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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Summary Poem Activity<p>List ten key words from an assigned text.<br>• Do a free verse poem with the words you highlighted.<br>• Write a summary of the reading …

10 Big Ideas for Better Education Conferences & Professional Learning - Getting Smart by Jessica Slusser - Blog, education conferences, professional learning, teacher PD

If you plan or lead professional learning, whether you have an audience of 20 or 20,000, you are competing with technology–there’s always something …

Education Technology

Better Teacher Professional Development Now!

A 2015 study by the Teacher Development Trust (UK) found that just 1% of teacher professional development was high quality. Let’s just pause for a …


There's No App for Good Teaching

Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only …


When Grading Harms Student Learning

<i>This post originally appeared at Edutopia on November 23, 2015.</i><p>There are so many forces at work that make educators grade, and grade frequently. For …


What Is Cooperative Learning?

In every classroom, no matter what the subject area, teachers can structure lessons so that students:<p>Engage in a win-lose struggle to see who is best …