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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, 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.

October 12, 2013

A Tip for Teaching Tenacity and Teamwork

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

March 29, 2013

Coach Students Rather Than Teach Students

Students learn best when teachers stop doing for them what they can do for themselves.

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.

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...

May 19, 2012

A Noteworthy Note-Taking System

"Look it up in your notes," I told students when they asked me for information that either I had already given them or they had found on their own. "You're the teacher. You're supposed to answer our questions," students responded. "The answers to those questions should be in your notes." I replied....

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...

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...

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