Posts By Jannita

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. It’s time to DEN UP!!!

    Every month, we want you to DEN UP with our monthly newsletter featuring Tech Tips and Tricks, DEN STAR educator spotlights, activities for your students, events for you, some of our favorite blog posts, and much more. Here’s what we’re featuring in September’s edition of DEN UP! DEN Connects: All new and improved featuring this […]

  11. What’s the 4-1-1?!?

    Back by popular demand the monthly webinar series  “What’s the 4-1-1?”  that highlights 4 integration strategies for using Discovery Education, 1 educational program and 1 hot topic. Each webinar allows you to walk away with a bag full of new tips, tricks and resources.  Check out our fall line-up below and register today! Click HERE […]

  12. S.O.S: Learning in Full Bloom

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Learning in Full Bloom PDF Version Background It’s likely been in your teaching ‘tool kit’ since you’ve gone through your teaching credential program.  You may have not even realized they were updated in 2000.  […]

  13. S.O.S: Make it Concrete

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Make it Concrete PDF Version Background The idea of Concrete and/or Shape poems has been utilized in classrooms for years.  This week’s strategy puts a twist on the concept by using it as an […]

  14. Celebrate Earth Day by Connecting with the DEN!

      Join Discovery Education’s innovative project that connects students and teachers with Discovery Education’s resources, new web 2.0 tools, and each other! Register today: WWW.DENCONNECTS.COM   This month we are celebrating Earth Day by learning ways to protect the planet.  Students can explore Digital Dive scavenger hunts through Discovery Education resources, educators have access to […]

  15. S.O.S: Vocabulary Stepping Stones

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Vocabulary Stepping Stones PDF Version Background Thanks to DEN STAR Susan Bowdoin from APS for showing me the great article ‘Using Video and Film in the Classroom’ from Reading.org where I am borrowing this […]

  16. S.O.S: Get a Clue

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Get a Clue PDF Version Background “All human experience is context dependent…. many investigators in reading education have stressed the importance of readers’ use of context in interpreting an verifying the meaning of words […]

  17. S.O.S: Quick Writes

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Writes PDF Version Background Often times the sight of a blank white page is daunting to students who are not confident in their writing skills. Quick writes are a simple literacy strategy used […]

  18. S.O.S: Journals

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Journals PDF Version Background Carol Ann Tomlinson shared,  “There is ample evidence that students are more successful in school and find it more satisfying if they are taught in ways that are responsive to […]

  19. S.O.S: Table Top Texting

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Table Top Texting PDF Version Background According to a report by Pew Internet and American Life Project, “…texting ranks as the number one mode of communication among teenagers. Kids between the ages of 12 […]

  20. Spotlight Series Educational Apps: Drawing Pad

    Ever wonder what great educational APP you should check out for your class?!? Welcome to the Spotlight Series on fantastic apps from Discovery Educators! Featuring this week’s app: Drawing Pad Handout with Tips and Tricks Description: There are many drawing apps out there, but this one is AWESOME!  It allows users to create with many […]

  21. s.o.s: Visual Walkabout

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Visual Walkabout PDF Version Background A visual walkabout’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to engage students in a concept that will be covered by providing them ‘sneak peaks’ of important components through the […]

  22. S.O.S: Did You Hear That?!?

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Did You Hear That?!? PDF Version Background A single note from a song can take us back in time and the creak of a darkened home can send our hearts racing.  Though sound is […]

  23. Spotlight Series Educational Apps: Nearpod

    Ever wonder what great educational APP you should check out for your class?!? Welcome to the Spotlight Series on fantastic apps from Discovery Educators! Featuring this week’s app:     Nearpod Handout with Tips and Tricks Description: Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool.  The presentation is controlled by the presenter, keeping iPad users focused and […]