Tag: learning strategies

Book Preview: Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom

By Scott Sterling Assessment, generally speaking, is critical to educational success. Although the debate can still rage on about high-stakes testing, formative assessment is a crucial part of any successful classroom. Dr. Marcia Tate’s new book, Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?, attempts to bridge

Using Homework to Deliver New Content

By Scott Sterling Most teachers choose to use their in-class time to deliver new content. The thinking is that students will naturally struggle, productively or otherwise, when they encounter the unknown. When that struggle occurs, the teacher wants to be there. In correlation, homework is reserved for practice. But isn’t

Using Homework to Develop Fluency

By Scott Sterling Fluency in the core subject areas is not much different than fluency in foreign language classes; it is the ability to readily recall new knowledge with very little struggle. It falls under what we call procedural knowledge. Fluency is also a great place for homework to make

Infusing Homework with Declarative Knowledge

By Scott Sterling Too often, homework takes the form of simply practicing knowledge and skills students learned in class. Although that can be an important facet of the learning process, depending on the lesson, it can be much more beneficial to infuse exercises that ask students to work with what

Helping Students Effectively Interact with New Knowledge: Narrative Stories

By Scott Sterling Key in the Marzano Framework’s efforts toward rigor is the concept that students not only need to be taught new knowledge, but how to interact with it. How can they use it? Why is this important? How do we expand on these new ideas? These are all