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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 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 02, 2012

How Can We Respond To "Unpredictable" Behavior From Younger Students?

Cheryl S. asks: I am writing with a question regarding your blog (Response: Several Ways To Respond To "Unpredictable" Student Behavior) on responding to unpredictable student behavior. My question is how do you apply these strategies to kindergarten students? My student is unable to control his ...

April 19, 2012

How Can We Teach Social Studies More Effectively?

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).... What's the best advice you can give to Social Stud...

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 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 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 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 ...

March 07, 2012

What Do Principals Look For In A Prospective Teacher?

Lynnette Beer asks: I have 3 more courses and student teaching left until I earn my teaching certification! I have a couple of questions and a response to any would be helpful. I am wondering if there is something I should be doing to prepare for the experience in the meantime? Is it a good...

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...

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