Category Archives: Curriculum Writing

Learnist: The Pinterest for Educators

The most popular bulletin board in social media today is Pinterest. But now, Grockit! is launching its own version called Learnist (http://learni.st) for educators. While both follow a scrapbook styled interface designed for communicative sharing, the focal points of each … Continue reading

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Kinds of Writing

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Do you want to spicen up the styles of writing that you assign to your class? Do you want to give your students a list of choices from which they can choose? Here’s a fabulous … Continue reading

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Open-Ended Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Research has shown time and time again that if we pose a close-ended question, our students will elicit a minimal amount of answers. However, we can draft the same question using the following question starters … Continue reading

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Essential and Guiding Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Using essential and guiding questions certainly binds a unit of study together, bringing a clearer focus to the lesson. Originally introduced by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, we modified the practice and infused it into our Exploring History series … Continue reading

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Thematic Guiding Questions Pertinent to Adolescents

 by Andi Stix Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek © 2004  Social Studies Strategies for Active Learners, published by Teacher Created Materials Oftentimes teachers struggle with whether or not to teach Social Studies chronologically or thematically. Well, the teacher can easily do both, … Continue reading

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Bridging the Standards Across the Curriculum with Portfolios

© 2000 Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by the Middle School Journal, V32, n1, p15-25 Sept. 2000)   Those of us who are involved in education, in whatever capacity, can sense the stirrings. Parents are voicing concerns about … Continue reading

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Reality-Based Integrated Instruction

© 1994 Speech by Andi Stix, Ed.D. ERIC: Eric Resources Information Center #ED377491 Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Exhibit of the National Middle School Association, “Bridges to Success” (21st, Cincinnati, OH, Nov 3-6, 1994) Abstract: A teacher wants … Continue reading

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