Category: Student Engagement

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

Did they Forget Everything?

Adapted from the forthcoming book, Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction by Jennifer Cleary, Terry Morgan, and Robert Marzano. We’ve all seen, chuckled at, and likely shared memes and other social media posts describing how educators experience the holiday season. “Stay strong!” “Brace yourselves.” “December lesson plans: scrape students

6 Classroom Activities to Help Students Express Gratitude

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

Is Technology Shortening Students’ Attention Spans?

You can see Dr. David Sousa at the 2017 Maryland Assessment Group Fall Conference this November. Reserve your spot today. Is Technology Shortening Students’ Attention Spans? The answer might surprise you. According to Dr. David A. Sousa, educational neuroscience consultant and award-winning author of Engaging the Rewired Brain, the answer

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Success Criteria: A Five-Star Recipe for Students

By Kara Bentley Teachers, when your students walk into your classroom… Do they know what they’re going to be learning? Do they know what they NEED to know to demonstrate understanding of content? Are they prepared to autonomously apply their knowledge to successfully complete a task? Do they have exemplars

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles