SAS Pathfinders

Exploring Curriculum Pathways & Instructional Technology

Get Students Outdoors and Learning!

Winter has past, and it’s time to soak in the sunshine vitamin. Many activities usually done in the classroom can be modified and conducted outdoors. The benefits of outdoor learning are well documented. Research shows exposure to the natural world is important to children’s social, psychological, intellectual, and physical health. Equally [...]

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Help ELL Math Students Discover the Universal Language – Part 1

Since numbers are its foundation, mathematics is commonly referred to as the one truly universal language. But do you see a difference in these equations? 1.000 + 1.000 = 2.000 1,000 + 1,000 = 2,000 Whether these two equations represent the same value could depend on where you are. That’s [...]

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¿Escribes en español?

Most people answer, “No,” but actually we do! Think about it: most of us send texts and emails, take notes, make “to do” lists, post comments on Facebook, send invitations, tell stories… When studying a new language, you do a lot of writing too. It’s an essential part of learning [...]

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Math Teachers: Can We Ignore PEMDAS?

Are you teaching that PEMDAS is flexible? Are your students equipped to handle that flexibility? You remember PEMDAS, right? It’s the acronym we use to help kids understand, or better yet remember, the order of operations. We’ve even added the catchy phrase Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to assist [...]

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Coaxing Student Writers Out of Their Comfort Zones

All learners have comfort zones. I find it enjoyable, for example, to grapple with the complexities and rhetorical puzzles that James Joyce offers up in his novel Ulysses. But we also know our discomfort zones— concepts or subject areas that make us nervous or unsettled. Give me anything written by [...]

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Coding in Your Elementary ELA Classroom

We recently had the pleasure of conducting a workshop at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference in Raleigh, NC. Following the release of our latest app, CodeSnaps, we demonstrated how to incorporate coding and robotics into K-5 ELA instruction. Reading teachers from across North Carolina attended the workshop and brought [...]

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Daring to Diagram

We called her the Diagram Queen. She was a small woman, probably no taller than five feet, but her students looked upon her as a giant. Each day, she would greet us with a smile and utter these simple instructions: “Students, take out a sheet of paper. Before we start [...]

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Using Jefferson to Model Argument Writing

I don’t need to make the case that providing students with models of good writing can be a powerful tool for improving their work. That’s why I want to feature in this Buried Treasures post the Argument Writing section from inContext, our massive network of terms, definitions, and activities that [...]

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Application Exercises Provide Deep Dive Learning in U.S. History

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana For many years history teachers have recited this famous, if somewhat over overused, quotation to reinforce the critical role of the discipline. But how are students to develop an actual skill set? Can you practice using [...]

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Building Scientific Literacy: A Farm-to-Table PBL

Students must learn to read, evaluate, discuss, and write about real-world science issues. Some educators feel that practice is the best way to become a proficient reader, thinker, and communicator. While building knowledge from textbooks is important, teachers today are less likely to use class time in this manner. Instead, [...]

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