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Putting Istation to work with "Tier Time"

All teachers are busy, but even by that standard, Ms. Culbreth is busier than most. Teaching at Thompsonville C.U.S.D 174, a K-12 Title I school in southern Illinois, Ms. Culbreth serves every student in grades K through 8. She also teaches reading to 7th and 8th grade students and has at least for this year taken on yet further duties needed to support the school.

Four Strategic Moves to Implement Istation and Motivate Students

When Ms. Dillon realized the students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School weren’t enthusiastic about another tech tool in the classroom, she took matters into her own hands. Since then, the students have not only been more engaged and motivated to use Istation, but they’ve also started begging her to see their progress. What’s the secret to her success? Ms. Dillon said, “We made four strategic moves that brought us from the bottom to the top.”

Thank a Teacher

At Istation many of us have backgrounds in teaching and education. In fact, together we have over 1,023 years of teaching experience! We care about education and educators deeply, and this holiday, several Istation team members took a moment to reflect and thank a teacher who inspired them.

Data is More Than Just a Hammer! How to Use Data Effectively to Guide Instruction

Data can be so misunderstood. There's even disagreement over the word itself. Singular? Plural? Both? 

It’s unfortunate that data often has a negative connotation on school campuses says Mona Savage, English Language Arts Elementary Coordinator for the McKinney Independent School District in McKinney, Texas.  

 “The biggest misconception about data is that it is the hammer. It’s not the hammer,” she says. “It’s not supposed to point out inefficiencies, weaknesses, and a lack of knowledge. It does just the opposite. It finds areas to grow, areas to improve.” Instead of looking at data as a hammer that crushes things, what if you could position data as a tool that helps build things?

I Have My Small Groups...Now What? How to Use Istation Data to Drive Small Group Instruction

My last blog entry was “How to Use Istation for Effective Small Group Instruction.” It seemed to really resonate with you, as it quickly became one of our most-read posts. After I wrote it, I began reminiscing a little more about the moments of joy, confusion, and exhaustion I felt while embarking on a small group classroom strategy. So, if you took my advice about forming small groups, maybe you’re wondering, “Thanks for helping me, but now what am I supposed to do?” Well, here are a few answers.

How Istation Can Help Teach Character Traits 

Timeless Tales is Istation’s reading and language arts instruction for older readers. Every Timeless Tales story and passage includes character education. 

Istation’s Senior Curriculum Development Specialist Natalie Masters oversees development of Timeless Tales instruction and said character education is really at the heart of what she does every day.

“It is why we write what we write,” she said. “We want to help motivate and inspire these kids to be good people.”