
Format: PDF, Docs
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Guide to Improv in the Classroom Most people know The Second City as an innovative school forimprovisation that has turned out leading talents such as AlanArkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. Thisgroundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators andstudents through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program,which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of contentareas and boost skills that are crucial for student learning:listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary,and more. The scores of ready-to-use exercises offered here can be used toteach a wide variety of subjects—including language arts,math, science, and social studies—as well as to buildclassroom community and develop cooperative learning skills. All ofthe lessons are linked to current national standards for the UnitedStates and Canada, and have been proven particularly effective withkinesthetic learners and students with attention difficulties. Praise for The Second City Guide toImprov in the Classroom "This lively book reminds us that both real teaching and reallearning are essentially exploratory, empowering, and downrightfun." —Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, author, Imagining to Learn and You GottaBE the Book, winner of the David H. Russell Award for DistinguishedResearch in English Education "The book offers wonderful resources for teachers interested indifferentiating instruction and expanding the range ofpossibilities for students to think by visualizing, creating newpossibilities, connecting and deepening meaning, sensing andfeeling." —Donna Ogle, Ed.D., professor, National-Louis University andpast president, International Reading Association "The methods provided by McKnight and Scruggs are tried-and-trueand have proven to be extremely successful with students of allages." —Jessica Rogers, National Board Certified Teacher, DanielBoone Elementary School, Chicago

Hacking Literacy

Author: Gerard Dawson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780986104954
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Hacking Literacy, classroom teacher, author, and readingconsultant Gerard Dawson reveals 5 simple ways any educator or parent can turn even the most reluctant reader into a thriving, enthusiastic lover of books."

Growing Readers

Author: Kathy Collins
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103732
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Motivating Primary grade Students

Author: Michael Pressley
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781572309142
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What is that intangible force that makes some classrooms positively buzz with interest, attention, and excitement about learning? While motivation can't easily be quantified, few would dispute its essential role in promoting academic engagement and achievement. This uniquely practical book is the first how-to guide on motivating students in grades K-3. Presented are research-based strategies and techniques that are brought to life in three extended case studies of highly successful motivators. Vividly demonstrating how these exemplary teachers flood their classrooms with motivation, the book provides inspiration and practical ideas that readers can implement in their own work. It also guides teachers in recognizing and avoiding key pitfalls--the attitudes, instructional methods, and classroom management approaches that may inadvertantly undermine student motivation. Key Features: The first how-to book on this important topic Senior author Michael Pressley is a popular, visible figure with a stellar reputation. Practical, realistic classroom suggestions are illustrated by case material. Appendix provides checklists of what works (and what doesn't) in promoting academic motivation.