Make a bold move, give up grades

Make a Bold Move, Give Up Grades

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At the heart of motivation, for most students, is the numerical value placed on their learning. Not. For too long, we have asserted that students...
Plugging holes and tears with scaffolding

Plugging Holes (And Tears!) With Scaffolding

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By Suzy Pepper Rollins In a dimly lit lecture hall packed with college freshmen, the physics professor pronounces, “Now, everyone in here surely remembers the...

Strategies to Motivate Your Bored Students and Energize Them to Learn

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In their new ASCD book, Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, authors Michael Opitz and Michael Ford share discoveries about...

Teachers as Learners

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Who are you as an educator? Though some of us come from educator parents, we are not born as teachers. Something in our childhood experience...

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Discuss Implementing Focused Instruction in the Classroom

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What Is Executive Function and How Does it Affect School Performance?

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Helping hard-to-reach students succeed is a crucial undertaking, and it can feel daunting if you go it alone. Whether you’re a K–12 teacher, psychologist,...

Busy Administrators Review “Short on Time,” a New ASCD Arias Publication

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Meeting teacher and student needs, fostering ingenuity and innovation, and applying best practices across your work are all worthwhile endeavors that require an investment...

Three Ideas for Rewarding and Recognizing Your School Staff Today

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On the very first pages of 100+ Ways to Recognize and Reward Your School Staff, award-winning former superintendent and ASCD author Emily E. Houck...

Four Tips to Stay at the Top of Your Game

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By Allen Mendler There's a lot to love about teaching, but there are also plenty of obstacles: complaining parents, difficult students, unappreciative colleagues, rigid...

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