David Cutler, a high-school history, government and journalism teacher, says he allows students to retake most assessments. Cutler describes how the approach puts the focus
Best Practice: Grow Executive Function
Klein, A. (2019, May 21). Tech Advances, Automation Fueling Employers’ Demand for ‘Soft Skills’. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
Attention to detail. Oral and written communication. Problem Solving. Resilience. Empathy. Integrity. Skills like these are often known as “soft skills”—in contrast to things that
Movement and exercise can help transform the brain and improve student learning, according to neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. She says research shows that recess and movement
Pappafotopoulos, D. (2019, May 20). Why I use student-driven ideas in my curriculum. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
Using student-driven ideas in lessons can help learners overcome distractions and stay on task, high-school teacher Dianne Pappafotopoulos writes. Pappafotopoulos shares how students’ interest in
Many teachers stop reading aloud to students once they reach middle school, but research shows the practice continues to have benefits for students, including improved
DeWitt, P. (2019, May 12). How Can Mindfulness Teach Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning? Retrieved May 15, 2019.
Transfer-level learning is the ultimate goal for any teacher. The idea that we can inspire students to find connections in their learning to their greater
Draw on the classroom environment to turn teens’ natural wiring for novelty, risk taking, and social rewards into cognitive assets.
Mathewson, T. (2019, May 08). Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
A public middle school in Massachusetts expanded a project-based learning program to seventh-grade students after a pilot program for sixth-graders showed increased engagement and motivation.
When students are struggling, teachers can strengthen students’ resilience by using “Habits of Mind” such as cultivating wonder and awe as well as remaining open
Play-based learning is an approach that supports students’ development and well-being while building skills such as collaboration, writes kindergarten teacher Jessica Arrow. In this blog