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Frances Lown

Recent Posts:

Selling Your Students on Project-Based Writing

“This class is special,” I say. “We’re going to write and say things in this class that you’ve never said or written in any other class yet in your high school career.”  (continue reading)

What Does Effective Use of Multiple Sources Really Look Like?

The use of different formats helps authors shape the same information in different ways. As a result, diverse sets of sources promote critical thinking.  (continue reading)

How Cooperative Learning Supports Students' Mathematical Thinking

In order for students to learn and understand mathematical concepts, they must live in classrooms that support cooperative learning and mathematical discourse. Students develop an understanding of mathematics when in an atmosphere where they feel safe to learn, take risks, make mistakes, and grow.  (continue reading)

The Role of Culture in Teaching

Students of color make up over 50 percent of the population in today’s U.S. schools, yet adopted curricula rarely includes histories of minoritized populations.  (continue reading)

Sara Ahmed: Being the Change, a Story

On the podcast today, something different. A story from author Sara Ahmed. A story about compassion, empathy and most importantly, identity.  (continue reading)

Congratulations, Kelly Gallagher!

Congratulations to Kelly Gallagher, this year's CATE Distinguished Service Award recipient.  (continue reading)

What Skills Can Poetry Teach Us?

Poetry is something that is happening now, everywhere, and we need to bring it into the classroom. In Poems Are Teachers, Amy introduces the skills and techniques involved in writing a poem and how it connects to writing across all genres.  (continue reading)

The Value of Reading from Multiple Sources

This is what we want for our students: the ability to look at multiple sources and triangulate meaning from a variety of perspectives.  (continue reading)

Teaching the Art of Asking Questions

Teaching questioning skills is not an easy process. It involves patience, scaffolding, and focused instruction. Asking a question is not something that a lot of our students know how to do innately, especially at the primary level.  (continue reading)

Creating a Culturally Competent Curriculum

Curriculum should be meaningful, engaging, relevant, and relatable to our students. We want all children to be engaged and to learn.  (continue reading)

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