Going Deep

In the immortal words of Chubby Checker, “How low can you go?”  These words should resonate loudly with all educators, as students need, and deserve, routine opportunities to explore concepts…

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Work the Crowd

Considering numerous studies have documented that the greatest cause of anxiety in our society is public speaking, schools clearly have to make a concerted effort to help alleviate this concern. …

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Peak My Interest

Sustainable learning requires commitment on behalf of the learner, and the depth of this commitment is largely determined by the quality of the assigned task. Tasks must be purposeful, personal…

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Put Me In Coach

Practice may or may not ever make perfect, but it undoubtedly helps make both skills and attitudes permanent. Targeted interventions to address specific gaps in learning are essential, but it…

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Sustainable Growth

Fact-driven worksheets and recall-driven quizzes encourage and reward short-term withdrawals, whereas every investor knows that the ultimate goal is to generate sustainable long-term growth.  Learning is not about receiving short-term…

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Bolstering Backpacks

Every day, every student walks into every classroom with an invisible, but very impactful, companion – his/her schema backpack.  This backpack contains a lifetime of skills, experiences and personality traits…

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Picture This

Teaching is a combination of science (picture frame) and art (canvas).  The curriculum provides the dimensions of the frame, within which both teaching and learning will, and must, occur.  The…

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Forging the Route

Student engagement has been viewed through the classroom management lens for far too long.  There is little to no correlation between how quietly students work away at their assigned tasks,…

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Making Minds Matter

  Students need to learn how to think, not how to remember.  As Albert Einstein stated, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to…

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