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7 Tips for Making Running Records Manageable and Useful

Guided reading is the perfect opportunity to differentiate instruction for each student. Running records are a formative assessment and are one way to document teacher observations of reading behaviors. The process of conducting a running record includes the teacher taking notes on the student's errors and corrections when he or she is orally reading a leveled text. From this data, teachers can plan lessons to meet the needs of students and collect data to show growth over time. However, the process of taking running records and analyzing the data can be overwhelming. The following tips can help make running records manageable and useful to the very busy classroom teacher.

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

As educators, we know that learning is not one size fits all, and what's best for some students may not be for others. Yet differentiated instruction (DI) remains elusive as a major part of formal planning. Myths about DI persist despite work by respected advocates such as Carol Tomlinson, Susan Allan, Rick Wormeli, and Gayle Gregory. What follows are prominent misconceptions expressed about DI, presented here so that we can separate myth from truth.

Effective Team Communication

Most educators intellectually know the importance of working in teams, departments, or professional learning communities. Most of us want healthy collaboration with colleagues and yearn for the support, understanding, and guidance from others who walk in our shoes. Yet many team meetings are riddled with ineffective communication dynamics. Perhaps one team member dominates the conversation, or someone else disengages and never participates, or someone derails discussions. Although there aren't quick-fix solutions to these dynamics, there are many things that we can do -- as team leaders or members of teams -- to turn our team towards healthy communication. In this blog post, I'll offer a few suggestions from my forthcoming book to support you in this work.

5 Quick Classroom - Management Tips for Novice Teachers

I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it's fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away.

Tips for Teachers: How to Deal with Upset Parents

All teachers, no matter how experienced, will face a time when parents are frustrated with them. In most cases, it may not be because the teacher has done anything wrong. Frustration is often the result of unmet expectations or misunderstanding. No matter the reason, there are a few things teachers can do to help ease the tension.