Engagement in Instruction and Increasing Opportunities to Respond Resource Guide

We are pleased to announce a new product to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to topics such as student engagement, classroom management, co-teaching, reading, and mathematics.  We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the five we found most helpful, and identified those that are family-friendly.  Our first Resource Guide, Increasing Student Engagement and Opportunities to Respond, compiled by Donni Davis-Perry is currently available.  We will share additional guides in upcoming editions of Link Lines.

How Can the Use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Help Your Students Learn? How Can You Learn More About EBP?

As educators maintain focus on quality instruction of curriculum that is aligned with the content and cognitive level specified in state standards, the likelihood of student learning and proficiency on state assessments increases. Proficiency on state assessments results from students showing their mastery of the aligned curriculum. Quality instruction that matches what students need to learn by leveraging their prior knowledge and learning preferences holds the most promise for meeting the challenges of a high-accountability educational system.

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Data and Learning Connections for Families and Students

Schools have access to an abundance of instructional assessment data, which teachers and administrators analyze to make informed instructional decisions. High-quality assessments are integral to the teaching and learning process and can help:
  • teachers collect meaningful data,
  • students know where they are in relation to learning targets, and
  • families understand their child’s academic progress (Goodrich, 2014, p.2).

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Open-Ended Math Questions Reveal Student Thinking

Careful, intentional, and mindful questioning is one of the most powerful tools a skillful teacher possesses (Costa & Kallick, 2000).  Teachers can use open-ended questions during math instruction or assessments to learn how students are problem-solving. [Read more…]

Cooperative Learning Techniques for Active Student Engagement

How can cooperative learning help your students? Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy whereby small teams of students with differing abilities engage in a variety of learning activities to improve their subject-matter understanding and skills. Each team member is responsible for learning what is taught as well as for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement (Balkcom, 1992). When structures are in place for this level of dialogue to occur, the comprehension process is accelerated (Bucalos & Ling, 2005). Positive effects of cooperative learning have been reported in all subject areas, grades, and types of schools and with students from different ethnic backgrounds and achievement levels (Slavin, 1994). Hattie (2012) described cooperative learning as “a powerful intervention” (p. 78). [Read more…]