Blog: Teach Learn Grow

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  • 6 ways to support students with disabilities during COVID-19 school closures

    6 ways to support students with disabilities during COVID-19 school closures

    Like many offices, mine is closed right now, so most mornings I start my workday in front of my laptop with headphones on attending my morning standup... Continue Reading The post 6 ways to...

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  • Build your virtual teaching toolkit with free professional learning during COVID-19 school closures

    Build your virtual teaching toolkit with free professional learning during COVID-19 school closures

    At a recent webinar on coronavirus school closures, EdWeek shared an alarming statistic: some 41% of schools feel poorly equipped to transition to online learning. Are you... Continue Reading The...

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  • 4 tips for families homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic

    4 tips for families homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic

    My best friend sent me a hilarious text the other day: “If you see me talking to myself this week, mind your business. I’m having a parent-teacher... Continue Reading The post 4 tips for families...

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  • 3 digital tools I love—especially now that my school’s closed

    3 digital tools I love—especially now that my school’s closed

    A few weeks ago, back before coronavirus shut down all the schools in Virginia, where I teach, I was reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1965 by Christopher... Continue Reading The post 3 digital...

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  • 16 free digital resources for reading, math, and MAP Growth to use at home during the COVID-19 crisis

    16 free digital resources for reading, math, and MAP Growth to use at home during the COVID-19 crisis

    Educators, we are inspired by how you’ve answered the call to make sure your kids have the opportunity to learn, even under extraordinary circumstances. It’s an honor... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 4 valuable sites for teaching during coronavirus school closures

    4 valuable sites for teaching during coronavirus school closures

    I remember my first year teaching pretty well. As most teachers do, I suppose. The reason isn’t the first-day jitters I felt, followed by months-long nagging self-doubt,... Continue Reading The...

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  • How to help third graders meet reading requirements

    How to help third graders meet reading requirements

    Ask any K–3 teacher about phonics or phonological awareness and, well, be careful what you ask for! You’re likely to take a deep dive into the bowl... Continue Reading The post How to help third...

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  • 3 ways to mark Women’s History Month in the classroom

    3 ways to mark Women’s History Month in the classroom

    Women’s History Month didn’t start out as a month or even a week. It evolved from the first Women’s Day that happened on February 28, 1909, in... Continue Reading The post 3 ways to mark Women’s...

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  • TechBoston Academy inspires activism with help from NWEA grant

    TechBoston Academy inspires activism with help from NWEA grant

    How do you provide a meaningful learning experience to underserved students outside their everyday surroundings? One that inspires personal reflection and political activism? Casey Andrews,...

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  • How to get from data as foe to data as friend

    How to get from data as foe to data as friend

    Data doesn’t lie, and it made Faith believe in herself. Faith was a student who the state of Michigan said was a failure. But because one of... Continue Reading The post How to get from data as...

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  • What happens when test takers disengage?

    What happens when test takers disengage?

    The best assessments are only effective and reliable if students are engaged and trying their best. But we know that’s not always the case. Sometimes students zip... Continue Reading The post What...

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  • Unfinished learning, or unfinished teaching? A mindset shift

    Unfinished learning, or unfinished teaching? A mindset shift

    “Our school is changing and it is impossible to teach at grade level anymore.” I was aghast when a member of my instructional team spoke these words.... Continue Reading The post Unfinished...

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  • The 3 keys to professional development that sticks

    The 3 keys to professional development that sticks

    As a content designer on the NWEA® Professional Learning team, I’ve had the opportunity to observe a variety of learning experiences for teachers. One from this past year... Continue Reading The...

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  • How to reach older struggling readers

    How to reach older struggling readers

    According to the National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Assessment—also known as the nation’s report card—average reading scores for both fourth and eighth graders were...

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  • This Valentine’s Day, love your students—and yourself

    This Valentine’s Day, love your students—and yourself

    It was a typical end to the day during winter testing as young people rushed to their after-school activities. Elijah walked somberly into the teacher’s lounge, where... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Help kids plan for the future with College Explorer

    Help kids plan for the future with College Explorer

    College readiness doesn’t just happen when a student receives a diploma. It’s a process that begins with early learners and continues into high school. And according to... Continue Reading The...

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  • Kick-start Black History Month in your classroom (and keep it going all year)

    Kick-start Black History Month in your classroom (and keep it going all year)

    Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, an event hosted by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. By the late... Continue Reading The post Kick-start Black...

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  • How to quell math fears (it’s easier than you think)

    How to quell math fears (it’s easier than you think)

    I’ve never been good at math. Which is maybe how I wound up studying English after high school and, several years later, joining NWEA as managing editor... Continue Reading The post How to quell...

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  • How to make reading assessment fun and easy

    How to make reading assessment fun and easy

    MAP® Reading Fluency™ has been a game changer for students and teachers. Why? Because it makes learning fun and lets teachers assess oral reading fluency, literal comprehension,... Continue...

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  • How to set a substitute—and your students—up for success

    How to set a substitute—and your students—up for success

    When I was 21 and began teaching, I was rarely absent. Then, life happened. I had a baby, became a State Teacher of the Year, and found... Continue Reading The post How to set a substitute—and...

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