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  1. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Assessing Student Interests and Strengths
    In this Strategy Guide, you’ll learn about a number of specific methods that can help you to gain a fuller picture of the interests of your students as well as what your students understand, know, and can demonstrate by doing.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Bringing Lessons to Life with Animoto
    Using Animoto, a free Web 2.0 tool, students can develop short digital videos that include music, photos, video clips, and text as well as share their creations electronically.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide
    Making Connections
    In this strategy guide, you’ll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide
    Persuasive Writing
    This strategy guide focuses on persuasive writing and offers specific methods on how you can help your students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Socratic Seminars
    This strategy guide explains Socratic seminars and offers practical methods for applying the approach in your classroom to help students investigate multiple perspectives in a text.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Speak to Me: Teaching with Voki
    Through Voki, a Web 2.0 tool, students create customizable avatars for class presentations for various purposes, such as presenting biographical information, expressing an opinion, or reading a poem.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Teaching with Zooming Slideshows through Prezi
    Through Prezi, a web application, students create "zooming" presentations for various purposes, such as presenting research, defending an opinion, or sharing a digital story.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 6  |  Strategy Guide
    Using Paired Reading to Increase Fluency and Peer Cooperation
    In this strategy, students read aloud to each other, pairing more fluent readers with less fluent readers. This strategy can also be used to pair older students with younger students to create “reading buddies.”
  9. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.