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Finding and understanding patterns is crucial to mathematical thinking and problem solving. It is easier for students to understand patterns when they organize their information. Struggling students may find it helpful to organize information in a problem because it requires a student to think more deeply about each piece of...

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Models help promote mathematical thinking and facilitate an understanding of key concepts and mathematical structures. By seeing and moving objects, students engage their senses to better understand and reason with abstract concepts, or to make sense of and solve problems. Teachers can support students who struggle with abstraction by differentiating...

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Peer interactions can greatly benefit a student's understanding of mathematical concepts. To facilitate peer collaboration based on differentiated needs, teachers should pair students carefully, model effective ways to interact, provide students with relevant tools, and offer specific advice. Struggling students may find it especially helpful to interact with peers who...

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Classroom presentations encourage purposeful speaking and engaged listening. When students give a presentation, they not only demonstrate content knowledge but also exercise skills in writing with purpose and for an audience—skills that are useful across content areas. Integrating technology tools into presentation projects helps to develop students’ skills across formats...

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In "word analysis" or "word study," students break words down into morphemes, their smallest units of meaning. Each morpheme has a meaning that contributes to the whole word. Students’ knowledge of morphemes helps them to identify the meaning of words and builds their vocabulary. Being able to analyze words is...

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Proficient readers scan and interpret text, forming a mental image of what is happening. A visualization made while reading will texture a scene with details that the text may not spell out—an indication of successful text comprehension. Support students in using all of their senses to engage with and imagine...

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Summarizing a text fosters understanding. By sifting through text to extract the most important ideas and weaving them into a concise written, spoken, or graphical summary, students address many of the ELA Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature and Informational Text. Help readers to understand the purpose of summaries...

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Semantic maps (or graphic organizers) are maps that can visually display a word or phrase and a set of related words or concepts. Learning to create these maps addresses the Common Core State Standards related to knowledge of language and vocabulary acquisition and use. Most importantly, the maps will help...

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Proficient readers ask themselves questions about a text. Asking and answering questions like "what's important here?" and "who's speaking now?" helps readers interact with the text and engage prior knowledge. They are also addressing Common Core State Standards related to key ideas and details and the integration of knowledge and...

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Fluency is reading with accuracy, speed, and understanding. To read aloud with expression requires an understanding of the text’s meaning beyond simple decoding of individual words. Students who struggle with fluency may read slowly, in a monotone, ignoring punctuation, or in choppy start-and-stop rhythms. Often, such readers have difficulty monitoring...

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