BrightFish Blog

Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Are we there yet? Evaluating progress for struggling readers

Progress is personal to every child. Amazing growth for one student is a disappointing slide for another, and it’s the work in-between assessments that offers a more complete picture of skill development. Struggling readers often have a lot of ground to cover, making it even

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Reading Practice
Sue Koch

It’s the most wonderful time for reading

It’s been a challenging few months for all of us, but teachers and students have been working diligently to overcome the uncertainty of this unusual school year. The holidays may be longer than normal this year, so it’s time to get creative! Here are a

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Pedagogy
Sue Koch

Reading is hard, so let’s break it down

Many students struggle with reading – two-thirds of 8th-grade students read below proficiency levels (NAEP 2019). It’s only natural to avoid something we find difficult, but for struggling readers, that means less reading, less learning, and ultimately more frustration as the deficit grows over time.

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Distance Learning
Sue Koch

Connecting virtual classrooms? Make it personal.

Online and hybrid classrooms are here to stay. While it’s been a pretty chaotic back-to-school experience for everyone, teachers are adopting innovative techniques to connect with students wherever they are learning. Digital platforms provide the connection tools, but truly engaging students in a meaningful way

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Tech and Learning
Sue Koch

Synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid. It’s all about learning

This time of year is always hectic as classrooms get back to the business of learning. Add in a pandemic, and everything we know goes out the window. Hybrid and choice models, synchronous and asynchronous learning, new class grouping protocols – these are just a

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