In recent years, a debate has intensified among educational leaders about whether the best measure of teacher effectiveness is student proficiency or rather growth. Regardless of your belief on this issue, one undeniable truth is that a certain level of accountability is necessary. Fundamentally, this is how we decide the best course of action moving […]
By Mary Shea Although English is phonetically inconsistent, there is more sense than randomness in its spelling when particular factors are taken into consideration. Correct spelling in English—a social expectation for writing that goes public—requires the logical, thoughtful integration of knowledge and aptitude across multiple areas. Curiosity about unusual words—about their structure and derivation (i.e., […]
By Mary Shea From the moment they’re born, children try to make sense of their environment and actively participate in it. They observe behaviors of others and mimic actions and words that appear to have meaning and function. Every experience they have informs them about people, objects, events, and routines in the environment. Children self-direct […]
By Scott Sterling Reflection should be a regular component of a teacher’s practice, but some times of the year seem to be tailor-made for reflective study. One of those times is at the beginning of the calendar year, which may signal the midpoint of the school year or the start of a new term/semester. Just […]
Everyone needs to be on the same page, knowing what’s expected of them. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International As we’ve stated before, the primary goal of the learning sciences teacher blog is to foster a community of teachers that help each other strive toward college and career readiness. We might broach the subjects, but […]
To know what success looks like, you need the right goal. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International Many schools require teachers to post or write their learning goals on the board before each class. Some want those goals in kid-friendly language; others don’t care if you copy the standard’s text word-for-word (obviously students will hardly […]
This is no longer just a warning about underground trains. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International It’s called college and career readiness for a reason. The goal is to produce students that are ready to work in the next phase of their lives. The previous standards only dictated what a kid should know—not how. The […]
Welcome to Teach to Reach: Insights for the Next Century of Teaching. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International This might be the most intensive time in the history of education. It’s a perfect storm of political mandates, changes in standards, and scrutiny over the profession of teaching. From all of these fronts, teachers are expected […]
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