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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 03, 2011

How Can We Teach Critical Thinking Skills?

This week's question comes from an educator who prefers to remain anonymous: How do you go about teaching critical thinking skills? Boy, this is sure an important issue! And one where we often need to remember William Butler Yeats' often quoted comment: "Education is not filling a bucket, but l...

October 21, 2011

Can Teachers Be Friends With Students?

This week's question comes from Brad Patterson, who asks: 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. It's an important que...

October 13, 2011

How Do You Respond To "Unpredictable" Student Behavior?

This week's question comes from Eric Skoog, who asks: How can you minimize unpredictable behaviors that negatively affect your classroom? I'm sure we all have experienced "unpredictable" (what a diplomatic way of phrasing it, Eric!) student behaviors in our classes. What strategies have you found...

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...

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