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Sarah J Dodson commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Our Changing Schools
"There are so many things a teacher can do to provide students with an appropriate and enjoyable educational experience. It is important to keep in mind all students learn differently. Some students might be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic…"
Dec 8, 2012
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Nov 3, 2012
Megan Dodson commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Reading Comprehension Strategies
"Hi Alyson,  To help your student with reading comprehension I would use the reading strategy Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA). DR-TA is implemented in a three step process: The first step, Direct is when the teacher directs the…"
Oct 29, 2012
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Writing Strategies

Hi!  I am working with a 4th grade student.  The student needs help in writing.  I want to help her include more details and have a clear beginning, middle and end.  To help this student, I created a writing organizer, which includes 4 categories: main idea, organized, details, and conventions.   What other strategies should I include in my instruction to help my student become a better writer? See More
Oct 27, 2012
Nicole Olbrish commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Reading Comprehension Strategies
"I would give her the questions before she begins reading so she has an idea of what she is going to read. I also have my students practice by highlighting the answers in the text so they can see where things come in a passage. The practice often…"
Oct 27, 2012
Philip Perry commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Reading Comprehension Strategies
"How about testing her reading comprehension with cloze tests? It might help her getting used to concentrate and stay focused. You can create cloze tests very easily at www.learnclick.com"
Oct 24, 2012
Maria Jensen commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Reading Comprehension Strategies
"How about visualizing? Drawing pictures/sketches to remember main events within the story? So many students are visual learners. It's fun to put the sketches in comic strip form. Hope this hels!"
Oct 22, 2012
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Reading Comprehension Strategies

Hi! I am working with a 4th grade student. The student needs help with reading comprehension.  The student reads fluently, but she struggles to recall what she read.  I plan to read out loud to her and ask open-ended questions.  We are also going to use graphic organizers and story frames.  What else can I do to help this student comprehend read material?  See More
Oct 22, 2012
Alyson Thorp commented on Tess Pajaron's blog post Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need to Know About How Students Learn
"All 20 tips are essential!  I especially like number 7: integrate the curriculum.  Teachers need to help students connect learned skills across subjects.  This will help students to generalize and maintain skills.  Additionally,…"
Oct 22, 2012
Alyson Thorp left a comment for Janet Broder
"  Hi Janet!  Thanks for posting the TeachHUB article (http://www.teachhub.com/inclusion-educator-checklist) that includes a list of suggestions to make the classroom a more inclusive learning environment.  I plan to use the checklist…"
Oct 17, 2012
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Beautiful Minds: Stephen Wiltshire

"This clip shows that autism is a heterogeneous disorder.  Each person who has autism has different talents and faces different challenges.  Thus, teachers need to take the time to understand the special skills a student who has autism…"
Sep 30, 2012
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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

"Temple Grandin explains that she is a very visual person because she thinks in pictures.  Therefore, teachers need to understand how their students process information.  Gaining an understanding about how a student takes in the learning…"
Sep 29, 2012
Alyson Thorp commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Our Changing Schools
"Wonderful idea Courtney!  Including various manipulatives reminds me of UDL (Universal Design for Learning).  Incorporating multiple ways to represent the learning material and including several ways for students to be engaged helps to…"
Sep 25, 2012
Courtney Gray commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Our Changing Schools
"Any way to include tactile, visual, or the other learning styles in to every lesson will make an enjoyable lesson for all in the classroom. Also if you are having fun, the kids have no choice but to have fun themselves (:"
Sep 25, 2012
Alyson Thorp commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Our Changing Schools
"Excellent tips Megan!  My favorite tip is to incorporate the Arts in the classroom.  I plan to include reader’s theatre in the classroom.  Participating in reader’s theatre was one of my favorite activities when I was a…"
Sep 24, 2012
Megan Dodson commented on Alyson Thorp's blog post Our Changing Schools
"Here are some ideas as to how teachers can provide today's students with an appropriate and enjoyable educational experience: teachers should keep in mind how the learning environment should look. Ideally, a teacher would want…"
Sep 24, 2012

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Writing Strategies

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 5:13pm 0 Comments

Hi!  I am working with a 4th grade student.  The student needs help in writing.  I want to help her include more details and have a clear beginning, middle and end.  To help this student, I created a writing organizer, which includes 4 categories: main idea, organized, details, and conventions.   What other strategies should I include in my instruction to help my student become a better writer? 

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 2:10pm 4 Comments

Hi! I am working with a 4th grade student. The student needs help with reading comprehension.  The student reads fluently, but she struggles to recall what she read.  I plan to read out loud to her and ask open-ended questions.  We are also going to use graphic organizers and story frames.  What else can I do to help this student comprehend read material?  

Our Changing Schools

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 3:56pm 5 Comments

our changing schools

The above video clip, "Our Changing Schools" causes viewers to consider how our nation’s schools have changed in several ways.  Schools across the country now include students who have diverse needs, such as EBD, autism, and learning disabilities, to name a few.  To meet the needs of such students, teachers consider students’ abilities and needs when crafting…

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