Month: October 2015

Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Student Success

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

Navigating the Common Core Strategies: Inclusion Dos & Do Betters

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

How to Effectively Think-Pair-Share

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 Grit Conundrum

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