Category: Student Engagement

What Makes a Great Teacher?

By Theresa Staley Teaching requires unrelenting dedication to students, humanity, and our educational craft. Educators accept the roles of parent, coach, advocate, mentor, counselor, and role model, among others. Our profession requires us to develop and sustain intangible interpersonal qualities, what we call “conative skills,” as ambassadors of learning. Conative

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

Five Tips for Engaging Students in a Close Reading of Text

When engaging students in close reading, the goal is to deepen their understanding of the text and the author’s technique for delivering the content. Students can reach higher levels of understanding by engaging in higher levels of cognition. Students engaged in close reading are working in analysis. They need to

Time of Wonder

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

Election Day Classroom Activities

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

A Teacher’s Responsible Social Media Presence

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