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November 04, 2014

What Today's Great Teachers Know

Today's curriculum, although rich in details, is really EXTREMELY NARROW in terms of the of the necessary skills for effective thinking, effective action, effective relating and effective accomplishment that we teach our kids systematically. We CAN teach these needed skills, but we must lose the details (and not the core) of what we now teach to do so.

October 31, 2014

Great Teachers in an Age of Technology

The human teacher's role in an age of technology is NOT to teach content — something that technology can now do well — but, rather, to do what technology CAN'T do well (or at all) — i.e. provide respect, empathy, acceleration and motivation to students, while encouraging each student's individual passion.

June 30, 2014

Call to Action: Engage and Motivate Students

Providing students with opportunities to complete real-world projects engages and motivates them and helps them succeed after high school.

June 27, 2014

How Can Teachers Leverage Student Peers?

A new research review finds potential benefits for students working with peers in tough classes.

May 05, 2014

Recruit and Retain or Attract and Engage?

Should you recruit and retain staff or attract and engage them? Is this just a shift in semantics or an important change for 2014 and beyond?

April 22, 2014

Motivating Students to Succeed

Teachers are looking for ways to develop students' academic mindsets. There are ways teachers can help.

April 06, 2014

Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring 'Growth Mindset' Research to Schools

At a packed session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, presenters offered simple and practical research-based methods of increasing student achievement by increasing motivation.

March 25, 2014

Knowledge Motivates Preschoolers More Than Stickers, Study Says

Teachers who reward preschoolers with stickers might instead offer students the opportunity to learn something meaningful, a new study says.

November 20, 2013

Do We Want Kids to Belong or Fit In?

In this guest post, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Kimberlee Kiehl wonders if our historic fixation on getting kids to fit in is getting in the way of creating communities to which they feel they belong, and suggests a few ways we might need to change our practices as a result.

August 19, 2013

Middle-Class Kids Benefit from 'Pushing' for Teacher Help, Research Suggests

Middle-class students are more likely than working-class peers to push repeatedly for teacher help, even when they get into trouble for it, a new study finds.

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