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May 01, 2012

Ed Week Readers' Ideas On How We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively

(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 ...

April 25, 2012

Response: Additional Ways We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively -- Part Two

(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...

April 24, 2012

Several Ways We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively -- Part One

(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 Sar...

April 17, 2012

Response: Several Kinds Of Grading Systems

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,...

April 10, 2012

Response: Several Ways To Engage Students Without Carrots & Sticks

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 enga...

April 03, 2012

Response: Hopes For The NEA's "New Action Agenda"

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 acti...

March 27, 2012

Response: The Difference Between Parent "Involvement" & Parent "Engagement"

(This is the final post in a three part series on parent engagement. You can see Part One here and Part Two here) Kanwal Sachdeva asked: I enjoyed reading your article on 'how to make students learn to listen'. My question is- How do we make parents to listen to the teachers? You know, for the st...

March 22, 2012

Response: A Conversation About Building Trust Between Parents & Teachers

(This is Part Two of a three part series on parent engagement. You can see Part One here) Kanwal Sachdeva asked: I enjoyed reading your article on 'how to make students learn to listen'. My question is- How do we make parents to listen to the teachers? You know, for the students who need more hel...

March 20, 2012

Response: Ways To Build Trust Between Parents & Teachers -- Part One

(This is the first in a series of three posts responding to this question) Kanwal Sachdeva asked: I enjoyed reading your article on 'how to make students learn to listen'. My question is- How do we make parents to listen to the teachers? You know, for the students who need more help, the parents a...

March 13, 2012

Response: What Principals Look For In A Prospective Teacher

Lynnette Beer asked: I have 3 more courses and student teaching left until I earn my teaching certification! I have a couple of questions and a response to any would be helpful. I am wondering if there is something I should be doing to prepare for the experience in the meantime? Is it a goo...

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