Category: Essential Core Instruction

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.

Lockerman Middle School's Coaching Tree

Lockerman Middle School: The Vision, the Work, the Legacy

By Theresa Staley Update: In December, 2018, Caroline County Schools and LSI hosted a summit to allow other school and district leaders to observe the rigorous classroom environments and speak with administrators, teachers and students. READ MORE ABOUT THE SUMMIT HERE Not far from the eastern shore of the Chesapeake

Wheels of Fortune: How and Why Learning Target Focus Wheels Should Be Part of Your Instructional Design

By Theresa Staley What learning target focus wheels are, how they improve classroom learning and climate, and how you can implement them in your instructional design. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if one student-centered resource could provide all of the assessment information teachers need, and beyond that, build a climate of

5 Essential Strategies to Help Students Meet Rigorous Standards

By Carla Moore Are your students developing high-level cognitive skills? Critical thinking, analysis, generating and testing hypotheses—these are all important goals of revised state standards. As schools implement new standards, we should be seeing much more evidence that teachers are gradually scaffolding student learning to help students reach the highest levels