People, places, and problems offer rich opportunities for real-world learning. This unit design framework ensures engaging, aligned learning objectives, experiences, and assessments.
Poverty, defined as the absence of needed resources, can have both short- and long-term effects on health, development and success in life. Students who live with limited resources may need unique supports in order to reveal often-hidden potential. Educators who understand the potential impacts and are ready with specific strategies will be better able to help every student achieve at high levels.
Terada, Y. (2021, January 7). Why Students Should Write in All Subjects. Edutopia. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
Schroeder, S. (2020, November 30). How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade. Edutopia. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
Work that emphasizes students’ developing skills instead of a graded product reminds them to see learning as their goal.
Will, M. (2022, June 21). Looping: Here’s What Happens When Students Have the Same Teacher More Than Once. Education Week. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
When students have a teacher for more than one year, they benefit academically and behaviorally, a new working paper shows.
Seale, C. (2022, April 28). A Critical Thinking Strategy for Student Note-Taking. Edutopia. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
This graphic organizer guides students to categorize information while they’re taking notes, leading to deeper engagement.
Miller, S. (2021, September 1). Using Drawings for Formative Assessment. Edutopia. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
Asking middle and high school students to sketch something they’re learning can give teachers a clear sense of what they do and don’t understand.
Miller, A. (2020, April 7). Formative Assessment in Distance Learning. Edutopia. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
Schools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.
Berns, D. (2020, October 20). How long will pandemic set back our students? Can be years, principal says. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
Valley High School Principal Ramona Esparza, shown at the school Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, says a radical approach might be necessary to reclaim students left behind academically. “We have to
Feldman, J. (2020, September). Taking the Stress Out of Grading. ASCD: Grade Expectations, 78(1). Retrieved October 12, 2020.
Now more than ever, we need to take steps to reduce students’ anxiety about grading (while improving their learning). Will we?
Vanhala, M. (2020, September). How I Revamped My Grading System. ASCD: Grade Expectations, 78(1). Retrieved October 12, 2020.
A science teacher reflects on her path to finding a grading system that reflects her educational philosophy.