By Scott Sterling; adapted from Gwendolyn Bryant’s concurrent session at Building Expertise 2014, “Decision Making for CCSS: A Cognitive Process” Human beings make hundreds—perhaps thousands—of decisions in a day, from the mundane to the life changing. So it’s easy to think that decision making occurs naturally in all of your lessons and you really don’t […]
By Scott Sterling Last month, we discussed conative skills. You won’t find conative skills on many pacing guides or curricula, but students need to master them. Our list from that post included: Interpreting situations Cultivating a growth mindset Developing resiliency Avoiding negative thinking Taking various perspectives on an issue Interacting responsibly with other people Handling […]
By Scott Sterling A few weeks ago, we discussed planning a rigorous unit. Of course, a unit is made up of individual lessons. Those lessons need to be focused on the goal of college and career readiness, as dictated by your state standards. However, on a daily basis, what does college and career readiness look […]
By Scott Sterling We’ve already talked about the importance of collaboration among teachers and the components that make for an effective professional learning community (PLC). Everyone knows you need to work with fellow teachers for maximum student achievement. The problem, as most teachers and administrators report, is a lack of time. A teacher’s planning periods […]
By Scott Sterling The story of Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player to ever put on sneakers, being cut from his high school basketball team has reached the stuff of legend (a legend that’s true, but legend nonetheless). It’s a story of perseverance—and practice. The story has implications for any skill that requires effort toward […]
by Scott Sterling When you look at your curriculum at the beginning of the year, some units just naturally stick out. It might be because every year, teaching place value is an uphill slog—or that the poetry unit always turns out to be a highlight. Some lessons just belong together. We operate in units because […]
by Scott Sterling The “greats” do it without even thinking. Those who are the most organized write it into their lesson plans. The rest of us have good days and bad days with it, and that’s OK. I’m talking about formative assessment, the great equalizer in educational practice—namely because it forces you not to equalize […]
by Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International Let’s have fun with a metaphor. If your school were a car dealership, whose job would everyone have? You, the teacher, are obviously a salesperson. In fact, many attempts have been made to equate education with sales. Your assistant principals might be service managers, always trying to make things […]
by Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International We talk a lot about rigor here on Teach to Reach, and we will continue to do so. At Learning Sciences International, we believe that a lack of rigor is one of the primary factors determining whether or not a school is succeeding. And with most of us implementing […]
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