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July 13, 2020

How Do We Teach Literacy During a Pandemic When Access and Equity Are an Issue?

Equity has been a focus of constant conversations during COVID-19. How do students receive an equitable education, especially when it comes to literacy? N.Y.C. officials responded in a big way.

June 28, 2020

3 Different Approaches to Teaching When Schools Reopen

School communities are devising numerous ways to bring back students in the fall. Still, there are really only three instructional options for teachers.

April 13, 2020

Assessments and Grading in the Midst of a Pandemic

Many teachers struggle with how to assess learning during the coronavirus crisis. Here are a few important aspects to think about and a few ways to meet your grading needs.

January 05, 2020

Why Is Fidelity Always Seen as the New Four-Letter Word?

Fidelity is often seen as a bad word in school, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this guest blog by George Toman, the concept of fidelity is explained and defended.

June 23, 2019

Grades Versus Comments: What Does the Research Really Tell Us?

In articles and presentations on student feedback, educators are admonished today to use "No grades, comments only!" Unfortunately, they do not seem to know the whole story, nor do they seem to know what the research really says, guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey, a senior research scholar at the University of Louisville.

April 04, 2017

Differentiation: Attainable or Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

Saying "data" in conjunction with student learning often feels sterile and uncaring. However, data is much more than just numbers, and you can learn more about it in this blog.

September 13, 2016

John Hattie's Research Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

John Hattie's research is often seen as complicated but it doesn't have to be. DeWitt explores the basics of Hattie's research, and how to go deeper, in this blog post.

June 08, 2016

Who Knows What's Best for Students?

Social media offers us a plethora of opportunities to chase after silver bullets that may or may not help us with our issues. Sometimes we need to take a big step back first and ask, "Who knows what's best for students?"

May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

April 19, 2016

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.

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