Spotlight: Two New Year’s Resolutions for Each Month

January I will keep my hands, feet, and other objects to myself when non-teachers tell me how to run my classroom; instead I will learn one new teaching technique between now and the end of the year and ask students what they think of it….

Teaching Practice – Teachers Leading in a Professional Learning Community

Being a teacher leader within a Professional Learning Community is a critical and valuable task as we move towards the 3rd decade of the 21st century. It is one key to creating an equal playing field where all learners can achieve high performance outcomes. This…

Teaching Practice – Design Questions for the Learning Journey

Marzano, in The New Art and Science of Teaching (2017), identifies 10 design questions that can be used by teachers in lesson and unit planning with a focus on student outcomes. He claims that the “specific mental states and processes that should be present in…

Teaching Students: Reporting Achievement

The report card is eagerly greeted by the “best” student and generally dreaded by everyone else. It is inevitably used as a means for comparison represented by the presentation of valedictorian and salutatorian awards at end of year ceremonies that tend to emphasize the reality…

Spotlight: Journalists

“Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova has become the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union in the last year and the fourth since the start of 2017. The 30-year-old’s body was found dumped near the Danube River in the town of Ruse, northern Bulgaria,…

Teaching Practice: Mathematics

Craig Barton recently published How I Wish I’d Taught Maths: Lessons Learned from Research, Conversations with Experts, and 12 Years of Mistakes (2018 John Catt Educational Ltd.). Craig has two websites that are worth visiting – Mr. Barton Maths and Diagnostic Question. He is a…

Guest Post: Teaching Students: Project Based Learning: Taking Risks Without Losing Sanity

Hilary Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a second major in Psychology from the University of Portland. She was a member of the Teach for America 2013 Memphis Corps. She currently teaches seventh grade English at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN….

Teaching Practice: Circle Time

A recent article in Edutopia began with this sentence: “Morning meetings are a nearly ubiquitous feature in elementary classrooms. Students gather on a rug to discuss the calendar, the weather, the news, and how they’re feeling as the day begins.” The sentence is not wrong and…

Spotlight: Leah Guenther, MS Teacher

Leah wrote a recent article in Harvard Educational Review. She has taught for 9 years and says: “I adore this job. There is nothing else I would rather do. It is challenging, however, so I am always looking for practical ways to ensure my longevity in…

Teaching Practice: Mathematics

A British teacher, Craig Barton, recently wrote about his transformation as a mathematics teacher in American Educator. He poses the classic change dilemma: don’t upset the applecart! If I am a well-liked teacher who gets good results, why am I doing anything wrong and why…

Teaching Practice: Helping Students In and Out of the Classroom

Students with identified learning needs, and many who are in need of specific support even without diagnosed needs, are helped by interventionists both in and out of the classroom. It used to be the norm that a math coach or English coach would pull the…

Teaching Students: Critical Thinking, Pill Bugs, and Scientific Thinking

By Bill Wallace, Science Teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC My Physiology class of high school juniors and seniors is alive with various sounds, smells and lights all directed at pill bugs in choice chambers on the lab benches. One pair of students…

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