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5 Tips for a More Meaningful Rubric

<b>Teachers who use rubrics:</b><p>set clear guidelines and expectations from the outset of the school year.<br>• hold students accountable for the work they produce …

When Teachers Compete, No One Wins

There are no winners when teachers compete. We suffer from lack of support for each other. We lose the respect of our administrators who grapple with …

Teaching

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Thinking About Learning<p>In 2005, the National Academy of Sciences reviewed everything we know about learning in a paper called <i>How Students Learn</i>. In …

Pedagogy

Please Just Don’t

Don’t try to put making in a box. Don’t make it a kit, standardize it, and water it down. Don’t develop a canned-for-sale-program out of it. Don’t …

Ever Wonder How Gels are Made?

Consider the humble lighting gel, the translucent piece of coloured film that can alter the look of a stage so dramatically. A simple colour change …

6 Reasons We LOVE Blended Learning

We support blended learning. That’s why Raise Your Hand Texas recently invited every public school, school district, and charter school in Texas to …

Pedagogy

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 …

4’33” (Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds): What Our Brains Need

Throughout this school year, I have been fascinated with memory, especially after reading <i>Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning</i>. All …

How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

They even have hoodies with built-in earbuds instead of drawstrings so that the students can wall themselves off with little chance of detection. …

Teaching

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to …

Education Technology

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

Explore ways to use STEM lessons and approaches to help students practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, …

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

“We’ve got this, it’s easy,” they said. “Can we move on?”<p>I looked at the other students and asked, “Do you have this?”<p>They nodded their heads …

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

The New Psychology of Success (2000), Dweck developed a continuum upon which people can be placed, based upon their understandings about where …

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Calculating Cognitive Depth<p>For classroom teachers, the more important question is one of practice: how do we create rich environments where all …

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

A realistic homework strategy should be a key topic of back-to-school night and the first parent-teacher conferences of the school year. But it …

Teaching

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

To change that is easier said than done. Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign …

Pedagogy