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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 14, 2012

How Can We Build Trust Between Parents & Teachers?

Kanwal Sachdeva asks: 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 are not available to talk or they will not really listen. How do we make them ...

February 29, 2012

What Is Rigor?

Donna Browne asks: "What is rigor?" You sure see that word around a lot these days in education circles, so it's definitely a timely question. Please share your responses in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column c...

November 17, 2011

How Can Teachers Create A Supportive Environment For Each Other?

S.H. asks: Our school culture has a growing sense of [unhealthy] competitiveness. I believe a lot of this stems from the fact that our administration does not recognize (or maybe they do and simply don't voice) teacher expertise using specific, positive praise. We do receive thanks yous - but the...

November 15, 2011

Several Ways To Tell The Difference Between Good & Bad Education Research

Last week, I asked a question that had been on my mind: How can you tell the difference between good and bad education research? Colleagues in the Teacher Leaders Network and I have previously written about the importance of having a certain amount of healthy skepticism about research in the fiel...

November 10, 2011

How Can You Tell The Difference Between Good And Bad Education Research?

In addition to responding the questions submitted by readers, now and then I pose a question that's been on my mind and that I believe others might find interesting. This is a week for one of those questions, and it's: How can you tell the difference between good and bad education research? Coll...

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 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 28, 2011

How Should The "Next Generation" Of Standardized Tests Treat ELL's?

This week's question comes from Louise Oppedahl, who asks: 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...

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