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Pinterest for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling This is the third post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter and Facebook in instruction. We all know a teacher who forwards a nugget of wisdom from Pinterest on a daily basis. Above all the others, it’s the

Facebook can get a big thumbs-up in the classroom

Facebook for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling Last week, we looked at ways to use Twitter in the classroom. Today, we’ll explore Facebook. Nearly 20 percent of the planet has a Facebook page. Yes, some of that is noise, but it’s also a vast network that can provide a multitude of learning experiences, as

It is possible to create a class that’s both orderly and rigorous

Where Discipline Relates to Rigor and Cognitive Complexity

By Scott Sterling Many educators believe that pedagogy and classroom management are mutually exclusive, but that’s not the case at all. You can micromanage every aspect of classroom life without ever engaging or challenging a single child. Conversely, you can present good, rigorous content without ruling with an iron fist.

Socratic Seminars: The Big Leagues of Student Questioning

By Scott Sterling One of the tenets of the Common Core and its related next generation standards is the idea that students should be able to question just as skillfully as they can answer. Nothing should be out of bounds. They should be able to rigorously question everyone in the

Immediate feedback needs to be provided or bad habits will take hold

How to Guide Students Through Their Practice

By Scott Sterling By now, we’re all familiar with the gradual release model, sometimes shortened to I do; We do; You do. It just makes sense for teachers to help students acquire new skills using some form of this method. That being said, it can be argued that the I

Knowledge utilization can be a short trip or a deeper dive.

Incorporating Rigor Into Lesson Plans

Rigor occurs when students can demonstrate mastery of a standard with autonomy. Consider the level of cognition that you want students to reach in each activity and the instructional strategies that will make that happen. Once you’ve done this, you can develop learning goals and scales that match assessment to

An architecture student’s hypothesis—it’s time to test it

Defining a Cognitively Complex Task

By Scott Sterling We often consider cognitively complex tasks as ideal classroom activities—the culmination of rigor. It’s a very specific process; for students to find success, instruction must be precise and deliberate. Luckily, one of the latest books in the Essentials for Achieving Rigor series, Engaging in Cognitively Complex Tasks,

Just like a computer, a human brain needs time to process new information

The Best Way to Present New Information

By Scott Sterling Stop me if you’ve seen this scenario before: Teacher presents new information with a lecture or video and asks students to take notes. Teacher pauses every so often to ask questions in a half-hearted attempt at formative assessment; students desperately try not to be chosen. Obligatory homework

If this is what students think of revision, no wonder they’re afraid of it

Revising Knowledge to Achieve Rigor

By Scott Sterling It’s often difficult for young people to acknowledge that something might be incorrect. That would mean the source from which they received the information, whether it was a teacher, parent, or older sibling, is fallible. Children need their information sources to be infallible. In actuality, learning occurs

Even this comparison can be made more rigorous

Deepening Students’ Knowledge Using Similarities & Differences

By Scott Sterling Just like a computer or office, the brain needs to organize information in a way that makes it easily accessible while enabling further growth. For example, if you can’t classify and find information related to the solar system, how are you supposed to understand astrophysics? Students need