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Transforming Busy Work into Purpose-Driven Learning

Nothing frustrates students more than mastering a concept and then being given more of the same work to do. Once students master the learning for the …

Moving from Quantities to Qualities: Standards-Based Learning and Reporting | Solution Tree Blog

In an effort to communicate more clearly, educators all over are exploring ways to provide feedback and report achievement. The move to being …

Teaching

A Prepositional Shift

One of the most simple and straightforward challenges I have been posing to teachers this summer is to change one of their classroom practices …

Pedagogy

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

It’s no longer a given that if a child spends twelve years in school, he or she will learn enough to succeed in higher education or a career. To …

Pedagogy

Teachers Really Need to Work with Families

Relationships are built when children know that caring adults are on their side. If teachers team up with parents and families, they can help create …

Success

Avoiding the “PLC Lite” Scenario | Solution Tree Blog

Despite the overwhelming evidence supporting the full implementation of professional learning communities, some schools and districts are still …

Management

Does “Wad-Ja-Learn” Trump “Wad-Ja-Get”? | Solution Tree Blog

<b>Driving Question: How Do We Encourage Students Out Of The Grading Game And Stop Counting Beans?</b><p>It’s been several decades since the groundbreaking …

Pedagogy

Curriculum design experts Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins share their thoughts on prepping students for standardized tests in their book, Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How do I refine my units to enhance student learning? http://ow.ly/LScQV

Instructional Rounds -- What are they?

<i>*Note - this is not the standard '1000 words or less' blog post--Rounds are much too difficult to describe in 1000 words :)</i><p>Last week, our school …

The Lesson of Every Conversation: Encouraging Teens to Have Meaningful Interactions

<i>Nothing is worse than not having a driver’s license as a teen. Other than having to wait around for your mom to pick you up. Which is my life right</i> …

KQED

Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage<p>By Elizabeth Blair, NPR<p>Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be …

Creativity

Using Assessment to See Possibility | Solution Tree Blog

He sat in the back, slumped deeply in his chair. His hat was pulled low over his eyes—a signal he was not having a good day. The teacher at the front …

KQED

<b>By Thom Markham</b><p>A grave miscalculation exists in the minds of many educators: That inquiry-based learning, project based learning, and 21st century …

Pedagogy

PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

Problem #1: Lack of Traditional Homework<p>The lack of traditional homework (which we equate to assignments such as worksheets) has left us with a …

Pedagogy

Study: Self-regulation helps kindergartners

Students in their first years of school have a lot of new ground to cover, from steps along the road to reading to beginning math concepts. But one …

25 Alternatives To What'd You Learn In School Today?

KQED

<b>By Will Richardson</b><p>We’re halfway to school when my 14-year-old son remembers a homework assignment he forgot to do for biology class.<p>“Something big?” …

KQED

TED’s educational arm is launching TED-Ed Clubs, an effort to support students who research, write and present and record their own ideas in a TED …

KQED

In an NPR story earlier this week, Tovia Smith reported on the growing number of schools that are trying to instill “grit”— perseverance in the face …

How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset

How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset<p>I have written, described, and presented about the growth mindset in education …

I Hope They Notice

She picked the pinkest one, of course, it even had a little bit of sparkle. This was important, and as Thea sat in the backseat, clutching her new …

Brazil

Are You Depressed and No One Knows It But You?

She is the young career woman who years ago woke up in a hotel room. Not remembering how she had gotten there. Alone. Half-naked.<p>Realizing she had been raped.<p>She never told anyone.<p>"<i>It's never really bothered me,</i>" she tells me now. Smiling.<p>She makes herself throw up secretly. Sometimes twice a …

KQED

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our …

Learning

KQED

By Benedict Carey, author of “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens.”<p>Check out MindShift’s article about the</b> …

This Is All The Advice You Need For Surviving Hardship

<i>From Kim Becking for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>It’s been over twelve years since I first heard those words -– “You have breast cancer.” You think it can’t happen to you. You say I’m 30, I’m healthy and I have no family history. Life was going according to plan –- but all of that changed with those four …

KQED

For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching …

12 Questions To Promote Self-Knowledge In Students

<b>Merging Metacognition & Citizenship</b><p><i>Ed note: This post parallels our self-directed learning model.</i><p>Why should someone learn?<p>While Paulo Freire, John …

Pedagogy