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May 15, 2012

Response: Helping Long-Term ELL's & Evaluating ELL Teachers Fairly

This week, I'm doing something a little different and offering responses to two, instead of one, "questions of the week." They both relate to English Language Learners. The first one relates to long-term ELL's and the second is on how ELL teachers can be evaluated fairly. QUESTION ONE Anne Smith...

May 09, 2012

How Do We Help Long-Term ELL's & How Does Having ELL's Affect A Teacher's Evaluation?

I'm doing something a little different today and offering two, instead of one, "questions of the week." They both relate to English Language Learners: Question One Anne Smith asks: What is being done to help Long-Term English Language Learners and what does effective intervention look like? Ove...

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 11, 2012

What Kind Of Grading System Should We Use?

Charlie Herzog asks: 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? I'm expecting a lot of reader comments on this one! Feel free to share any of your thoughts on grading, even if they ...

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 04, 2012

How Can We Keep Students Engaged Without Carrots & Sticks?

Becky Searls asks: 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 engag...

March 06, 2012

Response: Thoughts On The Meaning Of "Rigor"

Donna Browne asked: "What is rigor?" You sure see that word around a lot these days in education circles, so it's definitely a timely question. Thanks, Donna, for asking it! My three guest responses today -- from Barbara R. Blackburn, Cris Tovani, and Ira Socol -- have varied "takes" on the ques...

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