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Morning Reading Activities

Last week we kicked off our blog series detailing teacher time-savers that can prove helpful any day of the week. We have pulled together a few Istation Reading instructional activities below that you can use each morning to save time.

Save Time with Technology

There’s just not enough time in the day.

How do I fit something else into my already busy schedule?

Let’s add just one more thing to my full plate.

Part 2, Authentic Learning in the Middle School Classroom

Students are people too. They have highs and lows, things that scare them, and hopes and dreams just like anyone else. Part of teaching is having emotional intelligence. Figuring out what your students love, why they think the way they do, and what can motivate them is imperative to engaging them in the learning process. The danger is in pretending to care about what they care about. If you come off as insincere, students will sense this and shut you out. This can lead to disengagement with the class as a whole. Never say you love something if you don’t, but you can ask students why they love that thing. Ask sincere questions. Then use what you learn to guide your selection of stories, novels, activities, and more. Finding a personal connection to the content engages middle school learners.

Part 1, Authentic Learning in the Middle School Classroom

Walk into any education conference and mention that you work with middle school students. You’re likely to experience a response akin to, “Oh, wow. I don’t know how you do it.” Whether paired with a pitying smile or a laugh, the meaning is the same: you must be a glutton for punishment to want to work with middle schoolers!

Early Learners See Tremendous Growth

One elementary school in Texas is making incredible progress with Istation Reading. In just one year’s time, Central Elementary in Seagoville has seen huge growth in the number of pre-K through 5th grade students who are on track with grade-level expectations.

Istation Español’s World of Genres, The Land of the Future

Learning from the Past to Guide Your Future

After completing the World of Genres’ lands of the Past and Present, some questions arose: How would the Land of the Future look? How could we continue helping the students make connections across texts while keeping it fresh and engaging? These were the main questions that drove the Spanish team during the development of the Land of the Future.

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