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December 1, 2015, Curriculum Conversations

Here's a weekly round-up of helpful links and resources that I've recently learned about. Scroll below for ideas. Happy first week of December!

Reading Ideas for Students Who Would Rather Move Than Sit

Ten ideas to use for students who have difficulty sitting long enough to read. The article is written for parents, so feel free to share in one of your classroom newsletters, or adapt some of the ideas for your classroom.


http://www.readingrockets.org/article/what-do-when-reading-too-sitty

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" & "Popcorn" Reading

Round Robin Reading is NOT an effective practice. The first part of this article shares a summary of the research showing that Round Robin Reading does not contribute to students becoming better readers. The second part of the article offers 11 ideas of what you could use instead of Round Robin Reading.


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/alternatives-to-round-robin-reading-todd-finley

Favorite Tech Tools for Social Studies Classes

Thirty great ideas for tech tools- some which can be used outside of the Social Studies content area. Challenge yourself to try one in the next few months.


http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/05/21/favorite-tech-tools-for-social-studies-classes/

December 8 Supper & Strategies- Two Options- Sign up today!

Supper & Strategies Options for:

Tuesday, December 8 – 4:00-6:00 – in Curriculum Meeting Rooms, SMS


Quick and dirty literacy strategies for every classroom

- Target Audience: 6-12 ALL content areas

Learn and walk away with literacy strategies that you can put to use in your classroom tomorrow. Any content can benefit from these quick strategies to help your students become literate in your content. See how these strategies have been used effectively in a science classroom and English classroom, and how they can apply in your classroom, regardless of content.

To register: http://goo.gl/forms/5vSZ6bnpL5


Comprehension Connections: Metacognition & Schema

- Target Audience: K-5

Thinking is invisible so it is important to approach the teaching of reading comprehension as making thinking visible. This session will focus on metacognition and schema---the foundations to other comprehension strategies. Through demonstration and modeling, participants will actively experience the sequential launch of the lessons geared to honor the gradual release of responsibility. Strategies are derived from Tanny McGregor’s book Comprehension Connections.

To register: http://goo.gl/forms/fgAxfdeiQ0