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February 2018

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Check out the newly redesigned Indistar and School Community Network websites for free parent, school, and district resources! 
Would you like to inject additional energy and inspiration into the instruction being provided in every classroom in your school, district, or state? What better time than right now… when the days seem long and spring is still a ways off. We know that variety is the spice of life, and variety of instructional modes not only spices up instruction, it leads to improved teaching and learning! The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) offers a series of informative documents, Tools for Instructional Teams and Teachers, that support various instructional modes.
Each document begins with a description of a collegial process for developing units of instruction, plans in support of the units, and suggestions on how to encourage colleagues. Then, each document presents guidance with many embedded suggestions to develop specific instructional modes, including: We’re sure classroom teachers and instructional teams will find these documents extremely useful. Spice up your use of instructional modes today and get rid of those winter blahs!
Indicators Now is an easy-to-use video index of clips from the Indicators in Action courses. Topics covered include:
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Planning
  • Classroom Instruction
  • School Community
The following segment supports the use of various student-directed instructional modes, from small group to independent learning. Click on the photo below and notice how teachers interact instructionally with individuals and groups of students as they travel to work areas.

IndistarConnect is a stimulating on-line learning community where professionals can go to learn, share, and connect with each other. Featured in the Content You Can Use section are highlights of Success Stories about schools that have made tremendous progress, even in the face of difficult challenges. 

Read Maureen Mirabito’s blog There's a lot of advice for improving schools out there. There is something for you in this advice.
 
Or connect directly to the complete Success Story
about Westlawn Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama.
 

Let’s dig a little deeper into the teacher’s interactions with individuals and groups of students. Let’s look at the impact of providing feedback. John Hattie (Visible Learning) compiled a meta-analysis of almost 8,000 studies and concluded, “I recognized that the most powerful single influence enhancing achievement is feedback" (p. 12). Ah, but Hattie concludes it’s a two-way street, “Feedback was most powerful when it was from the student to the teacher” (p. 12). Intrigued? Read this blog from IndistarConnect for an engaging summary of Hattie’s findings.
ClassDojo is a Motivation and Behavior Management app found in edshelf , and it’s customizable. The entire staff can agree on positive behaviors expected in all classrooms and add them to the existing behaviors. ClassDojo makes it easy to record, print, and share these reports with parents and staff to improve student behavior and the school culture. And it’s free!
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