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Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching
Posted on Jun 14, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Intervention
  • Struggling Students
Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching

A foundational ability of humans is the willingness to try things to see how they work out. This might be the most important talent we have developed.

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Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math

American educators have a well-honed way of thinking about curriculum. Typically, district committees compare and then adopt a curriculum to meet specific goals or guidelines. More recently, curriculum adoption in math has been driven by state or national standards.

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The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best
Posted on May 31, 2017
  • Gretchen Wing
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Parental Involvement
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students
The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best

That ultra-basic approach—fed children learn better than hungry ones—has a counterpart in the realm of individualized strategies for dealing with struggling students.

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Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?
Posted on May 24, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?

Is there a more efficient way to begin PD or coaching, one where the teachers’ needs are more common than they are divergent? Can this be done in a way that is nonthreatening, at least in comparison to in-class coaching with feedback?

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Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial
Posted on May 17, 2017
  • Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial

While many language skills and comprehension strategies are embedded in daily lessons, teachers know that the overall purpose of each lesson sequence is to understand content related to a theme. The reason for reading a text is clear: The text is worthwhile. It is complex and rich.

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How Should Principals Take the Lead on Math Professional Development?
Posted on May 10, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
How Should Principals Take the Lead on Math Professional Development?

Where does a principal start today in a world awash with new teachers, many of whom struggle to teach to state or national standards? As co-authors of the K-8 mathematics professional development program, NUMBERS, Michele Douglass, Mary Stroh and I have done a lot of thinking about how principals can orchestrate successful change.

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