Teachers as Leaders: Five Lessons in Teacher Leadership

As teachers, it is hard to set yourself up as an expert amongst your peers. We don’t want to feel “better than” others. We don’t want to appear to be arrogant. We might also occasionally have a colleague who has been around a long time…

Spotlight: Charlotte Mason

As we start another new year, we put our spotlight on a January baby, Charlotte Mason, born January 1st, 1842. She is another great and innovative educator who helped change the way we think about children and their upbringing. She published the 6 volume Original…

Teaching Practice: Mistakes and Success – Example from Dan Meyer and Mathematics

In a recent blog, Dan Meyer offered the following example of a table with answers filled in. The question sheet may have looked something like this: Marbles Water Level  0 609 1 626 2 643 3 ? 10 ? 15 ? The students’ answers, and…

Teaching Practice: Scaffolding for The Expert and the Beginner Student

What does scaffolding look like for students who are experts and those who are beginners? And here we are talking about students in the same class. Let’s look at some of the issues involved. If students are having a good time, it is easy to…

Teaching Students: Understanding Your Teenage Students

Much of this material is taken from Blakemore’s The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain. The article is inspired by Laurence Steinberg’s statement in Age of Opportunity (2015): “American adolescents are not doing well…Adolescent’s drug use is on the rise, as is attempted suicide, bullying,…

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….

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