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 A few weeks ago, I wrote about teacher collaboration changing the education game. The article focused on improving your professional learning communities and conducting faculty meetings for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. I highly recommend it (but I’m biased). Let’s be honest: teachers are busy people. Although faculty meetings are often valuable and […]
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 […]
by Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International Ritual engagement sounds like a scary term, bringing to mind pictures of Mayan sacrifice. It’s actually just the little things you do during a lesson to assess learning informally. If done correctly, they become a habit (hence the “ritual”). For most teachers, this takes the form of periodically asking […]
Everyone needs to be on the same page, knowing what’s expected of them. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International As we’ve stated before, the primary goal of the learning sciences teacher blog is to foster a community of teachers that help each other strive toward college and career readiness. We might broach the subjects, but […]
To know what success looks like, you need the right goal. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International Many schools require teachers to post or write their learning goals on the board before each class. Some want those goals in kid-friendly language; others don’t care if you copy the standard’s text word-for-word (obviously students will hardly […]
This is no longer just a warning about underground trains. By: Scott Sterling, Learning Sciences International It’s called college and career readiness for a reason. The goal is to produce students that are ready to work in the next phase of their lives. The previous standards only dictated what a kid should know—not how. The […]
By Scott Sterling This might be the most intensive time in the history of education. It’s a perfect storm of political mandates, changes in standards, and scrutiny over the profession of teaching. From all of these fronts, teachers are expected to make their instruction more rigorous and foster 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, […]
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