Category: College and Career Readiness

What Is Truly On Your Plate: Transformative Principal Interview With Amy Dujon

We’re all familiar with the old script. The teacher stands at the front of the classroom lecturing, the students take notes, and then there’s an assignment. Unfortunately, that script can’t prepare today’s learners for success in college and the global workplace. As Principal of a Florida elementary school, LSI Practice

How Building Expertise Ignited Our Transformation

By Dr. Jane Bartley It’s the beginning of a new year, when resolutions for professional and personal growth collide with a new fiscal year funding cycle that can make those goals a reality. It’s the perfect time to make an ardent recommendation to my fellow educators: If you attend just

Five Monitoring Techniques That Deepen Student Learning

By Carla Moore For years, we’ve had a serious problem in education. The heavy emphasis on high-stakes testing has prevented teachers from getting timely, actionable evidence of student learning. Ultimately, when a test score, issued after a student is no longer in a given classroom, indicates that the student did

The six-picture format is versatile enough to use with any type of content

Increase Instructional Rigor with the Six Pictures Activity

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

Learning Target Deconstruction

By Theresa Staley Of all the “wow!” moments in my educational career, I believe observing my students as they mastered their learning targets has been the most profound. This mastery involved a demonstration of student evidence to show they “got it” and could attach it to larger ideas and concepts. Through

New Report on “What Teens Want”

By Jennifer A. Cleary and Terry A. Morgan, co-authors of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction The Fordham Institute’s newly released report on student engagement initially delivers quite a dose of bad news. A national survey of 2000 public, charter, and private school students finds that students who consider dropping

Making Long-Lasting Impressions on Teachers and Students

School Superintendent Julia Espe likes to refer to a quotation from Israeli teacher Haim Ginott: “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” For the past several years, Espe has been endeavoring to ensure that whatever “falls” on the students in her Princeton, Minnesota school district

The Benefits of Investigative Tasks

By Scott Sterling We’ve been talking a lot about students developing hypotheses and how that can add rigor to your classroom activities. Mostly, these lessons have resembled the scientific process, even if they could be converted to use in the other subject areas. Investigative tasks are a bit different. They

Giving Students Control Through Experimental Inquiry

By Scott Sterling In most pedagogical models, the goal is to move the classroom from one that is teacher-centered to student-centered. The student-centered approach provides engagement in the learning process, a certain level of personalization, and a greater chance for mastery. One way to generate that degree of a student-centered

Tasks that Expand a Student’s Decision-Making Skills

By Scott Sterling Providing students autonomy in learning tasks is a key component of rigor. Tasks are simply less rigorous when students receive more guidance and less productive struggle. There are many ways to generate that autonomy, but key among them is providing tasks in which students have to choose