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December 16, 2014

Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates

Teachers unions and school reformers often force teachers to pick a side—district or charter—and stick to it; however, more teachers need to cross that invisible line.

December 15, 2014

What Would You Do With an Extra $1.5 Trillion to Spend on Education?

Congress just passed a huge appropriations bill filled with riders that funded, and de-funded, some significant programs. What if it spent money on education the way it spends money on other things?

December 02, 2014

The Myth and Reality of 'Disruptive Students'

Some of the same students who were chronically disruptive in one classroom, were attentive and engaged in another. The difference was the teacher and the teaching style employed.

December 02, 2014

Segregating Brains: Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?

Education is full of zombie ideas—those bad ideas that just won't die. Don't look now, but here's another one coming back down the pike: segregating classrooms by sex.

December 01, 2014

Turning Feedback Into Progress

How effective is the feedback you provide? Can you track the progress of students based on that feedback? Too often, all the responsibility is placed on the teacher and therefore meaningful progress doesn't happen. How can we empower students to become accountable for their own progress based on the feedback provided?

November 28, 2014

You Don't Need to Be a Math Teacher to Understand Ratios

How can one person adequately provide 30 someones with what they need in any 40 minute period?

November 24, 2014

No One Said Shifting a Mindset Was Easy

Change is challenging regardless of what the change is. We should never change for the sake of it, so if it's worth the effort, then every possible energy must be given to making the shift happen as it is in the interest of students.

November 19, 2014

Students React to a Classroom Without Grades

But what will students say about a class without a grades? Read on to see their reactions.

November 18, 2014

Calling All Contrarians: The Time for Questions Is Now

Everybody seems to assume that they know both what needs to be done to fix schools and that schools need to be fixed in the first place. In times like these it's important to start challenging weak ideas by asking the hard questions--not just about what schools do, but about what they can do. It's time, in other words, for a few more of us to get in touch with our inner contrarian. Let's get started.

November 17, 2014

The First Step To Give Up Grades Is ...

So you agree that giving up grades will improve student learning and now you're asking, "but how?" Keep reading to find out a few ways to start.

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