By Scott Sterling Most educators subscribe to some sort of notion that lessons should be scaffolded. The concept goes by many different names and forms (gradual release, various taxonomies, and even Marzano’s Art & Science of Teaching), but the constant is the (correct) idea that students should walk before they run. Last month, we ran […]
By Scott Sterling “Standards-based” is a widely used term these days, usually in reference to certain grading systems that some view as controversial. We’ll talk about grading toward the end of this post, but the key to remember is that standards-based education is nothing new. It is just rarely practiced correctly. Unfortunately, many schools and […]
By Scott Sterling The great teachers, and those on the way to achieving greatness, view their craft as a process—and processes should always lead to improvement. The strategies and steps you take in that process are what make up deliberate practice. However, if you think deliberate practice can only be accomplished through two old-fashioned tools—data […]
By Scott Sterling Adapted from Diane Hampel’s excellent concurrent session at Building Expertise 2014, Embedding Conative Skills in Lessons. Some teachers have a really tough time developing conative skillsin students. They include interpersonal skills that inform how people work with each other. Few standards govern this aspect of education, and yet it might be the […]
By Scott Sterling Adapted from Libby Garst’s excellent pre-conference session at Building Expertise 2014, Rigorous Standards-Based Unit Planning – Math. We spent quite a bit of time last month bringing up the concept of unpacking a standard without going into much depth. Perhaps veterans are already quite comfortable with the concept, but it’s time for […]
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 […]
The relationships you build with students will impact their performance. The six pictures activity can help you get to know them while increasing student engagement and enhancing your instruction. This versatile strategy helps students: Consider multiple aspects of the content Organize and remember information Distinguish key information from supporting details Provide support for an answer […]
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 […]
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