Category: Building Expertise

Positive Reinforcement Doesn’t Exist in the Real World… Does It?

By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction I recently read an article titled Teacher to Parent – Positive reinforcement doesn’t work in the long run. It was written by award-winning teacher Jody Stallings in response to a parent who had expressed frustration because her child

An Invitation From Dr. Robert J. Marzano

I’m excited to be a part of this year’s event, which includes some truly inspirational and expert education thought leaders including Freedom Writer Manny Scott, LSI’s Michael D. Toth, and my esteemed colleague at the Learning Sciences Marzano Center, Dr. Beverly G. Carbaugh. I’m also looking forward to this year’s

One Decision Can Change a District: An Indiana Principal’s Journey

By Dr. Jane Bartley As we plan our professional and personal enrichment for each new school year, we naturally think about the types of collaboration and partnerships that will help us grow. For me, that partnership has been with Learning Sciences International, and it all started with one decision: to

When a New Student Has Language Barriers: 7 Tips for Teachers

About five million children in the United States—that’s approximately one out of 10 students–are learning how to speak English. This is a huge demographic shift, not only in states like California, Texas, and Florida, but also in Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Vermont. Many of the students come from migrant backgrounds,

Writing with Voice

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Writing is an expressive language process that allows us to record thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and inspirations. That expression can be for ourselves or for an audience. Transforming ideas into written words requires considerable effort, making the message clear and interesting

Election Day Classroom Activities

By Scott Sterling Although there have been aspects of this campaign that are not appropriate for the classroom, It’s still important for students to understand and even participate in the election process. Students need to be prepared to contribute to our democracy and be able to recognize its evolution and

Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities

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.

Cultivating Coaching Mindsets

What if All Educators Adopted a “Coaching Mindset” This Year?

By Jacy Ippolito and Rita M. Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets There is much being written about the dire need for better teaching these days. Much of the rhetoric places the burden squarely on teachers’ shoulders. But where are teachers supposed to turn for support and guidance, once they have completed