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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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3 Steps to Eliminate Fs…NO Extra Credit Required

3 Steps to Eliminate Fs…NO Extra Credit Required

September 5, 2019

“Um, Ms. Smith, is there some extra credit I can do to bring my grade up?” Such an annoying question, right?  And yet, many teachers succumb.  They find or create something the student can do to earn a few extra points. Especially when those...

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5 Questions to Get Students Engaged

5 Questions to Get Students Engaged

August 22, 2019

Engagement.  The magic word.  I’ve conducted countless Instructional Rounds, learning walks and other observations focused on engagement. Are kids engaged? It’s a great question.  It’s really THE question. And, unfortunately, all too often the answer is no. Why? Part of it is the...

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Incorporate Retake Tickets in Your Classroom

How to Incorporate Retake Tickets in Your Classroom

January 11, 2017

In theory, most educators likely agree with the philosophy behind Mastery Learning—that there are specific standards that matter most in each course and that our goal is to make sure that each student truly masters, or reaches proficiency, on those...

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One simple tip for giving students feedback

One simple tip for giving students feedback

October 4, 2016

“May I give you some feedback?”I heard this question recently during a middle school visit.  This classroom had a markedly different feel than others I’d visited that day–and it was during the last period of the day. (During the last...

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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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