By Elaine McEwan-Adkins I met an angry parent for the first time during a fall parent-teacher conference. I was teaching 5th grade and no one had prepared me for the possibility of encountering someone who immediately confronted me in a highly agitated state of mind about his son’s grades. Even though decades have flown by, I […]
By Scott Sterling I just returned from SXSWedu in Austin. This was my first time attending and I could definitely see how this conference is different from an ever-increasing slate of other education gatherings. The most notable aspect of the conference is its purpose. Instead of focusing in on one subtopic, like technology or ELL […]
By Scott Sterling In the Marzano framework, Design Question 6 is all about establishing and maintaining control of a classroom. A common misconception is that classroom management is established early in the year and never has to be modified. As veteran teachers know, this is not the case. Students may enroll or leave your class. […]
We all know teachers are rock stars. In a literal sense, many rock stars, actors, inventors, and other famous people got their start as teachers. Can you guess which of the following famous people once worked in classrooms? You may retry as many times as you’d like. But first, back to you. We want to thank […]
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 supporting cast who collaboratively ride […]
By Scott Sterling Teachers have been using video in classrooms since video was invented. For some, it was a way to bring subject matter to life or provide a differing voice. For many, it was a way to add some extra planning time to the day. Nothing has changed in that regard other than just […]
By Scott Sterling You probably don’t want to start thinking about classroom organization during the school year, so it helps to plan for how you’ll use your space ahead of time. Here are a few things to think about, as well as some tricks that have stood the test of time. Keep it flexible Gone […]
Top 10 Quotes (and Photos) from Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s Visit to Palm Beach County Demonstration Schools for Rigor
Dr. Marzano with Area Superintendent Ian Salzman and Calusa Elementary Principal Jamie Wyatt. During the week of May 20th, Robert J. Marzano visited five Demonstration Schools for Rigor in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he toured classrooms to see teachers implementing strategies in the Essentials for Achieving Rigor instructional model. The Demonstration Schools are a […]
By Scott Sterling Although teachers are grateful for any token of appreciation they receive on Teacher Appreciation Week, there is also a sense of “been there, done that.” The week usually consists of the bag of candy in the mailboxes, the breakfast hosted by the PTA, and the annual happy hour. Considering how stressful this […]
By Susan M. Brookhart, author of Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do, now available at the Learning Sciences bookstore. Most current learning standards ask students to do more than comprehend content knowledge. Performance assessment is a great way to find out how students can use or apply content knowledge or how they implement skills. […]
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