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How to Make Sight Word Instruction and Reading Intervention More Effective - Glean Education and Dr. Katharine Pace Miles

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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later...more
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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later time. This article also features several key takeaways from the podcast discussion and links to additional resources mentioned during the podcast.

tag(s): fluency (20), literacy (96), phonics (46), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16), sight words (22), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86)

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Listen to this podcast to gain further understanding and ideas for enhancing your literacy instruction, including reading intervention strategies. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share additional resources. For example, create a collection that includes resources for teaching sight words, another for phonics instruction resources, etc. Use the collaboration feature to share ideas with your peers.

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Ladder of Reading & Writing - Nancy Young

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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides...more
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides an overview of the progression of structured literacy skills. The second linked document shares a primer on structured literacy terms more about structured literacy. The third document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness of structured literacy's multiple components. Print and use any documents found on this site; however, they may not be changed or modified.

tag(s): literacy (96), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Use these documents for professional use to help understand the components of literacy. In addition, these items also provide excellent information to use with parents when discussing their student's literacy journey. For example, use the first document with the literacy ladder to provide perspective during parent/teacher conferences on students' progress toward becoming effortless readers. Finally, share with peers during professional development activities to develop an awareness of structured reading components and assess your current teaching strategies. Use a collaborative tool like Notejoy, reviewed here, to share ideas and plan lessons. Consider sharing literacy terms and strategies with parents on an ongoing basis through your school website or classroom newsletter. Include ideas for parents to incorporate at home to support reading skills.
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Scarborough's Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic - International Dyslexia Association

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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components...more
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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components required for reading fluency and comprehension by illustrating strands woven together to become a strong rope. The rope is broken into two pieces - comprehension and word recognition to demonstrate further the skills required to become successful readers.

tag(s): fluency (20), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16)

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Bookmark this simple yet effective representation of required reading skills to keep as a reference when reflecting upon your reading curriculum and instructional strategies. Use the strands described in the infographic as a starting point for organizing and curating resources. Consider using a curation tool such as Weje, reviewed here, to gather links, articles, and lessons grouped by the different skills illustrated on the Reading Rope. Use the Reading Rope as a starting point for professional development activities as you and your peers discuss strategies and resources for teaching reading skills. Be sure to share this infographic with parents to help them understand the many components of skills required of successful readers.

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The Science of Reading Implementation Guide - EAB District Leadership Forum

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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and...more
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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and implement reading reform within districts. The handbook includes building districtwide expertise, cultivating principal advocates to lead reform, providing explicit instruction, and increasing opportunities for observation and feedback. Also included is a nine-part toolkit designed to aid educators in implementing the science of reading teaching practices.

tag(s): literacy (96), phonics (46), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Include this guide and your other resources as you learn about the Science of Reading and researched-based reading instruction. Share with administrators and reading coaches in your district. Browse through the guides to find ideas that support and enhance your current curriculum and instruction strategies. Share suggestions found in the guide with parents for at-home support. Share ideas and future planning with peers using a collaborative tool such as Draft, reviewed here. For example, use one of the provided Roadmap templates to map out further professional development discussions or guide the planning and implementation of new teaching strategies during the school year.
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Science of Reading Handbook - Amplify Education, Inc.

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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly...more
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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly guide provides readers with background knowledge and educational applications using images, graphs, and relatable stories. Handbooks one and two are primers in reading research, while the third handbook focuses on making the shift to teaching in classrooms based upon the science of reading. In addition to the three printable directories, additional resources include links to articles, podcasts, and activities that support understanding how we learn to read.

tag(s): phonics (46), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86), word study (52)

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Download and save the handbooks shared on this site for professional development and understanding of the science of reading. Share with peers to use PD activities. Consider breaking the guides into smaller portions to begin your in-depth study of this topic and as you reflect upon your current teaching strategies. The third handbook that focuses on classroom instruction is beneficial for use as a reflective and ongoing learning opportunity. Add the questions to ask, found in the third handbook, to a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, then add teaching resources to your Wakelet collection. For example, one question is, "Are vocabulary words preselected and connected to the topic and text?' " Create a Wakelet collection that includes strategies for teaching how to understand vocabulary words within the context of the passage read. Include online tools such as Read Ahead, reviewed here. Read Ahead uses AI technology to create presentations of online text that present vocabulary lists of the text and provide definitions in context while students read.
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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (96), parents (61), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using Edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flip for this, reviewed here.
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Why Phonological Awareness is Important to Reading - Glean Education

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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher....more
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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher. The discussion focuses on phonological awareness and methods for explicit phonological awareness instruction. Listen to this podcast online, download it to your device, or read and print the available transcript.

tag(s): literacy (96), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), science of reading (16)

