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May 16, 2012

What's Going On In Ontario's Schools?

Much has been written about the high-performing schools in Finland and Singapore, but I've recently begun to hear more about our neighbors to the north in Ontario. So, the newest "question of the week" is: What's going on in Ontario's schools? Are there readers our there more familiar with what's...

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...

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 03, 2012

Response: Hopes For The NEA's "New Action Agenda"

Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), I periodically instead decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is another one of those times (I'll be returning to reader questions on Friday). My question related to the major report and "new acti...

March 28, 2012

What Is The NEA Hoping To Do With Its "New Action Agenda"?

Though I'm receiving plenty of reader questions (but could always use more!), I periodically instead decide to respond to a "Question That's Been On My Mind." This is another one of those times (I'll be returning to reader questions next week).... My question relates to the major report and "new a...

March 27, 2012

Response: The Difference Between Parent "Involvement" & Parent "Engagement"

(This is the final post in a three part series on parent engagement. You can see Part One here and Part Two here) 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 st...

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...

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