By Rita M. Bean and Jacy Ippolito, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets Don’t miss OUR webinar on August 25! REGISTER HERE. In the initial month of school, coaches often wonder how they can productively spend their time. They understand the demands on teachers, who are busy setting up their classrooms and getting to know their students. […]
By Scott Sterling One of the key pieces of the beginning of the school year is the establishment or reestablishment of a school’s professional learning communities (PLCs). Although PLCS are a common practice in modern education, perhaps a school has a new leadership team or quite a few new teachers. Or perhaps they just want […]
By Scott Sterling This is the final post in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: high school. In the high school years, students undergo a metamorphosis. They enter as something that can […]
By Jacy Ippolito and Rita M. Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets There is much being written about the dire need for better teaching these days. Much of the rhetoric places the burden squarely on teachers’ shoulders. But where are teachers supposed to turn for support and guidance, once they have completed their initial teacher preparation? When […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: middle school. Middle school has a reputation as the toughest level to teach. When a middle school teacher […]
By Scott Sterling This is the first in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: elementary. Let’s just get this out of the way first: every student has a waning attention span at […]
By Scott Sterling We’ve been talking a lot about students developing hypotheses and how that can add rigor to your classroom activities. Mostly, these lessons have resembled the scientific process, even if they could be converted to use in the other subject areas. Investigative tasks are a bit different. They harness the natural curiosity of […]
By Nancy Roberts, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension A “few” years ago, while working as a first grade teacher, it became apparent that students thought reading was something you did… but did not interact with. They had all pretty much cracked the “code” (phonics) and could decode with general success, but that […]
By Scott Sterling In most pedagogical models, the goal is to move the classroom from one that is teacher-centered to student-centered. The student-centered approach provides engagement in the learning process, a certain level of personalization, and a greater chance for mastery. One way to generate that degree of a student-centered environment is by providing a […]
By Scott Sterling Providing students autonomy in learning tasks is a key component of rigor. Tasks are simply less rigorous when students receive more guidance and less productive struggle. There are many ways to generate that autonomy, but key among them is providing tasks in which students have to choose between equally appealing alternatives. This […]
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