Posts By Jannita

  1. SOS: Yes, No, Maybe So

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Yes, No, Maybe So PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background In order to be able to build a foundation to cite evidence for what students are […]

  2. Discovery Education Summer School Recharges Educators

    “Teachers are solar powered.  They re-charge during the summer” Discovery Education is proud to announce a month long blog and events series that includes a variety of information to help re-charge educators with digital tips and tricks before they head back to school. On Mondays, learn the creative ways Discovery Educators have been engaging their […]

  3. SOS: Instagram-in

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Instagram-in PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.               Background Instagram is a form of social media that allows users to share […]

  4. SOS: Stem Completion

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Stem Completion PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Students gain a greater understanding of content when they make authentic connections.  To that end, this strategy uses […]

  5. SOS: Secret Story Recipe

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Secret Story Recipe PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Graphic organizers are great visual communication tools that allow teachers and students to use pictures and/or words […]

  6. SOS: Filling the Silence

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Filling the Silence PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Instead of being asked to solve a problem, this strategy has students creating a story related to […]

  7. Nothing but Love!!!

    This past year, I have officially crossed over to the other side of the “desk”  I became the parent of a kindergartner. It’s a strange world over here.  I have tried hard to be a supportive mom without becoming “that” parent.  We have been abundantly blessed to live in the boundary of the Orange Unified […]

  8. SOS: Music Video

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Music Video PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Babies are able to hear and listen, even before they enter the world. Upon entering the world, their […]

  9. DEN’s Fairy GRANT Mother presents Secrets for Funding Class Projects

    She knows the secrets and she’s ready to share the ‘magic fairy grant’ dust with us! DEN STAR extraordinaire, Dacia Jones, has personally received over $3 million in grants to fund projects including her latest $13,400 grant for science and her largest of $1.5 million for STEM education which included funding to hire personnel and […]

  10. SOS: Telephone

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Telephone PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Readers who take the most from their reading make conscious plans to evaluate their own ability to do so […]

  11. SOS: Four-to-One

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Four-to-One PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & […]

  12. SOS: Feel the Beat

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Feel the Beat PDF Version       Background There is much research concerning the impact of music in the classroom. Roann Keen, an elementary childhood music specialist has stated that incorporating music into […]

  13. SOS: There’s an A.P.P for That

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. There’s an A.P.P. for That PDF Version Background Authors and audiences both have a wide range of purposes for communicating. The importance of purpose in reading text based situations cannot be overstated. It is […]

  14. SOS: Things That Make You Go Hmmm

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Things That Make You Go Hmmm PDF Version Background Whether it is connecting to the movies that we watch, connecting to others, or connecting to the texts  that we read, making connections is a […]

  15. SOS: Quick Conference

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Conference PDF Version Background After a Quick Write, students play musical conference chairs moving from student to student for multiple short conferences. Midway, conferencers and conferencees swap jobs. Each conference focuses on one […]

  16. SOS: Tracking Text

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Tracking Text PDF Version Background Transitional words and phrases clarify meaning in a text. Appropriate transitions create cohesion and clarify relationships among ideas and concepts. Communicate a sequence of events or a shift in […]

  17. SOS: Feature Find

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum Feature Find PDF Version Background With the focus on more rigorous standards, students have experiences with high-level informational texts at earlier and earlier ages. By focusing instruction on text features, teachers can support students […]

  18. SOS: Poetry Slam

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Poetry SlamPDF Version Background If “Pictures are worth a thousand words” then why not use imagery to inspire student writing. “When learners are situated in an environment similar to what a poem describes, they […]

  19. SOS: Paper Chat

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Paper Chat PDF Version Background The Paper Chat teaching strategy is a cooperative teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to take part in group activities. It is a helpful strategy to use when […]

  20. SOS: Rhyme Sign

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Rhyme Sign PDF Version Background Young children do not distinguish between play and reading and writing; it is all play. Pinnell and Fountas (2011) suggest young children are introduced to the world of literacy […]

  21. SOS: Reminds Me Of

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Reminds Me Of… PDF Version Background Students reflect and make connections. According to schema theory, our previous experiences, knowledge, understandings and emotions can affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000). The […]

  22. SOS: Story Elements Soup

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Story Elements Soup (pdf version)             Background In order to critically think about and analyze literature, it is important for students to understand story elements.  Identification and analysis of […]

  23. Rita’s Got the 4-1-1… Do You?!?

    A note from DEN Guru Rita Mortenson: Welcome Back to Another Great Year with Discovery Education and the DEN! With the start of each new school year, there are so many goals I have and projects that I want to share, not only with my students but with my DEN Community.  I have enjoyed staying […]