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May 28, 2011 Michael F. Shaughnessy-  "It is undeniable that today’s graduates will live and compete in a global world that is changing 24/7. The greatest challenge we face in American education, then, is preparing students to compete globally by closing the ever widening global achievement gaps that are so pervasive in American education today. Achieving that vision, has very little to do with financial challenges and the pressures to improving standardized test scores, but rather, in knowing what to teach. We have been preparing students for a world that no longer exists, and that is our biggest educational crisis—we need to stop making excuses and focus on unleashing creativity and innovation" (www.educationnews.org).

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Standards-based Grading: Product, Process, and Progress

Posted by k conway on February 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Most teachers base their grading on some combination of criteria, especially when students receive only a single grade in each subject area (Brookhart 1993; Frary, Cross, and Weber 1993). The majority of teachers also vary the criteria they employ from student to student, taking into account individual circumstances (Truog and Friedman 1996). Although teachers do so in an effort to be fair, the result is a “hodgepodge” grade that includes elements of achievement, effort, and impro...

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Getting the Most Out of Instructional Time

Posted by k conway on December 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

You have to admit that some teachers follow the same routine virtually every class period, as they review homework, introduce a new concept, use the new skill in an activity, and, if there is time, have independent practice. Studies reveal that effective teachers exercise varying techniques and strategies to ensure maximum learning time. The practices suggested below support the effective teacher's overall emphasis on instruction. Additionally, they provide the framework for maximizing n...

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Closet of Curiosities

Posted by Margaret on September 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

In order for teachers to develop a natural desire tolearn in each of their students, they must allow the students to expand theircuriosities and discover answers for themselves.  It is not enough to read from a text book togain information.  Students must learnthrough creative play, dramatic recreations, impromptu field studies,discussions, and debates.   In short,students learn better by doing.  Sincemuch of history has been formed by hypotheses and speculation rathe...

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"Doodling in Science Education

Posted by k conway on August 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Science teachers may want to add doodling to their lesson plans, say researchers who found that freehand drawing may help students learn science.

Several times a week, Jill Kent-Wohlrab, ESE Consultation Specialist at River Springs Middle School shares ideas with her teachers regarding “non traditional” teaching strategies. I included her share site on Doodling in Science Education.  I found this article to be quite fascinating ...

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The Impact of Student Engagement

Posted by Beth Stone on June 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM Comments comments (2)

I came across this quote from Spencer Kagan that speaks to student engagement in the classroom.  I am interested to know what others think of what he has to say.  The quote follows, please take a moment to post your thoughts.  ~ Thanks!  Libby

There is a direct connection between student participation, engagement, communication and subsequent learning. ~Spencer Kagan



When New Curriculum Arises

Posted by Laura Kieselbach on June 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (1)

I am attaching a link to an article I read in my graduate class reagrding changing curriculum and the professional's need to adapt.  While change can be daunting and, at times, overwhelming, when it arises, the ebst option is to find a way to make it work rather than fight against the tide. Much of what is written here is indicative of the chnage we are seeing through our county, all of which hold great potential for learning when implemented correctly.  This advocates the...

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Planning for Instruction Using Student Data

Posted by k conway on May 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (5)

The role of data in planning for instruction is critical.  It is through classroom content, pretests and a look at standardized data that we get a picture of our students’ instructional needs. Not only must adaptations and accommodations be made for clearly identified gifted, ESE and ESOL students, accommodations and adaptations are an important consideration teachers must make for all students.   Unit tests at the end of each quarter can be used ...

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Teaching Styles and the Delivery of Instruction

Posted by k conway on May 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (7)

     Just as learning styles differ amongst students, so does the delivery of curriculum amongst teachers. Differences occur in how teachers establish and communicate learning goals, design lessons, implement instructional strategies, respond to student needs, and adjust instruction based on assessment results. Teaching styles range from humorous and entertaining to kill and drill of content. While some teachers use creative and flexible teaching techniques, others struggl...

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