When we choose to begin improving classroom discussions, the reasoning is usually clear: for better learning. Classroom discussions are meant to be lively and collaborative, after all. They should be times where authentic learning happens through sharing...
How we practice connecting to learners right now informs not only how well they learn, but how well they'll continue to learn. As a busy teacher, you can benefit from a resource that helps you continue reaching students long after the lesson is done. Now...
Assessment happens every day in our classrooms, so it's got to be as simple and effective as possible. Simple daily assessment strategies like the ones from Saga Briggs in this TeachThought article fit the bill perfectly. One of the highest...
Learning how to think critically is not easy; otherwise, everyone would do it. However, it remains one of the most beneficial skills we can impart to our as teachers. There are many ways to model it as well, as you'll discover below. Today...read more
Students need to do more than memorize facts. They'll write papers that give them an opportunity to analyze information and present their own conclusions. They'll analyze important historical or scientific moments of our culture. They'll give oral presentations that...read more
Making fast formative assessments is a dream for teachers, but they also need to be accurate and informative for learners. Kids certainly need to know where they're at with their learning and what the next steps are. However, with increasing classroom...read more
When we talk about the lifelong learning mindset, we think about the cultivating of habits as opposed to just the achieving of goals. The lifelong learning mindset is more than just about the need to learn; it's about a desire to learn that lasts—you guessed it—a...read more
School leaders are more than just authority figures. They are also moral figures. Great men and women of authority have always taught valuable moral lessons through belief and action. These are people of few words, and the words they speak lend strength to those...read more
If you were to ask, most teachers would agree improving reading comprehension is about teaching students how to think while reading. Granted, reading comprehension likely isn’t one of the courses that you’re teaching. That said, perhaps it should be a...read more
How do we as teachers get our students to define their own driving questions? One way is by pairing design thinking with project-based learning. If you want students to develop leadership, confidence, and solid core content knowledge, then this is a strategy that...read more
A benefit of critical thinking strategies is a quickly developing independent thinking. Busy teachers and administrators want to make their jobs more effective in a shorter time span. We want our students to think critically and create great solutions. We want to...read more
Teachers strive to help learners find their own answers by doing one thing—giving them the skills to do so. Although this seems like a tall order, in reality it's simpler than you think. Part of it resides in ensuring students know they have options for...read more