SAS Pathfinders

Exploring SAS Curriculum Pathways & Instructional Technology

Curriculum Focus: Career Technical Education

Author: Ralph Moore
Posted: January 27, 2015, 8:05 pm
  I learned to weld in high school. Not that well to be certain, but I understand the basics. To this day, I recognize the skill needed to lay down a smooth bead. Back then, Amador County High School, had a mandatory full-year technical education course that split students each […]

Taking the Museum Experience Mobile

Author: Scott McQuiggan
Posted: January 22, 2015, 10:49 pm
Visiting a museum is a great way to expand our knowledge, see things we can’t ordinarily see, and learn in an informal setting. Whether for field trips, Saturday morning tours, or special events, museums reflect the importance we place on knowledge and learning. They are valuable resources to us all. But […]

A Crime-Scene Cure for Reluctant Readers?

Author: Tim McBride
Posted: January 19, 2015, 2:43 pm
Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is one of those rare books people describe as “impossible to put down” that really is (figuratively) impossible to put down. As an English teacher, I found a marked increase in student participation when I substituted Capote’s “nonfiction novel” for one of the canonical works in […]

Elementary Spotlight: Spanish

Author: Mimi Stapleton
Posted: January 15, 2015, 12:42 am
In SAS Curriculum Pathways, elementary students and teachers will find a wealth of thematically organized resources that are age-appropriate and help students learn basic expressions, words, and phrases in context. Students explore and discover the Spanish language and culture by interacting with the resources. Our Spanish Language Videos introduce and […]

Elementary Spotlight: Geography

Author: Molly Farrow
Posted: January 14, 2015, 7:26 pm
Elementary students need an engaging tool to learn the basics, the physical and political geography of their school, their neighborhood, their town, their state, and the world. Our Interactive Atlas was designed specifically to build those skills and expand that knowledge base. From identifying basic knowledge—continents, oceans, countries, and capitals—to creating unique, […]

Elementary Spotlight: Math

Author: Lucy Kosturko
Posted: January 13, 2015, 5:15 pm
Early math skills—such as number sense, number relations, pattern identification, estimation, and measurement—are the foundation for future math achievement. By mastering these basic concepts, young students can engage in more complex cognitive processing and develop higher-level math skills. Also, early math achievement has been linked to an increased likelihood to take […]

Elementary Spotlight: Writing

Author: Terry Hardison
Posted: January 12, 2015, 8:42 pm
Let me start by stating the obvious: teaching students to write well is hard. Yet teachers who have had success at the elementary level know that young writers can thrive when certain conditions and practices exist in the classroom. For instance, they know students need to be given time to […]

Elementary Spotlight: Reading

Author: Lucy Kosturko
Posted: January 12, 2015, 12:40 pm
In and around 3rd grade, students make a significant transition: rather than learning to read, they begin reading to learn. That transition has classroom implications as well: instead of teaching students how to read, we instead expect them to use their (assumed) reading skills to acquire new information on their own (e.g., reading […]

Teaching Poetry: It's a Slam Dunk

Author: Terry Hardison
Posted: January 8, 2015, 12:50 pm
T.S. Eliot opens his poem The Waste Land by famously calling April the “cruellest month.” But for me, January has always offered up its own special form of cruelty. The holiday celebrations have come and gone, the days have frozen and withered into darkness, and the New Year is already […]

Finding the Virtue in Virtual Labs

Author: Tim McBride
Posted: January 5, 2015, 7:15 pm
Virtual labs can be a boon to science instruction, capturing the excitement of discovery and encouraging students to think earnestly about STEM careers. While no one would advocate working exclusively with virtual labs, they can play an important role in expanding the classroom repertory: experiments that had been too dangerous, […]