Category: Student Engagement

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

Navigating the Common Core Strategies: Inclusion Dos & Do Betters

By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS)   As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a

How to Effectively Think-Pair-Share

By Scott Sterling Among formative assessment strategies, Think-Pair-Share might be one of the most popular and effective. When done right, it’s a mix of reflection, collaboration, and whole-group sharing. Instead of having a haphazard class discussion period that may or may not accomplish the objectives, Think-Pair-Share lends some organization to

Book Preview: Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales

The latest book in Learning Sciences’ Essentials for Achieving Rigor series is Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales: How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions by Carla Moore, Libby H. Garst, Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Deana Senn. Success in the Marzano framework hinges a lot on

This School Year’s Best Free or Cheap English/Language Arts Apps

By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for

Educating Boys by Focusing on Their Strengths

By Scott Sterling It’s not exactly groundbreaking science to reveal that boys are different from girls, especially in the classroom. What is groundbreaking is the research being done into just how differently boys develop, learn, and socialize. Michael Gurian has become a thought leader in the field of male childhood

Shifting Demographics in American Education: Best Practices

By Scott Sterling This is the last in a series focusing on the demographic changes going on in the nation’s schools. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. This shift presents opportunities for sustained success and best practices that have been pioneered by districts and schools around the