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October 31, 2014

Perpetual Proximity: More Than a Behavior Management Strategy

Use proximity to assess and connect with students, not punish them.

September 15, 2012

Grades: Motivation or Coercion?

If you don't grade it, students won't do it. That's what many educators (and parents) think, and for good reason. Here's a clip from a coaching session where I recall my students' reactions when they found out I wouldn't be grading their work: Reactions like this would seem to validate the motivat...

June 11, 2012

The Other Test Prep: Final Exam Review

Many people, including me, decry test prep for standardized tests. But what about other tests? I bring this up now because test prep is as common this time of year as it is in the weeks leading up to standardized tests. No enrichment or extension activities, and no new material. Just sneak previews ...

May 30, 2012

Memorization Through Application

Last post I introduced Concept Cards, a note-taking system that helps students store, retrieve, and use information more efficiently than traditional note-taking methods. Now, here are a few tips for maximizing the benefits of Concept Cards: Alphabetical Rather Than Chronological. One problem wit...

March 23, 2012

Learning and Leading by Listening

A lot of teachers give students participation points for speaking up during class discussions. The more students contribute, the more points they get. I've heard teachers say this motivates students, and it does seem to motivate some of them--those who need or want to improve their grades. But par...

January 23, 2012

Formative Assessment Efficiency, Summative Assessment Proficiency

I'm often surprised when teachers are surprised when their students perform poorly on tests. Sure there are kids whose scores belie their skills, such as those who have test anxiety or had a bad day or took the test on an empty stomach. For the most part, though, students' performance on tests is pr...

October 15, 2011

Students at the Board: Confidence Booster or Buster?

Presenting solutions to homework or class work in front of the class can be a real confidence booster for students. But it can also be a real confidence buster for them if they come to the board thinking they're experts and their answers turn out to be wrong. And if that's not deflating enough for...

October 02, 2011

Homework: Only Review What You Need to Review

A lot of teachers think that if you assign homework, you must review it with students the following day. This makes sense in that it's important for students to correct and learn from their mistakes. But what if they didn't make any mistakes? I realize it's unlikely every student will have the corr...

June 19, 2011

Quest for the Best Questioning Strategy: Cold Calling vs. Choral Response

In my last post I declared cold calling the hands down winner over hand raising when it comes to engaging and assessing students, and preparing them for future endeavors. Now cold calling takes on another challenger in the quest for the best questioning strategy: choral response. Choral response ...

June 10, 2011

Quest for the Best Questioning Strategy: Cold Calling vs. Hand Raising

A lot of students shrugged their shoulders when I called on them to answer questions at the beginning of the year. Others mumbled, "I don't know." Then there were those kids who let me have it: "Man, I don't know. Stop calling on me!" But I never did stop calling on them. And after a few weeks, mos...

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