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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction

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One to Grow On — Caring Teachers

Many of us have classroom stories attesting to the impact of relationships with students.  Recent research suggests that we can intentionally engineer such relationships.  But reflecting on past classes, the very process of getting to know students better never stopped at just finding interests to ask them about or at identifying commonalities.
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Learning to Practice “Productive Disagreement”

This weekend an interesting blog post popped up on Scientific American: Using Pop Culture to Practice Productive Disagreement.  In a nutshell, the blog states that when children share opinions about movies, their favorite characters, shows, books, etc., we are gifted some real teachable moments. The blogger makes the case that how we respond to children's opinions shapes their future questioning and openness to assert and support their views and counterpoints in productive ways.
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Improving Student Writing

The statistics are staggering.  Approximately 70 percent of students in grades four, eight and twelve did not meet even basic proficiency goals in writing as set forth by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2002 (Persky, Daane, & Jin, 2003). In 2005, American College Testing reported that almost a third of high school students intending to attend college needed to enroll in a remedial English composition class before being judged competent to take a college-level course. American businesses also spent almost $31 billion dollars in 2005 on basic, on-the-job writing remediation for its workforce (National Commission on Writing, 2004). These figures are even worse for certain ethnic groups.

Mini Training Presentation

See below for self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction Mini Training Presentation

Coming Soon!

Minis will be self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to EI and SDI.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

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