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SOS: What’s in Your Teacher Supply Box?

SOS: What’s in Your Teacher Supply Box?

It’s Back to School time!  

Have you picked up a class set of the latest and greatest flamingo pink highlighters? A stapler/USB drive combo tool? What about an extra 10 reams of filler paper, just in case?  Stores all around have filled their bins with the newest types of mechanical pencils, sets of markers at bargain prices, and stacks and stacks of spiral notebooks in any color you’d hope for.  And, the zippers on backpacks are still stiff enough to make that deeply satisfying zzzzzzzzzipping sound! As you make sure you’re ready for students to put pencil to paper, make sure your teacher supply box gets filled up, too.  Here are some ideas for what you might put on your school supply wish list.

SOS: Hook ‘Em

Fishing is a hobby that many people enjoy. The challenge of using a simple metal hook and line to catch a wiggly fish is captivating, and successfully reeling one in takes patience and practice. The process of learning a new academic skill is similar. Patience and opportunities to practice are required to master new information. Hook your students into practicing what they need to know by involving them in a fishing trip that has them learning, practicing, and applying new concepts in a fun and engaging way.

We the Educators: Helping to Form a More Perfect Union

“America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals,

SOS: Z Chart

The Z Chart is a graphic organizer that helps students summarize information using linguistic and nonlinguistic representations. According to research done by Robert Marzano, “Psychologists believe that information is stored in memory in two ways: in words (linguistic) and in images (nonlinguistic).” Nonlinguistic representations can include visual images and organizers, auditory experiences, kinesthetic activities, videos, computer simulations, etc. Graphic organizers are one tool to help students make connections with and summarize information.

SOS: 3-2-1 Pyramid

In order to effectively summarize information, students must learn to analyze it at a deep level. The 3-2-1 pyramid organizer helps scaffold students in learning how to make decisions about what information is extraneous and can be deleted or substituted, and what information is critical and necessary to understanding the topic.