March Reading Madness & Giveaway!

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In honor of Read Across America Day, this month’s resources are all about reading!

There’s no better way to kick off this month’s reading theme than with a BOOK GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a book to FOUR lucky winners! To enter, please email your name, school name & school address, and GRADE LEVEL TAUGHT, to officeofstudentlearning@stepupforstudents.org. Entries must be in by March 15th, 2019. Winners announced March 18th. Each winner will be randomly chosen and will receive a surprise book to add to their classroom library that is appropriate for the grade level they teach!

10 Ways to Encourage Reading in Your Classroom & School

  1. Read Aloud! This is important for students in all grades as teachers are able to model fluent reading, help students construct meaning from text, and improve student processing and comprehension.
  2. Create opportunities for students to socialize around reading. Book clubs, reading groups, literacy circles, or invite students to share a “review” of a book with the class to encourage others to read it.
  3. Organize a “Read-In” Night– Encourage students and their families to attend a read-in! Use the gym or multi-purpose room, set up blankets, wear PJ’s, and encourage parents to bring a picnic snack or provide pizza to eat while students read books with their families or friends. Be creative! Invite parents, community members, local authors, or sports figures to be mystery readers each hour! Click this link to get some ideas for your own Read-In!
  4. Take a Field Trip to the Local Library. Many libraries host children’s book readings and even have tours & presentations specifically for high school students on quality research strategies.
  5. Invite Authors to Speak Using Skype in the Classroom. Check out the link to see available authors for elementary, middle & high school!
  6. Talk About How Much You Love to Read! Share your favorite books, read passages from them, talk about how excited you are to read!
  7. Create an Audio Book Station for Students to Listen to Books. Consider borrowing free audiobooks using your library card through hoopla digital! Make this a center activity, or a free time station.
  8. Choose Books that Relate to Current Issues or Relate the Books you Read to Students’ Lives. Check out this report from Renaissance detailing what books kids love at each grade level!
  9. Invite Guest Readers to the Class to Read to Students. Guest Readers could be other students, parents, community members, etc. You might also consider using these videos of authors reading students’ favorite books.
  10. Build your classroom library and encourage borrowing! Consider asking for donations from a local book store, check out the local library book sale, create a wish list to share with friends on social media, or use the local library on a monthly basis! Check out more tips from WeAreTeachers on ways to stock your classroom library.

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Engage Students in Black History with Project Based Learning

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How do I start Project Based Learning in my classroom?

As many teachers can attest, without many breaks, February is a month we often struggle through. This month’s resources are designed to inspire you to easily integrate engaging and challenging projects that will improve your students’ literacy, writing, speaking, and 21st Century skills! February is also Black History Month, and what a great opportunity to let your students learn about heroic men and women that helped shape our country. Let’s jump into Project Based Learning to make Black History Month come alive!

Creating Meaningful Projects to Engage Students in Honor of Black History Month

 

Good teachers incorporate the rich history of African Americans throughout the school year, but Black History Month gives educators an opportunity to dig deeper! Project Based Learning can be a great way to encourage your students to not only dig deeper, but also make connections to the world we live in today. Below you’ll find some great resources and ideas!

 

Project Ideas:

  • Living Museum – Challenge your students to become an important figure from history. Students research the life and impact of an important historical figure and create a display and brief oral presentation that conveys the impact of this person’s life. They will role play this person in a “living museum” at your school. Other students & parents will be encouraged to walk through the museum to hear the story of each important hero.
  • Digital Storytelling– Students create a digital story about a defining moment, message, or lesson from a historical figure of their choosing. Students collect images, record voice overs, and create a final film product to be presented on the big screen for their parents or school community at a digital storytelling exhibition night at your school.
  • Check out 4 other Civil Rights themed project ideas from the Buck Institute for Education.

Resources:

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Check out these college scholarship options available through the League of Christian Schools!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use Reflection & Goal Setting to Build a Growth Mindset in 2019!

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Start the New Year on the Right Foot!

Help your students understand the importance of self-reflection and goal setting. Through continued reflection and growth, your students will develop grit, resilience, and problem solving skills that will serve them well in their academic life and beyond!

Reflect & Create a Vision
Set SMART Goals
Discuss Growth Mindset

 

 

Once your students have set their goals for 2019, consider exploring Student Led Conferences as a way to engage parents in the goal setting conversation! Click here to find free Professional Development in your area from Step Up For Students.

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Do you struggle to create lessons that reach students at different instructional levels?

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Consider these quick steps to plan differentiated lessons and use them to help you implement some new strategies after the New Year!

 

Step 1 PRE-ASSESSMENT: A pre-assessment of your students is crucial to help you understand how each student understands new material.

  • Watch this video on the use of exit tickets that help teachers pre-assess and plan.
  • Examples: 5 Question Quiz, KWL Chart, Journal, Mind Map, Frayer Diagram
  • Tips: Explain to students what you plan to do with the results and why this is important.

Use questions or prompts that gauge their understanding of the main goals or points of the unit.

Keep it simple!

Step 2 CONTENT & PROCESS: Once you have a clear understanding of where each student is starting the unit, consider using a learning menu or a choice board to vary the complexity and the process of learning. This can also be a great way to reach not only struggling students, but also to challenge high achieving students.

 

 

Watch this video on Learning Menus.              View this FREE webinar from Rutgers on Choice Menus.

STEP 3 PRODUCTS: After students have had the chance to interact with new material, it’s time for them to show you what they learned. Remember assessment can be a powerful tool to guide instruction during the unit, not just at the end. When assessing their learning, think outside the box, this doesn’t always need to be a written test.

  • Consider trying the “BAWD” Strategy: Build, Act, Write, or Draw. Read more about this strategy on Edutopia’s website.
  • Examples: Choice Boards, Student made Videos or Presentations, Journals, Interviews, Student Written Quiz Questions, Playing Kahoot! or Quizziz, Exit Tickets, Chalkboard Splash/Graffiti Walls, Mini-White Board Questions, and many more!

 

Do you feel you have too many students? Is your curriculum plan too packed to differentiate?

Read this quick article on the MYTHS of Differentiated Instruction

Want to learn more about Differentiated Instruction?

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Check out this page of differentiation resources from Edutopia.

Click here to register for an online webinar on STEAM and personalized instruction from EdWeb.

Do you have K-2 students?  Check out this series form PBS on integrating media in the classroom.

 

 

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SUFS Professional Learning Conference June 20 & 21, 2019!

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We are thrilled to announce that Step Up For Students will be hosting a state-of-the-art Professional Learning Conference June 20 & 21, 2019. This two-day conference will feature a dynamic, national keynote speaker, content-rich breakout sessions, an exhibit hall and opportunities for networking with schools including an evening reception with showcase schools.  Please watch your emails and the Bulletin Board for a Call for Presenters and Early Registration information!