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Classroom Discussions Drive Thinking

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 11, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

The art of conversation is a life skill that must be taught to students. This past month, I worked with intervention educators on reading and writing strategies for high school students. 

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Metacognitive Markers in Math

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 11, 2019, 10:54 a.m.

Using metacognitive markers is a low prep, yet effective strategy, that works well when students take notes to intentionally practice processing information. Creating a simple anchor chart, like the one pictured here, and keeping it up all year for students can be a helpful reference guide. 

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Story Time Resources for September 21, 2019

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 8, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

September 21, 2019

This week I select books that count! Children can learn many math concepts through books, songs, and games.  Chica Chica 123 is a great book for engaging children in counting by 1's to 20, counting backwards from 20, counting by 10's to 100, and exploring the concept of 0. 

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Story Time Resources for October 5, 2019

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 8, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

This week I selected books and songs that involved using colors to develop descriptive language.  





October 5, 2019

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Vocabulary Boosters

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

I recently dove into researching best-teaching practices for increasing student vocabulary. This is a topic I am asked to present on frequently, probably because it is one of the most complex areas to teach. This summer I read, Responsive Literacy by Editor, Patricia L. Scharer. Here are some of their ideas for helping students strengthen language comprehension.


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Laying a Foundation for Growth

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

This month, as we dive into the consistency of school days, I have been thinking about ways we can develop and foster a growth mindset for students in math to gain confidence in their knowledge. I have been working with another department in our district to bring more SEL practices to the curriculum. We have been talking about how the foundation of this mindset is helping students become self-aware in their learning in order to take on challenges and new situations. Below are some strategies and ideas I have been reflecting upon to cultivate this.

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Two Truths & a Lie

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

A fact is anything that can be proven or disproven. It's the readers' responsibility to distinguish fact and fiction.

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Story time Resources from September 7

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

The Mammen Family Public Library in Bulverde/Spring Branch offers story time for ages 0-5 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:30-11:15. 

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The Power of Student Teams

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, noon

I'm so excited to share a new book just out on using student teaming to increase the learning. In the book The Power of Student Teams, by Michael Toth and David Sousa, you will explore collaborative learning and crosswalk this strategy with SEL learning, 21st Century Skills, Habits of Mind, and more.


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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Students

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

This August, Sanford Elementary rolled out the red carpet for their students. Literally! Students were greeted by high school football players, cheerleaders, administrators, teachers, and even the district mascot (Panthy) as they walked the red carpet to their new classrooms!

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