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Why Digital Literacy Matters?

Why Digital Literacy Matters?

Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency, but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose. - Doug Belshaw, educational researcher What is digital literacy? Digital literacy requires a variety of strategies…

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Content Literacy In Math

Content Literacy in Math

As educators, we are aware of the importance of proper literacy skills our students need to acquire within their time spent in our classrooms. Teachers across the entire curriculum spectrum realize that they are responsible for producing learners who possess…

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Encouraging Speaking in the Classroom

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When a child walks through your classroom door, so does a unique personality. As an educator you can create and warm inviting classroom appearance to allow students to feel comfortable. Some children waltz right in fearless, with the ability to talk to the teacher and other children. There are other children who hover close to their parents during open house, feeling uneasy about meeting a new teacher and students in the class. The first few weeks of schools is a significant time to build an encouraging classroom environment where students have the confidence to participate in class all year long. You want your students to have the courage to communicate with others, share ideas in small groups, and speak before the class.

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Math Journaling

Math journaling is a great way to get insight into your students’ thoughts and problem solving strategies about math K-12!  Learning how to do math is only one piece of the problem, they also must know how to articulate what…

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Acing the Test: 7 Tips for Writing Winning Essay Responses

girl-kids-training-school-159782.jpegWhen I was teaching, part of preparing students to succeed on the annual state exam was teaching them how to respond to open-ended essay-style questions.  Unlike some other question types where you can use strategies such as eliminating incorrect answers or comparing similar/opposite responses to the question asked, essay-style questions vary in response depending on the content area asssessed and the requirements one’s answer must meet according to the question.  Here’s some advice for making sure your responses get you the most points possible on these kinds of assessment questions.

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Problems No More: 6 Strategies to Help Decode Math Word Problems

desk-912577_1920.jpgIf I’m really honest, I’ll admit one of the most challenging things I’ve done while teaching elementary math is getting children to conquer the often-dreaded word problem.  I’ll also admit that it’s one of my favorite because I love the joy of seeing the lightbulbs go off in a child’s mind.  May the advice below help you become better at demystifying math word problems for your students.

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