Month: July 2014

PLCs need to be just as regular as bedtimes and lunch.

Scheduling for Maximum Collaboration

By Scott Sterling We’ve already talked about the importance of collaboration among teachers and the components that make for an effective professional learning community (PLC). Everyone knows you need to work with fellow teachers for maximum student achievement. The problem, as most teachers and administrators report, is a lack of

No matter the environment or time of year, practice never stops.

What Is Deliberate Practice?

By Scott Sterling The story of Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player to ever put on sneakers, being cut from his high school basketball team has reached the stuff of legend (a legend that’s true, but legend nonetheless). It’s a story of perseverance—and practice. The story has implications for any

Your current unit plans might just be going in circles

Planning a Rigorous Unit: the Map to Student Achievement

by Scott Sterling When you look at your curriculum at the beginning of the year, some units just naturally stick out. It might be because every year, teaching place value is an uphill slog—or that the poetry unit always turns out to be a highlight. Some lessons just belong together.

Formative assessment is all we have—you can’t hook the kids up to a brain scan

Best Practices in Formative Assessment

by Scott Sterling The “greats” do it without even thinking. Those who are the most organized write it into their lesson plans. The rest of us have good days and bad days with it, and that’s OK. I’m talking about formative assessment, the great equalizer in educational practice—namely because it

Tech Tools for Teacher Collaboration

by Scott Sterling A few weeks ago, I wrote about teacher collaboration changing the education game. The article focused on improving your professional learning communities and conducting faculty meetings for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. I highly recommend it (but I’m biased). Let’s be honest: teachers are busy people. Although faculty