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Include this podcast with your other bookmarks and professional development resources for literacy instruction. Share with peers during professional development activities. Use information from this podcast and others to share the research behind literacy instruction methods with parents. Consider adding a short section to your class newsletter or website each month that includes information about literacy research and tips for at-home activities to encourage the practice of literacy skills at home. Find many free books, games, and activities to share with parents at We Read, reviewed here.
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How Our Brains Learn to Read - EAB District Leadership Forum

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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used...more
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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used in reading and the role each plays. For example, find the visual cortex to view the location in the brain and understand its role in orthographic processing (the ability to recognize and remember written words and parts of words visually). This document is shared as a PDF file and is ready to print and use for many different purposes.

tag(s): brain (52), literacy (96), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16)

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Save this document as a resource for sharing information on reading and literacy with parents. Consider adding this printable and additional PDF documents to create a digital book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Include basic information on different literacy elements and suggestions for at-home activities for parents in your digital book. Flipsnack's free plan allows you to create three books that include up to 30 pages each.
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30 Science of Reading Resources - Erica Suarez

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This helpful list provides various resources for learning about the Science of Reading. Categories divide the information making it easier to browse by type of resource. The categories...more
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This helpful list provides various resources for learning about the Science of Reading. Categories divide the information making it easier to browse by type of resource. The categories include "Must See" resources, infographics, podcasts, and others. Find even more suggestions in the comments below the article.

tag(s): literacy (96), parents (61), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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This site shares many valuable resources for those new to researching the Science of Reading and those looking to enhance their current knowledge. Organize and save useful resources using a bookmarking tool such as Raindrop.io, reviewed here. Raindrop.io makes it easy to create collections, tags, and filters then store information in an easy-to-find manner. Add collaborators to your collection to share resources with peers for further professional development. As you browse through the many resources shared on this list, take advantage of the features of Webnotes, reviewed here, to add a digital sticky note to any webpage as a reminder of important information found on the site or to add questions for further exploration.

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Science of Reading - North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, this comprehensive site offers many resources for learning about and understanding the Science of Reading (SOR). Links...more
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Provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, this comprehensive site offers many resources for learning about and understanding the Science of Reading (SOR). Links include resources created by the Department of Public Instruction and many from outside resources. Choose from research articles, learning modules and webinars, and practice guides.

tag(s): literacy (96), phonics (46), preK (238), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16)

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This site is a must-have for use when learning about or implementing Science of Reading instructional practices. Bookmark this information to find facts and details for personal use, use it as an instructional coach, or provide information to parents. As you share and discuss specific content with peers, use a collaborative commenting tool such as NowComment, reviewed here, to enhance your conversations. NowComment offers the ability for you to create group discussions based on any public document.
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What the Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read - Education Week

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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is...more
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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is just under four minutes long, making it an excellent choice for use to begin discussions on teaching phonics and literacy.

tag(s): phonics (46), preK (238), reading strategies (67), Research (61), science of reading (16)

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Share this video with your peers during professional development activities to encourage conversation about literacy instruction in your setting. Include this video with additional resources on literacy research. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources with peers. Include videos, articles, and other relevant information in your Wakelet collection.

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What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading - Education Week

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This recording of a Facebook Live conversation provides viewers with a discussion on what the reading research says, why there is an ongoing debate on teaching reading, and what teachers...more
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This recording of a Facebook Live conversation provides viewers with a discussion on what the reading research says, why there is an ongoing debate on teaching reading, and what teachers learn as part of their training in reading instruction. In addition to the informative 30-minute video, links in the comments guide viewers to more resources for learning about reading instruction.

tag(s): literacy (96), preK (238), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), Research (61), science of reading (16)

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Include this video with your other professional development resources as you learn about best practices for literacy instruction. Use a video commenting tool such as playposit, reviewed here, as part of your ongoing discussions to highlight important information and share individual thoughts about the content.

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Unpacking the Science of Reading: A Conversation With the Editors of Reading Research Quarterly - International Literacy Association

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This special digital issue of Reading Research Quarterly takes an in-depth look at the topic of the Science of Reading. Over an hour and a half, two editors of the ...more
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This special digital issue of Reading Research Quarterly takes an in-depth look at the topic of the Science of Reading. Over an hour and a half, two editors of the quarterly participate in a conversation that includes discussions of questions submitted by viewers and reviews of critical findings and editors' discoveries found in their research of the Science of Reading. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), Research (61), science of reading (16)

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Include this conversation as part of your professional development activities in understanding how to teach literacy skills. Use the clip tool found on YouTube to clip short 5 to 60-second highlights from this video to share with peers as part of your discussions about literacy. Use a clip to begin a discussion using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is a super simple podcast creator. Use Synth to begin professional conversations that offer opportunities for all participants to share ideas, questions, and follow-up opportunities with your chosen group.

