By Scott Sterling This is the first in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: elementary. Let’s just get this out of the way first: every student has a waning attention span at […]
By Scott Sterling We’ve been talking a lot about students developing hypotheses and how that can add rigor to your classroom activities. Mostly, these lessons have resembled the scientific process, even if they could be converted to use in the other subject areas. Investigative tasks are a bit different. They harness the natural curiosity of […]
By Nancy Roberts, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension A “few” years ago, while working as a first grade teacher, it became apparent that students thought reading was something you did… but did not interact with. They had all pretty much cracked the “code” (phonics) and could decode with general success, but that […]
By Scott Sterling In most pedagogical models, the goal is to move the classroom from one that is teacher-centered to student-centered. The student-centered approach provides engagement in the learning process, a certain level of personalization, and a greater chance for mastery. One way to generate that degree of a student-centered environment is by providing a […]
By Scott Sterling Providing students autonomy in learning tasks is a key component of rigor. Tasks are simply less rigorous when students receive more guidance and less productive struggle. There are many ways to generate that autonomy, but key among them is providing tasks in which students have to choose between equally appealing alternatives. This […]
By Scott Sterling We would like to think we run a pretty good blog here, but we’re not foolish enough to think we’re the only one. The truth is that there are many, many outlets from which respected education leaders and newbie teachers alike share their experiences. Summer is a great time to catch up […]
By Scott Sterling Some teachers want to expand their craft during the summer, but don’t want to go to conferences or inservices. Instead, they would like a great book for home, the beach, or the airplane. Luckily, we at LSI happen to run a publishing group and bookstore. Even if you want to learn over […]
By Scott Sterling Naturally, summer is the most popular time for educators to grow and hone their craft through learning, collaboration, and connecting with other educators. A lot of this occurs at conferences. There are quite a few out there this year, but here is a selection. Some are huge and others serve niches that […]
By Nancy Roberts and Mary Shea, authors of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Working with students from K-12 and beyond, you will always find students who struggle with reading. Being able to phonetically decipher the words is one thing, but for some, that is where it stops. They connected and cracked the phonemic/phonics “code” […]
By Scott Sterling The idea of summer learning loss is nothing new. According to the National Summer Learning Association, the research showing that students regress in their learning over the course of the summer goes back over 100 years. In math, the loss is measured in two months’ worth of learning. Low-income students also lose […]
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