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13 Powerful SEL Activities

Group Sharing<p><b>9. Circle sharing:</b> To encourage active listening, create small groups. Have your students position their chairs in a circle so everyone …

Teaching

Standards-Based Grading: A Rose by Any Other Name…

<i>Written by Susan M. Brookhart</i><i>Do the grades we assign to students truly reflect their learning?</i> The answer to this question, after over a hundred …

Pedagogy

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

Teaching Smarter

During a coaching session, I once asked a group of teachers to talk to the person next to them about the strategies they use to reduce their …

NAIS - Equity & Justice Work: It's Not Just for Directors of Diversity and Inclusion

As a professional committed to advancing equity and justice in independent schools, I get a lot of questions about the role and responsibility of a …

Calculus Is the Peak of High School Math. Maybe It's Time to Change That

The class doesn't predict future success well and disparities in it are legion. What about elevating statistics instead?

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

However, while I was clearing my credential, working with mentor teachers to reflect on my practice, and finding out how real students differed from …

60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

Education's Opiates: Prescribing Selective Colleges

Parents, high schools and colleges are feeding an addiction of sorts— abetting an epidemic of perfectionism and expectation while promoting a “high” of status and prestige. After two decades of working with young people in college admission, it is increasingly apparent that driven by fear and …

The State of Hiring at Independent Schools

Fall 2017<p>By Amada Torres<p>The hiring process for most organizations encompasses multiple steps and various practices, including application forms, …

Beat Generosity Burnout

When the leaders of the world dispense advice to the next generation, they tend to emphasize the same message: Help others. That was a key theme in almost two-thirds of the talks in a study of graduation speeches at U.S. universities.<p>Graduates are promised by those who have “made it” that being …

Leadership

The financial stress of teaching in regions of fast economic growth

By Susanna Loebexecutive summaryThis report highlights the financial stress facing teachers in regions of fast economic growth and high property …

Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

Metacognitive Reflection at Report Card Time

Report Card Assemblies That Inspire<p>The team came up with the idea of report card assemblies to transform report card distribution into an inspiring …

Research Insights: Improving Teacher Well-Being

Spring 2018<p>By Marc A. Brackett and Wendy Baron<p>In spring 2017, educators across the United States answered these questions as part of the <i>Emotion</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

The Anger Teachers Don’t Feel Comfortable Expressing

There is a strong taboo against teachers admitting to anger, let alone expressing it, writes Justin Minkel. Here are four ways they can handle that.

20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds

Credit: JakeOlimb via Getty ImagesDeborah Loewenberg Ball, an expert in elementary school math instruction and professor of education at the …

Teaching

Pro tip: Requesting “professional courtesy” is an effective way to get students’ undivided attention. https://t.co/OKAwfP3dDC

Overview<p>In December 2004, NAIS hired Meridian Solutions to conduct three focus groups at the People of Color Conference in Miami, Florida. A diverse …

Introduction<p>There are a number of damaging and pervasive myths about mathematics learning in the US that are believed by millions of school children, …

Pedagogy

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

When students do not understand how their brains learn and retain material, they can develop misconceptions about themselves as learners -- such as a …

Teaching

A New Focus on Purpose-Based Learning

Spring 2018<p>By Ross Wehner<p>During his sophomore year at Gilman School (MD), Matthew Mu and two of his fellow students became interested in the idea of …

Pedagogy

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma

Auburn Gresham, located on Chicago’s Southside, had experienced 838 violent crimes in the 365 days before Tyshawn’s murder. Violence is a part of …

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines

Over the past several decades public education has shifted to focus on literacy and math learning, largely due to high stakes tests measuring those …

What Happens to Student Behavior When Schools Prioritize Art

<i>Excerpt from You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education by Sir Ken Robinson, Ph. D and Lou Aronica, published on March 13,</i> …

Here's What One 8th Grader Thinks About Report Cards

As an ardent advocate for learning divorced from grades, the continuing growth of the practice in a variety of places gives me hope that perhaps …

Pedagogy

Analysis shows Georgia Tech’s online master's in computer science expanded access

Five years ago the Georgia Institute of Technology began a bold experiment -- to take a high-profile graduate program, put it online and offer it to …

Georgia Tech

After 100 Years of the Same Teaching Model It’s Time to Throw Out the Playbook

In looking back at my parents’ education in the 1950s and 60s, and my own education in the 1990s and 2000s, I worry sometimes that despite the huge …

MLA data on enrollments show foreign language study is on the decline

Even as institutions report accelerated, comprehensive internationalization efforts, graduate and undergraduate foreign language enrollments are on …

Higher Education

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i> aloud to his students. Sounds pretty standard, …