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December 31, 2014

A Think-Pair-Share on Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a great way to engage students and assess their understanding... if it's used effectively.

October 12, 2013

A Tip for Teaching Tenacity and Teamwork

A clever idea for improving classroom efficiency and students' self-determination.

April 22, 2012

Independence First, Interdependence Second

"Stop the madness for constant group work." said author Susan Cain in her recent TED Talk, The Power of Introverts. "We need to be teaching kids to work together, for sure. But we also need to be teaching them how to work on their own because that is where deep thought comes from." (Check out Cain's...

November 20, 2011

Strategic Group Selection--By Teachers, Not Students

When I worked in business, managers--not the people they supervised--decided who would work together on a project. This made sense, since they were in the best position to objectively determine which staff members would provide the right combination of skill, teamwork, and other qualities to ensur...

October 22, 2011

Encourage Getting Help Rather Than Giving It

I've been in many classrooms where students were sitting in groups but weren't functioning as groups. And I've seen many teachers address this by asking students who've successfully completed a task to help those who are stuck. Recently, for example, I heard a teacher praise a student for solving a ...



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