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 […]
By Scott Sterling Teachers should not be the masters of the educational experience of their students. Students should have just as much input into what goes on in the room, especially in the later stages of the learning process. An excellent way to give students this control is through allowing them a certain measure of […]
By Scott Sterling As we are all familiar by now, one of rigor’s most important components is autonomy for students. Part of working autonomously is the opportunity for students to reflect on what’s working, what’s not, and where they go from here. This level of metacognition rarely comes as an innate skill. It has to […]
By Scott Sterling Not surprisingly, when the 21st century college and career readiness standards were unveiled, they all called for increased rigor in the classroom. One of the ways they suggested to accomplish that goal, as well as to prepare students for the stresses of the 21st century economy, was through cooperative learning. This may […]
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