Ask any teacher to name the most baffling student to teach, and that student is likely to be a boy. “He’s so capable, but he just doesn’t work,” or “He could do so well if he would just pay attention.” The teacher’s remarks will probably
Each spring students are challenged to create original writing assignments for spring conferences and open house events. Many students, who are fluent speakers and readers, struggle with extensive writing assignments.
Marcia Tate’s Preparing Children for Success in School and Life provides instructional strategies based on brain
This piece is adapted from What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives.
As you’d expect, when the Texas State School Board was voting whether to make daily physical education part of the curriculum, there was a lot of deliberation.
As I was musing over my coffee the other day, it occurred to me that no one has ever discovered cave drawings of children sitting at desks. Personally, at the time I was sitting at a desk in my backyard shed, also known as my
S = Say something positive. New teachers usually focus on what they are doing wrong. They feel the challenges and know the struggles. When you give an authentic compliment, it shows you are noticing what they are doing right. We all want to hear something
On Monday, May 1, Corwin hosted a webinar with Zaretta Hammond on “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.” Hammond’s unique approach examines the neuroscience behind culturally responsive teaching practices and how teachers can use that understanding to build rapport and classroom community with diverse students.
Do you want your students to simply perform on a test? Or do you want them to really learn the knowledge, skills, and understandings?
Before you jump to answer the question, citing standardized tests and teacher accountability, consider that the students entering your classroom at the
We have all been there. We have divided students in groups of four to complete a task together. Immediately, one student takes over, a couple of others happily “check out,” and the other is frustrated because “there’s nothing to do.” What went wrong? Read on
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. —Victor Borge
My seventh graders were coming back into the classroom from lunch to the accompaniment of an upbeat jazz tune on my snazzy new cassette player. One of the students came through the doorway and stopped; he
Pollution and contamination of the environment, the rise and spread of international terrorism, a polarized populace, global poverty—the question for our generation of teachers is, “How do we prepare young people to tackle problems we currently don’t know how to solve?” This generation of school-aged