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Scaffolding Balance Bike Style

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Scaffolding Balance Bike Style

Balance bikes hold an important key to the scaffolds we use in education: they develop the essential skills, not the basic skills, of biking.

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Revealing Questions: How student responses can inform instruction

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reviewing the table of questions and answers inspired the teacher to make changes in his class that will hopefully make a significant positive impact on students’ ability to express their ideas clearly and justify their thinking. What do the questions and answers in your classroom reveal about students’ thinking and understanding?

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Comprehension trumps phonics

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Comprehension trumps phonics

This brief example highlighted for me the truth about fluency: without comprehension, there is no fluency. I encourage teachers to make comprehension central to all their lessons, regardless of the skill or strategy they are teaching.

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