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To Progress, We Need to Step Back

Clearly, it is time to stop doing what we have always done with our middle and high school students while expecting different results.  (continue reading)

A Piece of Home: Cultivating Alumni Peer Groups to Foster Community and Motivation Among First-Generation College Students

The community that is built through creating peer-alumni connections allows for a piece of home to remain with them throughout their college journey.  (continue reading)

Battling The Blahs Part 3: When Silence is Serious

If you, like me, suffer from bouts of the Blahs, I encourage you to develop your own plan too. To take care of our students, to do our part in ensuring Leticia and other young people like her don’t fall into the Abyss, we must first stay clear of it ourselves.  (continue reading)

Battling The Blahs Part 2: Helping Students Manage Stress and Stagnation

Last fall, I wrote about the Blahs, a predictable time of year when I struggle with energy, motivation, and self-doubt. A friend pointed out that our students battle their own Blahs as well.  (continue reading)

Should I Introduce Whole-Class Novels into My Readers Workshop?

if you have a good readers workshop going in your classroom I give you a hi-five and say keep it up! There are, though, a few caveats that might cause you to consider the whole class novel approach...  (continue reading)

Heinemann Fellow Ian Fleischer on Using Visual Tools in High School Mathematics

it’s a sad but common belief among teachers and students that math manipulatives are a crutch to be outgrown and an intervention to be used only when necessary.  (continue reading)

Cultivating Focus in the K-8 Classroom

It may seem strange to think about cultivating focus. Although natural abilities can vary, focus can be improved, cultivated, and taught.  (continue reading)

Does Your Writing Assessment Help Writers or Pac-Mans?

Students write for the same reason that Pac-Man munches: to accumulate points. Writers are people, not Pac-Mans.  (continue reading)

Incorporating Field Research into Writing Instruction

Research is important throughout the entire writing process, and it can be fun, too. Give it a try in your own writing instruction. Here's how.  (continue reading)

Tom Newkirk on The Emotional Complexities of Teaching

Here, Newkirk discusses how he creates space with his students by giving them time to discuss and solve problems more slowly.  (continue reading)

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