A CLASSROOM CULTURE OF LEARNING

8 + 1 Ways to Create a Classroom Culture of Learning

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When students move on from your classroom, with what do you want them to leave? More knowledge? Good grades? These are noble goals, but...

How to Focus Students on a Lesson’s Purpose

I’m a fan of Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. I attended their session "Responding When Students Don’t Get It" at ASCD's 2011 Annual Conference,...

Make your Next Summarization Activity Interactive, Artistic, Kinesthetic

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Summarization is one of the most effective teaching strategies, but if it isn’t part of your classroom instruction, you’re not alone. If you’re...

Feed-up, Feedback, Feed-Forward

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Feed-up, feedback and feed-forward—those are some of the big picture principles in the instructional guide by Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher, Formative Assessment Action...

Linking Prior Knowledge and New Content with Metaphors

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In science we use metaphors constantly. We talk about selfish genes, cells as cities, and ping pong balls moving through sugar. In my first year...

5 Formative Assessment Tips for the New School Year

  Formative assessment is a process where students and teachers help students navigate the formative learning cycle: Where am I going? Where am I now?...

Three Ways Game-Based Learning can be a Helpful Tool

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"A game is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something we're good at (or getting better at) and enjoy. In...

4 Tips to Get More Out of Rubrics

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When I work with educators on their professional development needs, rubrics frequently come up as something that teachers want to understand better and be...

Black Males and the Closure of the “Attitude Gap”

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I have argued for many years that the achievement gap is simply not the issue. Of course, there is certainly a gap in achievement...

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To Build Strong Student-Teacher Bonds, Keep Class Size Small

By Stephanie Burroughs The task ahead to get our students on track academically and socially is great. Our students need us. It’s time to look...

Small Shifts in Teacher Talk Make a Big Difference

By Mike Anderson You planned an incredible learning activity. It’s active and interactive. It’s packed with intrinsic motivators such as purpose, autonomy, and fun. You’re...

Equity by Design: Student-Centered Planning in Mathematics

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By Sam Rhodes & Christopher R. Gareis All students can learn.  It’s a clear enough statement, and one that few would debate. Yet we abandon...