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May 15, 2013

How Should Class Time Be Spent During The Last Two Weeks Of School?

This week's "question of the week" is: "What are the best ways to spend class time during the last two weeks of school?" Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book ...

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 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 24, 2013

How Can Teachers Connect To Diverse Families?

Cheryl Suliteanu asks: What are teachers doing to build communication, understanding, and empathy between teachers and families whose lives are dramatically different? Lifestyles, religion, poverty, and political views are just some of the differences we face daily - some teachers openly criticize ...

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 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...

April 03, 2013

How Can Teachers Be Observed Without Them Getting Demoralized?

Alex V. asks: How can I help my school develop a culture of open practice where teachers are happy to be observed and look forward to observing and learning from each other, in a school where up until now observation has been used as a tool of evaluation and judgment from the administration without...

March 27, 2013

What Is the Best Approach Teachers can Take Towards Homework?

Katie Ciresi asks: What is the best approach teachers can take towards homework? Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of seven published by...

March 20, 2013

What Does "Student Engagement" Look Like?

Cindy Murphy asks: The question that I seem to hear from teachers comes up when we discuss engagement vs on task behavior. Teachers want to know how can you see engagement. Paula Bevan tells us that engagement = brain sweat, but can we see a kiddo's brain sweating. What evidence can administrators ...

March 13, 2013

What Are The Best Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary?

This week's "question of the week" is: What are the best ways to help students -- mainstream and/or English Language Learners -- develop academic vocabulary? Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this we...

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