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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...

February 28, 2012

Response: Advice From The "Book Whisperer," Ed Week Readers & Me About Teaching Reading

(You might want to see previous posts in this series on reading: Part One, Part Two, Part Three & Part Four) This post is the final one in a five-part series on teaching reading. Even though I'm receiving plenty of questions from readers (but could always use more!), I periodically take on a "Ques...

February 23, 2012

Response: Ways to Help Our Students Become Better Readers - Part Four

(You can see Part One of this series here, Part Two here, and Part Three here) Even though I'm receiving plenty of questions from readers (but could always use more!), I periodically take on a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This post is a the fourth in an expanded five-part series responding ...

February 21, 2012

Response: More Ways to Help Our Students Become Better Readers - Choice & Access

(You can see Part One of this series here and Part Two here) Even though I'm receiving plenty of questions from readers (but could always use more!), I periodically take on a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This post is a the third in a multi-part series responding to one of them: "What is th...

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