Category Archives: Writing Curriculum

House of Representatives Water Down Senate Bill for Serving Gifted Youth

ESEA Bill Recognition of Need for Teacher Training to Support High-Ability Students; Lack of Focus on Accountability Remains a Concern According to the NAGC: The House of Representatives passed its overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recently. The … Continue reading

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Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl

Join Our Movement: Show that you are a supporter of Inspiring Creativity in our schools. To get your free decal, scroll down for ordering information. So what’s going on? With the resurgence of testing nationwide, many teachers report that they … Continue reading

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Certified Coaches Can Help At-Risk or New Teachers

New York State’s teacher evaluation system has finally arrived and we all recognize that this is a time of transition and a time of opportunity. New York, like other states, is beginning to roll out assessments of teachers. Therefore, it … Continue reading

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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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Role-Play in the Classroom with Delicious.com

© 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Delicious.com is an online social bookmarking platform that stores and categorizes photos, videos, and articles that teachers can use to motivate and engage students. It is part of social media because teachers can see each other’s … 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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Classroom Strategies that Motivate the Reluctant Learner

© 2007 Andi Stix, Ed.D.                            Speech given at the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA In a society where no child is left untested, it … 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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The Art of Negotiable Contracting

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by AGATE‘s GEMS: Fall 2000)   It may have the sound of being more than it really is, but negotiable contracting is indeed an art. While not immediately evident … Continue reading

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Students and Teachers Alike Can Benefit from Rubrics

Selections from an Interview with Dr. Andi Stix by Joyce Kasman Valenza © 2000 by Joyce Kasman Valenza, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 2000   Did you ever wonder why your school paper got an 85 when Suzie’s got a 94? … Continue reading

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Creating Rubrics Through Negotiable Contracting and Assessment

© 1997 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. Chapter 7 in Understanding Scoring Rubrics; A Teacher’s Guide, Carol Boston, Editor US Department of Education ERIC #ED411274    What would happen if students were invited to help decide how their work should be evaluated? … 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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