Shaped
A community-driven blog supporting educators, building lifelong learners, and shaping the future of education.

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  • Back-to-School 2021 Resources for Teachers and Educators

    Back-to-School 2021 Resources for Teachers and Educators

    Explore our hub of 2021 back-to-school articles and resources to prepare teachers and administrators for the new school year.

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  • Podcast: The Evolving Role of EdTech in K–12 Classrooms with Amit Patel

    Podcast: The Evolving Role of EdTech in K–12 Classrooms with Amit Patel

    Amit Patel, managing director of Owl Ventures, the largest EdTech venture capital firm in the world, discusses what he looks for in a pitch and why AI will never be able to replace a teacher.

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  • 6 Strategies for Building Community in the Classroom

    6 Strategies for Building Community in the Classroom

    How do you foster a sense of safety and belonging so students can focus their energy on learning? These strategies for building community in the classroom will help.

    Perry Hollins
    Fourth-Grade Teacher, Evanston/Skokie School District, Illinois

    July 23, 2021

  • What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    This article answers the question, what is oral reading fluency? It provides fluency teaching strategies after defining fluency and explaining why it's important.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Providing an oral reading fluency assessment is an important part of not just providing oral reading fluency instruction but measuring growth and ensuring effective instruction.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • Podcast: Summer Hiatus and Podcast Awards

    Podcast: Summer Hiatus and Podcast Awards

    Summer Announcement! Make sure to vote for the Teachers in America podcast this July in the 16th Annual Podcast Awards for the education category.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

    July 19, 2021

  • 6 Strategies to Engage Long-Term English Learners

    6 Strategies to Engage Long-Term English Learners

    Try these strategies to engage long-term English learners and provide the support students need in the classroom.

    Carissa Ford
    Learning Experience Designer, English Language Development, HMH

    July 16, 2021

  • 9 Math Intervention Strategies for Struggling Students

    9 Math Intervention Strategies for Struggling Students

    These math intervention strategies for struggling students provide lessons, activities, and ideas to support Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 math students who are two or more years behind grade level.

    Shaped Staff

    July 14, 2021

  • Building Hope Through High Expectations

    Building Hope Through High Expectations

    See how the staff of Glasgow Middle School in Glasgow, Kentucky measured and met their students' social and emotional needs as their classroom went virtual.

    Regina Murphy
    Principal, Glasgow Middle School

    July 12, 2021

  • The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    There are various benefits of independent reading, including improving your students’ fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read more about how you can empower your students to become lifelong readers by providing an independent reading library.

    Shaped Staff

    July 12, 2021

  • Teaching Flat Plane Shapes and Solid Shapes

    Teaching Flat Plane Shapes and Solid Shapes

    Teach students about plane shapes, or closed, two-dimensional figures, and solid shapes, which include many of the everyday objects with which students are familiar.

    July 12, 2021

  • 3 Strategies for Small-Group Reading Instruction

    3 Strategies for Small-Group Reading Instruction

    Get tips from literacy expert JillE on small-group reading instruction, which allows for a more intimate setting and enables teachers to observe students more closely.

    Jill Eggleton, QSO
    International Literacy Consultant and Children’s Book Author; Author and Advisor, Into Reading

    June 24, 2021

  • How to Re-establish Math Conversations This Fall

    How to Re-establish Math Conversations This Fall

    Five routines are provided to help math teachers establish routines and promote mathematical discourse this school year. The routines consist of four Talk Moves and one language routine.

    Richard Blankman
    Shaped Editor

    June 22, 2021

  • Teaching Product of Prime Factors

    Teaching Product of Prime Factors

    In this lesson, use factor trees to teach students the concept that a composite number is written as a product of all of its prime factors.

    June 21, 2021

  • Podcast: Creativity, Community, and Pride with Owen Bondono

    Podcast: Creativity, Community, and Pride with Owen Bondono

    Meet Owen Bondono, a high school ELA teacher and the first known transgender Michigan Teacher of the Year. He uses his platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ student spaces and anti-racist teaching practices.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

    June 08, 2021

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