Turn Data into Dollars: How to Maximize Your EdTech Spending for 2018-19

So what is causing the challenges surrounding the implementation of so much of today’s classroom technology? A number of factors come to mind, particularly a lack of communication between budget-makers and educators into what products are currently available within their school or district, quality insights into the utility, effectiveness and true costs of potential edtech tools and awareness regarding product usage and results on student achievement. With 2018-19 budgets due right around the c

Why We Turned 3 Common Literacy Challenges Into 'Super Villains'

Literacy is like a superpower. It allows students to fly through space or travel through time in any book they read. It allows students to create entire worlds or communicate their deepest thoughts to another person anytime they engage in writing or storytelling. It even gives students super brain power, as they learn to ask questions and think critically in order to comprehend new ideas or concepts they encounter. Click here to go to the poster! Literacy is amazing. But developing these powe

What is Reciprocal Teaching?

Reciprocal teaching is a process developed by Palincsar & Brown (1984) where the role of “educator” is slowly passed from teacher to child, as students lead peer discussions and practice using four critical reading strategies: Because reciprocal teaching – also called peer learning – is a discussion technique, students develop strong oral language skills as they work together to improve their reading comprehension. And Palincsar & Brown, the creators of this approach, found that when students

The Beginner's Guide to Close Reading Strategies

It was only a few years ago that fluency was considered the hallmark of a good reader. But today it feels synonymous with a time with Walkmans and floppy disks were all the rage. The shift in standards for young readers has been swift and drastic. “Good” reading no longer means reading quickly. In fact, today “good” reading with CCSS-centered texts is really more about reading slowly. This shift in priorities isn’t only a shock to students whose early years of reading experience focused on rea