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May 13, 2013

Response: Ability Grouping In Schools -- Part Two

(This post is Part Two in a two-part series. You can see Part One here) This week's "question of the week" is: "What does research say about use of ability groups/tracking, and how have you seen it used or misused? What are workable alternatives?" Part One in this series shared resources on th...

May 12, 2013

Response: Using -- Not Misusing -- Ability Groups In The Classroom

(This post is Part One in a two-part series) This week's "question of the week" is: "What does research say about use of ability groups/tracking, and how have you seen it used or misused? What are workable alternatives?" Grouping by ability has been receiving particular attention recently due t...

May 05, 2013

Response: Ways To Develop Creative Thinking In The Common Core

Mary Jo Groeneveld asked: What are some tools teachers can use to address new common core standards while developing creative thinking? Teachers are in a constant vice grip of time with too much curriculum to cover with unrealistic differentiation expectations for ever increasing numbers of student...

April 28, 2013

Response: Embracing & Celebrating Diverse Families

Cheryl Suliteanu asked: What are teachers doing to build communication, understanding, and empathy between teachers and families whose lives are dramatically different? Lifestyles, religion, poverty, and political views are just some of the differences we face daily - some teachers openly criticize...

April 21, 2013

Response: High-Stakes Testing & Student Engagement

Margaret Ridgeway asked: In a recent blog you dealt with student engagement. I have a related question that came up as I was teaching summer remediation. I teach in a small rural high school in Louisiana where I see many students are disengaged in the classroom. During summer school, however, I als...

April 17, 2013

Response: Common Core & ELLs -- Part Two

(This is Part Two Of a two-part series. You can see Part One here.) Louise Oppedahl asked: Because the language acquisition process is largely absent from the Common Core Standards, and teachers must use these standards, how can ESL teachers use them to teach our English Language Learners? I...

April 14, 2013

Response: Ways To Try Using The CCSS With English Language Learners

(This is Part One Of a two-part series) Louise Oppedahl asked: Because the language acquisition process is largely absent from the Common Core Standards, and teachers must use these standards, how can ESL teachers use them to teach our English Language Learners? Louise raises a challenging qu...

April 07, 2013

Response: Ways To Observe Teachers Without Demoralizing Them

Alex V. asked: How can I help my school develop a culture of open practice where teachers are happy to be observed and look forward to observing and learning from each other, in a school where up until now observation has been used as a tool of evaluation and judgment from the administration withou...

March 31, 2013

Response: Best Homework Practices

Katie Ciresi asked: What is the best approach teachers can take towards homework? I think the guest responses today, along with numerous reader comments, provide a great perspective on the topic. If you'd like to read more research and discover additional ideas, you might want to explore my col...

March 26, 2013

Response: "Flow" In The Classroom

(This is Part Two of a two-part series on student engagement. You can see Part One here) Cindy Murphy asked: The question that I seem to hear from teachers comes up when we discuss engagement vs on task behavior. Teachers want to know how can you see engagement. Paula Bevan tells us that engagemen...

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