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By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Wondering is the mind’s query to itself — questioning observed phenomena, seeking information about the unknown, or solving a problem or puzzle. It’s a natural force that drives learning from the first breath of life. Effective teachers harness this energy in designing instruction that is […]
By Scott Sterling Our students are stressed out. The causes are many (too many activities, too much pressure, not enough down time, etc.), but they have very little ability throughout the day to just “be”, to clear their minds and focus their attention inward rather than outward. The practice of mindfulness takes many different forms. […]
By Scott Sterling You can be excused for still not being quite used to the time change. Although you gained an hour of sleep, you’re probably not used to the sun coming up or going down so early. Most people don’t know why we invented Daylight Saving Time, so it seems arbitrary. That doesn’t mean […]
By Scott Sterling Although there have been aspects of this campaign that are not appropriate for the classroom, It’s still important for students to understand and even participate in the election process. Students need to be prepared to contribute to our democracy and be able to recognize its evolution and how it can be improved. […]
By Scott Sterling Although educators are private citizens, they are also in the public eye (or, at least, the eyes of their students, parents, and administrators). With the growth of social media and its numerous platforms, it can be tricky for teachers to toe the line between responsible use and giving away too much information. […]
By Scott Sterling This is the final post in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: high school. In the high school years, students undergo a metamorphosis. They enter as something that can […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: middle school. Middle school has a reputation as the toughest level to teach. When a middle school teacher […]
By Scott Sterling This is the first in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: elementary. Let’s just get this out of the way first: every student has a waning attention span at […]
By Scott Sterling Teachers should not be the masters of the educational experience of their students. Students should have just as much input into what goes on in the room, especially in the later stages of the learning process. An excellent way to give students this control is through allowing them a certain measure of […]
By Scott Sterling Assessment, generally speaking, is critical to educational success. Although the debate can still rage on about high-stakes testing, formative assessment is a crucial part of any successful classroom. Dr. Marcia Tate’s new book, Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?, attempts to bridge the gap between complicated brain […]
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