Knowledge vs. Skills: What Should Teachers Target?

With so much information at students' fingertips, teachers should select and plan classroom activities based on what students should be able to do rather than just what they should know.

Three Problems With Traffic Light Behavior Charts

When a child's behavior commands our attention, we need to ask ourselves, "What do I want this student to learn from my response to his/her action?"

Real-Time Data-Driven Instruction

Why wait for test results to use data to drive instruction? Collect data during all academic tasks, and use it to make timely decisions based on students' needs.

Go-To Resources for Common Core Math

Are you overwhelmed trying to navigate the sea of sites related to Common Core Math? Here's a manageable list of free online resources my team has found helpful in our Common Core Math work with instructional leaders and teachers.

Common Core Crisis: What to Do About Math Scores

Don't blame teachers when math scores drop. Give them the support they need for learning to improve.

Calling Parents: To Keep Kids in Line or Help Them Learn?

Parents don't just want to hear what's wrong with their children. Telling them what's right about their children earns trust and cooperation--from them and their children alike.

Learning by Doing ... and Grappling

I loved my students' reactions after they learned something with little or no help from me. Exhales. Smiles. High-fives. Exclamations ("Man, I got it, Coach G!"). And yes, dancing. (I even joined in when it was "Time for the Percolator.")

Exit Tickets: Too Little, Too Late

Teachers need to assess students as they're learning, not as they're leaving.

Stop Preaching and Start Teaching

Don't tell students they can be successful. Show them how to be successful.

Pencils Down, Minds On

Solving problems starts with sense-making, not answer-getting.

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