Author: Kristin DeJong

Kristin L. DeJong is a passionate educator with more than 25 years’ experience. As a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Award recipient in 2009, she gained international educational and cultural experiences while living and teaching in the United Kingdom. Kristin received her master of education degree from Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She has served as an adjunct instructor, a high school teacher, a middle school teacher, a teacher mentor, Department Chairperson, PLC team leader, and Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, and prior to joining LSI as a staff developer, Ms. DeJong was a Literacy Instructional Coach in Martin County, Florida.
Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 1

By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often