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Checking fluency in number in year 1

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The Butterfly Who Denied Ever Being a Caterpillar: A Modern Day Educational Fable

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Originally posted on 3-Star learning experiences:
Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Did you hear the story about the butterfly who denied ever being a caterpillar? Well, there was once a beautiful, well-developed butterfly who refused to accept that he…

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The Roots of Rosenshine’s Principles.

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Originally posted on teacherhead:
I’m excited to say that I am in the process of writing a short book explaining how to implement Rosenshine’s Principles of instruction, aimed at teachers in the US.  The opportunity to do this came about…

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The six best blogs I’ve read this year

Originally posted on A Chemical Orthodoxy:
I love reading education blogs, and this year has been a great year for it. There has been a ton of incredibly interesting stuff published, and I know that my practice has changed for…

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Student note taking; Guided notes & Cornell notes

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
For a large part of my lessons, I expect students to take notes. This is from years 7-11. At the start of year 7  we show them a quick powerpoint going through the expectations of note…

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Knowledge rich teaching? How can it not be?

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
This is the third and final post on how I would describe my teaching as ‘knowledge rich’. The previous posts in the series can be accessed below. Planning schemes using knowledge Direct instruction with focus on…

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Building Vocabulary: 10 Strategies for Closing the Gap

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Originally posted on Teaching Top Tens:
Over summer I read Alex Quigley’s ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’. It has really hit me how the quality of a student’s vocabulary can be indicative of not only what they learn, but what they…

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Oblique National Strategies cards

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Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Back in 1974, the musical innovator Brian Eno and the artist Peter Schmidt produced a deck of 113 cards called ‘Oblique Strategies’. On each card was an instruction or guidance to encourage a musician…

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Is it dangerous to teach little children new knowledge?

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