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Leveraging Literacy and the ALM Model to address Social Emotional Learning Part 2: Reading Comprehension

The first blog post in this series introduced the notion that teachers do not have to choose between meeting students’ educational or social emotional needs; they can naturally address both together. According to CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and...

Leveraging Literacy and the ALM to address Social Emotional Learning

Within the context of what students are reading, writing and discussing, teachers can create community spaces where students feel connected, safe and engaged in the learning process.

Strategies to Support Vocabulary Development in the Social Studies Classroom: Part 1

One vocabulary strategy useful for social studies classrooms is Alphablocks. This tool helps students track their own thinking and organize vocabulary. The blocks are meant to capture words or phrases associated with a theme within a discipline.

Simply Assign Complex Texts?

Simply Assign Complex Texts?

It is critical the teacher is intentionally planning for learning opportunities that allow students to put into practice complex thinking and conceptual skills with accessible texts.

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Leverage Classroom Instructional Routines in Covid-19 Distance Learning

Leverage Classroom Instructional Routines in Covid-19 Distance Learning

The Collaborative for Teaching and Learning encourages teachers to take their existing instructional routines or literacy strategies and digitize them in the simplest ways possible during this Covid-19 crisis. Keeping student’s cognitive lift on content, and continuing to provide opportunities to access, process and demonstrate their understanding

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Why the Read-Aloud?

Why the Read-Aloud?

Hearing books read aloud has the ability to transport people to faraway places and is a powerful instructional tool, but a read-aloud is more than just reading a book to a group of students.

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