Action Research

All Are Welcome Here! Quick, Cultural Connections to Content Instruction for Diverse Learners

All Are Welcome Here! Quick, Cultural Connections to Content Instruction for Diverse Learners

Action Research, Featured Articles, The Shift November 6, 2016 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

John Wolfe with Rita Platt “Culturally responsive teaching” or “culturally relevant instructional practices” are hot topics in ESL teaching. We value this and applaud the many […]

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CBM3D: Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development

CBM3D: Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development

Action Research, Featured Articles, The Shift, The Toolbox October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm Comments are Disabled

By Rita Platt & John Wolfe Today in almost every elementary school in America, teachers are required (or at least highly encouraged) to use curriculum based […]

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Let’s Talk About It! Facilitating Whole-Class Discussions

Let’s Talk About It! Facilitating Whole-Class Discussions

By Rita Platt Students love to talk.  With a new emphasis on speaking and listening ushered in by the Common Core State Standards, teachers must […]

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CBMs with a Twist: Reading is About More Than the Speed

CBMs with a Twist: Reading is About More Than the Speed

By Rita Platt Today in almost every elementary school in every state in America, teachers are required (or at least highly encouraged) to use curriculum […]

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Once Around the Bunny’s Ear: Shoe-Tying as a Metaphor for All that is Possible

Once Around the Bunny’s Ear: Shoe-Tying as a Metaphor for All that is Possible

By Rita Platt “I did it!” “Come watch me!” “I’ll never learn how to do it!” “Will you show me one more time?” “Can I […]

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Caring Classrooms: Setting Expectations and Rules Together!

Caring Classrooms: Setting Expectations and Rules Together!

Action Research, Featured Articles, The Shift, The Toolbox, Uncategorized July 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm Comments are Disabled

By Stacey Belisle A Saint C.A.R.E.S.! That’s what we say at Saint Croix Falls Elementary School. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self […]

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Tap Out! A Quick & Fun Way to Formatively Assess Almost Anything!

Tap Out! A Quick & Fun Way to Formatively Assess Almost Anything!

By Rita Platt Looking for a fresh, fun way to quickly and easily assess your students’ progress? Try having them   “Tap Out!” Step 1: […]

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The Impact of Active Rhyming Strategies

The Impact of Active Rhyming Strategies

Action Research, Featured Articles January 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm 1 comment

There is a movement to teach children to read at a younger age and it may help to incorporate short periods of intentional training every day in the area of rhyming in order to move along the continuum of learning in a reasonable, developmentally appropriate manner. The focus and goal of this action research project was to increase students’ understanding and use of rhyming words as a pre-literacy skill.

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Online literacy and new literacy

Online literacy and new literacy

Action Research, Education 2.0 June 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm 4 comments

This article is the 2nd in a series, based on action research I collected while studying for my M.Ed, explores the impact digital technology can have on how our students learn, and how we, as educators, can leverage that impact for the good of our students. Before I was introduced to wikis in April 2008, I never would have envisioned how much my teaching could use these new technologies. More importantly, my students could not be more ready to take their education to a new level that I sincerely hope will better connect them to the world and prepare them to participate in a digital world. The time is now, and while students have been hungry for this opportunity, the reinforcing research is thorough enough to justify using wikis,blogs, podcasts, Flickr, Moodle, and online writing technologies that I feel can significantly improve students’ writing, and perhaps more importantly, prepare them for digital citizenship.

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Web 2.0: Pedagogical Evidence and Brain Research

Action Research, Education 2.0 May 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm 13 comments

Before I was introduced to wikis in April 2008, I never would have envisioned how much my teaching could use these new technologies. More importantly, my students could not be more ready to take their education to a new level that I sincerely hope will better connect them to the world and prepare them to participate in a digital world. The time is now, and while students have been hungry for this opportunity, the reinforcing research is thorough enough to justify using wikis,blogs, podcasts, Flickr, Moodle, and online writing technologies that I feel can significantly improve students’ writing, and perhaps more importantly, prepare them for digital citizenship. This series, based on action research I collected while studying for my M.Ed, explores the impact digital technology can have on how our students learn, and how we, as educators, can leverage that impact for the good of our students.

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