Category: Student Engagement

The Trademark of a Teacher

By Theresa Staley Picture yourself as a teacher. With your superpowers, you inspire your students to recognize their impact in this world.  Through your dedication and unyielding efforts to guide, support, and unconditionally care for them, they unveil the confidence to overcome adversities and knowledge to strive to reach their

The Great Demotivator

By Ron Nash, author of In Praise of Foibles As a young and wet-behind-the-ears teacher of teenagers (and not far removed from that condition myself), I often asked questions beginning with, “Who knows the answer to…?” or “Who can tell me…?” Had I asked, “Is anyone listening?” I might have

Bringing Happiness Back to the Classroom

By Joanna Sozio As I was watching a morning news show the other day, the topic was happiness, and the news anchors were interviewing “happiness researchers.“ When asked about the definition of happiness, the researcher replied: “Happiness is the joy we feel growing toward our potential.” This statement resonated with

What Dylan Wiliam Says About Grading Student Work

At the 2019 Formative Assessment National Conference, the expert panel discussion (consisting of formative assessment experts Dylan Wiliam, Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, and Tom Guskey) will focus on one very contentious issue: GRADING. If you haven’t registered yet, reserve your spot here. 1. Marking for improvement When grading student work,

10 Teaching Techniques to Practice – Deliberately

By Tom Sherrington, Author of The Learning Rainforest. This article was originally posted on Teacherhead. It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better you get.  As outlined by the excellent people at Deans for

How Brain Research Supports Student Academic Teaming

By Dr. David A. Sousa, Ed.D., Author and Consultant in Educational Neuroscience In recent years, an exciting new area of scientific inquiry has emerged called educational neuroscience. This field of study examines ways in which findings from brain research on how humans learn can have a meaningful impact on educational

“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