Parent-Teacher Conferences Tools and Tips

Parent-Teacher Conferences Tools and Tips

Whether you have parent-teacher conferences with all parents, you conduct IEP and 504 meetings, or you meet with an occasional parent, your need to understand how to work with parents in a conference situation. This packet includes forms to use to prepare for, document the proceedings and decisions, and follow up after the meeting; tips for talking to all parents and how to phrase what you need to say; a special section on conducting IEP meetings; tips for talking with parents impacted by special education; tips for talking to parents of English learners; and tips and processes to use for meeting with adolescents and their parents.
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Support Culturally Responsive Teaching!

Support Culturally Responsive Teaching!

Teachers with an awareness and understanding of culturally responsive teaching practices will begin incorporating various cultures, languages, and traditions into lessons. By addressing cultural and ethnic norms reflected within a group of culturally diverse students, teachers can support student success. What does this look like in the classroom?
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6 Strategies to Limit Misconceptions in Science Teaching

6 Strategies to Limit Misconceptions in Science Teaching

A primary goal of effective science teachers is to develop standards-based learning opportunities for students to engage in inquiry and hands-on learning. While developing effective inquiry-based lessons, many beginning teachers fail to pay attention to one significant barrier in science learning: misconceptions. It is essential for beginning science teachers to be aware of misconceptions and know how to identify them and address them specifically in their teaching. Deconstruction of student misconceptions and the discovery of more accurate, age-appropriate concepts are at the heart of hands-on inquiry for many topics.
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Is Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Students Possible?

Is Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Students Possible?

Teacher education has not created a strong pipeline of diverse scholars who can challenge conventional thinking about what it means to teach diverse groups of students. This essay is part of the Kappa Delta Pi Laureates Speak in response to the topic "Teaching in New Times: What Do Teachers Really Need to Know?"
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Content, Process, and Product: Modeling Differentiated Instruction

Content, Process, and Product: Modeling Differentiated Instruction

Modeling differentiated instruction is one way to demonstrate how educators can incorporate instructional strategies to address students' needs, interests, and learning styles. This article discusses how secondary teacher candidates learn to focus on content—the "what" of instruction; process—the "how" of instruction; and product—the "evidence" of instruction.
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Content, Process, and Product: Modeling Differentiated Instruction

Content, Process, and Product: Modeling Differentiated Instruction

Modeling differentiated instruction is one way to demonstrate how educators can incorporate instructional strategies to address students' needs, interests, and learning styles. This article discusses how secondary teacher candidates learn to focus on content—the "what" of instruction; process—the "how" of instruction; and product—the "evidence" of instruction.
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Retooling Differentiated Instruction

Retooling Differentiated Instruction

Teachers use various differentiated instruction techniques everyday, but student progress determines its frequency and duration in the instructional process. Use these tips to retool and jump-start differentiation of instruction in your classroom.
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Creating Lesson Plans for All Learners

Creating Lesson Plans for All Learners

With appropriate planning, teachers can differentiate instruction to effectively meet the needs of a variety of learners. This resource includes a lesson plan template that illustrates how instruction can be differentiated at the planning stage. Additionally, the lesson demonstrates how a single lesson can effectively meet the instructional needs of learners who are working well above or below grade expectations. This type of lesson planning not only structures teaching to ensure learning, but also helps to meet the needs of the diverse groups of students who comprise today’s classrooms.
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6 Tips for Engaging Students in Science

6 Tips for Engaging Students in Science

Inquiry-based instruction can be an effective way to engage students in the content and practices of science, invoking their natural spirit of curiosity and giving them a sense of ownership. Read about multiple strategies and resources that can make inquiry-based instruction less intimidating and make your students excited about science!
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5 Strategies for Using the Internet to Help ELLs

5 Strategies for Using the Internet to Help ELLs

The Internet has become a valuable tool that is often underused by teachers with English language learners in their classes. Online resources have become inexpensive and easier to use, and they apply to a wide range of curricula used by ELLs. Consider using the strategies in this article to engage your ELLs and help them learn English and academic content.
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PICTURE Perfect Writing

PICTURE Perfect Writing

The number of non-English speaking students in U.S. schools has steadily increased, and these students struggle in many curriculum areas. But writing does not have to be one of them. Teachers can assist ELLs with their writing skills by helping them get the PICTURE!
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TELL ELLs About Culture

TELL ELLs About Culture

When working with ELLs, it is critical to think about the cultural background of the student and how you need to TELL them about the new culture.
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Opening the Door to Family Involvement

Opening the Door to Family Involvement

Designing and implementing a systematic approach to family engagement is imperative to reap the rewards associated with family, school, and community engagement. Get ideas to promote interaction, collaboration, and discussion among the teacher, family, and student.
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4 Essential Strategies for ELL Success

4 Essential Strategies for ELL Success

Forging a home and school partnership between educators and parents of English language learners is integral to their academic advancement. Read tips to develop essential outreach methods.
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Bridging Barriers: The 6 B's to Involving Parents of ELLs

Bridging Barriers: The 6 B's to Involving Parents of ELLs

Educators sometimes believe that minority parents lack an interest in their children’s education because of their lack of involvement in school. But studies show that minority parents are attentive, but are held back because of factors such as language barriers, their own level of education, their socioeconomic status, and other issues. Teachers must therefore be prepared to meet the needs of parents of ELLs.
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