(This is the final post in a three part series. You can see the first one here and Part Two here) I asked: What's the best advice you can give to Social Studies teachers who want to be more effective? Last Tuesday, I shared guest responses from three talented and experienced educators: Stephen Lazar, Bill Bigelow, and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez. On Thursday, I shared contributions from Eric Langhorst, Beth Sanders and Russel Tarr. Today, I'll briefly share my own advice and a sampling of the many ideas readers contributed. I'd "boil down" my advice for teaching social studies -- and, in ...


(This is the second post in a three part series. You can see Part One here) I asked: What's the best advice you can give to Social Studies teachers who want to be more effective? On Tuesday, I shared guest responses from three talented and experienced educators: Stephen Lazar, Bill Bigelow, and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez. Today's column offers responses from three more Social Studies teachers whom I know and respect: Eric Langhorst, Beth Sanders and Russel Tarr. "Part Three" will appear next Wednesday, and will share many suggestions shared from readers (there's still time if you would like to share yours!), ...


(This is the first post in a three part series. Part Two can be read here) I asked: What's the best advice you can give to Social Studies teachers who want to be more effective? Today, I'll share guest responses from three talented and experienced educators: Stephen Lazar, Bill Bigelow, and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez. I'll publish "Part Two" on Thursday, which will include the comments from several other contributors. "Part Three" will appear next Wednesday, and will share many suggestions shared from readers (there's still time if you would like to share yours!), along with my own advice. The next "question ...


Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), I periodically instead decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is another one of those times (I'll be returning to reader questions next week).... What's the best advice you can give to Social Studies teachers who want to be more effective? Please share your thoughts in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve published by Eye On Education. ...


Charlie Herzog asked: Should we continue to assign students grades in the traditional manner (percentages & letters), or should we move towards a system based on levels of mastery? Grading is always a hot topic for teachers. I don't have much knowledge of the "mastery" grading concept, though, which is why I'm deferring to guests Thomas R. Guskey, Susan M. Brookhart, and my friend and Teacher Leaders Network colleague Bill Ivey. I would, however, like to share how I handle grades. It may not be a particularly "methodical" system, but it works for my students and me. As regular readers of ...


Charlie Herzog asks: Should we continue to assign students grades in the traditional manner (percentages & letters), or should we move towards a system based on levels of mastery? I'm expecting a lot of reader comments on this one! Feel free to share any of your thoughts on grading, even if they do not directly answer Charlie's question. Please share your ideas in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve -- including my own -- published ...


Becky Searls asked: Given that a vast body of research shows that extrinsic rewards can be damaging to students' intrinsic drive to learn for learning's sake, what are some practical strategies you use to replace the use of rewards, including praise, in your classroom? How do you keep students engaged without the carrots & sticks? Becky asks a question that many of us wrestle with everyday in the classroom. It's a question I've visited before here, but it's one that can never be discussed enough. I welcome every opportunity to further explore it. Daniel Pink, Dan Ariely, and I discussed this ...


Becky Searls asks: Given that a vast body of research shows that extrinsic rewards can be damaging to students' intrinsic drive to learn for learning's sake, what are some practical strategies you use to replace the use of rewards, including praise, in your classroom? How do you keep students engaged without the carrots & sticks? Becky asks a question that many of us wrestle with everyday in the classroom. Please share your ideas in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book ...


Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), I periodically instead decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is another one of those times (I'll be returning to reader questions on Friday). My question related to the major report and "new action agenda" announced by the National Education Association in December. The report, developed by a NEA-initiated group of teachers called the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching, made a number of recommendations. My question was: What were the most important aspects of the Commission report, and what might be its ...


Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), I periodically instead decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is another one of those times (I'll be returning to reader questions next week).... My question relates to the major report and "new action agenda" announced by the National Education Association in December. The report, developed by a NEA-initiated group of teachers called the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching, made a number of recommendations. My question is: What were the most important aspects of the Commission report, and what might be its ...


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