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June 27, 2016

A Final Tribute to My Greatest Teachers

I learned more from my students about how to--and how not to--treat them and teach them than I learned from education courses, in-service training, books, and teacher evaluations combined.

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.

January 31, 2016

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.

November 30, 2015

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.

July 31, 2015

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.")

June 30, 2015

Exit Tickets: Too Little, Too Late

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

February 28, 2015

Do More for Students by Doing Less for Students

"Great idea, but it'll never work for my students." I hear this a lot when I encourage teachers to engage students in productive struggle rather than try to prevent struggle. I thought it wouldn't work for my students either, but they proved me wrong.

January 31, 2015

Rapid Release of Responsibility: You Do, We Do, I Do

Students often learn best through rapid release of responsibility, where teachers start with You Do rather than I Do.

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.

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