By Scott Sterling In education, Twitter has become as indispensable a tool as we have. Its implications are wide-ranging. It can help: Teachers bring the outside world into the classroom Students practice important writing skills Educators from all over the world connect with each other That’s a lot of tasks for only 140 characters. […]
By Scott Sterling Many educators believe that pedagogy and classroom management are mutually exclusive, but that’s not the case at all. You can micromanage every aspect of classroom life without ever engaging or challenging a single child. Conversely, you can present good, rigorous content without ruling with an iron fist. Those with a more holistic […]
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 Maia Appleby Students, parents, and the community at large should recognize the important work of teachers throughout the year, but it’s nice to set aside a special week just for that purpose! Teacher Appreciation Week has become an established tradition in school districts throughout the United States, but few seem to know how it […]
By Scott Sterling One of the tenets of the Common Core and its related next generation standards is the idea that students should be able to question just as skillfully as they can answer. Nothing should be out of bounds. They should be able to rigorously question everyone in the classroom—including the teacher. Socratic seminars […]
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. […]
By Scott Sterling By the end of this decade, it has been estimated that one quarter of the nation’s students will be, at some level, English language learners. Although these students represent an opportunity to create a large group of the multilingual workers that the 21st century economy desperately requires, we first need to meet […]
By Scott Sterling The First Lady wants us to get kids moving This month marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to get kids moving and fight childhood obesity. The Let’s Move campaign’s goal is to reduce or eliminate childhood obesity in the nation’s youth. Currently, about a third of the children […]
By Scott Sterling As carefully as we try to prepare our students for upcoming assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards and other rigorous new standards, their success could hinge on something that has nothing to do with their knowledge or even academics in general. Instead, it could be psychology. Many teachers have seen bright, […]
By Scott Sterling By now, we’re all familiar with the gradual release model, sometimes shortened to I do; We do; You do. It just makes sense for teachers to help students acquire new skills using some form of this method. That being said, it can be argued that the I do phase is the easiest […]
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