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 soon be returning to reader questions).... My question is: "What would be the best advice you would give to teachers trying to help their students become better readers?" Please share your responses 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 -- ...


Glenda Robertson asked: "What are some highly-effective must-do social-emotional learning strategies that we can immediately incorporate into our classroom culture?" Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is sometimes also referred to as "character education." It's been receiving more and more attention recently, both from researchers and practitioners. I'm a big believer in helping students develop strategies to strengthen their perseverance, self-control, intrinsic motivation, and healthy ways to deal with stress and conflict -- among many other qualities -- and think it's fairly easy to integrate lessons with literacy development. I've gathered related resources and lesson plans at The Best Resources On Social ...


Glenda Robertson asks: "What are some highly-effective must-do social-emotional learning strategies that we can immediately incorporate into our classroom culture?" Social Emotional Learning is sometimes also referred to as "character education." It's been receiving more and more attention recently, both from researchers and practitioners. Please share your responses 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 by Eye On Education. You can send questions to me at [email protected]..


(This is the second post in a two-part series on differentiation. You can see the first post, which includes responses from Carol Tomlinson and Rick Wormeli, here) I posed this question last week: "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" I've shared my response in an Ed Week Teacher article that I've co-authored with my colleague, Katie Hull Sypnieski. It's titled "The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success." Today's column includes commentaries from Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt and Daniel K. Weckstein, and from Megan Allen, as well as ones from readers Response ...


(This is the first post in a two-part series on differentiation) I posed this question last week: "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" I've shared my response in an Ed Week Teacher article that I've co-authored with my colleague, Katie Hull Sypnieski. It's titled "The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success." I'll limit my contribution here to sharing a useful link to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction. Experts in the field, though, have agreed to share their responses here, so today I'm pleased to publish answers from Carol Tomlinson and ...


Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), now and then I, instead, decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is one of those weeks.... My question is: "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" I'll be sharing my own response in an Ed Week Teacher article that I've co-authored with my colleague, Katie Hull Sypnieski. That article will be published next week at the same time a post here will come online and share responses from special invited guests and readers. In addition, ...


Matt Townsley asked: Carol Boston says "Black and Wiliam (1998b) define assessment broadly to include all activities that teachers and students undertake to get information that can be used diagnostically to alter teaching and learning. Under this definition, assessment encompasses teacher observation, classroom discussion, and analysis of student work, including homework and tests. Assessments become formative when the information is used to adapt teaching and learning to meet student need." Where and how do we include students in the formative assessment process? What is the role of technology in this feedback cycle? Formative assessment is a critical element in an ...


Matt Townsley asks: Carol Boston says "Black and Wiliam (1998b) define assessment broadly to include all activities that teachers and students undertake to get information that can be used diagnostically to alter teaching and learning. Under this definition, assessment encompasses teacher observation, classroom discussion, and analysis of student work, including homework and tests. Assessments become formative when the information is used to adapt teaching and learning to meet student need." Where and how do we include students in the formative assessment process? What is the role of technology in this feedback cycle? Formative assessment is a critical element in an ...


I'll get back into the regular schedule of "questions of the week" this coming Friday, but I thought readers might find it useful to see the ten most popular posts from this blog since it began in August. But, before I list them, I wanted to invite you to contribute a question to be answered in a future post. You can send one to me at [email protected] you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it's selected or if you'd prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind. Anyone ...


(Part Four Of A Four-Part Series) Brittany Peppers asked: I am excited to follow this blog and learn many things about it as I graduate from college and begin my teaching career. My question to you is "In your opinion, what is one thing to remember about classroom management if you don't remember anything else you are taught about it?" Brittany has asked a great question, and this post is the final installment of a four-part series responding to it. Part One appeared two weeks ago and shared guest responses from several authors of books about classroom management and other ...


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