By Scott Sterling If you’re in the field of mindset management, business has been very good. To recap, the current thinking in education is that people, in general, have one of two mindsets. In a “fixed mindset,” you believe people are born with certain attributes and they will never change. People will always be smart […]
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 it more efficacious for both […]
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 are many less disruptive—and cheaper—ways […]
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 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 the process. The Nuts and […]
By Scott Sterling Grit has become a buzzword in the education community. It falls in with the conative skills that we discuss occasionally—skills that are not academic by nature, but important in the cognitive and academic growth of a student. To be sure, perseverance is important. An effective teacher’s classroom becomes one of the most […]
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 setting the right learning targets, […]
By Scott Sterling Formative assessment can be very hit-or-miss. It can be as simple as a show of hands or as complicated as a written assessment. However, the goal is always the same: finding out whether students are “getting it.” Like most things in education, there is a process for effectively monitoring a class’s understanding. […]
By Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. In this book, we establish that there is an essential school improvement algorithm, one that is both simple and elegant: School Improvement = Academic Press + Supportive Community The equation represents the core of school improvement work in the modern era. Another parsimonious model for this narrative is the double helix. […]
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 […]
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