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Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

CEOs

Four Inquiry Qualities At The Heart of Student-Centered Teaching

<b>By Trevor MacKenzie</b>Whether it be project-based learning, design thinking or genius hour, it’s easy to get confused by the many education buzzwords …

Pedagogy

Principals spending too much time as managers, new report on Ontario education finds

Principals are spending too much time doing menial managerial tasks and school boards are struggling to adequately support students' mental health, …

Here’s how the Detroit district plans to fix 'glaring discrepancies' in special education

Detroit’s main district announced plans to overhaul its special education program after an audit found that some schools aren’t meeting the needs of …

How your body treats protein from plant and animal sources

Protein is big business across the food sector these days. Despite the fact that Americans are eating far more of it than they need – just 56 grams a …

Guidelines for Establishing Effective School Discipline for Principals

Most administrators spend a significant portion of their time addressing school discipline and student behavior. While there is no way you can …

Teaching

Gonski 2.0: teaching creativity and critical thinking through the curriculum is already happening

David Gonski’s report on Australia’s schooling system identifies three key weaknesses and proposes a set of pathways towards improvement.<p>These …

No Surprise: Another Study Finds That Having An Authentic Audience Results In Improved Performance

I’ve written a lot about the importance of students having an authentic audience – someone other than their teachers – for their work (links can be …

Teaching

'How a teacher’s character manifests itself in the classroom is often missing from understanding pedagogical wizardry'

Research suggests that there are three dimensions to great teaching: who the teacher is, what the teacher knows, and how the teacher teaches. Studies …

Pedagogy

Four essential ingredients to teaching reading comprehension

Candy floss is amazing stuff. It is soft and easily moulded, but quickly dissolves. As I was watching a candy floss seller skilfully creating …

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

Being poor is stressful. That's no big surprise.<p>In a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. And of those very stressed-out people, …

Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

Don't let that liquid gold circle the drain again.<p>If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”<p>(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For …

Italian Food

Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea.

When Kim Van Duzer, an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, had a chance to follow her students from third to fourth grade the next school year, …

Good Leaders Make Good Schools

The solutions to the nation’s problems already exist somewhere out in the country; we just do a terrible job of circulating them.<p>For example, if you want to learn how to improve city schools, look how Washington, New Orleans and Chicago are already doing it. Since 2011 the graduation rate at …

Students

Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education?

The special education field needs to rid itself of its negative baggage and embrace a more progressive way of educating students who learn …

Special Education

These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Ask High-Value Questions to Accelerate Performance Improvement

Ultimately, teachers, trainers, coaches and mentors all share one common goal: performance improvement. Sometimes, the specific aim is to teach a …

The nail in Growth Mindset’s coffin?

As I’m sure everybody already knows, mind sets are beliefs about the nature of characteristics like intelligence. The theory is that students with …

6 Factors That May Increase Suicide Risk

A person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes in the United States, according to the latest data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention …

Why Travel Discipline - Not Resolutions - is Key to Avoiding Burnout at Work

A successful travel entrepreneur explains why getting away from the office can be the spark for your brightest ideas.<p>A growing number of companies are introducing generous paid time off (PTO) policies, with many offering expanded or even unlimited vacation days. The problem? The majority of …

The Internet Thinks You Need an Italy Towel

Are you a card-carrying member of Exfoliation Nation? Then you need to know about the Italy Towel, a sandpaper-esque mitt worshipped by skincare …

Skin Care

5 Things Great Principals Do Differently

Everything rises and falls on leadership (Maxwell, 2007). Anyone who has served as a building principal will share that school leadership is …

Special education caps were the Texas Legislature's idea, educators say

In the wake of a federal report finding Texas was failing its kids with disabilities, educators say the state is to blame and that Texas legislators …

Less is More: Simple Formative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom

I’m not sure when, but at some point in education, it became popular to make instruction more complex. The more steps and/or manipulatives you could …

A commitment to reading and tracking data helped students at this arts-focused school improve

<i>Chalkbeat is talking with principals across the city at schools that made some of the biggest ISTEP gains in 2017 to explore what was behind their</i> …

15 Resources on Creating Independent ReadersASCD Inservice

Helping students become strong, independent readers is an ongoing, time-consuming, and wholly necessary process. Dive into these ASCD myTeachSource® …

OPINION: Those drawn to ed reform and disruption should first consider these three methods

Remember when disruptive behavior wasn’t something teachers welcomed?Today, the conversation in education reform is all about disrupting and …

The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2017

The must-read brain books of 2017 featured persuasion, compulsion, popularity, fear, technology, distraction, and the reasons why we’re capable of so much good and so much evil. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it.<p><b>The Fear</b> …

Books

How Important is Teaching Literacy in All Content Areas?

Someone who has reached advanced literacy in a new language, for example, is able to engage in these four skills with their new language in any …

Polling Students to Check Understanding

One reason to use this particular ARS is that it allows you to construct questions in multiple formats. Instead of being locked into writing multiple …