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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: 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 […]

EMPATHY!

  What it means: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Why it matters: When it becomes common behavior to dismiss others as too uneducated or immature to have opinions of consequence, civilization becomes a matter of “might makes right.” One of two unpleasant alternatives follows: one group seizes power and others […]

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Two generations ago, the only “screen time” parents worried about was a few television channels. Now, kids have endless cable and online viewing; DVDs, DVRs, and downloads; Internet, gaming, and social-media options beyond counting; and the ability to carry most of the above in their pockets. For today’s parents, the implications can be terrifying. Every […]

The 7 “R’s” To Promote A Love Of Learning

It’s sad that many people—adults as well as children—associate “learning” with boring school lessons, and can hardly wait to “outgrow” it. The truth is, someone who has stopped learning has stopped growing, and is stagnant and barely alive. If your children groan at the word “learning,” show them its real definition: acquiring knowledge through experimenting, […]