Year: 2014

A pretty simple set of criteria

Incorporating Decision Making Into Lessons

By Scott Sterling; adapted from Gwendolyn Bryant’s concurrent session at Building Expertise 2014, “Decision Making for CCSS: A Cognitive Process” Human beings make hundreds—perhaps thousands—of decisions in a day, from the mundane to the life changing. So it’s easy to think that decision making occurs naturally in all of your

Scales are the map and goals are the destination

Generating Student Buy-In for the Standards

By Scott Sterling You might think that the standards, whatever they look like this year, are in the domain of the teacher. After all, it’s your job to make sure your students meet them. They just have to sit there and absorb your knowledge, right? We all know that last

Every lesson is a new task that moves the student toward a larger goal, but the lesson still has a goal in itself

Melding Goals and Scales with Project-Based Learning

By Scott Sterling Perhaps in response to college and career readiness standards and their desire to have students working in more real-world ways, teachers across the country have begun adopting what is called project-based learning. Project-based learning (PBL) is the concept of an entire lesson, unit, or even curriculum designed

With these tools, your students can do much better than this

Tech Tools for Student Collaboration

By Scott Sterling Collaboration and interpersonal skills are central to the idea of the 21st century student; some of the skills that students will need in order to compete in the global economy. And although we’ve talked a lot about collaboration amongst teachers, including a tech tools article, we’ve barely

Not this kind of TLC (although there are days where this would be nice)

Consider a TLC to Improve Your Formative Assessment Strategies

By Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center Staff On this blog, we’ve had quite a few posts on teacher collaboration, professional development, and PLC scheduling. It’s important for educators to work together to improve their practice. PLCs are a common structure to foster collaboration and accountability. But they’re not the only