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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 08, 2013

What Do You Think Of Using Ability Groups & "Tracking"?

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?" Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is s...

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...

May 01, 2013

How Can We Develop Creative Thinking & Address Common Core Standards?

Mary Jo Groeneveld asks: 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 students...

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 18, 2013

How Can We Help Students Feel Engaged With State-Mandated Tests?

Margaret Ridgeway asks: 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 a...

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 10, 2013

How Can We Use The CCSS With English Language Learners?

Louise Oppedahl asks: 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? Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to e...

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...

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