TCM Blog

Narrow by

Subjects

Categories

Aligning to the Science of Reading:  3 Considerations for Every Teacher

As far as hot topics in literacy go, the Science of Reading would make the top of the list. If you google the term, you get a myriad of results, from trainings to programmatic promises. In an effort to support all teachers align their classrooms to the Science of Reading, let’s examine three considerations that can greatly impact student achievement by ensuring that evidence-based opportunities exist in every classroom.

Read more

Why Teaching Fiction Matters

By: Alan BeckerPosted 08/29/22
Why Teaching Fiction Matters

Research tells us that reading proficiency is highly correlated with the amount of reading that students do. Former classroom teacher and district curriculum specialist Alan Becker describes his experiences with fictional texts and how he used these engaging texts as a doorway to teach students complex comprehension standards.

Read more

8 Keys to Language Development

By: Jen JumpPosted 08/02/22
8 Keys to Language Development

Language development takes time. It requires thoughtful instruction, decisions based on student need, and an approach that best meets the needs of students. Below you will find 8 Keys to Language Development. These 8 Keys form the pedagogical backbone for Language Power, 2nd Edition.

Read more

Social-Emotional Learning Starts With Us

By: Trisha DiFazio, M.A. Ed. & Allison Roeser, MHS, PCC, ALTPosted 07/27/22
Social-Emotional Learning Starts With Us

Teachers, administrators, and support staff are most effective when they understand and develop their own personal social-emotional capacities before addressing those of their students. That’s why social-emotional learning starts with adults.

Read more

Teaching Weekly Word Roots

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., Nancy Padak, Ed.D., Rick M. Newton, Ph.D., and Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.Posted 07/15/22
Teaching Weekly Word Roots

Today’s literacy curricula are filled with various literacy-related components that teachers are often lacking the time or energy to cover all these competencies. How can teaching be made more efficient? One way is to connect word roots instruction to those daily events and commemorations that we want students to learn about.

Read more

Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

By: Rick NewtonPosted 04/22/22
Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

I was in the fifth grade when I first met the word quadruped while reading a homework assignment about mammals (“live-bearing quadrupeds”). Miss Patterson showed us how to unlock the meaning of a long or difficult word - even if we had never heard the word before – by finding its roots. My big “aha moment” occurred in the fifth grade, but it can happen to any student at any age. It’s never too late to learn a few roots, and the sooner the better!

Read more