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Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Chris Ward’s fifth graders have been practicing long division for most of the period. While some understand it well, others are still struggling. …

Pedagogy

Schools teach long-term lessons with Snapchat

K12 students use “snaps” to report on football games and create “how to” tutorialsRay BendiciJournalism classes at Junction City High School in …

Snapchat

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

AJ Juliani, is an educator I have worked closely with over the past few years, and I greatly admire his work. Soon (April 2), he will be launching …

Education Technology

How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

Too Much Teaching is Wasted

Let me give you some information: (Try to imagine that you’re going to learn it.)<p><i>The Earth-Sun distance is used as unit of distance called the</i> …

Proxima Centauri

A Little Help With Your Homework

If you’re assigning the same homework to all of your students, you may not be helping them reach their full potential. Consider this scenario: Marly …

Pedagogy

A Focus on Self-Improvement

Educators often say that practice makes perfect. But what should that practice look like? Psychological research reveals that not all practice is …

Pedagogy

Transfer: Intentional Planning For Student Understanding

In high school, our basketball coach would routinely end practice by making the team run a series of line drills. One day after a difficult practice, …

Pedagogy

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

<b>60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should <b>check</b> …

Pedagogy

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Pedagogy

How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning? - TeachThought PD

<b>How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning?</b><p>by <b>John McCarthy</b>, TeachThought PD Project-Based Learning and Differentiation Workshop Facilitator<p>…

Pedagogy

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards

You might know that I am a big proponent of PBL. I believe that as we work on helping students understand the content standards, PBL provides …

Pedagogy

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

My Edutopia post When Grading Harms Student Learning generated a lot of buzz. Grading is an emotional subject, with strong-held opinions and ideas. I …

6 Ways to Boost Student Engagement

<b>What Is Student Engagement?</b><p>I define student engagement as all the positive behaviors students show which indicate full participation in the learning …

Pedagogy

Google Classroom: Check In with Students - Teacher Tech

Create a Weekly Check In for Google Classroom<p>In previous semesters I used a Google Form to have students check in every week. While Google Forms are …

Education Technology

Where do we set the bar?

A few weeks ago we were talking about school ‘accountability’ in one of my classes. I mentioned that I didn’t think that most schools were yet …

Education

Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation's culture and history. The main objective was learning …

Pedagogy

5 Practices to Stop Using NOW!

<b>Ability Grouping</b> – A common practice that has no evidence to support use is ability grouping. When students are grouped and one teacher gets the …

Pedagogy

"I Assign Stupid Homework" - Teacher Tech

“I Assign Stupid Homework”<p>One argument I frequently hear in response to the argument that homework is oftentimes of marginal academic benefit, busy …

Homework

The traditional classroom works so why change it?

The traditional classroom works, so why change it? This is something anyone involved in leading educational change hears at some stage.<p>The …

Fuel Efficiency

Disciplinary Literacy: A Shift That Makes Sense

Literacy in Every Classroom<br>February 23, 2017 | Volume <b>12</b> | Issue <b>12</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Disciplinary Literacy: A Shift That Makes Sense<p>ReLeah …

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a …

Is Your School Literate?

Almost six years ago, I wrote a piece for Huffington Post titled “My Kids Are Illiterate. Most Likely, Yours Are Too.” (Nothing too provocative …

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 …

Pedagogy

53 Ways to Check for Understanding

Formative assessments are only good if you use them to alter your teaching or for students to adjust their learning. Too often, I've seen exit …

Education Technology

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Non-Teaching Time

Time. It's the thing every teacher needs more of, and no teacher has enough of. Whether you wish to get deeper into student data analysis or want to …

Productivity

6 Symptoms of a Contagious Classroom

The flu season never seems to end. The stomach bug comes through and wipes the classroom out like a tidal wave. It seems like sometimes the classroom …

The Learning that's #NotOnTheTest

I have been walking around my district this month and have been truly inspired by the hard work of our teachers and staff. It makes me proud as a …