By Dr. Dylan Wiliam Embedding Formative Assessment, which I wrote with Siobhán Leahy, is designed specifically to help individual teachers develop their practice of formative assessment on their own or with small groups of colleagues. Here are some suggestions for practical techniques you can try in your classroom right now. Technique 1: Start with samples […]
The relationships you build with students will impact their performance. The six pictures activity can help you get to know them while increasing student engagement and enhancing your instruction. This versatile strategy helps students: Consider multiple aspects of the content Organize and remember information Distinguish key information from supporting details Provide support for an answer […]
Thanksgiving might be the best holiday to harvest for learning opportunities (no pun intended), but many teachers default to having the students draw turkeys using their hands or making pilgrim hats out of construction paper. That’s a waste. The theme of Thanksgiving is, of course, gratitude. That falls clearly within character education and is worth […]
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons In Part 4 of this series, we talked about the process of applying for state and federal grants. We hope your major take-away was to read the agency’s request for grant proposals very carefully. It might surprise you to learn that grant proposals are often turned down simply because they: Fail […]
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons In Part 3 of this series, we talked briefly about seeking state or federal grants. Before we launch into the specifics of developing applications for these government grants, here are a couple tips to ensure that you stay informed about upcoming and currently announced grant opportunities. Your state department of education […]
By Dr. Beverly Carbaugh In our travels around the country, we’ve seen districts embracing the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model with a lot of enthusiasm. Principals and teachers like the emphasis on just 23 powerful core competencies—elements of teacher pedagogy and practice that research has shown get the most dramatic results in student learning and […]
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons We’ve discussed the purpose of grants and how to develop your concept paper as you begin the grant application process. Now, you’re ready to start searching for funders. Where should you begin? Start Close to Home Grants Department – If your district has a grants department, they are the first people you […]
By Scott Sterling When adopting a STEM approach or creating a makerspace, acquiring a 3D printer is high on the wish list. They tend to be the most popular efforts on education crowdfunding sites, especially as prices come down. The problem is that not too many people understand a 3D printer’s purpose. Sure, they print […]
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons Last time, we provided a brief introduction to grants and why you may or may not want to apply for them. If you’ve read that article and decided to proceed with your grant seeking, you should begin by asking yourself three important questions: What is the need? How do I […]
By Dr. Jane Bartley Everyone knows the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A photo taken during an LSI Leadership Academy session captures the essence of that statement perfectly. Listed on a dry erase board are five statements that describe the work teacher teams in MSD Lawrence Township will tackle this coming year; […]
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