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FCRR Student Center Activities - Florida Center for Reading Research

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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful...more
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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful Teacher Resource Guide provides explicit guidance to understanding the center activities and the terms used in each resource. View this information to learn how to implement and differentiate instruction through student centers. Use the provided grade level classifications to find and select activities by topics such as phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Each activity is described fully in a PDF document that includes teaching objectives, complete instructions, and student handouts when necessary.

tag(s): fluency (20), phonics (46), preK (238), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86)

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Bookmark this site as a helpful resource for finding research-based and teacher-tested activities to develop literacy skills for students. Be sure to visit the Teacher Resource Guide to understand all of the information included with each activity and understand the specific skills targeted.
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The Collection: Volume 1 January 2022 - Virginia State Literacy Association (VSLA)

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Volume 1 of The Collection includes several articles devoted to the Science of Reading approach to literary instruction. Topics include early literacy screening and answers to common...more
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Volume 1 of The Collection includes several articles devoted to the Science of Reading approach to literary instruction. Topics include early literacy screening and answers to common questions about the Science of Reading. View and print this collection using the icons found on the preview screen.

tag(s): literacy (96), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Include information from this collection of articles as part of your ongoing professional development activities. Include this collection along with your other resources using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a shared Wakelet to collaborate and share information about the Science of Reading with your peers.
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The Educator's Science of Reading Glossary - Virginia State Literacy Association

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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that...more
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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that shares definitions of basic terms referenced in the Science of Reading approach to teaching reading and writing. Additional resources in this document include links to other references and research.

tag(s): fluency (20), phonics (46), preK (238), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232)

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Bookmark and save this document as a resource for understanding the Science of Reading approach in your classroom. As you learn about the Science of Reading through professional development opportunities, consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas with peers. Create a column for each term and add resources such as articles, videos, and teaching resources within your Padlet.
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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), oral history (15)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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Unlocking Time - Always Be Learning, Inc.

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This open-source tool provides strategies and insights for considering ways to structure school schedules to fit values and resources. Begin by looking at recent surveys that share...more
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This open-source tool provides strategies and insights for considering ways to structure school schedules to fit values and resources. Begin by looking at recent surveys that share information from almost 4,000 school leaders. The survey looks at schedules, length of class periods, and collaboration time provided to educators. Next, visit the Schedule Library to find several examples of traditional, block, and flexible schedule options. Each sample includes a description and a look at the pros and cons of the model. In addition, these examples provide support materials to dig deeper into each concept. Next, try the free Schedule Builder to experiment and explore options that fit your school's needs. Then, visit the Time Strategies tab to learn how schools use innovative methods to make the most of their school day. Finally, the Tools & Resources portion of the site includes professional development videos, digital tools to explore time management options, and publications that share information on reimagining time.

tag(s): classroom management (136), professional development (286)

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Share this resource with your school's administrators and planning teams to use when discussing time management in your school and district. Consider browsing through the site to find options that fit your needs, then share the research and ideas to support your proposals.
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Evolve EdTech - Evolve EdTech

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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series....more
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Evolve EdTech shares a variety of free educational resources for educators. Resources include Jamboard templates, Wakelet Collections, infographics, and a digital plan board series. Evolve EdTech also consists of a YouTube channel that shares a series of tutorials. Visit their podcast page to subscribe to their series that offers tips and tools for successfully incorporating technology into any classroom.

tag(s): computers (101), podcasts (65), resources (85), Teacher Utilities (123), video (242)

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Discover the many free resources to add to your technology toolbox. For example, visit the Jamboard portion of the site to find and download many organizers for posing questions, summarizing, and vocabulary development. Download any of the templates to use or modify to fit your needs. Watch the short tutorials to learn about tips and tricks on using PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams. Use the ideas found on this site to create Google Jamboard, reviewed here, templates that match the educational needs of your students. Learn how to create collections using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share information with students or to use for lesson planning and student projects.

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WellCheq - Jodi Miller

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WellCheq is a digital application that provides a daily wellness check-in for students. Students log in each day and answer two questions - how are you feeling today, and how ...more
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WellCheq is a digital application that provides a daily wellness check-in for students. Students log in each day and answer two questions - how are you feeling today, and how are you doing overall? This information is then immediately available to the teacher or counselor. WellCheq tracks both individual and class data over the short and long term. Students reporting a three (out of five) or lower are identified with an email to the teacher and go on the Students of Concern page. Students log in through the student portal to provide responses and access suggested resources. There is a link for students to ask for help using the "Cheq on me" button. Create and use a teacher account to add and manage classrooms and access reports. Reports include daily information, students of concern, as well as longitudinal class and student reports.

tag(s): emotions (45), identity (26), social and emotional learning (60), Teacher Utilities (123)

In the Classroom

Share WellCheq with your school counselors for possible use in monitoring the mental wellness of students. If your school doesn't want to use a program such as this, consider other possibilities for sharing wellness tips with students and parents and share resources for obtaining help when needed. Find resources at the TeachersFirst Resources for Self-Identity Special Topics Page.

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