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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!

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Building Vocabulary in Summer School

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., Nancy Padak, Ed.D., Rick M. Newton, Ph.D., and Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.Posted 03/10/22
Building Vocabulary in Summer School

Summer is on its way, and so is summer school. What to teach? Time is always limited for instruction and learning in the summer. The teaching of word roots (morphemes) in the summer offers great opportunities to help students in a number of areas.

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How to Make an Impact in Your Intervention Programs

School-wide strategies to support intervention programs involve the entire school campus and are consistent across grade levels. Read this article to take-away practical and easily applicable strategies that your whole school can use to help close the learning gaps that our students have sustained over the last few years.

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5 Essential Routines for Developing Early Writers

Kindergartners come to school with a fear of writing, and we did it to them. As classroom teachers, we need to break down the insecurities and build their independence. It’s easy, if we start from the beginning. From the first day of school, providing clear and concise writing instruction with step-by-step supports, the fear will fall, and the student will soar.

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Six Effective Speaking Strategies for English Learners in Virtual Instruction

Instruction has not looked the same since schools closed their physical classrooms in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators across the United States have worked tirelessly since that time to reach and teach all students. English learners have particular educational needs.

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How to Identify, Reverse, and Prevent Learning Loss with School-Wide Strategies

Learning loss, whether it stems from summer break, covid-19, self-esteem, or environmental factors is something that we as educators have faced for a very long time. This blog will present practical and easily applicable strategies that your entire school can use to identify, reverse, and prevent learning loss to help close the learning gaps that our students have sustained.

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