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 […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second post (part 1 is here) discussing ten feedback strategies developed by the new Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center that provide students with more meaningful insight and deeper thought into their mastery process. In all classes, feedback should be embraced as an integral part of the education process. Yet, […]
By Scott Sterling Giving students feedback on their progress is a decisive part of helping them grow in their abilities. But for too long, the traditional feedback methods have been less than insightful and, sometimes, even punitive. With a little thought and creativity, your student feedback strategies can be just as thought-provoking as your lessons. […]
By Scott Sterling This is the last in a series of posts about actionable strategies that any teacher can use to reach students with varying exceptionalities. This week: students with autism spectrum disorders. Autism comes in many forms, from mild to severe. General education teachers rarely if ever see students who are severely autistic. But […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series of posts about actionable strategies that any teacher can use to reach students with varying exceptionalities. This week: students with dyslexia. Until recent years, dyslexia has often been treated as almost a death sentence to a student’s academic career. The truth is that, with the […]
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