By Shannon Pretorius You have the most amazing math lesson planned for today. It is interactive, engaging, requires student collaboration, and you didn’t even have to spend your own money to fund it. Students will be analyzing classroom objects based on their attributes and classifying them into specific geometric categories.
By Jay McTighe In this era of accountability, educators throughout the nation are under pressure. Administrators are held accountable for student achievement in their schools as gauged by standardized tests. Increasingly, teachers’ evaluations include a percentage based on the results of test scores (at least in the tested grades and
By Cheryl Spittler (originally published on LinkedIn) Several years ago, I read a poem about the two seas in Palestine and a thought came to mind. The poem makes a comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, drawing a correlation to two kinds of people. I realized
Dear Friends, Please join me at the 7th Annual Building Expertise 2018 National Conference June 13-15 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. I’m excited to be a part of this year’s event, which includes some truly inspirational and expert education thought leaders including Freedom Writer Manny
Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.
by Ken O’Connor, author of The Standards-Based Grading Quick-Reference Guide. Sue Brookhart says that “in a perfect world, there would be no grades –at least, not as we know them now (i.e., traditional A-F grades based on averaging).”1 I agree with her, but I disagree with a recent blog post
By Amanda Funk Coming off our first round of working with LSI to create standards-driven units, I found myself reflecting on the entire process. We had been immersed for two days in standards, text complexity, close reading, vocabulary, text-dependent questions, etc. Then we spent three full days immersed in learning
Resisting the Urge to “Rescue” Students from Deeper Learning By Amy M. Dujon (originally published on Smartbrief), author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation. This is an exciting era in education. We’re all starting to realize that the most effective way to prepare learners for the uncertain demands of the
By Ron Nash, author of The Power of We. At a recent workshop in Virginia, one of the participants, a secondary teacher, approached me at the break. She pointed out how difficult it is for veteran teachers to shift from a decidedly teacher-centered classroom to one that engages students in
“Having those conversations with their peers was so empowering for them that it just became a natural part of what they were doing.” — Walnut Middle School teacher Elizabeth Boyle This year, three schools in Grand Island, Nebraska are igniting student learning through a Schools for Rigor partnership with Learning