Learning Process

Teachers, why all the “shushing”?

March 1, 2020

Shhhhh. Finger raised to lips, teacher looks sternly at students. Once again, “sshsh: Why? What message are we sending our students when we shush them? I recently posed this to some teachers I was working with.  I’d noticed it in...

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Frustration with homework or schoolwork or child with learning difficulties.

Teachers, Are you Sabotaging your Students–and Yourself?

February 21, 2020

Frustration with homework or schoolwork or child with learning difficulties. “I know you hate this, but let’s plow through.” “I see lots of anxious faces out there.” “This is really hard.” I’ve heard many comments like these over the years....

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Give students ownership with the Jigsaw

Give students ownership with the Jigsaw

January 25, 2017

Differentiating learning for all students is hard enough—now we are asked to think about giving students a choice and voice in their own learning. Seems like more work for the teacher. And, on the front end, it is. But here...

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The Key to Lessening Pressure AND Increasing Rigor

The Key to Lessening Pressure AND Increasing Rigor

January 10, 2016

David Aderhold, a superintendent in New Jersey recently put an end to HS mid-term and final exams in a well-intentioned attempt to ease pressure on increasingly anxious kids–pressure also discussed in this recent NY Times opinion piece and the film Race to Nowhere. Aderhold’s decision...

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To Raise or To Ruin

To Raise or To Ruin

December 8, 2015

A 3d graphic of the words in the question What Do You Think? This could be used to encourage people to participate in a survey or poll and ask their opinion or input on a customer service or other fact...

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Teachers’ Messages and Student Engagement

Teachers’ Messages and Student Engagement

March 6, 2014

I spent an hour recently visiting classrooms. First day after a break, with an anticipated snow day to follow, it could have been easy to lose the student engagement fight. Indeed, a few kids seemed to be moving a bit...

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