Summer 2014 Book Study: Understanding by Design
The first installment of our study of Wiggins & McTighe’s book Understanding by Design.
Mind’s Eye: A Pre-Reading Strategy
Some texts are just hard for students to get into. The Mind’s Eye strategy tackles that problem head on: It grabs students’ attention before they ever read a single word and creates a mystery that can only be solved by reading the text.
Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics
Whether you’re new to rubrics, or you’ve used them for years without knowing their formal names, it may be time for a primer on rubric terminology.
Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?
“Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no one had marked them wrong. What’s the deal? Why don’t teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?”
How to Use the Reciprocal Learning Strategy
This cooperative learning strategy takes the idea of “working in pairs” up a notch.
Are You Making the Most of Your Interactive Whiteboard?
Interactive whiteboards are a fixture in many classrooms, but are teachers taking advantage of all they have to offer? Here are some ways to improve your use.
Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes
Do you have a mountain of student writing to grade? A pile of extended responses that have been sitting in your passenger seat for a week? Do you wish you had more time to give students better feedback?
How to Use the Concept Attainment Strategy
I like this strategy because it really involves students in their own learning. Instead of just delivering the information to them, you’re helping them discover it on their own. Also, it’s captivating — a mystery to solve! — which is far more likely to engage students.