for Librarians | What Is Readers Theater Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves children in…. sharing literature, reading aloud, writing scripts, performing with a purpose, and working collaboratively. Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library? Readers Theater helps to…. develop fluency through repeated exposure to text. increase comprehension. integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context. engage students. Tips for Implementing Readers Theater Model expressive reading often. Selecting Text for a Readers Theater Script Readers Theater may be performed with many kinds of literature: picture books, short stories, parts of novels, poetry, folk tales, works of non-fiction, newspaper or magazine articles. Tips for Creating a Readers Theater Script
Homework case study #4: Disorganization disorder - Homework Help By Chris Colin Delicate parents, peer not into Tim Campbell's backpack. Somewhere along the way, the 13-year-old eighth-grader from Connecticut developed a habit whose roots are complex but whose consequences couldn't be clearer: utter disorganization. "It was late in seventh grade that I started noticing a pattern where I could never find anything," he says. The downward spiral To hear his mother describe it, this isn't a case where the student loses his homework because secretly it's too hard. "We gave him folders, but he wasn't using them," Tim's mother says. Like so many homework problems, Tim's snowballed. "Sometimes I'd take things out of his book bag and have him put them back neatly. The diagnosis: More than carelessness Indeed, he did have his own way — it just wasn't one that worked in the context of middle school. "In layman's terms, this means understanding the steps necessary to complete a task.
ERIC – World’s largest digital library of education literature Reader's Theater Editions (Readers Theatre, Free Scripts, Short Children's Plays) Reader’s Theater Editions are free scripts for reader’s theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others—mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8–15. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for any noncommercial purpose, except they may not be posted online without permission. As noted in the listing, some scripts come also in a “Team Version,” scripted for four readers with at least two females. These scripts are offered primarily for smaller groups such as after-school programs and homeschoolers, as well as for college and professional readers. Special features are available for many scripts.
Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities The High Cost of Over-Packed Curriculum Standards For 21st century success, students will need skill sets far beyond those that are mandated in the densely packed standards -- and that's evaluated on bubble tests. In the near future, success will depend on accelerated rates of information acquisition. We are painfully aware that the educational model has not changed to accommodate the exponentially increasing amount of information pertinent to students. The factory model of education still in place was designed for producing assembly line workers to do assigned, repetitive tasks correctly. The human brain does have the equipment for the new critical skill sets needed in the future, but it cannot activate these tools without guided experiences. Executive Functions for Current and Future Opportunities What my field of neurology has called "executive functions" for over 100 years, are the highest cognitive processes -- they are sometimes called higher order thinking or critical thinking.
Teaching Strategies for High School: Tips from a Teacher Classroom Management and Teacher Survival These strategies deal with establishing a framework for positive teacher and student experiences. Set Clear Learning Expectations: After you've set them, communicate them, clearly. Tell students on day one or two what your goals are for them. Since they're probably not listening, tell them again. Establish Clear Behavioral Expectations: After you've established them, communicate them, clearly. Establish a Routine: Ordinary tasks, such as collecting papers, moving into groups, or getting a book off the shelf, can quickly become chaotic if there's not an established routine. Document Everything: This is especially important early in your career when administrators, students and parents may not find you as credible as your more experienced colleagues. Find a Mentor: If you're new, find a mentor.
Top Ten Ways to Teach Vocabulary | Teaching Resource Center Building vocabulary is foundational at any reading level. Doesn't matter who, where, or what grade you teach - building vocabulary across the curriculum is a top priority. Drilling lists of spelling and isolated content words can get monotonous. Dry. Bo-ring. First up, some classroom systems or routines to help implement vocabulary study regardless of level: Word Walls Word Walls receive a prominent place in a classroom environment. Content Rich Words Kids love to learn something new, and sophisticated vocabulary gives them that opportunity. Context The content-rich words you identified can be used in context of your curriculum and your spelling program. Repeated Reading Have you ever found that, when seeing a movie or reading a book for the second or third time, you've gotten a lot more out of it from subsequent viewings? Word Book/Personal Dictionary In my classroom, each student possesses a composition notebook for this purpose only. Graphic Organizers Prediction Sketching Compare Games
Homework Hell? Part II: 7 Real Techniques That Work Many parents write in to EP about homework battles with their kids. They want to know what to do about a child who procrastinates or who just can’t seem to stay focused on the task at hand. This week James Lehman shares tried and true methods to get kids to sit down and do the work. If you threaten your child with punishments or use power to get him to comply, he will simply become more aggressive and more defensive as he digs in his heels—and resists even more. Homework becomes a power struggle as soon as you try to force your child to do his work and he pushes back. Many parents are trapped in this battle nightly: they’re pulling one way while their child is pulling the other, and in the meantime, no work is getting done at all. In the first part of this series, I talked about how you can establish the right environment and mindset in your home around schoolwork. Keep a Close Watch For a lot of kids, sending them to their rooms to do their homework is a mistake. Comment By : Steve