Increasing Students’ Vocabulary: Word Study in Action

Do you remember studying for the ACT or GRE? Did you buy the vocabulary flashcards or make your own? I remember the summer of 2009 as “The One With the GRE Flashcards” because I took them everywhere and reviewed them in every spare moment. Whether it was by the pool, in the DMV, at the doctor’s office, or at my kitchen table, my anxiety about memorizing the vocabulary words continued to increase. I remember wishing I had received better vocabulary instruction in school. The reality is, in many places, we still aren’t YET teaching vocabulary, or word study, well. The key word here is: YET.

Edcite Drag & Drop March Madness Championship

March Madness is underway, and we are joining the competition with our March Madness Drag & Drop Championship! Follow #EdciteMarchMadness on social media to see which Edcite drag and drop question types have been most popular in 2019! We’ll be posting our Sweet Sixteen, Final Four, and the Championship Winner on the days of the NCAA tournament. You can also download our Drag & Drop Championship bracket to keep track of our question types and the winners in each heat.

Women’s History Month Resources on Edcite

Happy Women’s History Month! Teachers in the Edcite community have shared many assignments that honor great women and teach students about women’s history.  Check out the assignments below that can be used in elementary, middle school, and high school. Use these throughout the month of March or any day of the year!

5 Tips for Using the Assignment Library

Edcite has over 35,000 assignments in the public assignment library covering grade levels, subjects, and standards! Every day teachers in the Edcite community share new assignments into the library. You can also find state released practice tests digitized by the Edcite Team and other high-quality assessments from organizations such as Eureka Math and Achieve the Core.

Why 3rd Grade Literacy Is Pivotal

In my recent post about the current status of the academic gap, I stated that many agree that the academic gap is a literacy gap. As a result, many states and agencies have placed significant emphasis on literacy, focusing particularly on reading proficiency by 3rd grade. Why literacy and why this age? Well, the Anne E. Casey Foundation says 3rd grade reading has big implications, so let’s unpack that. 

How to Cultivate a Culture of Reading

At any moment of the day, a variety of stimuli are vying for our students’ attention. Video games. Instagram. Snapchat. Twitter. Texting. Facetime. The list goes on and on. Thus, in order for a kid to choose a book over all the other competing options, we must cultivate a culture of reading. Reading must be equally as “cool” as Fortnite. Period. Here are three tips for cultivating a culture of reading in your classrooms and schools.

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