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Reinforcing Vocabulary in All Content Areas

Learning new words and developing an extended vocabulary, with accompanying compatible definitions, is a common task throughout all disciplines and at all levels of school. Teachers are always looking for new ways to motivate their students, but when the work … Continue reading

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Imagery Walk

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading

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Carousel Brainstorming

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Carousel Brainstorming strategy is easy to implement. Each cooperative group walks up to an open-ended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … 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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How Coaching Techniques Motivate and Engage Students to Talk Content

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. & PCC with Frank Hrbek © 2006 Gems of Agate, Vol 30, No. 2, Spring 2006   For a complete guide to coaching, please see Teachers as Classroom Coaches by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek, … 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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Helping Students Define Primary Source Documents

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. © 2001 The Interactive Classroom The primary source document has recently received more and more attention in national and state standards for all education levels.  And for the gifted student, the primary source document can stimulate and … 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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Differentiating the Curriculum- How We Established a Multi-Level, Young Adult Literature Bookroom for the Social Studies Department

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D., Recently, the District #2 Office in New York City mandated that all children at the middle school level should read 25 books per year.  While the burden of this mandate fell most heavily on … Continue reading

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Using Multi-Level Young Adult Literature in the Middle School American Studies

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Marshall George, Ed.D. ©  2000 Social Studies Journal, v91 n1 p25-31 Jan-Feb 2000 Talk to middle school teachers about the challenges of teaching today, and you are likely to be barraged with a long list … 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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The Link Between Art and Mathematics

                             © 1994 by Andi Stix, Ed.D.                              ERIC: Eric Resources Information Center #ED398170 … Continue reading

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