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By Scott Sterling Celebrating student success is a key aspect of building a positive classroom culture. It can also have a lasting (and perhaps permanent) effect on the self-esteem of students. That being said, many teachers have the idea of celebrating student success with the occasional pizza party. However, there are many less disruptive—and cheaper—ways […]
By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a supporting cast who collaboratively ride […]
By Scott Sterling Among formative assessment strategies, Think-Pair-Share might be one of the most popular and effective. When done right, it’s a mix of reflection, collaboration, and whole-group sharing. Instead of having a haphazard class discussion period that may or may not accomplish the objectives, Think-Pair-Share lends some organization to the process. The Nuts and […]
By Scott Sterling Grit has become a buzzword in the education community. It falls in with the conative skills that we discuss occasionally—skills that are not academic by nature, but important in the cognitive and academic growth of a student. To be sure, perseverance is important. An effective teacher’s classroom becomes one of the most […]
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