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Meeting Students in the Middle: Guidance for Engaging Middle School Learners

Meeting Students in the Middle: Guidance for Engaging Middle School Learners

Whether you’re an educator or a student, middle school can be tough. As students enter their adolescence, more is expected academically than ever before. During these pre-teen years, students must become more focused, organized, and disciplined to succeed in school – a shift that is complicated by the rapid changes they find themselves going through

#CelebrateWithDE – Winter Solstice

The first day of winter, or Winter Solstice, falls on December 21, 2016. It’s a great time to use imagery to engage your students in all their core areas. We have some ideas for using some specific teaching strategies along with winter-related content to strengthen literacy skills. If you want to focus all your attention

Disciplinary Literacy: Teaching Students How to Read Like Scientists

By Dr. Karen Beerer, vice president of Learning and Development, Discovery Education The following is an excerpt of our latest whitepaper, Disciplinary Literacy: Helping Students Develop Insider Knowledge. If we want students to learn biology, why not teach them to think, read and write like biologists? If we want them to learn history, shouldn’t they learn

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Literacy fundamentals part 2 — Reading

This is the second part of our short series of posts on literacy fundamentals. Catch up on part 1 — speaking & listening. In this post I’ll share some ideas for encouraging your students of different abilities to read. One of the aspects of the newspapers module, which is new to Discovery Education Espresso, is the fact that the printable

Teaching Shakespeare isn’t just for our Shakespeare 400 VFT

We hope that many of you will be joining us for our celebration of Shakespeare this Friday (22nd April) at 2:30pm BST. You can watch live or register for the on-demand version. We know that teaching Shakespeare is more than a one-day event though — you and your students learn about Shakespeare’s works at various

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Literacy fundamentals part 1 – Speaking and listening

Last literacy blog post I dived straight into a specific objective – homophones which appear in year 2, years 3&4 and years 5&6 and how images can support. This week I’m starting a 3 part post on the fundamentals of literacy beginning with speaking and listening. James Britton wrote in the 1980s about reading and

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Using images to teach homophones

We’re looking at homophones, which is under the curriculum topic of transcription, and has its own objective. Open the homophones image bank in KS1 spelling (there are four different image banks in this module). Either display or print off the images. Tip: if you reduce your screen display size, usually top right corner of browser,

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