Category: school culture

2 Simple Changes to Create the Schools our Children Need

By Dylan Wiliam, author of Creating the Schools our Children Need and best-seller Embedding Formative Assessment. This article was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine on Oct 22, 2018.  Currently, according to the results of the latest round of international PISA tests, approximately 120,000 students leave school in England each year without the literacy

The Number One Factor in Student Success? Relationships With Teachers

By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction. This is the full version of a response originally published in Education Week Teacher.  “Relationships teachers build with their students have the power to foster success or failure.” – Cleary, Morgan, Marzano Just Ask Students. In 1996, Mouton et al.

Jaime Castellano: Approaching Race and Racism in the Classroom

By Jaime Castellano, author of Educating Hispanic and Latino Students  Article originally published in Education Week. Mistakes are bound to happen when approaching issues of race and racism in the classroom, considering that 80% of the public school teaching force identifies as White, and approximately 50% of the public school student population

Strategies, Activities, and Techniques to Teach Students Who Are Learning English as an Additional Language

By Mike Gershon, author of How to Teach EAL Students in the Classroom: The Complete Guide When I first started teaching, I worked in a school where our students came from a huge range of different backgrounds. This was in central London, close to the Houses of Parliament and the River

Growth Mindsets: Techniques to Help Students See What They Can Achieve

By Mike Gershon, author of How to Develop Growth Mindsets in the Classroom: The Complete Guide Some learners believe they can get better, no matter what subject they are studying. Some learners believe they have a fixed amount of ability and that this will never change. Carol Dweck characterised the difference

8 Listening Strategies Students Can Use for Better Communication

(FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE BELOW) By Ron Nash, author of The Power of We and And What About You? When I ask how many participants in one of my workshops have taken a speech class at some point, most of the hands go up. I follow that with, “How many have taken a

Reflecting on a Year of Growth at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley Staff members at an Iowa elementary school reflect on the take-aways, challenges, and rewards of becoming a School for Rigor. Read the first part of this series here. In August 2017, I had the privilege of working with the instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School in Des Moines

The Need for Speed (and Space)

By Ron Nash (Originally published in SEEN Magazine) Teachers of history at the secondary level have a daunting task. Every new school year brings more to “cover” as a matter of course. Another year, another chapter. When the average citizen meets a friend in the supermarket, she says, “How are you?”

Turning Around School Performance Requires Bold Steps: How Bear Creek Elementary Went From a “D” to “A”

By Willette Houston (Originally published in SEEN Magazine) Be bold. That’s where a school leader must start if you want to lead meaningful school change. There’s nothing wrong with incremental improvement or plotting out a step-by-step process, but we have to take a step back and look at the big picture

Student Reflections on Finding Joy in the Journey at Greensboro Elementary School

By Kara Bentley Some images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. Earlier this year, I shared with you teacher reflections about the journey that began at Greensboro Elementary School in August, 2017 as Caroline County MD Schools embraced a new instructional initiative, Essentials