Stuck on Reading, Not on Stickers: Transforming Students’ Reading Identities

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Labeling books by levels in elementary libraries—both in classrooms and in the media center—remains a common practice.  While advocates argue that this organizational system...

Writing and STEM: A Crucial Combination

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When we think about what a scientist or a mathematician looks like, we rarely see a pen or pencil in hand composing a report...

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart

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When my daughter comes home from school on Valentine’s Day with cards from friends and candy in her backpack, I can’t help but greet...

“Moneyball” for Schools? I Don’t Think So.

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by James Harvey Educators and analysts excited about the possibilities of using data analytics to evaluate schooling need to take a deep breath and calm...

Actively Reading Textbooks

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 Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review -- better known as SQ3R -- is a strategy for active reading comprehension. It is particularly useful for textbook chapters, magazine,...

YA Why?

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I recently purchased Emily Danforth's coming-of-age novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, on my e-reader. When I went to my local bookstore to buy...

Stories Change You and Change History

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"Novels have helped shape the minds of thought leaders across history," and thus, have shaped the actual course of history. If Darwin's theories were...

13 Books to Build Classroom Community

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It's no surpise that Book Whisperer (and Nerdy Book Clubber!) Donalyn Miller's post, "Books That Build Community," was last week's most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article. In...

Five Questions for Common Core

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There is much talk, and a lot of confusion, about the new Common Core State Standards among frontline educators in the classroom.  Here are five...

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