Category: Student-Centered Classrooms

Modeling With Mathematics: What it Is and How it Aligns With the Standards-Driven Classroom

By Jackie Speake I recently facilitated a teacher training at a school district with Learning Sciences International. The training included College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards for Mathematics, and we discussed the eight standards for mathematical practice. For more information on all eight practices you can check out CoreStandards.org. Unlike the Next

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

Student Teaming: 3 Strategies for Turning Students into Teachers

By: Sara Croll, author of Student Teaming: You Got This! A Teacher’s Survival Guide If we want students to be successful working in truly rigorous, autonomous academic teams, we need to give them tools to help them work through the challenges that might occur. Students don’t usually come equipped with strategies

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

By Mike Gershon, author of How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: The Complete Guide I have a confession to make. I love Bloom’s Taxonomy. I think it is one of the most useful teaching tools out there – and one that is too often overlooked, forgotten or not used

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. Update: In December, 2018, Caroline County Schools and LSI hosted a summit to allow other school and district leaders to observe the rigorous classroom environments and speak with administrators, teachers and students.

Important Reminder: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

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