ELA Resources Common Core's Triangle of Text Complexity Explained Common Core's Triangle of Text Complexity doesn't have to cause you consternation. Award-winning author and educator Alan Sitomer explains the ins and outs of the triangle in a user-friendly (and fast) way. Watch Alan's tutorial here! Pedagogical Shifts demanded by the Common Core State Standards 5 Excellent Web Tools For Giving Students Narrative Feedback 5 Web Tools for Giving Students Narrative Feedback by Mark Barnes Teachers may reside in a society driven by standards and high stakes testing, but this doesn’t change the fact that the best way to evaluate learning is with formative assessment and narrative feedback.
Computers and Composition During the last two years, I have grown increasingly keen on "gitting" the humanities classroom. Git is a version control and source code management system popular among software developers. It allows a group of people to build a single repository of files across numerous machines in a non-linear fashion, while generating a detailed change history of that repository. Individual contributions require neither network access nor a central server. Importantly, all "commits" (i.e., recorded changes) to a repository are saved as components of its change history, even if they are not merged into its main "branch" (i.e., line of file development). In other words, with a Git repository comes many witnesses: a project's current state is always accompanied by the files it was and the files it could have been, with attribution for who committed what when.
Multilevel issues in research using students’ perceptions of learning environments: The case of the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction The design of learning environment studies investigating students’ perceptions often is multilevel in nature. This multilevel nature of studies can appear in the object of research (for example, teacher behaviour towards the individual student or towards the class), the level of perception (personalised perceptions or group perceptions) and the sampling of data (usually clustered: students are sampled with their classmates, classes are sampled with other classes taught by the same teacher, etc.). In the present study, the impact of decisions about level is studied using students’ perceptions of the teacher–student relationship as assessed with the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI).
Written Conversations about Reading Written Conversations about Reading: Reader Response Journals by Abi Frost I am sure all teachers can agree that one of the best parts about teaching is seeing how students use what we teach when they are outside of class and actually express enthusiasm about it. Just last week, a student reported that he had seen one of our vocabulary words while he was reading about the Winter Olympics in the newspaper that morning on the train.
Paul Ford: What is Code? A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one. Tick, check if the result is zero, and if it is, go to some other box and follow a new set of instructions. Early Intervention at Every Age:The Perils and Promises of Praise Carol S. Dweck I think educators commonly hold two beliefs that do just that. Teaching Graphic Novels Readers can’t seem to get enough graphic novels, and luckily, the number of superb graphic novels appears to be multiplying exponentially every year. This is good news for teachers, since there are about a hundred reasons to use graphic novels in the classroom; one big reason being that graphic novels are frequently highly relatable, which increases student learning comprehension and engagement. The relatability of many the most successful graphic novels can be at least partially attributed to two aspects: a processed, personalized perspective and individualized artistry tailored to the content. This combination, complemented by a well-told story, generates a level of reader engagement that allows for a seamless layering of cultural and historical contextualization.