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Finding the Tools for Powerful Teaching

In a world marked by histories, doctrines, policies, and beliefs that can sometimes drive us apart, what we do is vital. Mathematics, history, arts, sciences, writing, and reading matter immensely. But these disciplines are not the entirety of our work. They cannot be.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 20, 2018 7:04:00 AM

Building a Foundation of Literacy Through Poetry

Beginning with poems, we can teach students to recognize craft and deepen their understanding of it across genres and beyond specific assignments.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 9, 2018 7:33:00 AM

Inking as Thinking

Design adds a dimension to our thinking that might seem expendable, but when embraced becomes increasingly valued. Design decisions that involve color, font, and style matter here because they help make our thinking more memorable.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 8, 2018 9:43:28 AM

The Six Academic Writing Assignments We All Use

The six types of writing assignments represent the way we really work, the assignments we actually give, and what we can ask students to do within the constraints of time, class size, student needs, and available resources.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Nurturing the Learner Within as a Principal

Why do we learn? It's a question principals always have on their mind. Children and adults, students of school, and students of life learn with greatest investment when they are engaged in what they are doing, when they feel that their learning is meaningful and relevant.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 5, 2018 7:29:00 AM

What Is Sketchnoting?

The use of sketchnotes is gaining in momentum and credibility in business and education Like so many popular concepts, though, the topical lexicon can be confusing.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 2, 2018 6:57:00 AM

Understanding Text Characteristics

Developing an understanding of text characteristics offers you a crucial context for understanding what to expect from readers. To determine whether students 'get it,' we have to know what 'it' is.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 2, 2018 6:50:00 AM

Allowing Struggle and Sense-Making in Mathematics

Struggle is how we learn. Rich tasks provoke productive struggle, during which students actively struggle through a problem as they work to make sense of it.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 31, 2018 7:31:00 AM

Creating a Culture of Reading

Our aim should be to ensure that every minute is packed with thinking, reading, writing, lots of talk, and lots of books. To that end we need to reexamine the assumption that students can read only one book at a time.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 29, 2018 6:55:00 AM

How Making Books Helps Writers

Before you get started on your journey of making books in writing workshop, there are a few things you need to know about the practice.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 26, 2018 7:18:00 AM

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