By Scott Sterling These days, a teacher cannot go 10 minutes without reading an email, tweet, or Facebook post about STEM. It’s understandable if you’ve been overloaded on the subject. That being said, Dr. William Bender’s new book, 20 Strategies for STEM Instruction, is not your typical discussion of STEM’s
By Scott Sterling In August, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. This agency manages 59 national parks, many monuments, and other properties with its 21,000 employees. Out of the 84,000,000 acres it manages, every state is represented. Chances are, there is a National Park Service site within driving
By Scott Sterling We’re all aware of the statistics that point out teacher attrition and how the issue is one of the most important that harms education today. It’s become simply too hard to hire teachers and help them stay in the classroom longer than a few years. Or is
By Scott Sterling Recently, a Texas teacher made some headlines by outlining a laissez-faire approach to homework – she won’t be assigning any. For this school year, any work done at home from Brandy Young’s class will consist only of in-class work that the student did not finish. Instead, Mrs.
By Scott Sterling A professional learning community is only as strong as the sum of its parts. A group of apathetic teachers will only produce apathetic results. Part of that can be solved by the initial grouping, but some things need to be left to the individual educators. Here are
By Scott Sterling One of the key pieces of the beginning of the school year is the establishment or reestablishment of a school’s professional learning communities (PLCs). Although PLCS are a common practice in modern education, perhaps a school has a new leadership team or quite a few new teachers.
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
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
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
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