Preservice Teachers: Start Following Now

2010 Outstanding Young Educator honoree Kurtis Hewson works with preservice teachers in Canada. He says social networking benefits new teachers in ways that are...

Joris Ray on Redefining Your Work as a Leader

"Teaching strategies are alternative, but the students aren't." ASCD's 2007 Outstanding Young Educator Joris Ray on taking opportunities -- no matter how seemingly small --...

Collaborative Writing & Thinking With Google Docs

Technology specialist Jason Bedell uses Google Docs for writing assignments because it enables seamless collaboration and coaching. Bedell says Google Docs stands out for...

Differentiated Instruction in Science Class

"What it means to differentiate activities is to give students a variety of ways, or alternate paths, to making sense out of  manipulating the...

Guiding Students to Self-Assess

Adding self-assessment as part of the formative assessment process gets students to break down and internalize the individual goals or criteria within an assignment. See...

How to Use Edmodo in the Classroom

When using tools like social networks with students at school, two main issues often arise. First, many schools block popular social networks such as...

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,...

Depth, Connections, and “Doing” Science Focus of New Standards

Last week, the release of the draft Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) topped the ASCD SmartBrief most-clicked list. Standards writers say the NGSS focus on essential...

Tips for Configuring Your Classroom for Differentiation

In this video from the PD Online course Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers tips for setting up...

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