Category: Student Engagement

Using Homework to Deliver New Content

By Scott Sterling Most teachers choose to use their in-class time to deliver new content. The thinking is that students will naturally struggle, productively or otherwise, when they encounter the unknown. When that struggle occurs, the teacher wants to be there. In correlation, homework is reserved for practice. But isn’t

Infusing Homework with Declarative Knowledge

By Scott Sterling Too often, homework takes the form of simply practicing knowledge and skills students learned in class. Although that can be an important facet of the learning process, depending on the lesson, it can be much more beneficial to infuse exercises that ask students to work with what

Helping Students Effectively Interact with New Knowledge: Narrative Stories

By Scott Sterling Key in the Marzano Framework’s efforts toward rigor is the concept that students not only need to be taught new knowledge, but how to interact with it. How can they use it? Why is this important? How do we expand on these new ideas? These are all

The Windows Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the final post of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros

The Google Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the second post of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros

The Apple Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the beginning of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros and

Book Preview – Engaging the Rewired Brain

By Scott Sterling Earlier this year, we published a series of posts based on Dr. David A. Sousa’s book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them. In it, one of the leaders in the field of neuroscience and education took our current assessment-based educational culture and made

Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Student Success

By Scott Sterling Celebrating student success is a key aspect of building a positive classroom culture. It can also have a lasting (and perhaps permanent) effect on the self-esteem of students. That being said, many teachers have the idea of celebrating student success with the occasional pizza party. However, there