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Critical Thinking: Going Deeper, Aiming Higher

Well, in simple terms, it's higher-order thinking. Remember those top three layers of the New Bloom's Taxonomy? Yep, the créme de la créme—critical thinking is Creating, Evaluating and Analyzing. Critical thinking requires active engagement with content and context. Think: problem solving and reasoning. And it's not just for older children! In fact, young children are born problem solvers and innovators.

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Autism in the Classroom: An Overview Preparing Your Classroom for a Student with Autism

Perhaps this year's class includes your first student with autism. While autism is highly complex and every student is unique, there are some general steps teachers can take to make the classroom a more supportive learning environment.

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Tips for Intervention's "First Responders"

Google "RTI"or "intervention", and you'll find a lot of nice, consistent definitions: it's about systematically organizing the way we operate our schools in order to achieve higher levels of academic and behavioral success for all students. Sounds like a great idea

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Decorating Your Classroom

Your classroom after summer vacation: the floors have been polished, the desks are pushed to the side, and the walls are bare. Soon the silence of the room will be filled with excited voices on the first day of school. Whether your students are returning to school after summer vacation or entering it for the very first time, the message is the same: Welcome!

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Making the Most of Learning Games

You know manipulatives are an effective teaching tool. The exciting news is that they're not just for math anymore. Reading Rods are manipulative that integrate colors, sounds, shapes and patterns so students can grasp everything from letter-sound correspondence to abstract grammatical concepts in their hands, and their minds. Reading manipulatives cater to multiple learning styles, link the abstract to the concrete and engage students by making learning fun.

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Scaffolded Inquiry Opens the Door to Science Success

Science can be scary if you're going it alone. Now more than ever, teachers are looking for expert pedagogical support that will give them the know-how they need to manage a hands-on science classroom efficiently and effectively. With science testing required by No Child Left Behind on the horizon for 2008, teachers also need a research-based method for ensuring that students are able to understand core science concepts and articulate their knowledge.

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Help ELLs See the Big Picture

How can you best provide ELLs with the information they need to understand the main points of a lesson? Most ELLs have the higher-order thinking skills and ability levels necessary to participate in a lesson, but may be held back by limited language proficiency, lack of confidence or fear of making mistakes. Teachers are always challenged to find creative and effective ways to ensure that ELLs participate in classroom activities, understand content-area instruction and perform well on standardized tests.

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Research on the Benefits of Manipulative's

Students with innovative, common sense, dynamic, tactile or kinesthetic learning styles learn best when involved in hands-on tasks, games or cooperative learning (McCarthy, 1987). While using manipulatives, students have fun, which has been proven to increase engagement, motivation and self-confidence. The National Center for Accessing the General Curriculum (2001), in a review of 14 studies, found that use of manipulatives compared with traditional instruction typically had a positive effect on student achievement.

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Embrace Technology for Authentic, Superhero Assessment

At the beginning of every school year, I set a goal for my students to be knowledge "superheroes" when they leave my classroom in June. No, I don't expect them to leap tall buildings. But, I do aspire for them to meet very high expectations—to master rigorous skills and develop deeper understanding.

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Blaze New Paths to Understanding

We ask our students to meet education standards every day. While some students respond easily to initial instruction, others need different tools to meet the same standards. As educators, we're challenged to respond to these learning differences, keep our eye on the standards and find ways to teach every student.

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