I was the type of student teachers want – hard working, teacher-pleasing, bright. Until one day I just quit doing my math homework. My teacher asked me why and I said, “Please just give me a different way to do it! Anything but another worksheet.”
It’s never been more important to get kids excited about STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) from an early age. These days, new job growth is more often than not concentrated in these fields, and skills like coding and problem-solving are crucial for all of
Choice, Color, Comfort, and Collaboration
What type of classroom works best to engage ALL learners?
How does this classroom look and sound?
How do the learners feel?
What will they gain from being in this environment?
Will this experience prepare them for future educational endeavors and
“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” - Dr. James Comer
“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” - Dr. Rita Pierson
These quotes are familiar to many in education. And they’re not just simple maxims.
Teachers who intentionally create a classroom environment that supports affirmative
I love the excitement and energy a new school year brings; everyone comes to school with a great attitude and hope for a positive school year. School leaders must commit to harnessing the energy of the start of school and carry it all the way
Learning to read is laborious. Students’ minds are constantly decoding words, remembering what they have read, and making sense of the text. It’s no wonder so many students decide reading just isn’t for them by the middle grades! This doesn’t have to happen, though. Teachers
Has this ever happened to you?
“My lecture went perfectly! I worked the sample problems. I could tell the students really understood the material.”
The next day: “I don’t know what went wrong! I thought all my students understood what I went over yesterday.”
If we’ve been there,
The final months of the school year can feel pretty sloggy. We’re tired, kids are restless, and it often feels like it doesn’t matter much anymore. After all, the year is nearly done! Summer is practically here! The standardized tests are over! Cue the Moviefest.
What does it mean to lead learning?
At no other time in the history of education do we have such a powerful opportunity–given federal policies such as Race to the Top and now ESSA–to redefine instructional leadership in our schools and focus on how and
Sometimes we all need little reminders to keep a growth mindset. Here’s some food for thought about making one slight adjustment to dramatically increase engagement in our classrooms.
When I was a first and second year classroom teacher, I spent the first weeks of school making