Spotlight: Eric Mazur

We put our spotlight on Eric Mazur this month. He is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and President of the Optical…

Fine and Performing Arts: Engage and Persist

Why teach the arts? This is the second of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

Science, Video Games, and Exceptional Children

The material in this article is derived from: Enhancing Secondary Science Content Accessibility With Video Games Matthew T. Marino, Kathleen Becht, Eleazar Vasquez, III, Jennifer L. Gallup, James D. Basham, Benjamin Gallegos TEACHING Exceptional Children Vol 47, Issue 1, pp. 27 – 34 First Published…

Thinking about Teaching Teenagers

I recently read two articles from completely different places but that spoke to the same issue – how do we engage teenagers with the topics that we are compelled to teach? These two articles are Teacher Constructed Prompts to Assist Question Development and Personalizing Learning:…

Spotlight: Tamar Barabi

It is fun to identify and spotlight teachers; every now and again, we will do the same for students. This month, we are appreciating Tamar Barabi who, at 16 years of age, did her math homework using a proof that hadn’t yet been invented. This…

Participation

Question: does everyone participate in your class? Answer: of course Except that research shows that in most classes, most of the time, only some students participate and they often participate in a formulaic way that meets the teacher’s expectations and that achieves a good participation…

Taking a Leap

What is the value of teaching the arts? Elliott Seif gives 10 pretty good reasons for doing so: Reason 1: Many children come to school and stay in school because of the arts. Reason 2: Children learn positive habits, behaviors and attitudes through the arts….

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The month of January includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Since we all have the benefit of having the day off, I would like to provide for you the full script of MLK’s speech. This is an opportunity for us as teachers to reflect on what our…

Turning Math Upside Down

Cathy Seeley is the former President of the National Council for Teaching Mathematics. She has spent the last several years talking about Turning Teaching Upside Down in mathematics and this article reviews what she is saying. Her phrase, Upside Down, depending where you are on…

Are Read Alouds Hurting Early Learners?

An article by Richard Allington provides interesting insights into the teaching of reading. Professor Allington is Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee, was an elementary school teacher, and has written many books and articles on reading. He makes the provocative statement: “In almost…

Making Feedback Vital for Learning

We know that student achievement is powerfully impacted by feedback that is skillfully given. We know that student achievement declines when feedback in the form of summative evaluation is carried out. “There are clear messages for how the negative impact of summative assessment on motivation for…

Finding Sunshine for Winter Wellness

What does the winter holiday mean to you? It means, of course, family, religious celebration, feasting, gift giving and receiving. One way of thinking about it is as the season of light. This year, the winter solstice is on December 21st, 2017 although it can…

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