Year: 2015

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

Book Preview: Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales

The latest book in Learning Sciences’ Essentials for Achieving Rigor series is Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales: How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions by Carla Moore, Libby H. Garst, Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Deana Senn. Success in the Marzano framework hinges a lot on

Monitoring for Learning

By Scott Sterling Formative assessment can be very hit-or-miss. It can be as simple as a show of hands or as complicated as a written assessment. However, the goal is always the same: finding out whether students are “getting it.” Like most things in education, there is a process for

Academic Press and Supportive Culture: Key Components of School Improvement

By Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. In this book, we establish that there is an essential school improvement algorithm, one that is both simple and elegant: School Improvement = Academic Press + Supportive Community The equation represents the core of school improvement work in the modern era. Another parsimonious model for this

Quick Guide to YouTube for Teachers: Using Video in the Classroom

By Scott Sterling Teachers have been using video in classrooms since video was invented. For some, it was a way to bring subject matter to life or provide a differing voice. For many, it was a way to add some extra planning time to the day. Nothing has changed in

This School Year’s Best Free or Cheap English/Language Arts Apps

By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for

Educating Boys by Focusing on Their Strengths

By Scott Sterling It’s not exactly groundbreaking science to reveal that boys are different from girls, especially in the classroom. What is groundbreaking is the research being done into just how differently boys develop, learn, and socialize. Michael Gurian has become a thought leader in the field of male childhood

Coaching Makes the Difference in Professional Development

By Scott Sterling A recent study by TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, was covered by the Wall Street Journal and others under a headline that teacher professional development is, as a whole, ineffective. But if you dig deeper into the study, you can see that there are research-based findings