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August 21, 2016

What Are the Best Strategies for Surface to Deep Learning?

We hear a lot about surface to deep learning. In this blog, Peter DeWitt explains the different between the two citing a recently released paper by John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue which explores the two levels of learning and what specific strategies go with them.

August 18, 2016

Rubrics Are Fine, But How Do I Get an A?

Most educators begin developing rubrics by articulating what students must do to meet a standard or be "proficient." From there they identify two or three levels below "proficient" to describe students' progress and one level above to recognize higher or more complex learning. But what about their grades?

August 16, 2016

Learning Strategies, Not Learning Styles

Too often we put students in boxes and label them with learning styles, when we should be teaching them learning strategies to use when we aren't there to help support them. John Hattie has a new research paper out exploring strategies, and getting us to ponder whether our students have the skill, the will and the thrill to get there.

June 12, 2016

5 Ways to Foster a Positive School Climate

Schools are still consumed by test scores when they should really be consumed by making sure they have a positive school climate. Here are five things they should focus on to get there.

May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

March 06, 2016

Ability Grouping or Mixed Grouping: A Point of Contention?

In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.

February 12, 2016

Who Is Doing Most of the Talking? Teachers or Students?

Why do teachers do most of the talking in the classroom when students should be part of the dialogue? Here are some practical strategies to change that dynamic.

December 30, 2015

9 Strategies Teachers and Leaders Should Add in 2016

A 2013 article in Forbes Magazine suggested that only 8 percent of people follow through on their New Year's resolutions because they are often too lofty. Here are 9 easy places to start.

December 27, 2015

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016

New books focusing on education come out every day. Some gain a wide audience while others don't have the machine behind them to help promote. Here are 16 books that educators should consider reading in 2016.

December 06, 2015

The Problem With Having a 'Growth Mindset'

The problem with the growth mindset, and why it's sometimes a low-hanging fruit, is that school leaders and teachers do a book study on it, but their practices really don't change as much as their monologue does.

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