By Dr. Beverly Carbaugh In our travels around the country, we’ve seen districts embracing the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model with a lot of enthusiasm. Principals and teachers love the emphasis on just 23 powerful core competencies—elements of teacher pedagogy and practice that research has shown get the most dramatic results in student learning and […]
By Dr. Beverly Carbaugh In education, data has gotten a bad rap. But it doesn’t have to be this way if we understand that good data actually improves learning. It’s time to shift the conversation, and we can do that by understanding the underlying concerns, disseminating comprehensible school data to communities, and developing professional learning environments […]
By Jennifer Cleary Like most teachers, I’m the type of person who takes pride in hard work, and I want that hard work to show! When I take on a new project or learn a new skill, I want to become an expert. So when I began teaching, I learned from my early blunders and quickly […]
By Mary Shea Although English is phonetically inconsistent, there is more sense than randomness in its spelling when particular factors are taken into consideration. Correct spelling in English—a social expectation for writing that goes public—requires the logical, thoughtful integration of knowledge and aptitude across multiple areas. Curiosity about unusual words—about their structure and derivation (i.e., […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series of three blog posts discussing research-based teaching strategies that help students interact and eventually assimilate new knowledge. Education is all about presenting previously-unknown knowledge to students and have them incorporate that learning into comprehension. But as any educator will tell you, that is not an […]
School Superintendent Julia Espe likes to refer to a quotation from Israeli teacher Haim Ginott: “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” For the past several years, Espe has been endeavoring to ensure that whatever “falls” on the students in her Princeton, Minnesota school district will leave impressions that are […]
By Scott Sterling These days, a teacher cannot go 10 minutes without reading an email, tweet, or Facebook post about STEM. It’s understandable if you’ve been overloaded on the subject. That being said, Dr. William Bender’s new book, 20 Strategies for STEM Instruction, is not your typical discussion of STEM’s place in education. Instead, it […]
By Lillie G. Jessie, author of the Quick Reference Guide, 10 Principal’s Principles for High Performance in Diverse, Low-Income Schools Dr. Jeff Howard of the Efficacy Institute once wrote an article asking educators, “Whose Children Are These?” Until you can answer, “Mine,” he said, we’ll never achieve high levels of student performance. Dr. Rick DuFour, one […]
By Scott Sterling In August, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. This agency manages 59 national parks, many monuments, and other properties with its 21,000 employees. Out of the 84,000,000 acres it manages, every state is represented. Chances are, there is a National Park Service site within driving distance. Which is strange, because […]
By Scott Sterling On October 5th, the world gathers together to celebrate and give attention to teachers. World Teachers’ Day is an initiative from UNESCO that began in 1994. Although its primary purpose is to celebrate the teaching profession and its impact on the world’s children, it is also a time to discuss the issues […]
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