David Nieslanik

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These homemade pretzel bites will ruin all other pretzels

Photo via Thanksgiving.com<p>America loves pretzels. They’re a great accompaniment to watching TV, pair well with beer and, of course, what baseball …

Dessert

The Long, Contentious History of the ‘Word Gap’ Study

A 1995 study which suggested that kids from richer families are exposed to more spoken words than those from poorer families has long been the subject of controversy. Now, a new study fails to replicate its central finding.<p>Back in the 1990s, a team of researchers spent two and a half years visiting …

Research

Effective Student-Led Discussions

With practice, my students and I found success with the Harkness method. I also tried Socratic seminar and other approaches that emphasize student …

Mastering the Teaching Game

There are several paraphrased points that I hope will resonate with other educators as affirmations, challenges, or both. These eight ideas …

How to Inspire Students Who Dislike School

Ways to Motivate Students<p>If students are more alike than different, then remembering this oft-forgotten truth will help us: Learning cannot be forced …

The Work of Welcoming

Incorporating the Practice of Hospitality in the Classroom<p>There’s a sign on my classroom door that reads: “We value your class, color, gender, and …

Teaching

Teachers: Summer Reading to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience

This summer, let books be your teachers. Let them teach you how to become more resilient, how to bounce back after adversity, and how to thrive (not …

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

What Research Says<p>This leads me to educational researcher John Hattie, who wrote <i>Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning</i>. Through …

Morning Meetings in Middle and High School

Morning meetings are a nearly ubiquitous feature in elementary classrooms. Students gather on a rug to discuss the calendar, the weather, the news, …

Will Letter Grades Survive?

Public Domain<p>Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut is one of 157 private schools that are part of MTC.<p>Somewhat independently, schools and lawmakers …

4 Ways to Help Student Writers Improve

4 Strategies for Supporting Student Writers<p><b>1. Emphasize reading:</b> Frank Smith writes in <i>Reading Without Nonsense</i>, “You learn to read by reading and you …

The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

The staff at June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco, where I am co-director, developed a four-part framework for how to become a warm …

Teaching English Language Learners: A Complex Endeavor

Three middle-school-aged boys draw pictures in chalk on a blackboard on a bright Saturday afternoon. “Write the word below the drawing,” I say. The …

What Failing Students Want Us to Remember

It’s typical in our schools—and I see this at the many middle and high school campuses I visit, as well as in the schools where I taught— for adults …

Want Some New Books for Your Summer Vacation? Bill Gates Recommends You Pack Any of These 5

This summer's recommendations by the billionaire founder and philanthropist tackle some big questions.<p>Bill Gates is a voracious reader of massive proportions. According to an interview he had with the <i>New York Times</i>, he devours about 50 books per year.<p>Unlike the one or two books I pack when …

Connecting Learning With Emotions

By being mindful of the emotions we conjure in our students, we can turn dull, forgettable learning experiences into colorful, memorable ones.<p>An …

6 Easy, Healthy Dinner Ideas For When You Just Don’t Want To Cook

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is what we all strive to do. But it’s hard to stick to that goal when you’ve got a busy schedule, or if you’re …

Make Learning For and About Those We Teach

For many years in the classroom, I went with my heart. From those instinct level decisions, I developed experiences and over time, discovered what …

Using Feedback Logs to Empower Learners

The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve. When it comes to their employees, there is no …

Without a Doubt, the 9 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime Will Change Your Life

If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you've no doubt noticed I've been watching a lot of documentaries lately. In the past few months, I've scrolled …

The 10 qualities of an emotionally intelligent person

There are many different kinds of intelligence, and it’s our job to discover what they are and how to integrate them into our lives. Sources of …

A History in Which We Can All See Ourselves

After a recent assignment on Christopher Columbus’s expedition to the New World, a student approached eighth-grade teacher Vanee Matsalia after …

Top 101 Motivational Quotes

Timeless inspirational quotes to supercharge enthusiasm and motivation.<p>Here are 101 quotes to help motivate you to take on new challenges, overcome roadblocks, and live the life you want to live:<p>"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, …

Why I Think All Schools Should Abolish Homework

How long is your child’s workweek? Thirty hours? Forty? Would it surprise you to learn that some elementary school kids have workweeks comparable to …

25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!)

Google Forms is one of my favorite classroom tools. But here's the deal - most teachers aren't taking full advantage of what Google Forms has to …

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Oscar-nominated "Last Men in Aleppo" a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week.<p>You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p><b>Here are</b> …

Multiple Grades: The First Step to Improving Grading and Reporting

Guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey says, "Grading and reporting are more of a challenge in effective communication than simply a task of quantifying data …

Make Co-Teaching a Part of Your Weekly Leadership Routine

Since we all have oodles of time in our days, why not add something else to the mix?<p>Now although this may sound a little snarky, I'm serious.<p>Today I …

Teaching

We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

I’ve written and shared a fair amount about bias in the classroom (see Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race …

Feedback

I think that feedback is one of those constructs in education that seems both ‘common sensical’ yet elusive at the same time. It is absolutely …