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March 24, 2013

Response: Student Engagement "Requires A Conversation"

(This is Part One of a two-part series on student engagement.) 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 engagement = brain sweat, but can w...

March 17, 2013

Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary

Last week's question was: What are the best ways to help students -- mainstream and/or English Language Learners -- develop academic vocabulary? Helping our students develop academic vocabulary knowledge has always been a challenge to us teachers, and the Common Core Standards "up" the challenge a...

March 11, 2013

Response: Teachers & Superintendents Must "Work To Understand Each Other"

(This is Part Two of a two-part series. You can see Part One here) Last week's question was: How can teachers best relate to Superintendents -- and vice versa? A few days ago, we heard responses from a teacher perspective: Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; Dean ...

March 10, 2013

Response: We Need "Fewer John Waynes & More John Deweys"

(This is Part One of a two-part series.) Last week's question was: How can teachers best relate to Superintendents -- and vice versa? This is a question that I regularly wrestle with in our school district, and I assume many others around the country do as well. Today's guest responses will be c...

March 03, 2013

Response: "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction"

(This is Part Two of a two-part series. You can see Part One here) The question asked two weeks ago was: How can English Teachers Best Improve Their Craft? I've previously posted a number of responses that apply to this question, including a five-part series on teaching reading and another five...

February 24, 2013

Response: Many Ways English Teachers Can Improve Their Craft

(This is Part One of a two-part series) Last week's question was: How can English Teachers Best Improve Their Craft? I've previously posted a number of responses that apply to this question, including a five-part series on teaching reading and another five-part series on teaching writing. You al...

February 17, 2013

Teachers As "Persuaders": An Interview With Daniel Pink

As I mentioned in last week's post, instead of responding to the "question of the week," I'm lucky enough to share an interview I did with author Daniel Pink. Dan's new best-selling book is titled To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others (Disclosure: Dan interviewed me -- and my ...

February 13, 2013

Response: Finding a Balance Between District Mandates & Student Needs - Part Two

(This is the second post in a two-part series on this topic. You can read Part One here.) Last week, Juan Cortes asked: Many times teacher are told by our districts to follow specific programs, but many times those programs do not differentiate or do not address specific needs of my students. H...

February 10, 2013

Response: Several Ways to Balance Between District Mandates & Student Needs

(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic.) Last week, Juan Cortes asked: Many times teacher are told by our districts to follow specific programs, but many times those programs do not differentiate or do not address specific needs of my students. How can I balance following wh...

February 05, 2013

Response: How Peer Assistance Can Improve Teacher Practice

(This is the second post in a two-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here) Last week's question was: What Is Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) & How Does It Work? In the ongoing teacher evaluation debate, Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) is often highlighted by educators as an effectiv...

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