Category: Teaching Strategy

Academic and Testing Vocabulary

Academic vocabulary consists of words that are not commonly used or frequently encountered in everyday conversation. These words include specialized content vocabulary for specific subjects such as reading/language art, science, social studies, or math. Academic vocabulary also includes terms found on standardized tests  When students understand testing vocabulary, test scores go up. By teaching test vocabulary and how the words look in different forms on a test, students feel better prepared and more confident on test day.

Academic vocabulary consists of words that are not commonly used or frequently encountered in everyday conversation. These words include specialized content vocabulary for specific subjects such as reading/language art, science, social studies, or math. Academic vocabulary also includes terms found on standardized tests.  When students understand testing vocabulary, test scores go up. By teaching test vocabulary and how the words look in different forms on a test, students feel better prepared and more confident on test day.

When to Teach Words

When preparing units of study such as novel studies, add four to five academic vocabulary words in with the novel specific words. Select words based on the skills taught during the unit of study.  Continue Reading

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Collaborative Discussions

Teaching Students to Use Ground Rules During Classroom Discussions

Classroom discussions are an important part of learning. The Common Core State Standards, address discussions with under the Speaking & Listening strands. This list shows the main standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Continue Reading

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Memorization Techniques

10 Memorization Techniques

Are your students having difficulty memorizing information for tests? Learning steps in a process, lists, or simple facts can be a challenge for most students. Try some of these memorization techniques. They will make a difference.

Some facts must be memorized in a specific order. Name mnemonics and acrostics as well as using the Method of Loci help students recall details in a specific sequence. Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Predict Outcomes

Ideas for Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 

Predicting Outcomes

A reader predicts outcomes by making a guess about what is going to happen.  Continue Reading

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Ways to Teach Students to Follow Directions

Procedures and Activities to Help Students Follow Directions

Teaching students to listen carefully to instructions can be a real challenge. Below you will find some procedures for following directions that require practice for students to understand and know what is expected.

Following the procedures is a list of activities including printables to use to help improve following instructions skills. Continue Reading

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Five Ideas for Teaching Point of View

Five Ideas for Teaching Point of View with Free Printable Activities

Teaching point of view can be both challenging and fun. The Common Core State Standards includes a point of view standard at each grade level.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
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Teaching Ideas to Promote Growth Mindset

Teaching Ideas to Promote Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck is a psychologist working at Stanford University. Over 30 years ago, she became interested in attitudes versus achievement of students. She studied the success in individuals and compared it to mindset. Her findings are extremely important in the area of education. Dweck divides people into two different groups: fixed and growth mindsets.

A Fixed Mindset

People with a fixed mindset assume everyone has a restrictive aptitude. They also have a specific personality and a certain moral character. Creative abilities and intelligence are static. People with a fixed mindset wonder. — “Will I look smart?” “Will I succeed?” Due to this, they avoid difficult tasks that might show limitations. A person with a fixed mindset avoids tasks that seem challenging. The thinking is if a person avoids difficult tasks, the person won’t make mistakes. People with a fixed mindset feel the need to prove themselves over and over again. Continue Reading

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