By Kate Stoltzfus
Need an engaging education-related read over the holiday break, but not sure where to start?
Every year, ASCD editors read through the nearly 100 original articles published in ASCD Express newsletter to pick 10 of our most thought-provoking essays (in chronological order). We hope these ideas will spark renewed discussion, insight, and strategies for your teaching, learning, and leading in 2020.
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The landscape of learning has been forever changed by school shootings. Kentucky teen Sanaa Kahloon reflects on learning in an increasingly locked-down school environment and the lost opportunity to build on the momentum of student activism.
Aligning language and goals, creating a schoolwide rubric for assessment, and scaffolding subskills will bolster your campaign for student collaboration, writes CraftED founder Jennifer Pieratt.
When combining teaching styles and practices in inclusive classrooms, both teachers must be open to growing, developing, and learning from each other. Sabrina L. Dawkins, a special education teacher,
Conversations around consent, puberty, body image, and healthy relationships should start early in a child’s life as a critical component of their education, just like math and history. Lincoln Mondy of Advocates for Youth recommends talking points for the classroom.
High-quality feedback should describe work against criteria students themselves understand and suggest attainable next steps at the appropriate level of challenge. Author Susan M. Brookhart makes the case for rethinking traditional grades altogether.
Three ideas shape classrooms where reading engagement thrives, according to literacy expert Gay Ivey: Students have access to complex and meaningful texts, students see themselves and their interests reflected in the available literature, and students have many opportunities to build relationships with and through books.
In the long game of telephone that reaches from researchers to readers, context and evidence often go missing. Rachael Gabriel, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, cuts through the misinformation with four ways to test a source’s reliability.
For teachers to persevere through challenges, Teachers College’s Roberta Lenger Kang says they need a community of peers, ongoing professional development, and on-demand support.
By directly addressing the challenges and benefits of technology, teachers provide more opportunities for learning, increase trust, and improve classroom harmony, write Devorah Heitner, the author of Screenwise.
Inclusive environments are catalysts to students’ success. Equity and inclusion specialist Erica Buchanan-Rivera shares the steps necessary to foster belonging and dismantle systems that marginalize students.