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CREATING RICH LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Is it enough if your students get high grades—or would you rather they really learn? Do you think of learning primarily as memorizing facts—or do you appreciate its potential in practical application, original thinking, and ongoing growth? If you want your students to appreciate and appropriate “rich” learning, here are six major elements that belong […]

HOW TO CLOSE THE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GAP: RECOMMENDATION #1: USE EFFECTIVE PRACTICES FOCUSED ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  Most schools—especially in areas of high ethnic and economic diversity—have concerns over “student achievement gaps,” academic-success differences related to demographics. This post series looks at ideas for remedying the problem. The worst-case classroom scenario is the teacher who not only is sure of the one way a “good” student should perform, but “predicts” every […]

TOP THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER: DESIGNS LESSONS FOR STUDENT MASTERY

DESIGNS LESSONS FOR STUDENT MASTERY  “Mastery learning” is an educational philosophy that relies on not expecting students to learn new things before they master less advanced concepts. In one sense, the mastery principle has always been an inherent part of education: students are required to demonstrate a certain level of knowledge or skill before being […]

TOP THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER: ESTABLISHES GOOD CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

ESTABLISHES GOOD CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES  Some teachers, perhaps reacting against the harshness of the old “sit up and shut up” classroom, take a laissez-faire attitude toward student restlessness. While it’s good to encourage children to volunteer opinions and ideas, no classroom should be an anarchy. Give the kids too much license to do as they please, […]

TOP THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER:

EXHIBITS POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS Hopefully, most teachers these days know not to greet the siblings of former students with, “I hope you’ll be as smart as [or better-behaved than] your sister/brother.” But however much we value objectivity and fair treatment, everyone finds certain characteristics easy to like or dislike. Picture yourself, on the […]

WHY ALLOWANCE?

Allowance for children is a tradition opposed by some. Why should anyone grow up, the argument goes, feeling entitled to financial benefit apart from personal effort? If the kids want spending money, let it come in direct exchange for their share of household chores. It’s fortunate that people who take that line, rarely progress to […]