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October 06, 2011

What Are Critiques Of Standardized Tests & What Are Alternatives?

This week's question comes from Alice Mercer (a Sacramento colleague and a phenomenal teacher), who asks: 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 H...

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...

September 21, 2011

How Can We Help Students Develop Self-Control?

I've received several months-worth of questions so far (please keep 'em coming!), but now and then I'll also include a question that I've come up with....and I'll label them as "Questions On My Mind." These will be questions that I'm interested in exploring and/or ones whose answers I think might p...

September 14, 2011

Are Teachers Respected Less?

This week's question comes from Gail Kochon, who asks: What social/political causes have contributed to the downgrading of respect for the teaching profession? I think it is safe to say that many of us teachers have felt under attack for many reasons -- whether it's the push for new test result-co...

September 08, 2011

Does Grade Level Retention Work?

This week's question comes from P.J. Vermont, who asks: Does grade-level retention work as an accountability tool for students and parents? The issues of grade level retention and social promotion come up frequently for teachers and administrators, so it's an important question to explore further....

September 01, 2011

How Can We Best Use Technology In The Classroom?

This week's question comes from Carla Arena, who asks: How do teachers make informed decisions in relation to a balanced use of technology in the classroom? Where can new teachers become better informed about best practices for technology use in the classroom without becoming overwhelmed and discou...

August 25, 2011

How Can We Help Students Develop Better Listening Skills?

This week's question comes from Chris Moore, who asks: "How do you teach people to LISTEN better? Everyone seems to want very individualized instructions. They don't listen to any of the instructions and then the minute they have a problem with the assignment they want me to explain it all over a...

August 18, 2011

How Can We "Motivate" the Unmotivated To Learn?

This week's question comes from Cyndy Woods-Wilson, who asks: How can we "motivate" the unmotivated to learn something new? This is a question that I'm sure has crossed many educators' minds. Please leave your responses to Cyndy's question in the comments section of this post. I'll share a few ...

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