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Context of Assessments
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
  • Janet R. Macpherson
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
Context of Assessments

Context is so important that we teach students how to use clues to understand new vocabulary words when reading. Context makes a difference when understanding ambiguous situations that might be easily misunderstood if you don’t understand what happened most recently in the passage or you don't have the culturally relevant information that helps us understand what we are reading.

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Civil Discourse is Doable
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Professional Development
Civil Discourse is Doable

If we as educators can’t provide frameworks and processes for students to have intelligent and respectful conversations about the leadership of our country, where are our young people going to learn to be active citizens? In my mind, learning the art and practice of civil discourse is an integral responsibility of public education in the United States.

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Talk the Walk
Posted on Oct 5, 2016
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Struggling Students
Talk the Walk

Talking yourself through complex tasks (the walk) really works. We should be using this process when we teach and also encourage students to do it themselves when they are facing academic and other challenges.

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The Making of a Mentor
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Professional Development
The Making of a Mentor

Recently, I was again offered the opportunity to mentor some new teachers, and this time, with a bit more experience and training, I hope to do a better job. Mentoring fellow teachers is important work and can be mutually rewarding, but a mentor has to be more than just a paid buddy.

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One Brain, Two Systems
Posted on Sep 21, 2016
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • General Education
  • Struggling Students
One Brain, Two Systems

How do we think? It depends. As you undoubtedly know, thinking about some things is easier than others.

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Exploring Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom
Posted on Sep 14, 2016
  • Bea Moore Luchin
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Math
  • State Standards
  • Struggling Students
Exploring Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom

When correctly incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are happening. The process serves as practice for the student and a check for understanding during the learning process.

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