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June 01, 2016

Ability Grouping: Better for Students or Easier for Schools?

I never worked harder in or out of the classroom than I did when preparing and presenting two lessons per class. Yet despite my diligence, ability grouping was ineffective, as reflected in students' actions and words: "You are too bogus Coach G. You know Group A is not that smart and Group B is smart, and you separate us so we look dumb. All of us should be in the same group to help each other out."

February 28, 2016

Four Keys to Effective Classroom Learning Centers

When implemented well, learning centers empower students and accommodate their diverse needs as learners.

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.

February 10, 2013

Flipped Instruction or No Instruction?

A truly flipped classroom would involve more learning by doing and less lecturing--whether live or via video.

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...

October 05, 2010

Differentiated Instruction: A Practical Approach

In his last post, David Ginsburg said teachers must assess and address individual differences among students. In this post, he describes how to do it.

October 03, 2010

Differentiated Instruction: What Difference Does it Make?

David Ginsburg responds to Mike Schmoker's Ed Week article where he accuses Differentiated Instruction of having "corrupted both curriculum and effective instruction."

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