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November 08, 2011

Response: Several Ways To Teach Critical Thinking Skills

An educator who prefers to remain anonymous asked: How do you go about teaching critical thinking skills? I try to infuse critical thinking during much of my teaching, and have particularly found the "thinking routines" developed by Project Zero in Harvard useful. I describe in my latest book how...

November 01, 2011

Response: Can Teachers Be Friends With Students Using Social Media?

(NOTE: This is the concluding post in a three-part series) Brad Patterson asked: Can we be friends with our students? Where do we create barriers? How about social-media wise? I'm interested to hear about your experience, lessons learned, regrets, what you would offer as advice for new teachers...

October 27, 2011

Response: Part Two -- Can Teachers Be Friends With Students?

(NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series) Brad Patterson asked: Can we be friends with our students? Where do we create barriers? How about social-media wise? I'm interested to hear about your experience, lessons learned, regrets, what you would offer as advice for new teachers. Rick W...

October 25, 2011

Response: Can Teachers Be Friends With Students? -- Part One

Brad Patterson asked: Can we be friends with our students? Where do we create barriers? How about social-media wise? I'm interested to hear about your experience, lessons learned, regrets, what you would offer as advice for new teachers. It's an important question with two key components. One ...

October 18, 2011

Response: Several Ways To Respond To "Unpredictable" Student Behavior

Eric Skoog asked: How can you minimize unpredictable behaviors that negatively affect your classroom? I'm sure we all have experienced "unpredictable" (what a diplomatic way of phrasing it, Eric!) student behaviors in our classes. The key question is how we can respond to them in positive ways th...

October 11, 2011

Response: Standardized Test Critiques & Potential Alternatives

Alice Mercer asked: What are the major critiques of standardized tests and what are alternatives to them? My bias is pretty obvious if you look at the title of my related "The Best..." list -- The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They're Bad). However, there are far mo...

October 01, 2011

Response: Ways the "Next Generation" of Standardized Tests Should Treat ELL's

Louise Oppedahl asked: How will common core standardized assessments allow ESL students to show improvement? A beginning student in high school cannot even take a grade level test fairly even if allowed a bilingual dictionary and time and a half. The intermediate student would not fare much better....

September 24, 2011

Response: Several Ways To Help Students Develop Self-Control

Last week, I posed the question: How can we help students develop self-control? As I mentioned in that post, I've received several months-worth of questions so far (please keep 'em coming!), but now and then I'm also planning to include a question that I've come up with....and I'll label them as "...

September 17, 2011

Response: Reasons For The 'Downgrade' In Respect For Teachers

Gail Kochon asked: What social/political causes have contributed to the downgrading of respect for the teaching profession? As I mentioned in last Friday's post, I think it is safe to say that many of us teachers have felt less respected for a number of reasons -- whether it's the push for new tes...

September 13, 2011

Response: Thoughts On Grade Level Retention & Social Promotion

P.J. Vermont asked: Does grade-level retention work as an accountability tool for students and parents? It's an important question, P.J., and I'm sure it's one that weighs heavily on the minds of many teachers and administrators. Personally, I try as much as possible to base all of my student-rel...

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