John McCarthy at Edutopia makes the case for turning parent/teacher conferences into collaborative conversations:
The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency, and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments (and therefore in large-scale application). A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.
strategies for comprehension, prior knowledge, and vocabulary
Engage with performance. Review Erik Palmer's advice on "Speaking Well in the Age of Digital Media" to set instructional goals for student presentations:
Switch gears by sampling visual content that connects to the curriculum. Use video clips to engage students in content review. Discover "47+ Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom" from tech guru Richard Byrne:
Explore five mindsets that support young adolescents in transition. In this Educational Leadership article, Stenhouse author Rick Wormeli describes the transition years and gives teachers five keys that will unlock future success:
As always, The Teacher's Corner is looking for ways to make your life easier. We hope that our newest addition, “Daily Writing Prompts,” does just that. On as many days as possible, we have selected an event from our monthly event calendars to be the focus of the writing prompt. These writing prompts can be used in a number of ways:
John Hattie developed a way of ranking various influences in different meta-analyses according to their effect sizes. In his ground-breaking study “Visible Learning” he ranked those influences which are related to learning outcomes from very positive effects to very negative effects on student achievement. Hattie found that the average effect size of all the interventions he studied was 0.40. Therefore he decided to judge the success of influences relative to this ‘hinge point’, in order to find an answer to the question “What works best in education?”<br /><br />
Tom Sawyer, that always useful icon of American boyhood, certainly didn’t need a fitness tracker; no point counting his steps, or checking his heart rate at particularly exciting moments. In his constant quest for adventure, he “gamified” his own life, as we now might say, but it didn’t require gadgets.
In just five minutes or a lunch period, teachers can get a meaningful PD experience
This is part of Kristin Gray’s Getting Better Together series, Establishing a Culture of Collaborative Learning. Kristin and all the Teaching Channel Laureates are going public with their practice and seeking support in getting better from colleagues and the Tch community.
Geometry has taken on a new form at Park High School in Cottage Grove. The school's Geometry in Construction class offers students a hands-on way to apply the math they learn in the classroom: by building things. Sophomore Ramiro Montanez said the class has made math easier for him.
How do you make a 3,000-year-old text relevant to young readers? As a middle school literature teacher, it's hard to keep the entire class excited and involved throughout a multi-week unit. It’s even harder when that text is, say, The Iliad. So I recently tried a new tactic.
Prince George’s County Public Schools are at the forefront of a movement in schools to introduce art and music into classes that haven’t traditionally been taught in song. The result of “Arts Integration,” proponents say, is a class of students who have mastered the material better than they would have without art.