Tag: student engagement

Helping Students Effectively Interact with New Knowledge: Dramatic Instruction

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

Helping Students Effectively Interact with New Knowledge: Visual Instruction

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

Teaching With Tablets: Best Practices for Using iPads in the Classroom

By Scott Sterling In just a few short years, iPads have become almost as ubiquitous in classrooms as whiteboards. Yet even though they’re incredibly popular, plenty of teachers still get lost in the idea of using them to impact student learning. In many cases, it’s kind of like handing someone

Book Preview – Engaging the Rewired Brain

By Scott Sterling Earlier this year, we published a series of posts based on Dr. David A. Sousa’s book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them. In it, one of the leaders in the field of neuroscience and education took our current assessment-based educational culture and made

Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Student Success

By Scott Sterling Celebrating student success is a key aspect of building a positive classroom culture. It can also have a lasting (and perhaps permanent) effect on the self-esteem of students. That being said, many teachers have the idea of celebrating student success with the occasional pizza party. However, there

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

Scales are the map and goals are the destination

Generating Student Buy-In for the Standards

By Scott Sterling You might think that the standards, whatever they look like this year, are in the domain of the teacher. After all, it’s your job to make sure your students meet them. They just have to sit there and absorb your knowledge, right? We all know that last

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Tech Tools for Student Collaboration

By Scott Sterling Collaboration and interpersonal skills are central to the idea of the 21st century student; some of the skills that students will need in order to compete in the global economy. And although we’ve talked a lot about collaboration amongst teachers, including a tech tools article, we’ve barely

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Classroom Formative Assessment Without the Awkwardness

By Dylan Wiliam Center staff Formative assessment might be the most critical thing you can do in a classroom to affect student success. In fact, studies have shown 25% to 50% increases in student learning when teachers use classroom formative assessment strategies. These are among the largest gains ever reported for educational