Know Your Terms: Anticipatory Set
With a well-crafted, well-executed anticipatory set, instruction becomes an art.
Is Humiliation Part of Your Teaching Toolbox?
When you humiliate someone, their focus moves away from the subject at hand. Instead of thinking about their own behavior, that student is now focused on how much they can’t stand you.
What the Mother of a Child with Autism Wants Teachers to Know
At first, my friend Leigh didn’t want me to air this episode. “I’m so sorry to have wasted your time,” she said, “but my husband and I just listened to it and we realized that if our daughter ever heard it, she would die of embarrassment.”
13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing
There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. These gorgeous online and print periodicals showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five.
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.
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.