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Sara Ahmed: Being the Change, a Story

On the podcast today, something different. A story from author Sara Ahmed. A story about compassion, empathy and most importantly, identity.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 2:00:31 PM

Congratulations, Kelly Gallagher!

Congratulations to Kelly Gallagher, this year's CATE Distinguished Service Award recipient.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 12:42:00 PM

Building Classrooms that Engage Students

From the first days of school to the last, Kids First from Day One walks you through how to put your deepest teaching beliefs into action; from building community and designing your classroom spaces; to matching instruction to students' needs, and engaging students in curriculum.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Mar 16, 2018 9:58:00 AM

What Skills Can Poetry Teach Us?

Poetry is something that is happening now, everywhere, and we need to bring it into the classroom. In Poems Are Teachers, Amy introduces the skills and techniques involved in writing a poem and how it connects to writing across all genres.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 6:07:00 AM

What Happens When Students Read Multiple Sources?

This is what we want for our students: the ability to look at multiple sources and triangulate meaning from a variety of perspectives.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 15, 2018 6:02:00 AM

A Student-Centered Approach to Whole-Class Novels

In this following video, Kate walks you through what you can expect to find in her new book, A Novel Approach, and shows you how you too can find a student-centered, balanced approach to teaching reading.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 14, 2018 3:51:29 PM

Teaching the Art of Asking Questions

Teaching questioning skills is not an easy process. It involves patience, scaffolding, and focused instruction. Asking a question is not something that a lot of our students know how to do innately, especially at the primary level.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 14, 2018 8:39:56 AM

Powerful Interventions for Kids Who are Stuck at a Reading Level, 3-8

In the upper grades, students don’t often move up reading levels as quickly as they do when they are younger. But that said, it’s still important to take note when a student has been in the same level for what seems like too long.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Mar 12, 2018 5:22:16 PM

Creating a Culturally Competent Curriculum

Curriculum should be meaningful, engaging, relevant, and relatable to our students. We want all children to be engaged and to learn.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 12, 2018 8:23:08 AM

What if I Love My Whole-Class Novels?

I believe we can teach whole class novels in ways that increase independence, ability, and engagement. We can keep our novels, but we may need to change the way we do them.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Mar 12, 2018 6:02:00 AM

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