How Students Learn by Explaining Their Thinking

Nov 19, 2013 by Norene Wiesen
If you want to master something, teach it.Or so the saying goes. But is the platitude based in fact? Can students really learn better by explaining? The evidence says yes. Research shows that coming up with an explanation can help students learn more effectively than having an explanation handed to them.

How I Became an Early Reader

Nov 12, 2013 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D
Do you recall how you learned to read? Were you an early reader, someone who learned to read before starting school? I was an early reader and so were my brother and sister. Yet, we didn’t learn to read in the way that most early readers learn. My parents didn’t read books to us at home, so what did they do right?  

The Truth About Kids’ Screen Time and Language Delays

Sep 24, 2013 by Norene Wiesen

Excessive screen time is associated with language delays in young children, but there’s an even more important factor in early language development. Do you know what it is?

Aligning School, Classroom, and Student Learning Goals for the New School Year

Aug 6, 2013 by Norene Wiesen
How does your school go about setting goals for the new year? Are all members of the school community involved? Does everyone have a stake in outcomes

Cooperative Learning Strategies in the Classroom

Jul 9, 2013 by Norene Wiesen

Students in cooperative learning groups don’t always allow each other equal participation. For a more inclusive environment, try these strategies.

Student Engagement Strategies That Can Help Your Learners Read Better

May 28, 2013 by Maura Deptula
With limited instructional time and the added pressures of today’s classrooms, what should we be doing to ensure every student leaves the classroom able to read better than they did when they arrived?

Reading and Riding: How Learning to Read is Like Learning to Ride a Bike

Apr 2, 2013 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D

Most learning, it seems, is facilitated by an assist, scaffold, or support provided by another. Learning to read and learning to ride a bike are no exception.   

Behavior Problems in School: Empowering Students to Self Discipline

Sep 11, 2012 by Scott Sterling
Students with behavior problems will not “just grow out of it”. The same skill deficiencies that affect their success in school will affect their success in the workplace, if they make it that far.  What can be done?

Introverted Students in the Classroom: Nurturing Their Hidden Strengths

Aug 21, 2012 by Sherrelle Walker, M.A.
Academic ability is only one factor determining a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom. Find out how temperament factors in, such as whether the learner is an introvert or extrovert.

The Flipped Classroom: A Pedagogy for Differentiating Instruction and Teaching Essential Skills

Jul 31, 2012 by Scott Sterling
What might a successful flipped classroom look like?  Read more to find out how the flipped classroom can benefit both students and teachers.

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