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Project-Based Learning: A User’s Guide

Over the past several decades, trends in education have come and gone or been resurrected with a new name. “Group work” is now called “cooperative learning.” Teacher-centered learning in the form of lecture and discussion in secondary education has taken a back seat to student-centered learning where students have a greater voice in determining how [...]

10 Thoughts During a Failed Lesson

Thought 1: "I like this lesson" It might not be my best, but I'm satisfied with it. It's educational. It's collaborative. There's some entertainment value. It certainly is important to their lives and what we've been previously talking about. It'll be successful. Thought 2: "What the h*#%! is going on here?!" It doesn't seem like [...]

3 Steps to Helping Students Develop College-Ready Writing Skills

Teachers are forever reminding their students that what’s going on in their classrooms will be ‘important to know in high school and college’ - but how many students actually believe them? I remember one student who replied to me when I said that: “Yeah, that’s what they say every year. And it’s never really true [...]

Making Sense of Special Education Paperwork: 3 Systems That Save Me Each and Every Time

I took a new position this year, one where the teaching I've been doing is the same, but the paperwork is not, I am a special education teacher in a resource room for kindergarten through third grade. For those of you are new to the special education area (like me) and are literally wallowing in [...]

The Sound and The Fury, The Bite Fight, and the Demise Of Standardized Testing: Part II

Read Part I of this Article I here. While the Tyson/Holyfield match certainly marked the end of Iron Mike’s boxing career, his decline had begun years before. In 1990, Tyson found himself in the ring against a lesser known fighter named James “Buster” Douglas. It was clear from the start that Tyson was in for [...]

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