Word Building Strings | Better Alternatives to Weekly Spelling Tests

Hi, I'm Kim Wakefield with Side-by-Side Educational Consulting where we work side by side with educators to improve outcomes for all kids.  We have another engaging strategy for you to make your spelling time more worth it in the classroom. It's called "word building through word strings". Now let me tell you, kids [...]

By |2020-06-05T11:52:14-06:00June 5th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

Dictation | Better Alternatives to Weekly Spelling Tests

**Teacher Note** Blind Dictation is referenced in the video as one of the routines you can use for word sorting. Dictation as itself an instructional tool is modeled in the classroom video. Both are substantial opportunities for students to develop encoding ability. Hi I’m Kim Wakefield with Side-by-Side Educational Consulting, where we work [...]

By |2020-06-05T10:49:58-06:00May 25th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

Word Sorts | Better Alternatives to Weekly Spelling Tests

Hi I’m Kim Wakefield with Side-by-Side Educational Consulting where we work side by side with educators to improve outcomes for all kids. Okay friends, welcome back to our series of: Our Spelling Tests Really Worth Your Time. I think we all know they’re not. So let’s look at the next instructional strategy that [...]

By |2020-06-05T10:52:40-06:00May 19th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

Phoneme Grapheme Mapping | Better Alternatives to Weekly Spelling Tests

Hi I’m Kim Wakefield with Side-by-Side Educational Consulting, where we work side by side with educators to improve outcomes for all kids. Thank you for joining us again, we’re back to learn how to make spelling instruction more worth your time, you know you have those kids that ace their spelling tests on [...]

By |2020-06-05T10:58:22-06:00May 19th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

Stop wasting time with weekly spelling tests

Hi I'm Kim Wakefield with Side by Side Educational Consulting, where we work side by side with educators to improve outcomes for all kids. We all know this hot topic, should I or shouldn't I give weekly spelling tests, I get asked this question over and over and over again. I took them [...]

By |2020-05-04T12:28:01-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

The Key to Teaching Kids to Speak and Write in Complete Sentences

I wanted to share the last tip I have for how to turn around those pitfalls of "think, pair, share." It is about really making sure that you scaffold for your kids through sentence stems, or sentence starters. In order to do this, it takes a little bit of planning, but a good [...]

By |2020-05-04T12:21:47-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|1 Comment

Intentional planning to maximize classroom partnerships

We have talked already about making sure that you have purposeful partners established, right? You've ranked your kids, you've established them as Partner A / Partner B, you've taught them those good listening habits so they're not only listening to what their partner says but they're really learning what their partner has to [...]

By |2020-05-04T12:06:59-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

4 habits to create Purposeful Partners in the classroom

Hey everybody, welcome back. Thanks for coming to hear the next step about how we build those purposeful partners, it's called establishing purposeful partner habits.  I don't know about you but I've been engaged in lots of conversations where I don't feel like my partner's really listening to me or engaged in what [...]

By |2020-05-04T12:00:52-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

How to create Purposeful Partners in the classroom

Here we are, again talking about establishing those purposeful partners that really allow for cooperative learning to happen in your classroom. The first really important piece that you need to do in order to get purposeful partners happening in your classroom is to make strategic parings. You can have strategic pairings for math, [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:46:56-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments

Why “Think Pair Share” isn’t working in your classroom

Today we're going to talk about a common practice in classrooms called "think, pair, share", and what may be some of the pitfalls with a pair-share. So "think, pair, share" is a routine that we use all the time, the teacher asks the question, students think about the question first, then they partner [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:29:09-06:00May 4th, 2020|Side by Side Consulting Videos|0 Comments
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