Category: Student Engagement

“Owning” Learning: A Step Above “Doing” and “Understanding”

If you are reading this post, it’s probably because you know that student motivation is key to greater academic success. And if you are like a lot of other educators, you’ve probably had days where it feels like no matter what you do, you can’t get your students motivated. Well,

Michael Toth in EdWeek: Differentiate for ELLs by ‘Establishing a Welcoming and Safe Classroom’

This excerpt was originally published in Edweek, Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo Blog Michael D. Toth is the author of the award-winning book, Who Moved My Standards, the co-author with David Sousa of Improving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning Through Academic Teaming (forthcoming, 2019), and the co-author with Dr. Robert J. Marzano of The Essentials of

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Developing Student Ownership – New Book for Supporting Your Students to Own Their Learning

By Robert Crowe and Jane Kennedy Imagine walking into a third-grade classroom, asking a student, “What are you learning today?” and hearing this: “We are learning about the causes and effects of evolution. When changes happen in the environment, some organisms survive, some move, and some die. We are gathering

The Power of We: An Interview with Ron Nash

Author Ron Nash talks about his new book The Power of We: Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities and its supplemental guide And What About You? Getting Started with Interactive Pairs and Small Groups. (This transcription has been edited for clarity) I’m Ron Nash and in 2007, after 46 years,

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

“We HOPE to See a Productive Struggle” Sara Croll on Omaha Public Radio

“We hope to see a productive struggle. We want kids to really think it out and try. When the teacher goes in and shows them and saves them, so to speak, the learning stops, because they got the answer and they’re done. So we really encourage the productive struggle —

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

Making Students Think: 10 Powerful Feedback Techniques Dr. Dylan Wiliam Recommends

Dr. Dylan Wiliam is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers working to embed minute-to-minute formative assessment into their lessons and units. We’re happy to share the following techniques that he recommends. If you’d like to check out his new book, read the first chapter here. 1. Marking for improvement When