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I Like This Frame For Differentiation: “Supports, Scaffolds, Extensions”

Wokandapix / Pixabay<p>How to Provide Help is a new article from Harvard’s Usable Knowledge.<p>I really like how it provides a simple frame for …

Three Ways to Differentiate the Writing Process with Google Docs

By Avra Robinson & Rosey McQuillan for more from Avra and Rosey follow them on Twitter: @avrarachel & @romcquill. Differentiating instruction …

Mindful Literacy Assessment

A teacher came up to me in the hallway, holding printed reports. Her grimace conveyed her frustration before she even spoke. “How can my students …

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Problem Solvers Now = Problem Solvers Later<p>I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation …

How I Use One-Pagers in English Language Arts

If you follow many teachers on social media, you know that one-pagers are suddenly all the rage. I can see why. They’re visually stunning, represent …

Share these 20 brilliant ideas with your favorite teachers (and everyone else)

• It’s 2018! Drop the double-negative zero. Let students revise until they get it right. And get your students to deliver TED-Ed Club talks! — Josefino …

Sustainable Development Goals

Response: Best Practices for Teaching High School Math

By onDecember 26, 2017 9:52 AM<p><b>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</b><p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><b>What are some best practices for</b> …

Response: 'Strong Structures' Are Needed for Effective Classroom Discussions

By onNovember 7, 2017 9:00 AM<p><b>(This is the third post in a three-part series. You can see Part One here and Part Two here.)</b><p>The new question of the …

Teaching

Creating a Welcoming Classroom for Students with Special Needs

<b>Listen to my interview with Jam Gamble, or read a full transcript here.</b><p><b>I can remember the first time I taught students with special needs.</b> I was …

How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

<b>How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>If you’re not familiar with Adler and Van Doren’s <i>How To Read A Book</i>, it is worth, …

After teaching for 25 years, I'm convinced the best way to motivate kids and employees is the same

The school was known as one of the worst schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District at the time, but I was up for the challenge — eager and ready to make a positive impact on my middle-school students.<p>Of course, as I soon realized, teaching is not a one-way street. As much as I helped shape …

Middle School

Paying Attention to Relationships - Educational Leadership

Our view of teaching effectiveness comes from a different—yet complementary—perspective. While instructional methodology is an important …

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

As many teachers already know, one of the most effective responses we can make to classroom management problems is by saying:<p><i>“I’m not feeling</i> …

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It.

<b>See Mrs. Jones.</b> She has a fantastic idea for a new assignment. It’s going to be challenging and engaging and fun. Before she can give this assignment …

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p><b>When I worked with student teachers</b> on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise …

Teaching

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

Have you ever walked into a classroom where students were engaged in serious on-topic discussion, debating ideas and challenging each other to …

How I Eliminated (Almost) All Grading Problems In My Classroom

<b>How I Eliminated (Almost) All Grading Problems In My Classroom</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Grading is one of the most urgent bugaboos of good teaching.<p>It can take an …

Teaching

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century. The ensuing conversations have provided an …

Exploring Surface Area: A Google Slides Activity

<b>Let’s Get Them Exploring</b><p>One of my goals this year was to create more activities for students to explore upcoming content. I want the students to …

We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future

The work of the future will involve humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines.<p>Our education system was designed for the 20th century. It is largely focused on teaching kids how to retain information and manipulate numbers. It regularly tests these abilities and, if you do …

Meet the #SinglePointRubric

<b>The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on.</b> The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, …

Flexible Seating in Middle School

Flexible seating can add a wrinkle to classroom management, but with careful planning and clear expectations, our students will rise to the occasion …

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Across the hall, Chris’s colleague Aaron Hall is also using choice for a quick check-in. While Chris offered choice to allow students to …

Pedagogy

Professional Development: What should it look like?

A few weeks ago Michael Fenton asked on his blog this question:<p><b>Suppose a teacher gets to divide 100% between two categories: teaching ability and</b> …

Equity vs. Equality in the Classroom

“Why does he get that? I want to do that!”I have heard this observation or comment in one form or another over the years as I provide supports to …

Designing The Perfect School: 7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning

<b>Designing The Perfect School: 7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>What would the opposite of the industrial learning model–the existing …

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint: A Review of Presentation Zen

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means we receive a small commission on any purchase you make during that visit at no extra cost to …

What’s the point of digital resources? A Digifest discussion

6 March 2017How do students use digital resources? How does this change the way we teach? Digifest speakers reveal how creative teaching, and …

How to keep students safe from fake news

Young people are particularly susceptible to false stories, according to a study. IB teachers tell IB World magazine how students can guard …

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class

<i>This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: 12 structures that will help with internet use in the classroom and keep kids focused when using</i> …