Want the secret to engaging every kid in the room in less than a tweet, because you’ve got a stack of papers to grade, dinner to cook, and the need for more than six hours of sleep?
Don’t ask me, ask them! Five words. That’s it.
Think back to what brought you to your job as an educator. Whether you are an administrator or a classroom teacher—and whether you are aware of it or not—your beliefs about schools, classrooms, other administrators, and teachers had a significant influence on your decision to
With so many changes happening often in schools, parents may struggle to understand new initiatives in curriculum and instruction. Unfamiliar vocabulary such as “number bonds,” “math situations,” and “context cues” can be bewildering. Some parents complain their child is bored in the classroom while others
A paradox: Students raise their voices when they have something personal at stake. But, to be heard outside the classroom, they must meet the expectations of a wider community. A personal stake is just not enough.
In helping to prepare students in one urban school to
Most of you reading this have never met me in person or seen my picture. I have an enormous forehead. Once, while teaching a small group of at-risk teens, a clever student actually informed me that I possess a fivehead. Like I said, clever.
As school leaders, you can’t be expected to do everything. So you have to figure out where your time, effort, and influence will count the most—enhancing learning and achievement! Decide where your leadership practice can make the biggest difference, have the greatest impact, and then
Vocabulary terms and phrases are found everywhere in textbooks, in lesson plans presented by teachers during instruction, and can be observed in “I Can” student learning statements often written on whiteboards. So, why then must the language of mathematics be spoken and emphasized in every
“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost,” says the CEO of Nokia, while crying during a press conference. A similar version of this comes up in many of the schools across the country when we talk about improving outcomes or transforming schools. “We
We have spent much of the last year reading everything we can find related to students’ ability to predict their performance (and grades), take ownership of their learning, and become their own (and others’) teachers. We have also talked with numerous teachers about what we
Teachers continue to be challenged on how to accommodate for the various learning differences of their individual students. Additionally, teachers may need added support in the translation and interpretation of various home languages when communicating with students’ parents and families in the classroom and during