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The Framework

The Framework for Teaching is a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the INTASC standards, and grounded in a constructivist …

How to observe a lesson – and make a difference

This post is based on my discussions with colleagues at Oldham College involved in Advanced Practitioner training. The context is that the AP role is …

5 Ways to Improve Teacher Evaluation Systems

Recent research indicates that instructional coaching is the most effective strategy for improving instructional practice. And isn’t the evaluation …

Frameworks for Reflection

Reflection is an analysis of our performance. It aids in deeper learning and helps us to perform better in the future because it boosts our sense of …

Grammar: The Skunk at the Garden Party

All of this is enough for the authors of <i>Grammar Alive!</i> to call grammar “the skunk at the garden party of the language arts,” and like a skunk, most …

What Is RTI and Why Should We Care?

I have found it helpful to envision the RTI framework as a three-legged stool. The three legs are (1) an assessment process, (2) a tiered …

Thinking Like a Coach

Ensuring That Writing Feedback Is Effective<p><b>Make it meaningful and specific:</b> Students don’t know what they don’t know. Writing, “Use more …

10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways. When we …

Open Badges in Elementary School

Amy Cooper on episode 292 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some …

Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

Develop a "shared agreements" process<p>In the first few weeks of school, students and teachers develop a list of agreements that will guide their …

Excellent Free Online Professional Development For Teachers!

MADPD is the name of a free online professional development opportunity coming up on May 6th.<p>Over 100 educators from around the world will be …

Interactive Reading Lessons with Nearpod

How do students participate in your reading lessons? Over the past few years, I continue to be impressed at the power of Nearpod, a presentation and …

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …

Teaching

In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a research project on expectations<p><b>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with</b> …

Pedagogy

Lessons from research

Making sense of academic thinking for the classroom<p>With many children struggling with reading in some way, there’s a wealth of evidence to help teachers support students<p>Published: 6:12 AM<p>Bradley Busch explains how psychology research into the effectiveness of student evaluation of learning and …

Teaching

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Learn how to Study Using... Retrieval Practice

Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

@MindShiftKQED 3 low stakes qs at the beginning of lessons and a weekly quiz covering anything from this year!<p>— Francesca Timms (@fran_timms) April …

Weekend read: Is growth mindset the new learning styles?

<b>Most teachers have talked to their pupils about the importance of a growth mindset. But is growth mindset anything more than a platitude from a</b> …

In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: an influential research project on growth mindset<p><b>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they</b> …

Teaching

Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks

And there are more benefits to downtime than increased attention: It decreases stress, increases productivity, boosts brain function, and provides …

Putting an End to Fake Reading

While I’m still constantly on the lookout for better ways to help my students find books they love and develop a habit of reading, I’ve put together …

Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning

Asking Questions Rather Than Making Corrections<p>If you point out the same blunder once or twice on a given assignment, it’s best to stop there. When I …

If Graphic Novels Are Hip for Adults, Why Not Picture Books?

Modern-day tastemakers, unlike their forebears, shower love on comics and graphic novels without a hint of condescension. This is true even of works intended mainly for children, a category that includes — let’s be honest — most of the superhero sagas that dominate pop culture’s most lucrative …

Five Ways to Sustain School Change Through Pushback, Struggle and Fatigue

Teaching through projects, interrogating the value of grades, attempting to make learning more meaningful and connected to young people’s lives and …

Here are the 2018 Hugo Award nominees

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017<p>The nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards were announced today, representing the best science fiction and fantasy literature published in 2017.<p>The Hugo Awards are one of speculative fiction’s most prestigious prizes. Named for <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo …

Children benefit when taught social and emotional skills – but some methods are better than others

It is understood that childrens’ emotions in school are connected to their learning and academic achievement. The evolution of concepts such as …