Year: 2014

Even this comparison can be made more rigorous

Deepening Students’ Knowledge Using Similarities & Differences

By Scott Sterling Just like a computer or office, the brain needs to organize information in a way that makes it easily accessible while enabling further growth. For example, if you can’t classify and find information related to the solar system, how are you supposed to understand astrophysics? Students need

The tools have changed, but the skills are still just as crucial

The Importance of Recording and Representing Knowledge

By Scott Sterling You would think that needing to understand how to record and represent knowledge has lost importance in the age of smartphones, BYOD, and tablets. After all, to record knowledge, a student only has to tap the “record” button. That practice might accomplish one goal (having access to

It’s hard for students to think about any perspective but their own

Helping Students Examine Their Reasoning

By Scott Sterling The more rigorous college and career readiness standards, on which most states are embarking, universally call for students to have a deeper interaction with knowledge. It’s not enough to simply remember things—they have to be able to use new knowledge effectively in order to achieve goals, such

The people who work here need skills that are only found in a humanities classroom

Incorporating STEM in Your Humanities Classroom

As we discussed last week, the full name of the Common Core ELA standards document is? “Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects”. The implications of that wording are a two-way street. Just as we explored how STEM teachers can

If STEM people can’t communicate, we don’t get to find out about their innovations

Incorporating Literacy in Your STEM Classroom

By Scott Sterling This is something that not many people have paid attention to: do you know what the full name of the Common Core ELA standards document is? “Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.” The new standards aren’t

Feedback comes in many varieties—and they’re all useful

Deliberate Practice in the Wake of a Bad Observation

By Scott Sterling As a teacher, you’re used to observations, especially if you work in a Marzano-inspired system. You do your best to prepare, but sometimes things just don’t go as planned. Perhaps a projector bulb blows, a more challenging student had extra Nutella with breakfast, or it’s just that