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An Introduction to Blended Learning with CommonLit: Part 1

An Introduction to Blended Learning with CommonLit: Part 1

This is Part 1 of a three-part series introducing Blended Learning using the state-approved platform CommonLit. It provides practitioners a simple exemplar of what instruction would look like with Blended Learning. There will be two follow-up articles to delve into the "how" and "why" of using CommonLit for Blended Instruction. Read More

CCRS Teacher Workouts – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!

CCRS Teacher Workouts – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!

Read on for three NEW CCRS Workouts to strengthen your CCRS "muscles" (even during a pandemic). Regardless of the delivery method of our instruction and programming, the standards will always be THE benchmark for instruction. Each workout takes between 20 and 45 minutes and focuses on a key CCRS shift or shifts, standard, or practice. When it comes to CCR standards implementation, we can’t stop, won’t stop...no matter what! Read More

More ELA and Math CCRS Teacher Workouts!

More ELA and Math CCRS Teacher Workouts!

The next group of CCRS Teacher Workouts is here - this time with a focus on academic vocabulary and more math content. These are quick and focused support activities for CCRS ELA and math instruction. Check them out to strengthen your knowledge of vocabulary and Math Shifts and Practices! Read More

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

College & Career (and Community) Readiness Standards are very much in play right now as we all help our students to navigate this landscape of COVID-19. This article has links to several MN-created math and ELA instructional activities and ideas for how to use them with your own students! Read More

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 4 – Chalk Talk

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 4 – Chalk Talk

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. In the final article of this series, we take a look at the making students thinking visible through a silent "dialogue" called Chalk Talk. Read More

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 3 – It’s All about the Questions

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 3 – It’s All about the Questions

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. In the third article of this series, we take a look at the power of questions in making student thinking visible in the classroom. Read More

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 2

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 2

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. In the second article of this series, we take a look at a strategy to make student thinking in the ELA and/or math classroom. Read More

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. This article is the first of two to explore how to make students' thinking visible for stronger learner-centered instruction. Read More

2020 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration now open!

2020 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration now open!

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Language & Literacy Institute on January 23-24! This is ATLAS’s largest event each year, a two-day conference that you will NOT want to miss! Registration is now OPEN, so register on the ATLAS website. Read More

CCRS Teacher Workouts – Feel the Burn!

CCRS Teacher Workouts – Feel the Burn!

New CCRS ELA and Math Teacher workouts are focused, fast, and designed to help teachers move forward with CCRS implementation. Use them in a staff meeting, with a colleague, or independently. Each workout takes just 20-45 minutes and focuses on a key CCRS shift, standard, or practice. Read More