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For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test
Posted on Sep 14, 2017
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • ELA
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Standards
For Improved Literacy Performance—Teach to the Rigor, Not to the Test

What does it mean to “teach to the test,” and how is it different from “teaching to the rigor?” Many schools and districts give students round after round of reading and writing items that mimic the questions they will see on their state’s high-stakes assessment. Some educators believe practice makes perfect and, hence, more practice is better than less in increasing students’ odds for higher test scores.

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Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall
Posted on Sep 7, 2017
  • EdView360
Tags
  • Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers
  • Struggling Students
Believe Literacy is Possible this Fall

Most students who struggle to read do so for reasons that have nothing to do with intellect or capability. With the right instruction, some patience, and a caring teacher, every student can be more, achieve more, and prove they are more than the limitations that categorize them.

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Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching
Posted on Jun 14, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • General Education
  • Intervention
  • Struggling Students
Life Is A Science Project, And So Is Teaching

A foundational ability of humans is the willingness to try things to see how they work out. This might be the most important talent we have developed.

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Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math

American educators have a well-honed way of thinking about curriculum. Typically, district committees compare and then adopt a curriculum to meet specific goals or guidelines. More recently, curriculum adoption in math has been driven by state or national standards.

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The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best
Posted on May 31, 2017
  • Gretchen Wing
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Parental Involvement
  • Positive School Climate
  • Struggling Students
The Parent Letter: Sometimes, the Basic Approach to Struggling Students is the Best

That ultra-basic approach—fed children learn better than hungry ones—has a counterpart in the realm of individualized strategies for dealing with struggling students.

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Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?
Posted on May 24, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?

Is there a more efficient way to begin PD or coaching, one where the teachers’ needs are more common than they are divergent? Can this be done in a way that is nonthreatening, at least in comparison to in-class coaching with feedback?

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